DAVISON – Carman-Ainsworth finished fourth in the team standings and qualified several athletes for state, but it could have been so much better for the Cavaliers at last Friday’s Div. 1 regional meet at Davison.
The Cavs were missing five athletes for disciplinary reasons, three of whom would have been key contributors in the scoring. Two were in the three fastest relay events, where Carman- Ainsworth had posted some of the top times in the region this spring.
The Cavs still might have had trouble catching Grand Blanc, which ran away with the boys’ championship with 109.5 points. Traverse City Central was a distant second with 65, Davison had 64 and the Carman-Ainsworth finished with 63 in the 15-team field.
But coach Kenn Domerese would have liked to have seen what a full roster could have done.
“We hadn’t lost an invitational all season,” he said. “It’s extremely disappointing. We expected to take a lot more to the state meet.
“But you have to do your job, and everybody suffers when you don’t.”
As it is, the Cavs will have some impressive athletes at the finals May 30 at Rockford.
Cahlil Brownlee won the long jump with a leap of 21-11.
Devonte Johnson will return to the state meet for the second straight year after finishing second in the pole vault with a vault of 13-10.
Tyler Pangerl finished fourth in a loaded 800-meter run but still qualified for state, as the top five finishers all beat the state qualifying standard. Pangerl clocked 1:56.45, breaking a school record set in 1988 by Rick Carr. He was within two seconds of winner Drake Gauthier of Grand Blanc, runner-up Joe Renner of Davison and Anthony Berry of Traverse City Central. Fifth-place Tanner Schwannecke of TC Central also snuck in under the 1:57.75 qualifying time by .03 of a second.
Earlier, Pangerl had run a career-best 4:25.55 in the 1600, one of the top four mile times in school history, to finish fourth in that event and still qualify for state by more than a second.
Harmany Williams led the girls’ team with a victory in the 100 hurdles in 16.31. She also joined Aleah Mixon, Dejene McNair and Italia Daniels on the 400 relay team that won in 50.27. Chelsey Carpenter ran a personal-best 1:02.08 to place sixth in the 400.
The Lady Cavs finished seventh with 44 points. Traverse City Central won with 102.5, Midland was second with 102, Davison third with 75, Flushing fourth with 72.5, Saginaw Heritage fifth with 52 and Midland Dow sixth with 44.