It was an impressive performance for the three Grand Ledge Track and Field student athletes who competed at the Michigan High School Athletic Association State Finals on Saturday June 3rd.
Freshman Kavion Autrey landed a clutch jump in the long jump on his last attempt of the
day and established a mark of 22’4″, which ended up being good enough for 3rd place and All-State honors.
“For a freshman on the biggest stage our sport has to offer, he handled himself with a lot of composure and confidence,” coach Anthony Machniak said. “Coaches Rich White and Jameel Jones did a great job getting him ready to compete. We are all very proud of Kavion’s amazing performance!”
In the boys’ 1600-meter run, senior Christian Hubaker broke his own school record with a time of 4:13.89, good enough for fifth place and all state honors.
“Christian ran a very intelligent race,” Machniak said. “He was dead last at a quarter of the way through the race and then he just kept picking his way through the field all the way up to 5th.
“It was just a championship effort from a great competitor and young man,” Machniak said.
On the girls side, senior Jenna Magness raced to a new school record in the 1600m run with a time of 4:56.12, good for 9th place and missing all state by less than one second.
“I looked at some records when from previous state meets and this race had to be the fastest average time in the history of the state finals,” coach Fred Hutchinson said. “Jenna’s time today would have earned her 3rd place last year and would have never been out of the top 8, but today it earned 9th.
“It was the most incredible race I’ve ever watched in girls track and field,” Hutchinson said. “Simply amazing.”
Congratulations to Kavion, Christian and Jenna for their outstanding performances!