COMSTOCK — The BCS Conference held its 2019 league meet on May 22 in Comstock.
The River Valley boys and New Buffalo girls squads claimed White Division titles, while the Bridgman girls won five events despite the presence of a powerful Berrien Springs squad.
The New Buffalo boys were runner-up in the White Division (as were the River Valley girls).
Berrien Springs swept the Red Division titles.
The River Valley boys triumphed in five events en-route to the crown — Coleman Schroeder won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles; Joseph Schmidt was first in the 200 meters; Jacob Lohraff in the discus; and the 800-meter relay team of Sid Jewell, Jarod Volstorf, Jacob Barbour and Schmidt.
Bridgman’s Mikaela Owen was tops in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races. She had won those events plus the long jump in the May 17 Division 4 regional meet at Gobles to qualify for state in all four. The Bridgman girls placed second as a team at regionals.
Also taking conference titles for the Bees were: (girls) Karsyn Stewart in the 3,200 meter run; Kaitlyn Essig in the high jump; (boys) Jayden Pribyl in the 300 meter hurdles.
New Buffalo’s Colin Bendiner set a personal-best of 6 feet, 6 inches in winning the high jump (a competition that culminated with a duel against BCS Red Champ Sam Spaulding of Berrien Springs, who cleared 6-feet 4 inches). Bendiner also was first in the 100-meter dash.
NB teammate Liam Driscoll finished first in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs.
Allie Smith won the 100 and 200 meter races for the BCS White champion Bison girls, while teammate Nadia Collins was tops in the shot put and the discus.
Also winning at conference for New Buffalo were (girls) Emma Lantz in the 100-meter hurdles; Abby Vitale in the long jump; and the 400 relay team of Lantz, DaNai Smothers-Davis, Smith and Collins.
Jessie Rieth won both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs for the River Valley girls. Also claiming conference victories for RV were Allison Schmidt in the 300 hurdles and the 3,200-meter relay team of Taylor Volstorf, Haizea Ruiz, Chloe Stanage and Rieth.
The following local athletes qualified for state at the May 14 regional meet in Gobles:
(GIRLS) 100 meters - 1. Mikaela Owen (Bridg.) 12.78, 2. Da’Nai Smothers Davis (NB) 13.92; 200 meters - 1. Mikaela Owen (Bridg.) 26.36; 400 - 1. Mikaela Owen (Bridg) (B) 1:02.64; 800 - 2. Jessie Rieth (RV) 2:32.75; 3,200 - 1. Karsyn Stewart (Bridg.) 12:31.41; 100 hurdles - 2. Allison Schmidt (RV) 17.89; 300 hurdles - 1. Kaitlin Essig (Bridg.) 51.26, 2. Allison Schmidt (RV) 51.74; 800 relay - 2. New Buffalo (Emma Lantz, DaNai Smothers Davis, Allie Smith, Abby Vitale) 1:57.32; shot put - 2. Nadia Collins (NB) 31-03; discus - 2. Nadia Collins (NB) 84-11; high jump - 1. Kaitlin Essig (Bridg.) 5-01; long jump - 1. Mikaela Owen (Bridg.) 16-05, 2. Abby Vitale (NB) 14-07.
(BOYS) 1,600 - 1. Liam Driscoll (NB) 4:41.07, 2. *Anthony Lijewski (NB) 4:41.53; 3,200 - 1. Liam Driscoll (NB) 10:26.56, 2. *Anthony Lijewski (NB) 10:27.49; 300 hurdles - 3. *Jayden Pribyl (B) 41.00; 800 relay - 2. Bridgman (Jayden Pribyl, Ezra Clapsaddle, Justin Brychta, Spencer Noll) 1:37.10; 1,600 relay - 1. Bridgman (Jayden Pribly, Connor Blesy, Justin Brychta, Spencer Noll); high jump - 2. *Colin Bendiner (NB) 6-01.