Indoor Meet Provides Final Tune-Up

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Ben Fleck

Staff Writer

Grand Ledge Track and Field participated in the Michigan State Playmakers True Team Invitational this past week as a final tune-up for the outdoor track season.

Head Track Coach Brett McCartney said the meet is a good starting point for the season.

“Many of the teams in this meet are in our league were at this meet,” said McCartney.

McCartney said the meet helps the coaching staff gage how the team looks heading into break, but also what the team needs to work on to succeed during the outdoor season.

Grand Ledge might have run good in the coach’s minds, but according to the official meet results the team did not perform well.

The results show Grand Ledge finishing in eighth-place out of the 14 teams that participated in the meet. The team scored a total of 790.50 points.

The team did not finish well in the standings, but McCartney was still happy with the effort.

“We showed some great things out there,” said McCartney. “We aren’t perfect and still have a lot to work on, but we looked good.”

Distance coach Fred Hutchinson said the distance team looked good, but a little bit tired.

“We worked them hard last week and then went easy the day before the meet,” said Hutchinson. “I expect them to be tired, but we really want to be ready for the outdoor season.”

According to the official meet results; Grand Ledge had some very good individual performers at the meet.

Senior Jake Bennett finished first for the Comets in the shot put throwing a length of 51 feet.

Senior Harris Edwards finished tied for fourth in the high jump. Edwards jumped an even 6 feet.

“Harris has the ability to jump higher, but that is a good jump for this point in the season,” said McCartney.

The Grand Ledge girl’s team had a better showing at the meet finishing second and scoring 1003 points.

According to the official meet results, the girls had much better individual performances and had one athlete finish near the top of every event.

Hutchinson said the girls distance team looked very strong in all of the events they participated in and should have success as they transfer to outdoor season.

“We are running really well right now,” said Hutchinson. “I think it will be hard to beat our distance team this spring.”

Coach’s McCartney and Hutchinson said it is really important for the team to run well at this meet because of the layoff during spring break.

The coaches said that although this meet didn’t give them specific times, the times they did get are right around what they would have expected at an outdoor meet this time of year.

With spring break next week, Coach McCartney said the season is in full swing and the kids are ready to compete for a division title.

“Once we get back from break we get right into meets and they start to matter towards winning the league,” said McCartney.

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