This 2017 Girl's Track and Field will go down in history as one of the best. At Saturday's State Finals, 10 Lady Tars competed in 6 events. In those 6 events recorded, They recorded personal bests in all of them, broke 5 school records, and 4 Lady Tars earned All State Honors. Isabella Bertolini was All-State in two events. This was a perfect way to end the 2017 season.
The 4x800 team of Amelia Nikesch, Mackenzie Streveler, Sophia Kerr, and Emily Westphal. Couldn't be a closer group of 4. They run together in cross country and train with each other all year. Their bond together was the reason for their 22 second PR at the Regional to qualify to States. Some people would just be happy with just getting there, and not improve at the state meet. Not the case with these 4, as they shaved 7 more seconds of their time, running a 10:02. They also improved 2 spots than there seed finishing 25th in the state. Great Season Ladies!
On Saturday, Calli Rechesteiner continued to distance herself as the best vaulter in school history, as she broke her school record for a 7th time clearing 10'9. This was one of the most competitive pole vault meets in state history. Call's vaut placed her 16th in the state, but only 6 inches short of being all state. Calli has her goal set to be all state next year in her senior season!
Brianna Kource has been on a roll the past 3 week, dominating the hurdles in every meet. This year she qualified in the 300 hurdles instead of the 100 hurdles. On Saturday, Bri became the fastest 300m Hurdle runner in school history by running it in 46.10 seconds. This breaks a 30 year old school record by Lesley Carrothers who ran a 46.24. Bri finished 15th in the State.
Senior, Isabella Bertolini has ran her last 400m dash ever in a Tar's Uniform. She saved the best for last breaking her 2015 school record and finishing 7th in the state. Her time of 57.21 ranks he as the 5th fastest quarter miler in Macomb County History. Congratulations you deserve it.
The 400m wasn't Bertolini's only event Saturday. She joined Angelica Bailey, Kiara Davis and Brianna French in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The 4x200 had been the Tars best relay over the past 3 years, as the relay has qualified to states each of the past 3 years.Freshman, Brianna French is the only new member from last years team. This relay team ran together most of the year, but it took the state meet to cement that this is the best 4x200m relay time in school history, They ran a time of 1:44.11 and finished tied for tenth in the state, is the 4th Fastest time in Macomb County History. However, these fantastic four has one more race.
In the last event of an already historic evening, Bailey, Davis, French and Bertolini put together arguably the best performances in school history regardless of event. The team's best time going into this event was 4:11, and the school record was 4:08.5 set back in 1985. The race started with Angelica Bailey, who ran a very strong first lap who handed the baton to Kiara in just under 60 seconds. Kiara who is still new to running a 400, ran a very solid second leg and kept the race tight for Freshman Brianna French. Brianna ran a phenomenal third leg passing both runners in front of her on the second half of her lap. Her split was the first 400m under 60 seconds in her high school career, When Izzy got the Baton after the the first 3 legs in under 3 minute, it was obvious something special was about to happen. She gave every ounce of effort she had and crossed the finish line with in 3:57.31 seconds. The ladies ended on the podium finishing 7th in the state and earned All-State Honors. In addition to being a new school record, these four ladies are now the fastest 4x400 relay team in Macomb County History.
The 2017 Lady Tars team accomplished so much this season. Other highlights from this year were…
Anchor Bay Relay Champions (3rd straight year)
Marysville Invitational Champions (3rd straight year)
Sterling Heights Invitational Champions
MAC White Dual meet Champions (5-0)
MAC White League Meet Champions
1st place in the Macomb County Meet of Champions. (2nd Straight year)
Macomb County: Team of the Year (2nd Straight year)
New Class Records
Amelia Bont broke the Sophomore Shot Put (32'11) and Discus (99'2) records. The records belonged to Stephanie Seifert (1988) and Stacey Eitner (1980)
Angelica Bailey broke Brianna Kource's sophomore record from last year in the 300m hurdles (46.90)
In addition to breaking the Junior and School record in the 300 Hurdles, Brianna Kource broke Allison Schumacher's 100m Hurdle record from 1993 with a time of 15.78
Calli Rechsteiner broke Kate Meyer's Junior record from 2012 in pole vault
Kiara Davis broke Liz Fournier's (1986) and Jackie Pollard's (1979) record in the 200m Dash
Isabella Bertolini graduates from Anchor Bay holding every all four class records in the 400m. Jackie Pollard had the 400m senior record until this season. She joins Autumn Cleverley (800m) and Vivian Abbey (High Jump) as Lady Tars that hold all four class records in one event.
With 2017 in the books the lady Tars will look to improve in 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped make this season so great!