Cardinals' relay comes up just short; Snowbirds' Delaney relishes state final goal
Johannesburg-Lewiston's 400-meter relay team walked away proud of what they've accomplished the past two seasons.
And the foursome kept their head held high, but there was no doubt they were disappointed in not achieving their goal of placing at the Division 4 track and field state championship Saturday in Hudsonville.
The team of Alicia Korff, Hannah Collins, Madison May and Destiny Sherbonda took ninth in the relay, recording a time of 53.11. They missed meddling at the podium by only one place. They were only .11 away from breaking 53 seconds, their other goal.
For comparison, the team's PR is 52.84, which they set last season, and J-L's school record is 52.00.
"We came in ranked 12th, but we were so close to reaching our goals, and we worked really hard," Korff said. "We are proud of everything we have done this season.
"We took ninth, and that was kind of disappointing. We really wanted to make it on the podium and be under 53."
The foursome took first place in every meet but three this spring. One loss came in the state final, obviously, while the other two came at meets that included D2 and Class A and B schools.
Ever since making a trip to the state final last year, the group has had a target on their back at Ski Valley meets. Only Grand Traverse Academy came close to beating them in a pure D3/D4 meet during the regular season.
"Having a target on your back like that is really just motivational," Korff said. "Everyone wants to take us down, but we let that push us.
"We are a close group, and I thank them all so much because they really pushed me, and we've become close like a family. We've just grown with each other. I wouldn't be myself today without having so much fun with Hannah, Maddy and Destiny."
Improved handoff's took the relay team from the middle of the pack to one of the best in their region a year ago.
They kept improving their handoff's this spring, despite the prolonged winter weather postponing the first month of the season.
In practices, the four pushed each other to perfect every part about the event. And it paid off. They'll miss that friendship.
"I'm just going to miss how close we are," Collins said. "We're not just friends as a relay team, we're friends in and out of school. We don't live that far apart, and it makes it that much easier (to have a team bond)."
Another factor that kept the relay team close this season was May's pre-game speeches that often cracked each other up.
May would hold the baton and give her pep talk and, according to Collins, she would "talk about how we're going to do great, and it inspired me (at the state final)."
"She usually talks about how good we're going to do and how our handoff's have always been great, and how it's just going to go smooth," Collins continued. "She usually says, 'Alicia and Hannah, you are going to turn and burn' because we have the corners, and she'd tell herself and Destiny to 'cruise on the straightaways and go forever.'"
Korff (14-06.75) and Sherbonda (14-02.50) took 21st and 23rd, respectively, in the long jump.
Also competing at the state final was Lexie Raymond, who took 22nd in the 300 hurdles (54.14). The freshman didn't get past the first heat in the 100 hurdles, but she still finished 18th with a time of 18.42.
A team of Alyssa Bartle, Jersey Layman, Shawna Drumb and Jessika Dixon took 22nd in the 3,200 relay (12:05.40).
Layman placed 23rd in the 3,200 (13:17.42).
J-L sent five boys to compete at the state championship.
A team of Nathan Idalski, Tyler Helzer, Jack Perry and Kyle May placed 21st in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:11.95.
Timmy LaPointe didn't make it out of the preliminary heat, but the senior took 19th in the 110 hurdles (17.18).
Delaney runs the shorter race
• St. Mary coach Brian Oliver often joked with Brendan Delaney about why the senior was running the 800-meter run.
"I heard that many times from my coach," Delaney said. "He was surprised I was so dedicated to the 800 this year.
"He'd always say, 'It's really interesting you are choosing this. Isn't that a short race for a cross-country runner?' I'd say, 'I know! But I just want to focus on this.'"
Delaney was the individual Ski Valley cross-country champion in 2017, and he narrowly missed repeating as the champ this past fall.
One would expect such a great distance runner to focus on the 1,600 and 3,200 events, but Delaney was inspired by his buddy Luke Passino, who graduated from Inland Lakes a year ago.
That inspiration paid off Saturday in Hudsonville, as Delaney placed 14th in the 800 at the D4 track state championship. He crossed the finish line in 2:07.58.
"I just really wanted to run that race," Delaney said. "I enjoy the mile and the 2 mile, but I had a calling toward the 800 because I couldn't run both the 800 and 1,600 at the same meet.
"The mile is always first, and it'd burn me out before the 800, so the whole season I just ran the 800 and the 2 mile.
"Luke Passino is a good friend of mine, and he was an 800 God, and I wanted to focus on that like he used to."
Delaney said he started training for the 800 in mid-February. Since then he has studied the race 200 meters at a time, learning how to perfect his form and breathing for each length of the event.
He gutted out each race, despite the weather delaying his track season by a month.
"I fell in love with that race because I enjoyed the fast pace of it and the challenge," he said. "That was the only race where I had to take off right from the get-go. There was no leeway. I had to take off sprinting. I liked the distance of it, too. It's compatible in my brain to measure it in my head with a race pace."
And to celebrate reaching his goal with hugs from family and friends this past weekend?
"It was perfect," he said. "It was four years of a dream coming to fruition.
"Making it to states was my absolute goal. I trained in mid-February in the bitter cold and freezing weather, and I just wanted to go to states so bad. When I qualified for states at the regional, my season was made."
Cardinals follow up D4 regional title with SVC Championship
BELLAIRE – All it took was four first-place finishes for the Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track team to win a league title during the Ski Valley Championship on Monday.
"It's another solid performance," J-L coach Craig DeHoog said. "We cover all the different events (with our depth), and the seniors really performed well in their final conference meet. For a lot of them, that was their last meet ever unless they run in the Herald Times meet next Tuesday, so I'm proud of the kids."
Destiny Sherbonda (13.80) won the 100-meter dash, while Alicia Korff (14-07.50) edged Sherbonda in the long jump.
The two seniors teamed up with Hannah Collins and Madison May in becoming champions in the 400 relay (53.86). Collins, May, Korff and Lexie Raymond won the 800 relay (1:58.49).
DeHoog, a first-year coach, said a lot of the team's success this spring – with winning both conference and Division 4 regional titles – comes from former coach Kevin Kennedy, who built the foundation of the program entering this season.
"I got to say that it's just like with cross-country: A lot of the talent was already there with Kevin," DeHoog continued. "He just built the program and had girls that came up and right away wanted to work hard as freshmen.
"The middle school program, that's already starting to show, too, and we have big numbers, and we'll continue to feed the high school. I can't say I've done anything special as a coach that's made us such a success. Kevin was just a big part of it."
The J-L boys team took second place in the SVC Championship, finishing just behind Mancelona for the league title.
Seniors Kyle May (2:07.88) and Timmy LaPointe (16.43) won the 800 and 110 hurdles, respectively, while Elijah Fisher (44.15) placed first in the 300 hurdles.
The Cardinals will send 14 athletes to the state championship June 2 at Hudsonville, including Sherbonda and Korff in the long jump, the 400 relay team, Jersey Layman in the 3,200, a girls 3,200 relay team that is yet to be determined and Raymond in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
On the boys side, J-L will take LaPointe in the 100 hurdles as well as the team of Nathan Idalski, Tyler Helzer, Jack Perry and May in the 3,200 relay.
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times
When Craig DeHoog took over for longtime Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track coach Kevin Kennedy this spring, he didn't exactly set out to win a Division 4 regional championship.
In fact, he was just worried about getting the right kids in the right events to maximize his team's scoring potential at meets. He wanted to ensure his Cardinals were competitive entering the Ski Valley championship.
Call it beginner's luck or just call it being fortunate to have a talented team because his girls ran away as the regional champions Saturday at Lincoln Alcona.
J-L will send 14 different athletes to compete in the state championship June 2 at Hudsonville.
"I was kind of surprised, but I'm super proud of the girls," the rookie coach said. "I didn't really think much about doing this my first year. I was just thinking about getting us ready for meets, and we had a good season and have won a lot of meets.
"Today ended up being pretty close (J-L scored 136.5 points to edge Inland Lakes' 128), but we've worked on being so well-rounded in all the track and field events. We have good sprinters and distance kids, and we're good in the field events. We're not just a speed or distance team."
Not a surprise was the 400 relay team of Alicia Korff, Hannah Collins, Madison May and Destiny Sherbonda winning and becoming a regional champion (53.68). The foursome hasn't lost a regular-season race in that event in two years.
Sherbonda also became an individual champion in the long jump (15-05.50), while Korff placed second to also qualify for the championship (15-01).
"I think that speaks to their work ethic, and they're willing to run whatever I ask them to," DeHoog said. "They can plug into relays and are willing to try new things out, like the 2-mile even."
DeHoog and Jersey Layman had to make a decision on whether Layman would run the 800 or 3,200. Layman, a volleyball player without cross-country experience, opted for the longer race.
The junior took second in the 3,200 (13:52.21) to continue her season into June.
"Jersey has only run in the 2 mile three times previously, and she didn't even run that to start the season," DeHoog said. "I had to ask her before the meet what she was thinking about running because we didn't know where to put her for a fourth event.
"But she ran the 1- and 2-mile race for me when I coached middle school track, so I knew she had a history with distance events. She doesn't run cross, but she is definitely a good distance runner."
Layman also helped a team of Alyssa Bartle, Alyce Vermilya and Sydney Townsend place second in the 3,200 relay (11:16.10). While the foursome has qualified for the state final, the lineup might look much differently in Hudsonville, as Vermilya and Townsend are starters on the softball team, and their team plays a district game that same day in Rogers City.
Lexie Raymond won the 100 hurdles (18.51) and took second in the 300 hurdles (54.71) to punch her ticket to the state final.
In the boys race, Timmy LaPointe took second in the 110 hurdles (16.45), while a team of Nathan Idalski, Tyler Helzer, Jack Perry and Kyle May placed second in the 3,200 relay (8:58.34).
St. Mary had a pair of senior boys qualify for the state championship, as Liam Beningo won the shot put (40-06) and Brendan Delaney took second in the 800 (2:07.22).
Cardinals' girls track team wins 11-team Mancelona meet
The Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track team placed first in 10 individual events to win a meet Monday at Mancelona.
Winning events were Destiny Sherbonda in the 100 (13.58), Sydney Townsend in both the 400 (1:10.70) and the 3,200 (14:53.18), Jersey Layman in the 800 (2:44.88), Lexie Raymond in the 100 hurdles (18.78), Taylor Peterson in the pole vault (7-06) and Alicia Korff in the long jump (13-11).
A team of Hannah Collins, Madison May, Korff and Sherbonda won the 400 relay (53.85), while May, Raymond, Collins and Korff won the 800 relay (2:00.40).
Alyssa Bartle, Alyce Vermilya, Jessika Dixon and Layman won the 3,200 relay (11:53.36).
A host of Cardinals placed second in events, including May in the 100 (13.70), Layman in the 1,600 (6:22.94), Marziah Ziobron in the 100 hurdles (19.36), Lexie Raymond in the 300 hurdles (54.50), Tara Madej in the shot put (27-10) and Peterson in the discus (85-03).
St. Mary placed third in the 11-team meet.
Alex Hunter won the 300 hurdles (53.66), and Emma Cherwinski placed second in the 200 (28.44).
Hunter, Cherwinski and sisters Kinzie Jeffers and Olivea Jeffers placed second in the 400 relay (54.48).
In the boys meet, Timmy LaPointe placed first in the 110 hurdles (16.41) and second in the 300 hurdles (44.70) to lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish as a team.
The senior also helped Henry Baker, Patrick Kennedy and Caesen Campbell in taking second in both the 400 relay (48.32) and the 800 relay (1:41.10).
Nathan Idalski was second in the 3,200 (11:30.05), while he joined Danny Mackowiak, Tyler Helzer and Kyle May in placing second in the 3,200 relay (9:45.43).
Cal Gilling and Liam Beningo paved the way for St. Mary, which placed fourth. Gilling (43-07.5) and Beningo (42-04.25) had a 1-2 finish in the shot put, while Gilling took second in the 100 (11.87) and Beningo was second in the discus (102-01.5).
Brendan Delaney finished second in the 800 (2:08.36).
Cardinals' girls continue reign, win pair of meets
The Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track team won the Memorial meet with five first-place finishes Friday at Bellaire.
Winning events were Lexie Raymond in the 100 hurdles (18.65), Taylor Peterson in the shot put (27-06), Jersey Layman in the high jump (4-08) and Destiny Sherbonda in the long jump (14-02).
A team of Alicia Korff, Madison May, Hannah Collins and Destiny Sherbonda won the 400 relay (54.55).
Taking second in events were Sherbonda in the 200 (29.41), Jayda Richter in the high jump (4-06) and Korff in the long jump (13-08).
Raymond, May, Korff and Collins placed second in the 800 relay (2:01.08).
St. Mary was shorthanded by its archery team's trip to Kentucky, but it placed eighth in the 10-team meet thanks to Emma Cherwinski taking first in the 200 (28.92) and second in the 100 (14.05).
Mancelona won the boys meet, but J-L took second behind seven runner-up finishes.
Earning second-place finishes were Timmy LaPointe in both the 100 hurdles (16.84) and 300 hurdles (44.74); Lance Upplegger in both the high jump (5-10) and long jump (19-03); Ryne Bennett in the discus (93-06); and Kyle May in the 1,600 (4:54.49).
A team of Henry Baker, Patrick Kennedy, Caesen Campbell and LaPointe finished second in the 400 relay (48.35).
St. Mary's Cal Gilling won the 100 (12.09), 200 (24.70) and shot put (39-08), and the Snowbirds placed sixth as a team.
During a meet May 7 at Central Lake, the J-L girls team took first, while Peterson was named athlete of the meet.
Peterson took second in the discus (88-11), shot put (26-09) and pole vault (7-00).
Sherbonda (13-08) and Korff (13-03) had a 1-2 finish in the long jump, while Korff, May, Collins and Sherbonda won the 400 relay (53.84).
Raymond placed second in the 100 hurdles (18.75).
St. Mary placed sixth in the 11-team meet. Cherwinski took second in the 100 (13.67).
The Cardinals' boys team took second overall, while LaPointe placed first in the 110 hurdles (14.18) and second in the 300 hurdles (43.74).
Elijah Fisher, Robbins, Kennedy and May placed second in the 1,600 relay (3:49.03), and Baker, Upplegger, Campbell and LaPointe were second in the 400 relay (48.030).
St. Mary won three events to take fifth place.
Brendan Delaney placed first in the 3,200 (10:30.31) and second in the 800 (2:08.94).
Liam Beningo won the shot put (39-04.50), while Gilling won the 100 (12.04).
TRACK AT CENTRAL LAKE
Girls won first place overall!
Raymond takes 1st in 4 events; Cardinals win Fairview meet
Lexie Raymond led the Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track team to a first-place finish in a 10-team meet Friday at Fairview.
The freshman won both the 100 hurdles (18.17) and the 300 hurdles (54.77). She joined Madison May, Hannah Collins and Destiny Sherbonda in winning the 400 relay (55.65), and she helped Collins, May and Alicia Korff win the 800 (2:01.12).
Sherbonda won the long jump (14-11.25) and took second in the 200 (29.47), while Amelia Lawrence won the pole vault (7-00).
Taylor Peterson won the shot put (28-01.50) and took second in the pole vault (7-00). She helped Alyssa Bartle, Jersey Layman and Alyce Vermilya in taking third in the 3,200 relay (12:07.09).
Sydney Townsend took second in the 3,200 (14.24.18), second in the 1,600 (6:17.01) and third in the 400 (1:12.69).
Collins was second in the 100 (13.58), Madej took second in the shot put (26-00.50) and Mariah Ziobron finished second in the 100 hurdles (19.34).
Layman tied for second place in the high jump (4-05) and placed third in both the 800 (2:58.52) and 1,600 (6:24.50).
May took third in the 200 (30.18), and Vermilya was third in the 3,200 (14:49.86).
A team of Jessika Dixon, Shawna Drumb, Madej and Lawrence finished third in the 1,600 relay (5:17.41).
The Cardinals scored 217 points to win the meet, followed by Rogers city with 140, Oscoda with 75, Fairview with 61 and St. Mary with 29.50.
The Snowbirds' Megan Loffer won the discus (87-05), while Kinzie Jeffers placed third in the 100 hurdles (19.38).
In the boys meet, the Cardinals took second thanks to Timmy LaPointe placing first in the 110 hurdles (16.39) and second in the 300 hurdles (44.68).
A team of Nathan Idalski, Tyler Helzer, Jack Perry and Kyle May took second in the 3,200 relay (9:40.03), while Elijah Fisher, Aaron Latuszek, Kyle Robbins and Kyle May placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:46.77).
Four Cardinals placed third in events, including Nathan Lawrence in the 110 hurdles (18.85), Jason Richter in the high jump (5-10), Lance Upplegger in the long jump (17-06) and Kyle May in the 1,600 (5:15.65).
Hale scored 136.83 points to win the meet, followed by J-L with 108, Hillman with 101, Oscoda with 74 and Rogers City with 70.83. St. Mary took sixth place by scoring 46 points.
A pair of seniors paced the Snowbirds.
Brendan Delaney placed first in the 3,200 (11:04.05) and second in the 800 (8:10.54), while Liam Beningo won the shot put (33-11) and took third in the discus (98-01).
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times
Both Johannesburg-Lewiston's boys and girls track teams took second place in the seven-team Bulldog Invitational held Wednesday at Inland Lakes.
In the boys meet, Lance Upplegger won both the long jump (18-05.75) and the high jump (6-01), while Timmy LaPointe placed first in the 110 hurdles (16.86) and the 300 hurdles (44.35).
Kyle May won the 1,600 (4:52.53). The senior also placed second in the 800 (2:11.94), followed by Nathan Idalski in third (2:12.50).
Elijah Fischer was second in the 400 (55.34), Jason Richter took second in the high jump (6-00), Ryne Bennett finished third in the discus (96-08) and Caesen Campbell placed third in the 200 (26.21).
A team of Henry Baker, Noah Makowski, Campbell and LaPointe won the 400 relay (48.98).
Idalski, May, Jack Perry and Tyler Helzer took second in the 3,200 relay (9:16.81), while Fischer, May, Aaron Latuszek and Kyle Robbins were second in the 1,600 relay (3:52.99).
Sault Ste. Marie totaled 157 points to win the meet, followed by J-L and Cheboygan both with 154, Inland Lakes with 83 and Onaway with 36. St. Mary scored 30 points for sixth place.
Brendan Delaney paced the Snowbirds by winning both the 3,200 (10:52.84) and the 800 (2:07.15).
The girls meet saw J-L's Destiny Sherbonda win the long jump (14-09.25), while Alicia Korff placed second (13-08.50).
Lexie Raymond placed third in both the 100 hurdles (18.64) and 300 hurdles (54.24), and Tara Madej finished third in the shot put (28-08.25).
Jersey Layman was second in the high jump (4-06.99), followed by Jayda Richter in third place (4-05).
A team of Sherbonda, Korff, Madison May and Hannah Collins placed second in the 400 relay (54.41), while Korff, Collins, May and Raymond were third in the 800 relay (1:58.68).
Alyssa Bartle, Shawna Drumb, Taylor Peterson and Layman took third in the 3,200 relay (12:02.11).
Sault High scored 267 points to take first place, followed by J-L with 114, Cheboygan with 81, Inland Lakes with 69 and St. Mary with 55.
St. Mary's team of Alex Hunter, Kinzie Jeffers, Emma Cherwinski and Olivea Jeffers placed second in the 800 relay (1:57.18) and third in the 400 relay (56.00).
Cherwinski placed second in the 100 (14.15), Olivea Jeffers was third in the 100 (14.17) and Megan Loffer took third in the discus (83-10
Townsend paces Cardinals to win in opening meet
The Johannesburg-Lewiston girls track team won seven events to place first in a 10-team meet Monday at Mancelona.
Sydney Townsend, the reigning Ski Valley champion in cross-country, won both the 1 mile (6:11.44) and the 2 mile (14:01.24).
Lexie Raymond placed first in the 100 hurdles (18.73) and second in the 300 hurdles (57.49), while Taylor Peterson took first in the pole vault (7-03) and second in the shot put (28-01.25).
Tara Madej won the shot put (28-01.50), and Alicia Korff won the long jump (13-08.25).
Destiny Sherbonda placed third in the long jump (13-00), Jersey Layman was third in the 1,600 (6:15.33) and Jada Richter finished third in the high jump (4-06.20).
A team of Korff, Sherbonda, Hannah Collins and Madison May won the 400 relay (54.51), while Korff, May, Collins and Abby Makowski took second in the 800 relay (2:02.00).
A team of Peterson, Layman, Alyce Vermilya and Alyssa Bartle finished second in the 3,200 relay (11:55.55).
The Cardinals scored 182 points to place first, followed by Bellaire (100), St. Mary (82), Mancelona (68) and Rogers City (64.50).
The Snowbirds recorded three first-place finishes, including Alex Hunter winning the 300 hurdles (55.25) and Emma Cherwinski winning the 200 (29.54).
Kinzie Jeffers took second in both the 100 hurdles (19.32) and 100 (14.02), while older sister Olivea Jeffers was third in both the 200 (31.01) and 100 (14.06).
Megan Loffer placed third in both the shot put (27-10) and the discus (79-01).
Hunter, Cherwinski and the Jeffers sisters won the 800 relay (1:49.73) and took second in the 400 relay (54.08).
While J-L's boys team only had one first-place finish – Timmy LaPointe in the 100 hurdles (16.28) – the Cardinals collected points up and down their lineup to place second as a team.
LaPointe also took second in the 300 hurdles (44.95), while Ryne Bennett placed second in the discus (92-04).
Justin Polzin placed third in the shot put (39-00.75), Justin Richter finished third in the high jump (5-08.30) and Elijah Fischer was third in the 400 (56.12).
A team of Noah Makowski, Henry Baker, Caesen Campbell and LaPointe finished second in the 400 relay (48.99), and Bennett, Fischer, Patrick Kennedy and Kyle Robbins took third in the 1,600 relay (4:01.25).
J-L's distance runners, who won the SVC championship in cross-country in the fall, placed second in the 3,200 relay (9:29.30). That team was led by Nathan Idalski, Jack Perry, Kyle May and Tyler Helzer.
Mancelona totaled 166 points to win the meet, followed by J-L (104), Hillman (97), Rogers City (84) and Ellsworth (65). St. Mary scored 64 points for sixth.
Three seniors picked up first-place finishes for the Snowbirds.
Cal Gilling won the shot put (42-09), while Liam Beningo placed first in the discus (98-06.50) and second in the shot put (40-00.25).
Brendan Delaney won the 800 (2:08.81) and took second in the 3,200 (11:04.76).
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times
Baseball and softball players aren't the only ones bummed out about all the snow on the ground right now.
The Johannesburg-Lewiston track team can't even get out to its track for practices because of how much snow it has.
The Cardinals have been forced to train in the school's hallways, which is a tight squeeze because they have a full boys and girls varsity roster and a pair of middle school teams practicing.
Probably the most impacted by the cramped practices are Hannah Collins, Destiny Sherbonda, Madison May and Alicia Korff.
The quartet of seniors have built quite the chemistry in the relays the past two years, and their 400-meter relay is on pace to break a school record this spring.
That is, of course, if they can actually get outside and train. Right now, they're about three weeks behind all the other 400 relay teams around the state.
"It's very, very frustrating," Korff said. "We have to do the same workouts inside, and it's hard to run a true 100 sprint or to even estimate how to get that full workout in. Being outside is different with your lungs, so being inside just messes everything up right now."
Their 400 relay took first in all eight regular-season meets they competed in last spring and they finished second at the regional to qualify for the Division 4 state championship.
At the Herald Times Meet of Champions, where they faced some of the fastest D2 schools around, they took home a fourth-place finish.
They placed 12th at the state final (52.84) and set a personal record. They were only .84 away from snapping the school record.
Senior year, their last hurrah, was supposed to be the year they got their name on the record board inside J-L's gym. They still have time to do it, but their pre-season training has been derailed by poor weather.
"We're trying to do as much as we can inside," May said. "We work on handoff's inside, but that's still totally different without marks on the track or judging our speed without wearing spikes."
May has taken the high road, and she loves the challenge. She said what sets their team apart from others around the state is their handoff efficiency that they worked on all last season.
"It's just, plain and simple, our handoff's," she continued. "That takes a lot of time off when we have handoff's when they are right at the beginning of the exchange zone, and then we are gone and sprinting. We might not be the fastest, but our handoff's make up for that.
"We are behind, but that means we have to work harder to get to where we want to be right now. "
May also said the girls will be challenged by the lack of competition at Ski Valley meets this year. A lot of the relays that often pushed them have graduated.
That's put more pressure on them to stay focused.
"We just have to work hard and give everything we can at practices and meets and just keep going at it," Korff said.
Even if that means the SVC's top relay team has to share the hallways with middle schoolers this spring.
J-L's Track Schedule:
Friday, April 20 - at Mancelona
Thursday, April 26 - at Inland Lakes
Monday, April 30 - Home Meet
Friday, May 4 - at Fairview
Monday, May 7 - at Central Lake
Friday, May 11 - at SVC Championship (Bellaire)
Tuesday, May 15 - at Mancelona
Saturday, May 19 - at D4 regional
Tuesday, May 29 - HT Meet of Champions
Saturday, June 2 - at D4 state final
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