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MEET THE FRANKENMUTH HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
Eagle thinclads have high aspirations this season
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ track and field team used its depth to win its own Marco Marcet Invitational last Friday evening.
The Eagle thinclads piled up 126 points in the 13-school field to defeat runner-up Flushing with 105.50 points and third-place Heritage with 86 points.
The meet was run in cold, cloudy and breezy conditions.
“The boys were awesome Friday at the Marco meet. I was so busy running the meet that I did not realize we were among the top two until some of the boys told me. Then I started listening to the score,” FHS Coach Jerry Drake said.
With wins over Alma, Merrill, Millington and North Branch, the Eagles are flying high.
“The team is off to a good start this year. The seniors are leading the way with the juniors pushing them along,” Drake said. “The younger athletes look promising and they are working hard to help the team any way they can. I look forward to the season and have high expectations for them.”
The relay teams played a strong role in the victory. The 800m won first place, with Michael Crary, Jake Rummel, Alec Yagiela and Stephen Messing clocking a 1:35.89.
The 400m foursome of Hunter Schluckebier, Grant Bronner, Yagiela and Messing took second place with a time of :45.88.
The 1600m quartet of Messing, Crary, Jonathan Worden and Bennett Dwan was fourth with a time of 3:41.08.
In the field events, Dan Stone won the discus with a toss of 144-feet, 1.50 inches and Aaron Haubenstricker was fifth with a 122-11.25 effort. Stone also won the shot put with a throw of 52-feet. Teammate Cory Knoll’s toss of 45-11.50 was good for sixth place.
Stone’s efforts were personal best marks
In the long jump, Schluckebier settled for second place with a 19-3.75 leap .Worden took third place with an 18-6.25 effort. Both were personal best efforts.
Nick Fisher was third in the pole vault at 11-feet and Bronner was tied for fifth place in the high jump at 6-0.
In the running events, Bronner and Worden were third and fourth, respectively, in the 110m high hurdles. Bronner crossed the finish line at :16.07 and Worden at :16.11. Bronner was fourth in the 300m hurdles (:42.77) and Worden was sixth (:43.76).
Yagiela was second in the 100m dash with a time of :11.74. In the 200m dash, Messing was third at :23.76 and Yagiela fifth at :24.18.
In the 400m dash, Crary was fourth (:54.48), Dwan was sixth (:54.75) and Rummel was seventh (:56.04).
Earlier in the week, the Eagle boys took on Millington and North Branch in a Tri-Valley Conference East Division double dual.
‘Muth defeated the Cardinals, 127-12 and bested the Broncos, 104-33.
Against Millington, FHS won 16 of 17 events and 14 of 17 against North Branch.
Frankenmuth athletes and relay teams that took first place against both teams are as follows: Bronner in the high jump (6-0), the 110m hurdles (:15.80) and the 300m hurdles (:43.97); Stone in the shot put (51-8.50) and the discus (138-9.50); Dwan in the 400m dash (55.23), Schluckebier in the long jump (17-11), Parker Pasco in the pole vault (10-0), the 1600m relay (3:42), the 400m relay (:46.41), the 800m relay (1:34.98) and the 3200m relay (9:31.94).
The Eagle tracksters travel to Caro today (April 27) for a TVC East triangular versus the host Tigers and Birch Run. They travel to the Clare Invitational on Friday, April 29, for a 4pm meet, return home to take on East Division foe Essexville Garber on Wednesday, May 4 at 4pm and then head to the Bay City Western Invitational on Friday, May 6, at 4pm.
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