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Clare track team sweeps JPC titles

By Ben Murphy

Clare won both sides of its Jack Pine Conference track dual at home with Meridian on Wednesday, keeping both teams’ perfect record intact at 7-0 and giving each squad the JPC’s regular season title.

The boys won 84-79 and were led by a third place finish by Alex Haupt in the 100, Haupt took fourth in the 200, Colton Petree was fourth in the 400 and Clare swept the top three spots in the 800, with Kevin Spicer-Torres, Hunter Nivison and Brock Demo.

The Pioneers were equally as dominant in the 1600, with Spicer-Torres, Kyler Phillips and Nivison sweeping the top spots and in the 3200 it Nivison, Spicer-Torres and Phillips taking the top three.

In the 110 hurdles Devin Ayers took first and John Splitter was third, with the same duo taking the top two spots in the 300 hurdles. The Pioneers took second in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 before winning the 4×800.

In the shot put, Tyler Gillespie took first and Levi Boynton was second, Gillespie added a second place in the discus, Jacob Karl was second in the high jump with Devin Ayers placing third, Chase Field won the pole vault and Jay Poet took third in the long jump.

For the Lady Pioneers, in the 100 Mallory McDowell, Kodi Humphrey and Lexi Harton swept the top three spots, as did Madison McPhee, Harton and Amanda Yats in the 200. In the 400 McPhee and Lindsay Winter took first and second, in the 800 Jasmine Harper and Victoria Harper placed first and second with Holly Pummell coming in third, in the 1600 Victoria Harper was the winner with Pummell and Jasmine Harper coming in second and third and in the 3200 Jasmine Harper won with Robyn Stanley placing second and Makenzie Harmon coming in third.

Madi Warner won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Clare won every relay event. Tealen Brown took second in the shot put and third in the discus, Hannah Hofweber took second in the high jump with McDowell placing third, Stanley was third in the pole vault and Krysten Kruskamp and Kaylee Williams took first and second in the long jump.

On Friday, in the Shepherd Invitational Jasmine Harper broke the school record in the 1600 with a time of 5:11, coming in second place in the event while Victoria Harper broke the senior record in the same event to come in fourth.

Humphrey won a medal in the 400, Hannah Bauman ran a personal record in the 1600 and Jordan Bradley had a personal best time in the 3200.

For the boys, Devin Ayers won the 110 hurdles (17.12) and Nivison won the 1600 (4:30.66).

The Pioneers compete in Alma on Saturday and host regionals next Friday.

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