What does a track team do for an encore a week after its best meet of the season?
For The Woods Track Club, it goes out sets nine team records and sends four more athletes to the state meet.
During the two-day meet at Saginaw Valley, record breaking performances came from the 4X200 Relay team of Brendan Cordes, Elliott Zarins, Josh Bell and Drew Shields (1:37.9). Cordes also broke records in the long jump (19'10.7), and the Triple Jump (37'7). Shields broke the team record in 200 (24.34), Zarins in the 60 (7.38); Tellis Donajkowski's record came in the 5K (18:12), Freshman Isaac Cross set the mark in 1600 (4:45.4) and the Distance Medley Relay team of Cross, Bell, Clay Jacobs and Mitchell Day broke the two year old record by: 48 seconds with a time of 12:29. Taylor Genschaw continued to set records in the long jump with a jump of 16'2.
The Woods Track Club’s 800 relay team of Josh Bell, Elliott Zarins, Drew Shields and Brendan Cordes turned in a record-breaking performance during a two-day meet at Saginaw Valley State last weekend. The quartet punched a ticket to the state meet which will be held on Feb. 22 at Central Michigan.
Joining Genschaw and Jacobs at the state meet will be Triple Jumper Cordes and the 4X200 relay team. "Last week they (4X200 relay team) missed qualifying for the state meet by .38 of a second" Woods coach Mark Jacobs said. "Before they raced, we huddled and talked about the fact that this was a team event. E ach member of the team had a job to do. If they did their individual jobs, they would qualify as a team. Each runner ran almost identical splits which are almost unheard of. They set a goal, worked hard and nailed it." "As far as Brendan Cordes; I've coached a lot of natural athletes over the years, and he is one of the best I've ever been around."
Next up for The Woods will be the state meet held at Central Michigan on Feb. 22.