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  • Angelica Floyd of Chippewa Valley won regional championships in the long jump and 100 dash, and she was part of a first-place relay team and another state-qualifying relay foursome.
  • Calli Rechsteiner of Anchor Bay qualified for the state finals in the pole vault.
  • Calli Rechsteiner, Anchor Bay, state qualifier in the pole vault.
  • Kaylee Koch of Dakota clears the pole vault bar.
  • Marcus Nellum of Chippewa Valley wins the 110-meter high hurdles at the Division 1 regional track & field meet at Dakota. Nellum also won the 300 hurdles.
  • Sal Narusch, Utica, state qualifier in the high jump.
  • Kyle Knight, Dakota, state qualifier in the high jump.
  • Steven Mason, Port Huron Northern, regional high jump champion.
  • Jenna Doyle, Troy Athens, regional champion in the high jump. The sophomore cleared 5-2 to become a first-time state qualifier.
  • Marcus Nellum, Chippewa Valley, regional champion in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
  • Bryxter Navalta, Chippewa Valley, qualified for the state finals in the 300 hurdles.
  • Chippewa Valley 800 relay team, from left, Kiara Gentry, Zeta Barrie, Reynei Wallace and Angelica Floyd. The Big Reds finished first in the event.
  • Hayden Kelley of Ford high jumps 5-11.
  • Runners, from left, Lauryn Goosby, Gabby Pawelek, Hanna Gehrke and Mone Knowles of Utica finished second and qualified for the state finals in the 400 relay.
  • Reynai Wallace, right, of Chippewa Valley and Mone Knowles of Utica finished 1-2 in the 200-meter dash and qualified for the state finals.
  • Jeron Kelley, Dakota, regional champion in the 100-meter dash.
  • Evan Leclerc, Ford, state qualifier in the 100 dash.
  • L'Anse Creuse runners, from left, Markeith Pittman, Lee Kennedy, Clarence Lewis and Julian Smith won the 800 relay.
  • Karenna Duffey, L'Anse Creuse North, is headed to the state finals in the 1600 and 800 runs.
  • Angelica Floyd of Chippewa Valley qualified for the state finals in four events, including the long jump and 100-meter dash.
  • Steven Mason of Port Huron Northern makes a successful high jump. Mason won the competition with a best jump of 6-4, a personal best.
  • Peter Milne, Utica, won the 400 dash. The junior will make his first state-final appearance.
  • Utica hurdler Cameron Mitchell.
  • Ford high jumper Hayden Kelley.
  • Meet officials, from left, Jim Cleverley, Bob Fulcher and Myles Cleverley.
  • Jeron Kelley of Dakota sprints for a first-place finish in the 100 dash.

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Angelica Floyd’s best start led to the career finish she longed for.

The Chippewa Valley sprinter won the 100-meter dash, an outcome that will enable the senior to end her Big Red career at the state track & field finals – a long-standing goal.

“I felt like I had the best start I had this whole season,” Floyd said after she won the dash in 12.19 seconds at the Division 1 regional meet at cold and windy Dakota on Friday. “I kept drivin’ and drivin.’

“It was a really good race. The start was very important. My starts this year have been on and off. It feels amazing, especially to end it, to go (to the finals) in my senior year.”

Floyd also won the long jump with a mark of 17-4 ½. She also ran the anchor leg on the Big Reds’ winning 800 relay team and the anchor on a state-qualifying 400 relay squad.

Floyd was part of a strong showing by Chippewa Valley performers.

Reynei Wallace, a teammate on the 800 relay foursome that included Kiara Gentry and Zeta Barrie, won the 200 dash in 25.88. She also won the 400 dash.

Chippewa Valley’s Marcus Nellum won the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.

He, too, credited a fast start for his success in the high hurdles.

“I had the best start I’ve ever had, and I took it all the way to states,” Nellum said. “My prelim went pretty good. I just stayed calm, did what I always do. It feels good.”

Nellum won the intermediate hurdles and teammate Bryxter Navalta finished second.

“I went out to win, to go as fast as I could and get to states,” Nellum said after the 300s. “It’s all good.”

The top two finishers in each individual and relay event qualified for the state finals, which will be June 3 at East Kentwood.

Others qualified by meeting standards set by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Mone Knowles’ day started poorly – or so she thought.

The Utica sprinter finished third in the 100, and her eyes teared up at the finish line because she thought she had failed to qualify for the finals.

But Knowles’ time of 12.34 met the qualifying standard, and she added two more finals berths when she anchored the first-place 400 relay team and finished second in the 200.

“The day is going pretty good,” Knowles said after the relay. “I was going to the restroom (after the 100) to fix my face and they were posting the times, and I saw first, second, third and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going (to states).’”

Lauryn Goosby, Gabby Pawelek, Hanna Gehrke joined Knowles on the relay team.

Team champions were Troy in the girls meet and Dakota in the boys. Troy had 117 points and second-place Chippewa Valley had 106. Boys champ Dakota scored 163 points and runner-up Chippewa Valley had 89.

Anchor Bay’s Calli Rechsteiner thought she was stuck at a plateau until she stepped onto the pole vault runway at Dakota.

Rechsteiner jumped a personal-best 10 feet, 6 inches – six inches higher than she’d gone this season and five higher than the school record she set last year as a 10th-grader.

“I thought I had plateaued,” Rechsteiner, who finished second to Port Huron Northern's Avery Shell in the event, said. “I was kind of disappointed, because I hadn’t PRd yet, but in this meet I finally broke through.”

Rechsteiner trained last week at Port Huron Northern, where for several years the program has turned out quality vaulters.

“We worked on my plant,” she said. “We worked on getting a straighter arm plant, and they gave me some drills to help it out.”

A former gymnast, Rechsteiner isn’t afraid of the pole vault, which some consider a dangerous event.

“I’ve done scarier things in gymnastics,” she said.

Rechsteiner, who’ll make her second state-finals appearance, would like to clear 11-0 at the meet.

“You’ve got to set your goals high,” she said.

Cale Snyder of Dakota won the boys pole vault with a jump of 15 feet. It was the fourth time this season the senior vaulted 15 feet or higher. He has the Dakota record of 15-1.

“I came really close at 15-4, and two other decent attempts at it,” Snyder said.

“I think the consistency at 15 is big. Eventually I’d like to capitalize on it. Maybe I can at the state meet.”

The team of Markeith Pittman, Lee Kennedy, Clarence Lewis and Julian Smith gave L’Anse Creuse a first-place finish in the 800 relay.

Three qualifiers emerged from the high jump. Sal Narusch of Utica and Kyle Knight of Dakota advanced with champion Steven Mason of Port Huron Northern, who cleared a personal-best 6-4.

Other boys winners included Peter Milne of Utica in the 200; Chase Fedolak of Dakota in the 800 and 1600; Jason Ribbentrop of Dakota in the shot put; Brett Droski of Dakota in the discus; Jeron Kelley of Dakota in the 100; Mike Sypolt of Anchor Bay in the 400; Troy in the 1600 relay; Toluwanimi Adeagbo of Dakota in the long jump; Dakota in the 3200 and 400 relays.

In the girls meet, Karenna Duffey of L’Anse Creuse North won the 1600 run, and she qualified in the 800.

Other winners included Troy Athens sophomore high jumper Jenna Doyle; Megan Worrel of Troy in the 3200 and 800, Troy in the 1600 and 3200 relays; Emily Droski, Dakota, discus; Kiah Anderson, Utica, shot put, and Lauren Fulcher, Troy, both hurdles races.

State qualifiers are posted online at MIPrepZone.com/Macomb.

Last Updated: 5/19/2017 10:35:01 PM EST