Speedy Sprint-Distance Tandem Carries Buckley to 1st Championship

By Tom Lang
Special for MHSAA.com

June 3, 2023

HUDSONVILLE – Buckley capitalized on the balance of junior distance star Aiden Harrand and freshman standout sprinter Brooklyn Fraeze to rack up the points needed to win the Lower Peninsula Division 4 track & field championship with 52 points Saturday at Hudsonville.

The team title was Buckley’s first in girls track & field.

Harrand won the 1,600 for the third-consecutive year and added titles in the 800 and the 3,200, leading her team to the championship. Those three wins followed her cross country Finals championship from the fall.

“I think it’s kind of fun,” she said about racking up the titles. “My team motivates me, I mean we’re in it as a group and my points matter, so I do it for them.

Addison's Molly Brown celebrates her win in the 100 hurdles. “It was a cool experience to have, winning those two,” she said about the two longest races, the 1,600 and 3,200, which were the hardest of the overall meet due to the low 90s/high 80s heat and searing sun all day. Race officials allowed the unique opportunity for coaches to spray the runners with water and give them water bottles.

“The water on the backstretch was so nice, and I’m really glad it was there,” Harrand said about the unusual experience. “My coaches were spraying me, and that was so nice to have.

“And our girls took first overall, so we’re really excited for that. Me and Brooklynn (Fraeze) had lots of points, and our 4 x 400 (eighth place) got us the last points we needed. It was amazing, and this is why we do it.”

Fraeze, a freshman, won 100 dash with a personal best of 12.47. She added a runner-up finish in the 200.

“I was like, oh my gosh I’m doing it, the finish line is right there,” she said about the last 10 meters of the 100, as she finished just ahead of Molly Brown of Addison (12.57).

Brown later won the 100 hurdles.

“The girl who got second place, I felt her at like the halfway point and I was telling myself ‘I’ve got to go,’” Brown said of the hurdles win. “And after I finished the race, I was thinking about it and I heard my family yelling for me. I saw my dad and I started crying; there’s just a lot of emotions.”

Her team finished sixth.

Portland St. Patrick was the team runner-up, just three points back at 49. Indian River Inland Lakes took third, Fowler was fourth and Hillsdale Academy took fifth.

Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart senior Anna Plum successfully defended her 300 hurdles title.

Addison's Molly Brown celebrates her win in the 100 hurdles. “I think I was actually seeded third, but I had high expectations since I won last year and I really wanted that again,” Plum said. “It’s kind of like validation.

“We put in great practices, and God, honestly,” she credited as factors for her win and the team’s focus. “We are Sacred Heart and believe in God and put a lot of trust in that.

“My feet are pretty hot right now,” Plum added about the weather conditions. “I bet I’ve got some pretty big blisters. I don’t even know how the 3,200 runners do it. It was insane today.”

Rylee Scheurer led St. Patrick by winning the 200 (25.82), and Natalie Wandrie keyed Inland Lakes’ pursuit with wins in the shot put (39-8) and discus (128-11). Frankfort in the 400 (50.68), Fowler in the 800 (1:47.17) and Hillsdale Academy in the 1,600 (4:08.08) and 3,200 (9:57.73) were relay champions, and Beal City’s Kaylee Locke won the 400 (58.55).

Marlette’s Olivia Findlay won the high jump (5-4) and Wyoming Potter’s House Christian’s Sohanny Gonzalez-Castillo won the long jump (17-4). Deckerville’s Rebecca Moeller was first in the pole vault (10-6).

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PHOTOS (Top) Buckley's Aiden Harrand sets the pace in the 1,600 on Saturday. (Middle) Addison's Molly Brown celebrates her win in the 100 hurdles. (Below) Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Anna Plum clears a hurdle during the 300. (Photos by Ken Swart/RunMichigan.com.)

Performance of the Week: Onsted's Emmry Ross

June 6, 2024

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Ross became just the third girl in Lower Peninsula history – and one of eight statewide – to win four individual events at an MHSAA Track & Field Finals, as she finished first in the 400 (56.25), 800 (2:10.74), 1,600 (4:57.81) and 3,200 (10:55.27) on Saturday at the LP Division 3 championship meet at Kent City. She was the only member of her team to qualify for the Finals, but her 40 points earned in those races placed Onsted second in the team standings.

Her 400 time was a season-best, and her 800 and 3,200 times were personal records – which is saying even more considering she also won the 400 and 800 as a sophomore and the 400 (and ran on the winning 1,600 relay) as a freshman in 2022. Ross also runs cross country and finished fifth at the LPD3 Final this past fall.

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May 31: Isaac Sturgess, Flint Powers Catholic baseball - Report
May 30:
Abby Russell, Allen Park track & field - Report 
May 23:
Isabel Thelen, St. Johns tennis - Report
May 16:
Ally Katinas, Novi lacrosse - Report
May 9:
Peter Roehl, Rochester Adams golf - Report
May 2:
Lilah Smith, Richland Gull Lake soccer - Report
April 25:
Mason Mayne, Lawton track & field - Report
April 18:
Alli Wright, Jenison softball - Report
April 11:
Chloe Wishart, Trenton soccer - Report
March 28:
Jenna Maki, Ishpeming basketball - Report
March 22:
Jaremiah Palmer, Niles Brandywine basketball - Report
March 15:
Leah Hodge, North Farmington gymnastics - Report
March 8:
Darius Marines, Detroit Catholic Central wrestling - Report
March 1:
Rylee Smith, Zeeland West bowling - Report
Feb. 22:
Caleb Lewandowski, Traverse City West skiing - Report
Feb. 15:
Jadin Mix, Onaway basketball - Report
Feb. 8:
Onalee Wallis, Cadillac skiing - Report
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Abbey DeGraw, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek competitive cheer - Report
Jan. 25:
Ewan Todd, Riverview swimming - Report
Jan. 18:
Ashley Weller, Jackson Northwest basketball - Report
Jan. 11:
Michael Baldwin, Saginaw Arthur Hill wrestling - Report
Dec. 15:
Jena Fijolek, Fenton bowling - Report
Dec. 8:
Sophia Wagner, Escanaba gymnastics - Report
Dec. 1:
Isaiah Marshall, Southfield Arts & Technology football - Report
Nov. 24:
Sarah Bradley, Clarkston Everest Collegiate volleyball - Report
Nov. 17:
Kalieb Osborne, Waterford Mott football - Report
Nov. 10:
Tekalegn Vlasma, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian soccer - Report
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Colton Kinnie, Birmingham Seaholm football - Report
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Lauren Timpf, Macomb Lutheran North golf - Report
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Seth Norder, Grand Haven cross country - Report
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Jhace Massey, Gladwin football - Report
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Kaylee Draper, Sturgis swimming - Report
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Owen Jackson, Traverse City St. Francis tennis - Report
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Rachel Forsyth, Ann Arbor Pioneer cross country - Report

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