Mylenek Places 2nd in 1600m; Girls 4 X 800 Breaks School Record at State Meet

At Zeeland East High School in Zeeland, 10  Notre Dame athletes competed at the MHSAA Division 2 Track and Field State Finals.  Although the steady rain threatened to ruin the day, it didn’t dampen the spirit of the Fighting Irish.  With a new school record, multiple career-best performances, and a State Finals runner-up, the mood was bright. Junior Nathan Mylenek led the team with a second place finish in the 1600m run.  Entering the race as the third seed, Mylenek ran neck-and-neck with the other top seeds for most the race, even assuming the lead on the third lap.  Ultimately, Mylenek would finish with a career-best 4:19.09 as the runner-up, earning All-State recognition in the process. Later, Mylenek competed in the 800m run and placed 12th in 2:00.57. Senior Lauren McGrath, appearing in 800m run at the State Finals for the third consecutive year, ran a career-best 2:20.26 and finished ninth, just one slot outside of earning a medal. In his first State Finals, sophomore Brendan Fraser quickly moved through the field in the 3200m run to finish ninth in a career-best time of 9:45.63. Junior Claire Bolden finished 21st in the 400m dash in 1:01.97.  In field events, senior Andrea Pangori competed in her fourth straight State Finals.  After jumping 5’2”, Pangori tied for ninth. In relays, the girls 4x800m team of McGrath, Bolden, sophomore Dana Pangori, and freshman Lauren Neiheisel placed tenth, but their time of 9:50.69 broke the NDP school record set by the same group two weeks earlier.  The boys also had a 4x800m team compete.  Senior Joshua Fullerton, senior Killian Kosik, senior Ryan Obear, and junior Aidan Schurig combined to run 8:20.76 and finish 21st. “I’m so proud of all our seniors, including those that weren’t with us today.” said head coach John Barbee. “They’ve helped build a great foundation for the future of our program.  With our up and coming talent, though, Notre Dame Track and Field will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.”

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