Thomas first in four events as Bobcats send qualifiers to state meet with great Regional showing

WEBBERVILLE – Paige Thomas took home four regional titles as she and several Bobcat track and field athletes qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association state meet June 5.

Thomas took first in the 100, 200 and 400 while being part of the first-place 4×400 relay along with her sister, Madelyn Thomas, and Aubrie Simmons and Annie Gapp. The relay finished in 4:19.66, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Addison.

Thomas won the 100 with a time of 13.02, a season best. She took first in the 200 at 27.59 and sprinted the 400 in 1:02.44.

Madelyn Thomas also qualified for the state meet with a time of 2:31.25 in the 800, where she finished third but finished in a state-qualifying time.

Annabelle Gapp was second in the 300 Hurdles (50.89) and also qualified for the state meet.

Kenzie Gray was third in both the shot put and discus.  

The Bobcat girls were second to Addison in the final standings, the highest finish ever for the Bobcat girls squad at a Regional. The 1975, 1976 and 1977 Whiteford girls track teams all finished third at the Regional to tie for the previous high.

Thomas is the second Bobcat girl athlete to win finish first in four events at one regional. Chelsea Keeling did it in 2004, winning the long jump, 100 and 200 and helping the 4×400 Relay team to a Regional title as well. Miranda Johnson won three events at the 2013 Regional and helped a relay unit finish fourth.

Whiteford’s boys were fifth overall.

In the boys Regional, the 4×400 relay unit of Ty Ruddy, Ryan Oberle, Dylan Anderson and Jacob Iott qualified for the state meet with a second-place finish in a time of 3:43.90.

Ryan Oberle was fourth in the 800 while Keegan Masters was fifth in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200, just in front of Luke Murphy. Jacob Iott was fourth in the 400.

For all of the Regional track results, click here.

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