KENT CITY–The Kent City girls’ track and field team took advantage of their new fast track facility and earned the runner-up trophy in the scarlet division of the Kent City Elite Invitational, falling only to state powerhouse Pewamo-Westphalia. The electric environment produced an incredible number of season and lifetime best performances.
Only 8 medals were awarded out of three individuals from 20 teams. The top medals won by the Eagles included Kylie Brown in first place in the 400 (100.92) and second place high jumper Mickenzie Brancheau (5’2″). Kierra Flegel (5:49.95) also won the open mile. Brown also earned 4th overall in the 200 (27.41). Sylvia Freeland tied for sixth in the pole vault (7’6″) while Taryn Preston improved to sixth in the shot put (32′ 7.75″). Lila Volkers (5:29.08) and Alyeska Linsley (5:53.28) both ran in the elite mile and represented Kent City well in sixth and tenth places in the fast field.
The only relay to earn a top 4 medal was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Flegel, Volkers, Isabella Max, and Linsley (10:52.86).
In terms of there division, Brancheau also scored points in the 100 (4th place), as did Sarah Kozal in the 400 (5th). In the long jump, Freeland and Hailey Kamphuis were 5th and 6th. Volkers was 6th with a PR in the 800 with Flegel in 7th. Freeland also pick up a 7th place in the 300 hurdles.
The relay teams also picked up divisional points. The 4 x 200 team of Kamphuis, Kozal, Brown, and Brancheau was first while the 4 x 400 team of Volkers, Flegel, Kozal and Brown was 2nd. Kamphuis, Kozal, Freeland, and Brancheau picked up a 4th place in the 4 x 100.
Every runner mentioned had at least one SR or PR, including Abigail Sible who capitalized on the great competition and ran to two while Alisha Esquival had one.