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Otsego track teams upend Plainwell to open season

Megan Germain was one of three Otsego girls to win multiple individual events. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)
Eli Veen competes for Plainwell during the dual meet against Otsego. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

By Jason Wesseldyk
Sports Editor

PLAINWELL—Despite cold, breezy conditions that featured wind-chill temperatures in the low 30s, the Otsego track teams had a hot start to the season.
The Otsego girls took first place in 11 of the 17 events to post the 86-50 decision over archrival Plainwell at Streidl Field on Tuesday, March 29.
And the Otsego boys did the girls one better, winning 12 events and claiming the 91-46 victory.
Seniors Chase Brown and Jacob Zartman led the way for the Otsego boys, with each winning two individual events in addition to being on a winning relay.
Brown won the meet’s two longest runs, posting times of 4:38.25 in the 1,600-meter run and 10:06.78 in the 3,200 to edge out teammate Nick Cockerel in both events. Prior to those races, he anchored winning 4×800 relay team and also included Pierce Bentley, Cockerel and Mason Kolhoff and put together a time of 8:57.06.
Zartman, meanwhile, won the 200 dash (25.54) and the 300 hurdles (43.69). He nearly won a third individual event, but placed three-hundredths of a second behind Plainwell’s Zachary Miller in the 100 dash (12.74-12.77).
Zartman joined Tristan Canales, Seth Barck and Kolhoff to win the 4×400 relay at 3:48.64.
Other individual winners for the Bulldogs included Canales in the 400 (55.79), Saxton Vandervest in the 110 hurdles (19.4), Zachary Spence in the shot put (43-11) and Jalen Radke in the long jump (20-02).
The Otsego 4×100 relay team of Alex Foune, Barck, Gavin Devine and Radke won with a time of 48.5, while the 2×200 team of Radke, Alex Raseman, Devine and Gabe Cavazos won with a time of 1:42.8.
For Plainwell, Miller shined the brightest as he added wins in the high jump (5-10) and the pole vault (12-0) to his victory in the 100 dash. The other two events wins for Plainwell came in the 800 by Eli Veen (2:07.99) and Michael Griffey in the discus (132-06).
The Otsego girls, meanwhile, got multiple individual-event wins from Jada Bolhuis, Megan Germain and Madison Drouin.
Bolhuis posted winning times in the 100 dash (14.13) and the 200 dash (27.82); Germain took top honors in the 1,600 (5:35.33) and the 3,200 (12:07.78); and Drouin dominated throws by winning the shot put (38-3.25) and the discus (106-6.25).
Germain was also part of the 4×800 team along with Claudia Stachura, Taylor Klimp and Logan Brazee that won with a time of 10:43.97.
The Bulldogs also picked up victories from Adriana Morgan in the 400 (1:07.11), Joy Wolfe in the 800 (2:32.56), Olivia Dennis in pole vault (7-6) and the 4×400 relay team of Wolfe, Stachura, Brazee and Morgan (4:43.84).
Event wins for Plainwell included: Alexia Inquilla in the 100 hurdles (18.78); Raya Mergen-Henry in the 300 hurdles (54.12); Becca Wagner in the high jump (4-8); Kaylee Wright in the long jump (15-2); the 4×100 relay team of Natalie Anson, Wright, Inquilla and Alexis Poel (54.44); and the 4×200 relay team of Anson, Inquilla, Wagner and Jessica Barnes (2:00.31).

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