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Here are all the qualifiers for the Gaylord Region Athletics and Athletics Finals

SHEPHERD – It’s official in the United States for area track and field athletes.

Athletes from Gaylord, Gaylord St. Mary and Johannesburg-Lewiston traveled to their respective MHSAA regional championship meets last weekend (Division 4 on Friday, May 17 in Pellston and Division 2 on Saturday, May 18 in Shepherd) and while a large number of the athletes from the region saw their season end just short of qualifying for the state finals, the list of those who did qualify for the state finals from GHS, GSM and JLHS is quite long.

Find out who made their way to the state finals here:

Eight JoBurg athletes qualify for the Division 4 state finals

Another year, another long list of state-qualified Johannesburg-Lewiston athletes to sift through.

Eight Cardinals will make their way to Hudsonville for the Division 4 state finals on Saturday, June 1, while they dominated the distance events on Friday, May 17 at the Division 4 regionals in Pellston.

Senior Madalyn Agren and junior Allie Nowak led the girls team, each qualifying in three events; Agren individually qualified for the 3200-meter state final after finishing second with a time of 12 minutes, 0.64 seconds, while Nowak won the 800-meter regional final with a time of 2 minutes, 24.12 seconds, putting her qualified for states in the 800 meters. For the first time.

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Meanwhile, both Agren and Nowak were part of the 4×400-meter and 4×800-meter teams that qualified as a team of Agren, Nowak, Harlie Fox and Yolanda Gascho ran a 4:26.94 in the 4×400, while a team of Agren , Nowak, Fox and Danielle Agren won the 4×800 meters with a time of 10:15.43.

On the boys side, three more Cardinals qualified; senior Blake Fox, junior Jeremiah Witt and junior Nate Hummel.

Fox ran his best 800 meters of the season, winning the event in Pellston with a time of 2:02.40. Witt, meanwhile, also ran his best 1600 meters of the season, with his time of 4:50.16 good for second place and a qualifying bid. Finally, Hummell rounded out the JoBurg qualifiers by clearing 11 feet in the pole vault, his personal record.

Murrell and Matelski qualify for the final state meet for GSM

The top two track and field athletes for GSM will give it one last shot at the Division 4 state finals on June 1.

Seniors Miriam Murrell and Rylan Matelski, leaders of the GSM girls and boys track teams, both qualified for their final MHSAA Division 4 state finals last weekend, with Murrell qualifying in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races, while Matelski qualified in the long races . to jump.

Murrell ran a 5:43.48 in the 1600 meters and a 12:26.79 in the 3200 meters, good for second and third places respectively. This will be Murrell’s fourth straight appearance at the D4 state finals, officially qualifying every year she was in high school.

Matelski, meanwhile, qualified for his second straight state final in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 2.5 inches, about an inch and a half shy of his personal best and good for third place overall.

Gaylord led by Berkshire, Roberts

Athletes were welcomed on one of the hottest days of the year (so far) on Saturday, May 18, as Division 2 runners from central and northern Michigan descended on Shepherd, Michigan for this year’s D2 Regional Trials, with Gaylord joining Petoskey, Cheboygan and other northern regions. Teams from the Lower Peninsula in attendance.

As usual, Gaylord’s lead was their top sophomore distance runner, Katie Berkshire. She will make her second straight appearance at the D2 state finals after completing the 1600m and 3200m runs in Shepherd, setting a new personal best in the 1600m with a time of 5 minutes 2.65 seconds. Her 3200m time of 10:47.65 was just over five seconds slower than her personal best, but still gave her a healthy 40-second lead over second place.

Berkshire is a legitimate state title contender, especially in the 3200 meters, where her PR of 10:41.81 at the Sehpherd Bluejay Invitation on May 9 was the second-best time in all of MHSAA Division 2 this season, just three seconds behind Rapids Catholic’s Grand Emily Tomes’s 10:38 is set at the same game.

Meanwhile, Berkshire wasn’t the only one to take home a regional final trophy; fellow sophomore Ivy Roberts found her way to the podium in the girls long jump after taking first place with a jump of 5 feet 11 inches.

Roberts isn’t far from contending for a state title either; her PR jump of 5 feet, 4 inches back on April 13 is tied for the third highest mark this season in D2. If she can repeat that feat on June 1, she could very well be back on the podium.

Contact GHT sports editor Dylan Jespersen at [email protected]. Follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter, @dylanjespersen, and Instagram, @dylanjespersen