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Truly the area’s best: Recap of the Hillsdale County Area Best Track and Field Meet


Left, Hillsdale Academy senior Connaught Blood and her parents. Middle, Susan Stout of the Hillsdale Community Foundation, and Mary and Gary Beach. Right, Reading senior Steven Smith and his parents. Blood and Smith won the Beach Memorial Scholarships.

Left, Hillsdale Academy senior Connaught Blood and her parents. Middle, Susan Stout of the Hillsdale Community Foundation, and Mary and Gary Beach. Right, Reading senior Steven Smith and his parents. Blood and Smith won the Beach Memorial Scholarships.

A trio of records were set, dozens of personal best’s were lowered and Hillsdale County’s top track and field athletes delivered as promised Tuesday.

Reading stars Trent Morris and Shawna Smith were voted the Ralph Crume Athletes of the Meet by local coaches for their efforts at the Area Best Track Meet at Hillsdale College and a pair of area seniors were awarded plaques as the 2009 Jennifer Beach Memorial Scholarship winners.

Morris won the pole vault with a top mark of 14-0, two feet ahead of second place and he also was victorious in the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 41.2.

Smith set a new meet record in the 300 hurdles to win the event in a time of 46.3 and also was a member of the winning 400 and 800 relays.

Also setting a new meet record Tuesday was Hillsdale’s Hilary Kast who ran a 5:11.5 in the mile, and senior teammate Joe McAvoy tied Tim Jagielski’s meet record in the mile with a 4:25.6.

Reading senior Steven Smith and Hillsdale Academy senior Connaught Blood were awarded the Jennifer Beach Memorial Scholarships as the county’s top student-athletes following the playing of the national anthem, an honor presented by Gary and Mary Beach in honor of their late daughter Jennifer, who was killed in a car accident as a North Adams-Jerome high schooler.

Both athletes received $250 toward college and plaques from the Hillsdale Daily News.

Here is a complete rundown of the podium finishers at the Area Best meet. It should be noted that there may be some athletes who technically qualified for events that did not participate Tuesday because they were allowed to compete in a maximum of four events.

Boys results
Discus
1. Ben Wines, Pittsford 150-9; 2. Brett Dailey, Jonesville 144-3; 3. Roger Jermeay, Jonesville 125-0
Shot put
1. Ben Wines, Pittsford 48-5; 2. Steven Smith, Reading 47-4.5; 3. Matt VanNuys, Reading 43-7.5
High jump
1. Stephen Sykes, Litchfield 5-11; 2. Garet Lee, Pittsford 5-9; 3. Rob Moore, Jonesville 5-9

Jonesville's Evan Clendening won the 110 meter hurdles at the Area Best meet.

Jonesville's Evan Clendening won the 110 meter hurdles at the Area Best meet.

Pole Vault
1. Trent Morris, Reading 14-0; 2. Austin Billington, Pittsford 12-0; 3. Billy Julian, Reading 11-0
Long jump
1. Sonny McCoy, Hillsdale 20-10.5; 2. Logan Jenkins, Jonesville 20-0.25; 3. Andrew White, C-F 19-1.5
3200 meter relay
1. Pittsford 8:41.72; 2. Jonesville 8:41.77; 3. Hillsdale Academy 8:51.38
110 meter hurdles
1. Evan Clendening, Jonesville 16.00; 2. Josh Jenkins, Reading 16.16; 3. Jeremy Cornish, Litchfield 16.26
100 meter dash
1. Mitch Green, Hillsdale 11.09; 2. Tanner Bricker, C-F 11.46; 3. Bryan Black, Jonesville 11.55
800 meter relay
1. Jonesville 1:33.34; 2. Reading 1:33.48; 3. Camden-Frontier 1:37.24
1600 meter run
1. Joe McAvoy, Hillsdale 4:25.6; 2. Damien Davenport, Reading 4:39.63; 3. Blake Fix, Waldron 4:42.15
400 meter relay
1. Hillsdale 44.84; 2. Reading 44.98; 3. Litchfield 46.71
400 meter dash
1. Tom Lundberg, Hills. Acad. 51.63; 2. Fletcher Masters, Waldron 51.93; 3. Chad McOscar, Jonesville 54.18
300 meter hurdles
1. Trent Morris, Reading 41.2; 2. Seth Brotherton, Hillsdale 42.51; 3. Evan Clendening, Jonesville 42.81
800 meter run
1. Ethan Smith, Hills. Acad. 2:00.84; 2. Ethan Gehrke, Hills. Acad. 2:01.63; 3. Joel Calvert, Hills. Acad. 2:05.41
200 meter dash
1. Mitch Green, Hillsdale 22.7; 2. Sonny McCoy, Hillsdale 23.2; 3. Tanner Bricker, C-F 23.32
3200 meter run
1. Sebastian Reisch, Hillsdale 10:11.65; 2. Brent Smith, Pittsford 10:24.2; 3. Michael Borton, Hillsdale 10:35.97
1600 meter relay
1. Hillsdale Academy 3:27.51; 2. Reading 3:29.1; 3. Jonesville 3:42.51

Girls results
Discus
1. Amber Smith, Jonesville 118-3; 2. Heather Lantis, Hills. Acad. 112-5; 3. Jami Newell, Reading 108-2
Pole vault
1. Alex Mailahn, Reading 9-0; 2. Nicole Marsh, Reading 8-6; 3. Katie Shalosky, Hillsdale 8-0
Shot put
1. Brooke Schmucker, Reading 36-5.5; 2. Amber Smith, Jonesville 34-9; 3. Heather Lantis, Hills. Acad. 33-5
High jump
1. Jackie Page, Pittsford 4-7; 2. Jessica Fink, Reading 4-5; 3. Amie Petrie, Reading 4-5

Reading's Shawna Smith was the Ralph Crume Female Athlete of the Meet Tuesday.

Reading's Shawna Smith was the Ralph Crume Female Athlete of the Meet Tuesday.

Long jump
1. Elainee Poling, Pittsford 16-0.5; 2. Grace Leutheuser, Hills. Acad. 15-10.5; 3. Jessica Fink, Reading 14-11
3200 meter relay
1. Pittsford 10:40.51; 2. Waldron 10:46.16; 3. Jonesville 10:49.72
100 meter hurdles
1. Kristyn Jones, Jonesville, 16.63; 2. Nicole Marsh, Reading 17.56; 3. Jackie Page, Pittsford 17.63
100 meter dash
1. Ciara Brown, Jonesville 12.78; 2. Kim Davis, Reading 13.25; 3. Gabe Hoag, Hillsdale 13.27
800 meter relay
1. Reading 1:49.18; 2. Hillsdale Academy 1:54.2; 3. Camden-Frontier 1:56.42
1600 meter run
1. Hilary Kast, Hillsdale 5:11.55; 2. Elyse Lisznyai, Hills. Acad. 5:40.67; 3. Morgan McFaul, Pittsford 5:50.93
400 meter relay
1. Reading 51.9; 2. Jonesville 52.11; 3. Hillsdale 54.3
400 meter dash
1. Tessa Pridgeon, Reading 1:01.74; 2. Connaught Blood, Hills. Acad. 1:02.4; 3. Shaley Albaugh, Hills. Acad. 1:03.45
300 meter hurdles
1. Shawn Smith, Reading 46.3; 2. Kristyn Jones, Jonesville 48.77; 3. Nicole Marsh, Reading 50.65
200 meter dash
1. Ciara Brown, Jonesville 26.4; 2. Gabe Hoag, Hillsdale 27.65; 3. Kim Davis, Reading 27.95
800 meter run
1. Elainee Poling, Pittsford 2:30.32; 2. Anna Woods, Hills. Acad. 2:33.96; 3. Ashley Jagielski, Waldron 2:37.46
3200 meter run
1. Morgan McFaul, Pittsford 13:09.47; 2. Cassandra Hastings, Hillsdale 13:24.02; 3. Kelsey Duryea, Reading 13:55.86
1600 meter relay
1. Hillsdale 4:14.7; 2. Hillsdale Academy 4:15.8; 3. Jonesville 4:24.22

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I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.

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  1. […] state meet a year ago, Morris had struggled the entire season, vaulting just 12-6 heading into last Tuesday’s Area Best meet. There, however, the Ranger vaulter finally put it together, clearing 14-0 for the first time in […]

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