By: John Raffel
Corunna girls track coach reflects on first state championship
Alan Montgomery finished his eighth season as girls track and field coach at Corunna in a memorable way.
The Cavaliers were 5-0 in the GAC Red, Division 2 region champions and state champions.
“The amazing thing about this team, is that they literally did everything that I asked of them,” Montgomery said. “From practices, to competitions, and to the state meet, they came through every single time. This year’s team met every single one of my expectations...from being league champions, to regional champions, and to being state champions.
“The state meet didn’t start out the best. We had to work through 6 1/2 hours of weather delays. But all the girls rebounded and turned out amazing performances.”
Standouts included Hannah Hollister, who was all-state third place in the 100-meter hurdles, and state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and 200-meters and school record-holder in all three events.
Lexi Mort was all-state seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles and school record-holder in the long jump. The 4x100 meter relay of Lilly Bower, Elizabeth Norris, Lexi Mort, Hannah Hollister was state champions and school record-holders.
Lilly Evans was All-State sixth place in the 3,200 meters.
Kate Feldpausch was an All-State qualifier in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Mariah Dunkin was All-State second place in the discus and All-State fourth place in the shot put.
Mort (Saginaw Valley State University), Feldpausch (Michigan Tech University) and Mariah Dunkin (Alma College) are running track collegiately. Maddie Birchmeier will be playing basketball at Concordia University.
Hollister, Norris, Evans and Bower all return along with junior Evie Wright and sophomore Ellie Toney.
“We return several key members from the state championship squad,” Montgomery said. “They will be moving to the Flint Metro League next season as they look to build on the previous five years successes. There are many younger athletes looking to make their mark on the varsity squad next season. Along with Wright and Toney, Josalyn Stratton, Vanessa Zettle, Lylah Townsend, and Naia Smith will all be counted on as major contributors.
“2019 was a very special year for our program. Three times the girls track program has finished second at the state meet, the last time being 2001. It was very exciting bringing home our first state championship.”