Running Through Regionals


Melanie Kibler

GOBLES, MICHIGAN – On Friday, May 17th, the Laker Track Team competed at their regional meet, and though they didn’t win, they all did an amazing job.  Almost all of the team at least got a personal record (pr), if not a medal.

Both of the boys relay teams crushed it, with prs and medals in the 4x800m (Michael Golden, Eli Zartoney, Ben Johnston, Nate Green) and the 4x400m (Golden, Zaratoney, Johnston, Green).  The boys managed to get a personal record for the whole relay team and come in 7th for the 4x800m and while they didn’t pr overall, the 4×400 team managed to come in 5th.

Along with his relays, Golden medaled and pr’ed in his other two races, the 800m (6th) and the 1600m (the mile) (8th).   When asked to comment on his thoughts about his personal races, Golden replied,“Medaling in all of my races was so epic.”

Johnston, along with his medals in the 4×800 and 4×400, got a personal record in his leg of the 4×800. Proud of his efforts at regionals, Johnston stated, “The 4×800 for me is typically a challenge, because this is longest race that I do.  I’m just glad that I’m continuing to improve little by little.”

While only medaling in the two relays, Zartoney managed to get personal records in both the 110m and 300m hurdles.  “The hurdles were so great, but I wished had pred by even more time,” said Zarotney.

Even though Green didn’t medal beyond his relays, he did manage to get a personal record in the 800m. Green, who thoroughly enjoys running track, said, “Somehow I got pink at the meet, so that was fun.  Also, I wanted to run the 400, but was needed elsewhere”

Furthermore, this Regionals was especially important for senior Cole Tubman because, since this was his last opportunity to medal in the hurdles at Regionals, he skipped his senior trip.  This was not a bad decision because Cole managed to medal in his 110m hurdles (7th). “It was worth skipping my senior trip. None of the other seniors can say they medaled at track regionals.”

Junior Bailey Siglow was able to medal in her 3200m (the 2 mile) by coming in 7th. Excited about medaling, Siglow said, “My whole goal every season is to get a medal and this just happened to be the meet that I’ve got it at.  I’m really happy that I got this medal and this is the personal medal I’ve gotten, because usually I just medal in a relay.”

Melanie Kibler, a junior, also managed to medal, but in the 300 hurdles.

“I didn’t expect to medal because I was new to hurdles this year and I don’t know the correct hurdle form.  Coach basically just told me to sprint in between the hurdles and then jump over them however I could.”

Freshman Joshton Szczepanski didn’t medal during his race, but he did manage to achieve a pr in the 3200m.  “Each time I run my times get shorter. And I believe that track is the best, and only, sport I do.”

While sophomore Leah Brucal didn’t medal or get a personal record, she did throw discus and shot put, which are two field events where you throw metal disks and balls, very well. “Regionals was a fun experience.  Even though I didn’t medal I still used that loss to drive me to succeed”

While all of the runners did amazing, the most incredible part of the meet was that, even though thunderstorms were predicted, it only rained for about ten minutes and then there were clear skies the rest of the meet.

The entire track team did an awesome job and the fact that so many people medaled is truly astounding.  Great job guys!