Article by: Jim Evans, Macomb Daily
Amelia Bont is a senior thrower on the Anchor Bay track and field team.
Cora Kolodge is a freshman distance runner.
Several years apart in school. Specializing in events that widen that gap even more.
Seemingly, very little in common.
That would be incorrect.
Both have autographed school records that had been in place for decades. Both accomplished that feat at the Harold Arft Invitational held at Sterling Heights High School.
Bont busted a 39-year-old school record in the shot put. Her distance was 35 feet, 9.5 inches.
Kolodge dislodged a mark that had been in place for a quarter century when she recorded a 5 minutes, 14.07 seconds in the 1600.
"I started in the throwing events in the fifth grade at Immaculate Conception and loved it. It was fun and the events are perfect for me," said Bont. "I'm very driven, and I like seeing what my limits are. I like to push myself."
Bont is the reigning county champion in the shot put. She was the MAC White Division champion in the event as a junior.
"Amelia had success at the end of her junior season, and I think that motivated her," said Kendal Wilkinson, her coach at Anchor Bay. "She is definitely a kid who has worked hard since day one. I talked to her during the off-season and she wants to break both the shot put and discus records."
Bont will attend Hope College in the fall. She will continue her career in track and field. She will also pursue a degree in kinesiology.
Kinesiology involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine.
Physical activity is something that Cora Kolodge has taken to naturally. This past fall, she qualified for the state meet in cross country. At the Harold Arft Invitational, Kolodge erased the previous record in the 1600 that was set 25 years ago by Kelly Cracchiolo.
Previous to her record-breaking 5:14.7, her best had been 5:27.
"I was just really trying to stay with her (Grosse Pointe South's Devon Krasner) the entire time. I found the opportunity at the end to pass her. I started to sprint past her with 200 meters to go. It felt good. I felt strong," said Kolodge.
Krasner finished second in 5:20.15.
"Cora ran a smart race," said Wilkinson. "She drafted off the girl from Grosse Pointe South, and then she left her in the dust. She is nearly 6-0 tall. She has a long stride and has great form, especially for a ninth grader. By the time she graduates, I can see her with three or four school records."
The Tars will compete in Saturday's Dakota Invitational. Then, on Friday, May 17, they are among the field at the Division 1 regional meet at Warren-Mott.