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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Six Morenci track and field athletes going to state 2013.05.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Six Morenci track and field athletes will compete in nine events June 1 at the Division IV state finals.

Bulldogs qualified for the state meet by placing either first or second in seven events Saturday at the regional meet in Hillsdale County. In two other events, the qualifying times were met in order to earn a trip to Grand Rapids.

Austin Sandusky will return for the same three events as last year: the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. He won all three events Saturday.

The sophomore turned in his fastest time ever in the 100, at :11.1. His 200 time of :23.1 is the best so far this season, the same with his 400 time of :50.8. Sandusky is the defending state champion in that race.

Freshman Alex Thomas placed second in the high jump at 5-11 to qualify, an inch below his season best.

Ali Piercy came through with her career best discus toss at 114-5, just two inches short of the winning throw.

She threw a “power throw” on her first toss to make the qualifying distance, coach Brad Brown said, then, with the pressure off, she went for distance and nearly won the title.

With Brooke Bovee out of action due to an injury, Madi Gleckler came through with an impressive win in the 100-meter hurdle race. Her time of :15.6 would have placed third in the state a year ago.

About 10 days ago, her time wouldn’t have been good enough to make the finals, Brown said.

“The improvement she made is just incredible,” he said. “I knew she had the potential.”

Gleckler placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at :48.08.

Tatyana Pless set a personal best in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:36 for a third-place finish that was just under the state qualifying time.

Finally, the Bulldogs’ 1600-meter relay team (Mariah Gillen, Pless, Piercy and Gleckler) ran their best time (4:28) to qualify with a fifth-place finish.

Other finishes for the day included:

• the boys 3200-meter relay (4th, 8:44);

• Reagan Stowell in the 1600-meter run (8th, 4:59) and the 3200-meter run (8th, 11:26)

• Luke Spaulding in the 3200-meter run (4th, 10:56)

• Billy White in the long jump (5th, 18-11.75) and Sandusky in the long jump (7th, 18-8.5);

• the girls 3200-meter relay (6th, 11:09);

• Tahjanay Jarrell in the 100-meter dash (7th, :13.81) and 200-meter dash (6th, :28.9);

• Gillen in the 1600-meter run (7th, 5:56).

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