Coach Cody Caswell says, “We had a hard-working group of athletes.” From the successes of the season, that hard work paid off.
The 2023 men’s track team was Wolverine Conference Champion and placed 2nd in the region. It placed 13th in the state at MITCA while placing 6th in the state at the MHSAA state meet as a team. Caswell was selected Wolverine Conference Coach of the Year.
Michael Wright was Conference Champion in the 100- and 200-meter dash and was part of the conference champion 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. Alex VanSweden placed 2nd in the 100 and 5th in the 200 and was part of Conference Champion 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. RJ Vallier was 3rd in the 200-meter dash. Tucker Radgens was 2nd in the 400, and Brycen Town was 6th in the 400. Skye Smith was 8th in the 800 and 6th in the 1600 at Conference.
Avery Snook was 3rd in the 110 hurdles and Conference Champion in the 300 hurdles. Kenny Youngs was 7th in the 110 hurdles and 3rd in the 300 hurdles.
In the field events, Grant Anderson was 7th in the shot put and 3rd in the discus. Nathan Schnepp was 6th in the discus. Colin Ellis was Conference Champion in pole vault.
Vicksburg’s 4×400 relay team was 2nd in the Wolverine Conference with Vallier, Youngs, Radgens, Johnson. Other members of the Conference Champion 4×100 meter relay team were JP Culver and RJ Vallier. Other members of Conference Champion 4×200 meter relay team were RJ Vallier and Lucas Johnson.
The Bulldogs’ success continued at the Regional Meet where several athletes placed in the top 2 of their event or achieved a qualifying time which enables them to compete at the Individual State Meet.
In the running events, Wright was the 100 and 200 meter dash Regional Champion, VanSweden placed 8th in the 100, Vallier placed 8th in the 200, and Radgens placed 2nd in the 400.
Snook placed 3rd in the 110 Hurdles and was Regional Champion in the 300 hurdles.
Youngs placed 4th in the 300 hurdles and with his time was a state qualifier.
The 4×100 of Vallier, Johnson,VanSweden, and Wright was 2nd in the Region. The 4×200 relay team of Vallier, Town, VanSweden, and Wright was 2nd in the Region.
The 4×400 Relay team of Vallier, Town, Radgens, Johnson were Regional Champions.
In the field events, Colin Ellis placed 3rd in Region.
At the State Meet, Wright placed 2nd in the 100-meter dash and set a new school record of 10:57. He was State Champion in the 200-meter dash. Radgens placed 18th in the 400. Snook was 3rd in the 300 hurdles. The 4×200 relay team of Vallier, Town, VanSweden, and Wright placed 7th, and the 4×400 relay team of Vallier, Town, Radgens, and Johnson placed 19th.