Rayder boys' win small-school division of Gary Rathbun Track & Field Invitational

CADILLAC -- Carly Searles won three events Friday to lead the Petoskey High School girls' track team to a first-place finish in the large-school division of the Gary Rathbun Track & Field Invitational at Cadillac High School's Memorial Stadium.

Searles won the 100-meter dash, the 400, and the long jump as Petoskey finished with 127 points. Cadillac, 115.5, was second.

The host Vikings won the boys' large-school division with 173 points, while the Northmen were second with 130. West Branch Ogemaw Heights was third with 100, followed by Cheboygan, 58; Big Rapids, 31; and Houghton Lake, 29.

Led by Andrew Plude and Eric Buday, Charlevoix won the small-school boys' division with 133 points, four better than runner-up McBain. The Rayder girls finished fourth.

It was an awesome performance by our whole team, said Petoskey girls' coach Karen Starkey, whose team won or tied for first in seven events. I am really proud of this group. This was our first meet where we had lots of athletes participate and they did a fabulous job.

The weather was terrible for everyone, but the kids were doing the things they needed to do to stay warm and be ready to compete. Our experienced athletes did their jobs and stepped up to the task and the newer athletes followed. It was definitely a team effort.

Petoskey's Kerby Tamm won the girls' discus, Sammy Rajewski won the 200, Megan Tompkins tied for first in the high jump, and Rajewski, Cindy Adams, Jasmine Mapes and Liz Fraser teamed up to win the 400 relay.

Petoskey won six events in the boys' meet. Senior Cory Starkey won the 110 hurdles in 16.39 seconds and the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches; Dan Nowicki won the 100 in 12.1 seconds; Mike Drake captured the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 7.43 seconds; Jared Goodrich was first in the 400 in 54.35; and Mike Wilhelm, Drake, Jack Touran and Goodrich teamed up to win the 3,200 relay in 8:37.14.

Strong winds of 15-25 mph blasted off of Lake Cadillac, affecting every event, Petoskey boys' coach John Goble said. Most events either had a head win or a cross wind, which produced slower times and shorter distances in the field events. During the high jump and pole vault, the bar would blow off as athletes were making their approach.

All the athletes were able to stay tough throughout the evening, given the conditions.

For Charlevoix, Buday won the 1600 in 4:59 and the 3200 in 11:01. He also ran a leg on the Rayders' winning 3,200 relay team, which included John Shea, Plude and Will Larsen. They combined to finish in 8:42.

Plude won the long jump at 18-11 1/2; and the 400, 56.0. Shea, Matt Klooster, John Boss and Jared Reibel combined to win the 400 relay in 48.0.

The Charlevoix girls captured three firsts. Molly Jeakle won the 800 in 2:38.6, Caroline Boss won the 200 in 28.37, and those two combined with Stirling Witthoeft and Annie Dipert to win the 1600 relay in 4:45.

Dipert, Jeakle, Olivia Certa and Hilary Way teamed up to place second in the 3200 relay.

For the Northmen girls, Tompkins was second in the long jump, Tamm was second in the shot put, Rajewski finished second in the 100, Liz Fraser was third in the pole vault, Claire Brummeler was fourth in the 400, and Rachel Brilinski was fourth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles.

The Northmen were also third in three relays: The 3,200, the 1,600 and the 800. Rajewski, Adams, Katelynn Crittenden and Tompkins comprised the 800 relay; Olivia Hoffman, Jasmine Mapes, Brummeler and Rachel Schuilingkamp teamed up in the 1,600 relay; and Schuilingkamp, Crittenden, Grace Tasloff and Kathy Rajewski comprised the 3,200 relay.

For the Northmen boys, Freddie Lieberbach placed second in the 800, Wilhelm was second in the 1,600, Louis Lamberti was second in the high jump, and Tanner Sobleski was second in the 300 hurdles.

Petoskey was also second in both the 800 and 1,600 relays, and the Northmen were third in the 400 relay. Brian Knight, Nowicki, Todd Sumbera and Jacob Oberg comprised the 800 relay; Drake, Touran, Knight and Goodrich teamed up in the 1,600; and Nowicki, Starkey, Jake Buchalski and David Grindle comprised the 400 relay squad.

Sumbera placed third and Oberg was fourth in the 200, while Knight was fourth in the 400, and Sobleski placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.

For the Charlevoix boys, Tony Faulk was second in the pole vault and he ran a leg on the Rayders' 800 relay team, which also placed second. Klooster, Larsen and Shea joined Faulk in the event. Shutler also placed second in the high jump, and teammate Cam Canupp was second in the discus.

Shutler had a pair of thirds, those coming in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, while Klooster was third in the 200, and Faulk was third in the shot put.