Local athletes ready to compete at state track and field finals

News File Photo Alcona senior Kelsey Hansen takes her turn throwing the shot put at the Alpena News Honor Roll Invitational. Hansen will compete in several events at the Division 4 state finals today, including the shot put and long jump.

ALPENA — After a stellar performance on Tuesday, Kelsey Hansen is hoping to take things up a notch to end her high school career.

The Alcona senior will have a busy day today at the Division 4 state track and field finals in Hudsonville, competing in the long jump, shot put, and discus.

Hansen got a heck of a tune-up for Saturday during the Alpena News Honor Roll Track and Field Invitational, winning three individual events, setting a new meet record in the discus, and setting new PRs in the discus and shot put.

Hansen has competed at the finals twice before and could end her career on the highest of highs with a top-eight finish to earn all-state honors.

She’s done it four times already in her career, finishing second in the shot put as a sophomore and then finishing eighth, fifth, and eighth in the long jump, shot put, and discus last year respectively.

“I’m feeling excited. I have three events, so I’ll be busy that whole day, but I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully breaking some more PRs,” Hansen said Tuesday. “I’m really looking forward to discus because I just PR’d today, so I’m excited to see how far I can extend that.”

Hansen won’t be the only Northeast Michigan athlete with a busy schedule today.

Alcona junior Jeremiah Bullis will compete in the 100 dash, 200 dash, pole vault, and as part of the 800 relay with teammates Sawyer Seminoff, William Liebler, and Cole Upper.

Like Hansen, Bullis has some experience at the finals. Last year he competed in the pole vault, 800 relay and 200 dash.

“Probably the 200 meter dash,” Bullis said when asked which event he’s looking forward to the most. “I like the feeling of being fast, the wind against me and beating everyone that I usually compete against. There’s just a lot of adrenaline that rushes through (when I run).”

Alcona hopes for a good showing by the end of Saturday’s meet with its athletes competing in at least a half dozen events. Alcona sprinter Addi Beatty will run in the girls 100 and 200 dash, Upper will compete in the boys 110 hurdles and Logan Zuchowski will compete in the boys discus.

Alpena’s Julian Stevens is the area’s lone Division 1 qualifier and will compete in the boys 200 dash.

Other local qualifiers competing today include: Onaway’s Jadin Mix in the boys 300 hurdles; Onaway’s Xavier Santiago in the boys high jump; Onaway’s Madilyn Crull in girls 100 dash, 200 dash, high jump and long jump; Posen’s Lillie Rocco in the high jump; Fairview’s Jynessa Larsen in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 runs; Fairview’s Maggie Alchin in the girls 100 hurdles; Fairview’s Xhayvian King and Josiah Linsley in the boys pole vault; Fairview’s Landon Galea in the boys long jump; Fairview’s boys 400 relay team of Galea, Sam Ford, Dylan Whitacre and Brett Culham; Fairview’s boys 1,600 relay team of Ford, Linsley, Hayden Kowalski and Arin Pyles; and Whitacre in the boys discus.


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