Area athletes captured 11 medals in three Michigan High School Athletic Association State Track and Field meets on Saturday.
Seven area athletes finished second in their respective events.
— Charlevoix senior Eric Buday was second in the boys’ 800-meter run in the Division III competition at Comstock Park High School.
— Harbor Springs senior Jay Lechner was second in the discus, and the Rams’ Patrick Frank, Nick Cooper, Charlie Dryer and Ben Kloss combined for a runner-up finish in the boys’ 3,200 relay in the Division IV meet at Jenison High School.
— Pellston junior Tayler Friend was second in the girls’ high jump in the Division IV girls’ meet.
The top eight finishers in each event medaled and earned All-State honors.
Two Petoskey athletes, Cory Starkey and Carly Searles, medaled in the Division II meet at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids.
Starkey, who is headed to Bucknell (Pa.) University to play basketball, finished third in the boys’ high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, tying his own school record.
“Top three is pretty good in the state,” Petoskey boys’ coach John Goble said. “It was good for him to finish out his high school career with that finish. He really excelled at it this year.”
Searles, who will play volleyball and softball beginning next year at Trine (Ind.) University, finished eighth in the girls’ 400-meter dash in 59.25 seconds.
Kendall Baisden of Detroit Country Day won the girls’ 400 in 55.12, while Dartis Willis of Country Day captured the high jump at 6-11, a Division II meet record.
Country Day won the girls’ team title with 58 points, while Dearborn Divine Child was second with 44. East Lansing won the boys’ championship with 56 points. Chelsea, 48, was second.
Charlevoix’s Buday was nipped at the tape in the boys’ 800 by Frankenmuth’s Luke Bade.
Bade finished in 1:54.32, Buday in 1:54.48. Last year at the state finals, Bade was second and Buday third.
Buday moved out from the pack with about 60 meters remaining and passed Bade, who was running out front. Buday held the lead until the final meters, when he was edged by Bade.
“Bade took him right at the tape,” Charlevoix coach Ken Plude said. “He was just a little bit taller and his strides were a little bit longer. It was a phenomenal race. There was just a pack coming . It looked like a (400-meter race), it was that close. It was fun to watch, we were just on the wrong end of it, that’s all.”
Buday held the school record in the event, 1:56.33, he set in last year’s state meet. He shattered that mark on Saturday and became Charlevoix’s most decorated state-meet track and field/cross country runner by earning his seventh and eighth All-State honors in the two sports.
Track and field: Area athletes garner 11 medals
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