Thursday, May 22, 2014

Selby Classic Qualifiers, CAAC Gold Finals Recap, End-of-Season Celebration

    Congratulations to the Western Panthers who have qualified for the 2014 Selby Classic. The Selby showcases the area's top nine competitors in each event, and is run at Jackson's Withington Stadium each year the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Because Jackson High is hosting a pre-district baseball game the meet will begin later than usual, with field events beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running events starting at 7:30 p.m. 
    Below is a list of qualifiers from our men's team. Those listed as alternates should be ready to compete, just in case any of the other competitors scratch out of the event.

   6. Gabe Rowlison 

Shot Put
   9. Eric Simmons 

Long Jump
   4. Sam Ellis
   9. Andru Maynard

High Jump
  A2. Spencer Aldrich

Pole Vault
  5. Patrick Harris

100m dash          
   1. Levert Franklin-Potter 
200m dash
   6. Sam Ellis  

300m intermediate hurdles
   A2. Eli Reed       
 400m dash          
   A1. Eathan Patrick   
1600m run            
   3. Lake Buseth   
   9. Gabe Hendrickson

3200m run           
   2. Jacob Inosencio  

4x100m relay      
   3. Ellis, Radala, Dixon, Franklin-Potter

4x200m relay
   5. Ellis, Dixon, Dack, Franklin-Potter

4x400m relay
   A1. Dack, Griswold, Marshall, Franklin-Potter

CAAC Gold Finals Recap
   The Panthers traveled to Charlotte Wednesday to compete in the CAAC Finals and finished in fourth place, behind Mason, Waverly, and Charlotte.
   Highlights of the meet included Levert Franklin-Potter's victory in the 100m dash, and new personal best performances by junior Patrick Harris and sophomore Spencer Aldrich. Harris became the newest Panther to join the 13-foot club. He and Aldrich, who cleared 5'9" in the high jump, each placed third in their events
"I finally was able to turn and clear the bar," Harris said. "Everything is working the way it should."
   Jacob Inosencio, who trained through the meet in order to be ready for the MHSAA State Finals on May 31, finished second in the 3200m run. "That race really hurt today," Inosencio said. 
   Freshman Lake Buseth continued to show how bright Western's future is by placing fourth in the 1600m run, and junior Sam Ellis improved with each attempt in the long jump, finished in fourth place in the event.

End-of-Season Celebration
   On Thursday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. athletes, family and friends are invited to the men's team's end-of-season celebration in the Western High School Cafeteria. 
   We will hand out varsity and JV letters, four-year awards, the MVP and Coaches Awards, and medals from the Regional and CAAC Finals, the Selby Classic and the JV meet at Jackson.
   Please email Coach Palmer ( to let her know what kind of passing dish you're bringing (so we don't end up with ten tubs of potato salad and no pasta salad not enough broccoli salad.) If you can't bring anything, we still want you there, so we can say nice things about you.

Thanks, everyone, for all your hard work. 

Coach Sponsler

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CAAC Gold: League Finals Schedule & Info

CAAC GOLD Track and Field

League Championship Meet

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Charlotte High School, Charlotte, MI 48813

SCHEDULE: 3:00: Coaches Meeting

3:00: All Scratches in

3:30: Field events

4:00: Semis in the 100, 100/110 hurdles, 200 meters

 Advance qualifiers from the preliminary round heat winners and the next fastest

times to fill all available lanes. (Regional & State Policy)(Advancement based on

finish, not time). 3200 relay immediately after semis in the 200 meters (approx.

5:55 National Anthem

6:00: Finals in the running events, starting with 100/110 hurdles

The State order will be followed, with girls running first in odd years

 and boys first in even years.

SCORING: Individual events: The top six (6) finishers will place, scoring as 10-8-6-4-2-1.

Note: Only eight (8) athletes of each gender advance to the finals of the 100, 200,

and 100/110 hurdles.

Relay events: The top six (6) teams will score, with the points distributed as

follows: 10-8-6-4-2-1


Shot and discus will be run in flights with the higher seeds competing in the later

flights. Throwers will be given three (3) attempts, 2 and 1, with finals starting as

soon as possible after the preliminaries are completed. Seven (7) athletes advance

from the prelims to the final round, and final throwers will be taken in reverse

order of performance based on prelims. Please have throwers weigh in their

implements as soon as you get to the track. In 2014 boys throw the shot at 3:30

followed by the girls. Girls throw the discuss at 3:30 followed by the boys

Long Jump will be run as an open-pit one-hour event for prelims, girls from 3:30

until 4:30, with finals following soon after, and boys from approximately 6:00 to

7:00 with finals following. Seven (7) athletes advance from the prelims to the final

round, and final round jumps will be taken in reverse order of performance based

on prelims. (Possibility of two pits going at 3:30)

*Only if we DO jump both at the same time. Please remind boys who are both

long jumping and high jumping that they still need to complete their preliminary

long jump attempts by 4:30

High Jump will start for boys first at 3:30. Tentative starting heights are 4’ for girls

and 5’ for boys. 5 ALIVE

Pole Vault will be run as efficiently as possible—please tell your athletes to be

ready! Tentative starting heights are 6’ 6” for girls and 10’ 6” for boys. Coaches,

please sign in your vaulters and initial that they are using a legal pole for their

weight. Girls at 3:30, boys to follow. 5 ALIVE

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Looking Ahead, and Regional Results

While many of us are still recovering from last night's MHSAA Regional Finals meet, let's take a quick look at the coming week. 

Monday, May 19: Team Meeting (required for all)
   At 2:51 p.m. we will meet as we have all season in the new gym. After we go over entries for Wednesday's league finals meet, the guys who are competing will go outside to train and practice and we will collect uniforms from the rest of the team.

Wednesday, May 21: CAAC Gold Finals
   Charlotte is hosting the league finals this year. Each team is allowed three entries per event, so some of those who did not compete at the regional finals will be going to this meet. 

Regional Finals: Recap and Results
     Western's men's track and field team traveled to Mason Friday night to compete against 15 other teams at the regional finals. 
     Senior Levert Franklin-Potter won the 100m dash in an impressive 10.9 seconds (adjusted to hand time from FAT) and along with junior Sam Ellis, sophomore Magnus Radala and senior Derrick Dixon placed second in the 4x100m relay. 
     Sophomore Jacob Inosencio ran a smart and powerful race and took second place in the 3200m run with at time of 9:52.73.
     By finishing in first or second place at the regional finals, these athletes qualified for the May 31 MHSAA State Finals, which will be held at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids.
     The Panthers scored in several other events. 
     Ellis placed fourth in the long jump. 
     Freshman Lake Buseth ran well in the 1600m run and finished in sixth place. Also placing sixth in an open event was senior Jordan Dack, who showed guts and character by running well in the 400m dash.
     Dixon placed seventh in the 100m dash.
     In the 4x800m relay another freshman, Caleb Whiting, joined with Inosencio and seniors Alex Marshall and Ashton Griswold to run Western's season best time. They finished in eighth place.  
     All of Western's men's results are listed below. For results from the entire meet, go to
     The team will compete in the CAAC Gold Final at Charlotte on Wednesday, May 21. Then, on May 27, several athletes will be invited to represent Western at the Selby Classic. Held at Jackson's Withington Stadium, the area's top nine individuals and relay teams compete in this exciting track and field showcase. 

100 Meters - Varsity - Finals

100 Meters - Varsity - Semi-Finals

100 Meters - Varsity - Prelims

400 Meters - Varsity - Finals

800 Meters - Varsity - Finals

1600 Meters - Varsity - Finals

3200 Meters - Varsity - Finals

110m Hurdles - 39" - Varsity - Prelims

300m Hurdles - 36" - Varsity - Finals

4x100 Relay - Varsity - Finals

4x200 Relay - Varsity - Finals

4x400 Relay - Varsity - Finals

4x800 Relay - Varsity - Finals

Shot Put - 12lb - Varsity - Prelims

Discus - 1.6kg - Varsity - Prelims

High Jump - Varsity - Finals

Pole Vault - Varsity - Finals

Long Jump - Varsity - Finals

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sprinters and mid-distance guys, are you looking to refine your race strategy? Need something to use while doing visualizations? Check out these videos.

Scott Christenson knows how you need to run the 800 meters.

Latif Thomas knows how to run the 400m dash:

Jimson Lee tells us how to race the 200 meters:

Latif Thomas wants you know how to run the 200m dash: 

WHS men's T&F: Finishing Strong

We're in the home stretch of the 2014 season. It's amazing how much progress we've made this season, and now is the time to be at our best. Here is an overview of important dates.

Wed., May 14: Jackson JV Boys Invitational
   Everyone not competing at the Regional Finals will be going to this meet. Athletes need to be ready to get on the bus at 3:10 p.m. This will be some of our athletes' last meet of the year.

Fri., May 16: Regional Finals (at Mason High School)
    Each team gets two entries in each event. Athletes going will be excused from class at 12:15 p.m. and the bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. An information packet for the day is attached. This year at the state finals runners will qualify for the final rounds of short sprint events directly from the prelims, but the regional meet will follow the traditional format and have three rounds of the 100m and 200m dash and the 110m high hurdles. 

Wed., May 21: CAAC Gold Division Finals (at Charlotte High School)
   We can enter three athletes in each open event, so some of the guys who don't compete at the regional finals will be running at the league meet. 

Tues., May 27: Selby Classic (at Jackson's Withington Stadium)
   The top nine competitors in each event will be invited to compete at the Selby Classic. 

Thurs., May 29: End-of-Season Celebration
   This pot luck dinner will be held in Western's Cafeteria. Athletes are required to attend, and are invited to bring their loved ones and fans. 

Sat., May 31: MHSAA Sate Finals (at Houseman Field, Grand Rapids)
   This meet is an exciting time for athletes who qualify by placing in the top two at regionals, or whose performance at regionals meets the additional qualifying standard. HERE is a link to this years AQ chart. Western is a Division 2 school. 

Thank you for all your hard work, focus, and commitment. These are the characteristics that lead to success.

Coach Sponsler

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Panthers duel with Charlotte ends in a draw

   For an unlikely second time this season Western's men's track and field team finished a meet tied with Charlotte. After 17 events the score in last night's CAAC Gold dual meet was locked up at 68.5. On April 25 the teams tied for third at Western's Ralph Rice Invitational. 
   Even with the benefit of a photo finish, meet officials determined second place in the 100m dash to be a tie between Western senior Derrick Dixon and Charlotte's Jack Ripley. Third place in the high jump was a tie between Western junior Divonte Neal and Charlotte's Collin Garn.
   In open running events, senior Levert Franklin-Potter won the 100m dash and junior Sam Ellis won the 200m dash, and sophomore Jacob Inosencio won the 3200m run. Junior Eli Reed won both the 110m high hurdles and the 300m intermediate hurdles. 
   The sprint relays went well yesterday, with the Panthers winning the 4x200 (Franklin-Potter, Ellis, Dixon, and senior Jordan Dack), the 4x100 (Franklin-Potter, Ellis, Dixon, and sophomore Magnus Radala), and the 4x400 (Franklin-Potter, Dack, senior Alex Marshall, and freshman Eathan Patrick).
   While Panthers earned points in the field events, Ellis was the only Panther to take first when he won the long jump. 
   It was a cool, sunny day with a bit of a breeze -- a good day to run -- but PRs (personal records) were in shorter supply than at previous meets. This demonstrates the importance of rest and nutrition on performance, as many athletes complained of feeling worn out as a result of sleep depravation and binges on junk food that often come with prom activities. Fortunately, the Panthers now have some time to train and gather their strength before their next competitions. On Wednesday, May 14, the guys not competing at the May 16 Regional Finals will travel to the Jackson JV Boys Invitational at Withington Stadium. 
   Full results from yesterday's dual meet at Charlotte can be found HERE, or by searching "Parma Western" on

Sunday, May 4, 2014

WHS men's T&F update (May 5-9)

Panthers finish second at Stockbridge Invitational
     Amidst a steady drizzle, Western's men placed second as a team at the 15-team Stockbridge Invitational, matching last year's finish at the same meet. 

     The following are the Panthers who scored:
100m     3. Sam Ellis, 4. Derrick Dixon
200m     1. Levert Franklin-Potter, 8. Magnus Radala
300m IH  8. Eli Reed
400m     7. Eathan Patrick
800m     5. Alex Marshall, 7. Ashton Griswold
3200m   2. Jacob Inosencio
4x100     2. Ellis, Radala, Dixon, Franklin-Potter
4x200     3. Ellis, Dixon, Dack, Franklin-Potter
4x400     7. James Selask, Patrick, Marshall, Dack
4x800     3. Marshall, Inosencio, Griswold, Dack
Shot       6. Eric Simmons
PV         8. Patrick Harris       
LJ          3. Ellis, 4. Nate Wildenhaus

The Week Ahead
     Our only meet this week is on Tuesday, when we will travel to Charlotte for a dual meet. This gives us the opportunity to make a good push in our training before next week (Wednesday: JV Invite at JHS, Friday: Regional Finals). Field events begin at 4:30p.m. and running events begin at 5pm. 
     On Friday Western Middle School will host the Ron Ralya Invitational.  

Here's a video for you to watch.

Thanks everyone, now let's make this week the best it can be. To begin with, stop dreaming, and simply run, jump, and throw. Make it happen.