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Boys Track and Field · Panthers travel to Marshall Sports Fest, bring home First place Trophies!


   Western’s girls varsity assistant coach was excited to point something out.
“Depth wins track meets,” she said. “We did well really well in a couple events, but this meet was close and we won it because we scored points in some unexpected places.”
The Marshall Sports Fest scored to six places, and Western’s women won the meet as a team by scoring just four more points than runners-up Lansing Sexton. Western had 86, Sexton scored 82, and third place Milan scored 79.5.
On the men’s side, Western racked up 105 points, compared to Olivet’s 81 and Niles’ 82. Adrian finished in a close fourth place, with 81 points. The most notable and historic performance on the guys score sheet came in the pole vault when Alex Inosencio broke the a 23-year-old school record when he cleared 15′-1″ and won the event.
Stand out performances for the women came from Maddie Humphries, who won the 400m dash and was joined by Maisey Nichols, Eryn Lewis, and Ashley Oliver to win the 4x400m relay. Oliver finished second in the 800m run, and Nichols finished third in the 300m hurdles. Another first place finish came in the 4x100m relay, by the team of Tylissa Doss, Meg Kuhl, Hannah Pariseau  and Kiersten Stoddard. Corrie West tied for second in the high jump, while Emalee deLaGrange placed second in the pole vault. Pariseau and Nichols finished third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump.
Other standout results for the guys include Tyler Oxley’s win in the shot put (47′-2.5″), Ian Devine’s win in the 300m hurdles (40.94), and Gezahegn Starr’s win in the 1600m (4:41.9). Starr finished second in the 800m, as did Inosencio in the 110m high hurdles. Third place finishers included Devine in the 100m, Nate Burk in the 400m, James Bloomfield, who placed out of the slow heat in the 200m, Elijah Ebong in the high jump, and Aaron Miller, who ran a smart and gutsy 3200m.
“Part of what makes track and field unique is the fact that there are times when it’s just you in your lane, until the finish line, or you on the runway or the apron, or just you in the circle,” boys head coach Lucas Sponsler said. “But what makes Western Track & Field different, we hope, is our emphasis on the team, the community. It can make it so athletes know they aren’t alone, that they’re an important part of something greater.”