There was a change in format – going to a more traditional Regional set-up – and poor weather but that didn’t stop the athletes from showing up to run, jump and throw in the always competitive April Showers meet at Dexter.
Pioneer and Huron were among the 30 plus teams to join Dexter for the event. No team scores were kept. Here are some of the top results from the area performers who deserve full marks for competing in not-so-ideal conditions.
Pioneer had a strong showing in the 400 meters with seniors Joel Pingle (fourth, 56.41) and Edgar Thomas (fifth, 56.61). Huron sophomore Donovan Smith was eighth (58.37) and Pioneer’s Brenden Franklin was 10th (58.79). Dexter’s young sprinters had a solid showing with sophomore Keegan Kipke 16th (1:00.35) and freshman Ethan Martz 20th (1:03.0).
In the 800 meters, Dexter junior William Buller ran first in 2:03.62. Pioneer freshman Fred Wallace was third in 2:06.26 while Dexter senior Noah Hayter was eighth in 2:17.64.
Pioneer senior Nick Foster ran away with the 1600 meters, taking first in 4:14.09. Dexter’s Owen Huard was third (4:23.18). Huron had a strong showing with Karsin Dass ninth (4:40.22) and Donovan Smith 12th (4:44.57). Pioneer’s Drew Allen was 18th in 4:54.38.
Pioneer freshman Owen Johnson won the JV 1600 meters in 4:38.59.
Pioneer senior John Florence won the 3200 meters in 9:23.86. Dexter had a strong showing with Nathan Larson fourth (9:41.58) and Nick McKenzie ninth (10:05.58).
Pioneer landed another first place in the 110 hurdles as junior Leo Gabaron won with a time of 14.89. Dexter’s Wilson Kasischke was sixth (17.12) and Pioneer’s Adunbi Adetomiwa was 16th (19.21).
Kasischke was fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.60) with Pioneer’s Adetomiwa sixth (46.95). The Dreadnaughts landed four in the top 11 with Cameron O’Day eighth (47.97), Nathan Gariepy ninth (48.20) and Wiley Smith 11th (50.89).
In the 4×100 relay, Pioneer (Drew Barnes, Jesse Li, Samson Dabney and Leo Gabaron) was second in 47.55.
In the 4×200 relay, Pioneer was fifth in 1:39.39 and Dexter was ninth in 1:44.06.
In the 4×800 relay, Pioneer was fifth in 8:54.44 and also took seventh in 9:14.81. Dexter had another solid effort with a 12th and 13th place finish.
Adam Greve was 23rd in the shot put (31-02) for Dexter with teammate James Livingston 32nd (26-05).
In the discus, Pioneer’s Dennis Simmons was 15th (101-01). Greve was 24th (79-10) and Livingston 26th (77-03). Pioneer’s Kristian Jackson was 33rd (60-03).
The Dreadnaughts dominated the pole vault. Junior Henry Sheldon was third (12-06) and senior Ethan Dunn was fourth (12). Dexter’s Nathan Kangas and Zachery Sawin each went 10-0 to tie for 13th.
Sheldon was 15th for Dexter in the long jump (17-08). Teammate Cameron O’Day was 17th (17-02). Li was 21st (16-10) and Barnes 22nd (16-08) for Pioneer. Dexter’s Yaw Oduro was 29th (15-02) and Pioneer’s Shamar Napier was 31st (14-03).