Noah Sage wasn’t at the Division 1 state track and field meet a year ago.
This year, he left the meet as a two-time All-State performer, earning state runner-up honors in two events.
Sage was one of many Fenton performers that had outstanding efforts at East Kentwood High School, Saturday, helping the Fenton boys to a 10th-place team finish and the Fenton girls to two All-State performances.
Sage, only a sophomore, finished second in the 400-meter dash (48.74) individually, and also finished second on the 800 relay team along with
Ethan Pyeatt, Ryan Miller and Brandon Miller. The group combined to take second with a school-record time of 1:27.72, finishing runner-up to East Kentwood’s relay team that finished with a time of 1:27.37.
“I thought it went pretty well,” Sage said about his state meet. “It was the first time going to the meet and it was really big. Last year I didn’t even qualify for regionals. I improved a lot in the 200 (taking 10th in the event with a time of 22.61 seconds) this year. This year was the first time ever running the 400, and I placed at the state meet. That was really big. I’m really proud of it and proud of myself.”
The relay was proud of their performance as well.
“It was a real feeling. We worked so hard throughout the whole season and came in second at the state meet. That was an amazing feeling,” Brandon Miller said. “We were absolutely amazed about it. During the race we felt we had strong handoffs and everything went pretty good. We felt we did nothing that could’ve made us go faster. It was a great effort.”
“That was our biggest thing,” Sage said. “We wanted to go at least first or second so we could go All-State. We wanted to try to win because East Kentwood was the host school, but we knew it was going to be hard. We broke the school record by almost two seconds.”
Miller also earned All-State honors ion the 200. He was fourth in the preliminary round (22.04), and then broke the 22-second barrier by taking fifth in the finals (21.97).
“I felt really good about it and that was my PR,” Miller said. “I worked all year on going sub-22 in the 200 and finally going 21.97 was an awesome feeling.”
The Tigers had two girls earn All-State honors. Alexa Keiser became an outdoor track All-State performer for the second time by taking sixth in the 3,200 (10:45.84). Keiser also has been All-State in cross country three times.
Finally, senior Cassandra Campbell earned All-State honors, taking seventh in the 300 hurdles (34.77).
Other Fenton girls performances were recorded by Hanna Chapin, 12th ion the pole vault (10-3); Campbell, 14th in the 100 hurdles (15.39); Taylor Huntoon, Kaitlin Bayer, Cambria Tiemann and Campbell, 15th in the 1,600 relay (4:04.57); and Bayer, Abbey Lee, Tiemann and Keiser, 19th in the 3,200 relay (9:58.56).
The Fenton boys had four other individual performances at the state meet. Sage also took 10th in the 200 (22.61), while Justin Miller placed 12th in the high jump (6-3). Brandon Miller palced 15th in the 100 (11.22) while Adam Jesse placed 20th in the 3,200 (9:39.60).