by Ben Murphy
The Clare varsity track teams flexed its early season muscles on Wednesday night, as they handily won both sides of the first Jack Pine Conference meet at home, topping Meridian and Farwell.
The boys side saw Clare win 13 events to top Meridian 124-39 and Farwell 142-21.
For the Pioneers, in the 100 meter dash Xavier Martin won with a time of 11.25 and Brandon Zinser was third at 12.04, JJ Gross won the 200 meter at 25.11 and Alec Hoffman was third in the same event.
Martin wsa also a winner in the 400 meter with a 54.09, in the 800 Justin Tickle was first at 2:11.72 and Bryce Dangler was fourth, the Pioneers swept the top two spots in the 1600 thanks to Ben Haupt and Jimmy Teall, with Haupt clocking a time of 4:48.22 and in the 3200 the Pioneers had the top four spots, with Haupt winning at 10:31.20 and he was followed by David Good, Teal and Jayce Miller.
Kolt Lincoln claimed wins in both hurdle events, winning the 110 hurdles with a 17.60 and the 300 in a time of 45.74. Christian Kuhns also did well in hurdles, coming in third in the 110 and fourth in the 300.
In the relays, the Pioneers won the 4×200 and 4×800 and took second in the 4×100 and 4×400.
The field events saw Zac Stickler and Jacob Stickler take first and second in the shot put with heaves of 49-08.50 and 42-09, the discus had Z. Stickler come in first at 138-07 and Noah Nivison and Keeghan Billerbeck added second and third place finishes. In the high jump, Amante Young was second at 5-04.00 and Mitch McDowell third, Hunter Schaaf won the pole vault at 12-00 and Kuhns was second and in the long jump, Young placed second at 19-00.25 and Aidan Boyd was fourth.
For the Eagles in the 100 meter dash Alex Dailey was ninth, the 200 had Hunter Turner come in fourth and Kyle Frost place fifth, Dailey claimed third in the 400, in the 800 Daylen Garver was second and David Gordon fifth, Garver was third in the 1600 and Brock Byard was 12th in the 3200.
Scott Lucia was second in both hurdle events.
Zach Carpenter was third in the shot put and sixth in the discus and Hunter Turner finished eighth in the long jump.
The Lady Pioneers won 11 events and topped Farwell 135-24 and Meridian 128.5-33.5.
Clare, in the 100 had Ellie Johnson come in second at 13.39 and Olivia Cook place third and Johnson and Cook claimed second and third in the 200 as well, with Johnson timing out at 27.98. Johnson added a win in the 400 at 1:03.39 where Lainey Veenkant was third. Jasmine Harper ran the 800 in 2:37.76 to claim the win and was followed closely by second place teammate Olivia Haring. Harper also won the 1600 at 5:24 with Haring taking second in that as well and in the 3200, Holly Pummell was second at 12:46.16 and Bri Smith was third.
The Pioneers took all the points in the hurdles events. In the 100 hurdles Kayden Barber won at 17.72, Regan Weeks was second and Madi Warner finished third. Barber also won the 300 hurdles at 54.71 and was followed by Warner, Weeks and Jenna Betts.
Clare also swept all the relay events.
In the shot put, Leah Canel was third and Grace Parsons claimed fourth, Natalee Kunse won the discus at 94-01 and Parsons was third in the same event.
Kasey Staley was third in the high jump at 4-08 and Staley continued her dominance in the pole vault with an impressive 11-10. Serena Dole also competed in the pole vault, claiming third and Julia Wetzer, Weeks and Betts were second-through-fourth in the long jump.
Farwell had Jenna Odykirk claim a win in the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.29 and the 200 in a time of 27.51 and she was second in the 400 at 1:04.01.
For the Eagles in the field events, Lillian Albaugh claimed a win in the shot put at 37-06 and Mia Fetzer was second and Albaugh was second in the discus at 91-03 and Brianna McQuiston was eighth in the long jump.