It was a fresh-soph meet at Fenton High School on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the event can’t be historical.
It was for Holly freshman Andrea Ruiz.
Ruiz, who already holds Holly High School’s best cross country time in girls’ school history, earned another school mark at Fenton High School when she won the 1,600 with a time of 5:09.97. Her first was just one of three Holly earned and one of 11 tri-county athletes earned at the meet.
“Andrea has been working on running more of an even split race, and that is exactly what she did Saturday,” Holly varsity track coach Nick Ejak said. “I wanted her to be able to run at least 5:10 (the additional qualifying time for state finals) prior to regionals. She ran a tough race, and is ready to run even faster the rest of this season.”
Holly had another young star earn two individual firsts, the only area athlete to do so at the meet — Annah Charles.
Charles won the 100 hurdles (18.28) and the 300 hurdles (51.67).
“Annah has been running very well this season,” Ejak said. “Both her 100 and 300 hurdle races looked great. Annah is a competitor, and it showed.”
The Fenton boys earned four firsts, while the Linden girls had three. Fenton’s girls had one as well.
The Fenton boys showed how talented their two young classes were by earning four firsts with 10 different athletes. Individually, Noah Sage won the 200 (23.76) and Ryan Miller earned the top spot in the 400 (53.83). Two relays also earned firsts, but with four different athletes in each. Charles Hundzinski, Jaden Lainesse, Dylan Minock and Blake Marchi won the 400 relay (46.31) while Grand Bluthhardt, Desmond Braham, Hunter Wheeler and Daniel Mays won the 1,600 relay (3:50.97).
Sage also earned a second in the high jump (5-4).
“I could not happier with this group,” Fenton’s varsity boys track coach Anthony McMillan said. “This is an immensely talented group. For them to have that kind of success versus some very good competition says a lot. Also we held out or limited entries of some of the guts because they competed the night before.”
The Linden girls had to be pleased with their three firsts as well. Lani Manners won the 100 (13.60), while Maria Miller won the discus (90-2). Maddie Koehler also earned a first while competing in the high jump (4-8). Madison Gerszewski also earned a second in the 100 hurdles (20.04).
The final area first was earned by the Fenton girls 400 relay team of Caitlin Visniski, Stashia Campbell, Jessica Bright and Emma Hall. The group combined to win the race with a time of 55.73 seconds. Hall also earned a second in the long jump (13-5 1/2).
Lake Fenton also competed at the event and had a second for each gender. Michael O’Brien earned one in the 300 hurdles (45.05) while Mia Zaitshik also earned one in the high jump (4-8).