Madison Osterberg. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(May 29, 2023 11:45 AM ET) Jackson-area runners are ready for a medal haul on Saturday at the Michigan High School Athletic Association state track and field finals.
More than 100 athletes will compete in state track and field finals at Rockford High School in Division 1, Forest Hills Eastern High School in Division 2, in Division 3 Kent City will host that final, and Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville will host the Division 4 meet. All of the finals are in the Grand Rapids area.
Field events and preliminaries are expected to begin at 10 a.m. and running finals at 1 p.m. The top eight earn all-state medals and honors.
Below is a list of the state qualifiers, his/her school, event, time/distance/height, and state ranking going into the state finals.
Rankings are based on regional finishes nearly two weeks ago.
Several athletes should have busy and successful days on Saturday.
Napoleon sprinter/hurdler Holden Van Poppel is ranked No. 1 in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.87 seconds and is expected to participate in the 300-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, and on the Pirates’ fifth-ranked 800-meter relay team in Division 3.
Van Poppel earned a pair of medals last year in the hurdle races.
Madison Osterberg is ranked No. 1 in the 1,600-meter run (4:59), first in the 3,200-meter run (11:01), and No. 2 in the 800-meter run (2:16) in Division 3. The race of the day may be in the 800 with Osterberg vs. Emmry Ross of Onsted – two of the best distance runners in the state.
Columbia Central runner Rylie Aylesworth will attempt to medal in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes – a very busy day – in Division 3
Mekhi Wingfield of Concord had one of the longest jumps of the season and should be a threat in the Division 4 long jump (21-2.5).
Napoleon, Western, and Concord boys’ teams are regional champions looking for a shot at winning state team titles. The magic number at the state meet for teams is traditionally 45 points. Unless there is a team that runs away with everything or someone has a Bargesser-kind of day, finishing near 45 points puts a team near the top of the pack.
So don’t forget sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and represent Jackson County well.
Name School Event Time/Dist/Ht State rankings
Ahmad Ameen Jackson 400-meters 50.04 16th
Keiyera Johnson Jackson 100- hurdles 15.98 20th
Keiyera Johnson Jackson 300- hurdles 48.48 23rd
Western Girls 1,600-meter relay 4:15.14 17th
Kayda Herrick Western High jump 5-0 9th
Bayli Stewart Western Long jump 16-3.5 16th
Cooper Singleton Western 1,600-meters 4:25.37 16th
Joshua Veneziano Western 300-hurdles 40.98 6th
Western Boys 800-meter relay 1:31.96 14th
Brennan FaberWesternShot put49-1012th
Owen Fremeau Western Discus 150-11 9th
A.J. Scutt Western Discus 140-0 22nd
Joshua Veneziano Western High jump 6-2 7th
Lucas Inosencio Western Pole vault 13-2 6th
Caleb Rudd-Jones Western Long jump 20-10.25 14th
Alex Pastrioza Lumen Christi 100-meters 11.34 15th
Travis Collins Michigan Center 100-meters 11.36 20th
Graham Gumper Hanover-Horton 100-meters 11.41 25th
Holden Van Poppel Napoleon 200-meters 23.32 26th
Alex Pastrioza Lumen Christi 200-meters 23.39 29th
Rogan Melling Hanover-Horton 1,600-meters 4:31.41 9th
Isaiah Dinverno Lumen Christi 1,600-meters 4:36.19 17th
Rogan Melling Hanover-Horton 3,200-meters 9:48.44 4th
Holden Van Poppel Napoleon 110-hurdles 14.87 1st
Eli Dyer Springport 110-hurdles 15.98 18th
Gavrik Belcourt Napoleon 110-hurdles 16.05 20th
Eli Dyer Springport 300-hurdles 42.15 18th
Holden Van Poppel Napoleon 300-hurdles 43.04 32nd
Napoleon Boys 400-meter relay 45.00 11th
Napoleon Boys 800-meter relay 1:31.94 5th
Columbia Central Boys 800-meter relay 1:34.22 22nd
Hanover-Horton Boys 3,200-meter relay 8:21.48 4th
DeVonta Habern Napoleon High jump 6-0 6th
Lionel Campbell Napoleon High jump 6-0 6th
Rylie Aylesworth Columbia Central 100-meters 12.96 16th
Grace Bullock Grass Lake 100-meters 13.13 19th
Rylie Aylesworth Columbia Central 200-meters 27.20 15th
Rylie Aylesworth Columbia Central 400-meters 1:01.69 16th
Madison Osterberg Lumen Christi 800-meters 2:16.56 2nd
Macy Fazekas Lumen Christi 800-meters 2:26.87 16th
Sydney Fazekas Lumen Christi 800-meters 2:27.60 17th
Madison Osterberg Lumen Christi 1,600-meters 4:59.62 1st
Madison Osterberg Lumen Christi 3,200-meters 11:01.05 1st
Hope Wilkes Columbia Central 3,200-meters 12:23.55 26th
Melyssa McJennett Columbia Central 100-hurdles 16.94 15th
Olivianna Watkins Hanover-Horton 300-hurdles 49.85 11th
Melyssa McJennett Columbia Central 300-hurdles 50.39 14th
Grass Lake Girls 400-meter relay 52.04 7th
Grass Lake Girls 800-meter relay 1:49.33 6th
Hanover-Horton Girls 800-meter relay 1:51.08 17th
Grass Lake Girls 1,600-meter relay 4:15.26 5th
Lumen Christi Girls 1,600-meter relay 4:20.66 13th
Lumen Christi Girls 3,200-meter relay 9:50.13 2nd
Hanover-Horton Girls 3200-meter relay 10:21.05 11th
Napoleon Girls 3,200-meter relay 10:25.30 13th
Ereka Risner Grass Lake Shot put 35-11 3rd
Mya Viegelahn Grass Lake High jump 4-11 8th
Alyssa Budd Napoleon Long jump 16-7 2nd
Kaytie Warren Hanover-Horton Long jump 16-0 3rd
Addisyn Rudd East Jackson 200-meters 28.02 25th
Cieara Barrett Concord 800-meters 2:28.43 7th
Olivia Ortell Jackson Prep 800-meters 2:35.50 28th
Concord Girls 3,200-meter relay 12:38.04 27th
Mariah Kerley East Jackson Shot put 33-8 12th
Mariah Kerley East Jackson Discus 90-2 20th
Addisyn Rudd East Jackson Pole vault 9-6 1st
Kennedy Goodwin East Jackson Pole vault 8-0 15th
Tyreke Brown Concord 200-meters 24.32 21st
Adair Artis Concord 800-meters 2:01.88 5th
Michael Allen East Jackson 3,200-meters 10:13.29 10th
Ashton Easterwood Concord 110-hurdles 16.51 10th
Concord Boys 400-meter relay 45.91 9th
Concord Boys 800-meter relay 1:34.06 3rd
Concord Boys 1,600-meter relay 3:31.77 1st
East Jackson Boys 3,200-meter relay 8:35.07 10th
Collin Thompson Concord Pole vault 8-6 21st
Mekhi Wingfield Concord Long jump 21-2.5 3rd
Randy ReddickEast JacksonLong jump20-0.519th
Anthony Evans Concord Long jump 19-8 30th