2018-05-17 / Sports

Raiders track heads into post-season

By Kylee Richardson
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com

Flushing’s Aidan Harrison arches as he goes up and over the high bar. 
Photo by Todd Boone Flushing’s Aidan Harrison arches as he goes up and over the high bar. Photo by Todd Boone MIDLAND – The Flushing boys’ and girls’ track teams will hit the track on Friday at Midland for the Div. 1 regional in hopes of securing their spots at the state finals at East Kentwood on June 2. The top two teams, as well as the top two individuals in each event, and anyone who meets a qualifying time will advance to the state finals.

Along with Flushing and host Midland, Alpena, Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Davison, Flint, Carman-Ainsworth, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Mt. Pleasant, Arthur Hill, Saginaw Heritage, Swartz Creek, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West will be in attendance.

The Saginaw Heritage girls are currently ranked No. 9 in Div. 1, while the Traverse City Central boys are ranked No. 5 and Traverse City West boys are No. 7.

The Flushing boys are currently undefeated in the Flint Metro league, sitting at 8-0 and in first place, while the Lady Raiders are second with a 7-1 record and their only loss being against Fenton, which is in first.

Aidan Harrison, Nick Morrison, Ry’lon Roberts and Jesse McLemore have paced the Raiders in sprints and sprint relays this year. Harrison recorded an 11.02 personal best in the 100 on April 18. Roberts also recorded his personal best this season with an 11.24 in the 100.

In middle and distance events, Jared Lindstrom, Carter Johnson, Caleb Kriesch, Jordan Buckner and Hunter Markel have consistently led the way. Johnson has a personal record of 2:07.35 in the 800 and 4:41.1 in the 1,600. Kriesch most recently recorded his best 3,200 of 10:28.22.

Leon Stocker has been Flushing’s top hurdler and long jumper this season, with a personal best 16.01 in the 110 hurdles, 40.39 in the 300 hurdles and 19-6 in the long jump. In throwing events, Antonio Farero recorded his best shot-put throw of 45-8 on May 9 and best discus throw of 138-9 on April 20. Harrison also hit a season best of 6-4 in the high jump, which his has made multiple times in his career. His personal best of 6-6.25 was recorded last season.

For the Lady Raiders, Demetria Royster has paced Flushing in sprints with a 13.04 100 PR. Asia Smith has also been dominant in the 200 with a 27.1 best and the 400 with a 1:00.38.

Thailyia Christensen, Ellie Reynolds and Keeli Lindstrom have all taken turns leading in distance events this season. Christensen has a 2:31.05 best in the 800, 5:25.97 in the 1,600 and 12:00.98 in the 3,200. Ellie Reynolds and Keeli Lindstrom have both earned a spot in Flushing’s distance events as freshman this year.

Royster has also made an appearance in long jump, recording a 15- best at the Davison Twilight Classic last Friday. Melissa Reynolds recorded her best high jump of 5- on April 18 and a personal record pole vault of 9- on May 9. Shawna Cannon has also consistently led in throwing events.

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