By: Daniel Stickradt
BOYS TRACK: East Lansing’s Patterson bows out a double-champ
BY DAN STICKRADT
EAST KENTWOOD — Kentre Patterson finished up his high school career as a multi-event state champion.
One event was expected, the other was somewhat of a surprise.
The East Lansing senior captured the 110-meter high hurdles at the Division 1 state finals June 3 at East Kentwood, winning the prelims in a school-record 13.74 seconds, then coming back to break the tape in the finals heat with a 13.84 clocking.
That was expected, as Patterson finished unbeaten against Michigan foes in the event as both a junior and senior.
Patterson wasn’t as heralded in the 300 hurdles. Although he won the CAAC Blue Division league meet, he was only second at the Greater Lansing Meet of Champions and fourth at the Holt regional (39.82).
He saved his best for last in winning the 300 hurdles in a blazing 38.23 seconds, four one-hundredths of a second faster than Allen Stritzinger of Warren DeLaSalle.
“I won (the 110s) last year, so I expected to win this year,” said Patterson. “I didn't run that great at the regional. Three guys beat me there. But I had some extra energy (at the state finals) I guess. I was able to win the 300 (hurdles) and finish up with a second state title. I don't think a lot of people expected me to do that. But I knew if I had a great race then I could do it. I believed in myself.”
Patterson has signed with Division I Illinois State for football and will play wide receiver for the Redbirds. He was Division 1/2 All-State in football.