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Dominant Girls’ Track Program No. 4 Sports Story of 2016-17

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Olivetathletics.com is counting down the Top 10 Olivet High School sports stories for 2016-17. Here is No. 4…

The most successful sports program at Olivet High School continued to thrive during the 2016-17 school year.

Coach Brian Lincoln’s girls’ track squad not only won its third straight Greater Lansing Activities Conference championship, it did so with a domination that left opponents in awe.

The Lady Eagles won all six of their GLAC dual meets by lopsided margins and scored 218 points (118 more than any other school) at the May 24 conference meet while placing first in a remarkable 14 of 17 events.

“Most of the success comes from great athletes,” said Lincoln, who took over the Olivet program in 2015. “I was blessed to step into a program that was already on the rise.

“The class of 2017 provided quite a foundation,” he added. “Hopefully the returners and incoming freshmen can keep the tradition going.  The girls came to practice ready to work every day and to obtain their goals. They finished three years undefeated in the GLAC.  They won four straight league titles, a regional title, and were runner-up at regionals twice.  The senior class has great leaders and will be greatly missed.”

Winning individual events at the GLAC meet were Taylor Sinclair (100 dash), Noelle Rohde (200 dash & long jump), Thalia Garza (400 dash), Teona Feldpausch (800 & 1600 runs), Logan Kyre (100 & 300 hurdles) and Bailey Hoffman (shot put & discus). Olivet won all four relays as well, with Miranda Barnes participating on each of them.

The Eagles finished second at the MHSAA Division 2 regional meet in Mason on May 19, scoring 87 points compared to champion Harper Creek’s 97.5. The quartet of Kyre, Barnes, Sinclair and Rohde placed first in the 400 and 800 relays and therefore earned a berth in the June 3 state meet. Rohde also qualified as an individual, placing second in the 200 dash at the regional meet. Others qualifying for the state finals were Hoffman in the discus and Autumn Wietzke in the 1600 run.

 

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