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Of the six athletes that competed for Kearsley in the MHSAA Division 2 state final in track, five earned All-State honors.

In the girls shot put, junior MacKenzie Ramey placed third with a toss of 39 feet, 11.5 inches.

Ramey’s All-State performance is the first for the girls since 2012.

She was thankful for her experience at the event that took place at Zeeland.

“I feel so blessed to be able to experience this,” Ramey said.

My next goal is not just to be All-State, but to win first place.”

— Makenzie Ramey, junior

Ramey is setting the bar high for her senior season.

“My next goal is not just to be All-State, but to win first place,” Ramey said. “It will be my last year, and there’s nothing I want more than to go out with a bang.”

Mr. Mike Simms, girls track coach, believes Ramey’s attitude and hard work has helped her to be successful.

“She’s always at practice, and she works on her form constantly,” Simms said. “She is always willing to try whatever we can to get her to throw farther.”

For the boys team, senior Tre’Ron Griffin, sophomore Raydoffa Braziel, senior Carlos Macedo, and senior Taveon Harris competed in the 800 relay.

The team entered as the 15th seed but shattered expectations with a third-place, 1:30.79 finish.

Braziel was proud of the team’s performance, which earned the relay team All-State honors, as well.

“Just knowing we were so close to a record and taking third is special,” Braziel said.

In addition, Griffin sprinted to an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.59, his personal record.

The event marks the end of the track and field season.

At the state meet, it was all about performance.”

— Mr. Paul Adas, boys track coach

Coach Paul Adas is happy that for the first time since 2004, members of the boys team took All-State.

He believes the team’s ability to step up and compete impacted its performance at the state final.

“The important step is to qualify for the event,” Adas said. “At the regional, they were able to place first. At the state meet, it was all about performance.”

Braziel was the second boy to compete individually. He ran the 800 in 2:02.81, placing 16th.

Adas would like the team’s younger members to step up next season after learning so much this season.

“Hopefully, younger guys like (freshman) Braylon Silvas have an opportunity to qualify next season,” Adas said.

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