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Five records broken at Alpena News Honor Roll Invitational before state

Alpena's Kody Bertrand defeats Hillman's Gunner Mellingen by .03 seconds in the 100 M.

Alpena, Mich. — The Alpena News held their annual Honor Roll Invitational at the Alpena Junior High on Tuesday. Seven Northeast Michigan schools competed in the meet: Alpena, Hillman, Posen, Rogers City, Oscoda, Fairview and Lincoln-Alcona.

The meet included some of the best athletes in Michigan, and it was a great way for state qualified athletes to prepare less than a week before the big meet in Grand Rapids. Three state qualifiers from Alpena broke meet records.

Meet Broken Records:
Discus (Boys) – Eli Winter, Alpena, 168′
– Matt Gerow, Alpena, 153′ 2″ (2008)
Shot Put (Boys) – Eli Winter, Alpena, 53′
– Matt Gerow, Alpena, 51′ 4 3/4″ (2008)
Pole Vault (Boys) – Gabe Bullis, Alpena, 15′ 3″
– Gabe Bullis, Alpena, 14′ 6″ (2018)
1600 M (Girls) – Maddy Boyd, Alpena, 1600 M 5:20.31
– Maddy Boyd, Alpena, 5:23.38 (2018)
3200 M (Girls) – Maddy Boyd, Alpena, 11:54.2
– Elaine Lowe, Alpena, 11:55.58 (2013)

Fans enjoyed watching the 100 meter dash, which featured two state competitors from division four, Alcona’s Lily Bilbey and Hillman’s Gunner Mellingen. Bilbey not only won the 100 with a time of 12.9, but she also took home first in the 200, 400 and 4×100 meter relay. Mellingen finished second in the 100 behind Alpena’s Kody Bertrand by .04 seconds. Mellingen also qualified for the state meet in the 200 meters and long jump, both of which he placed first on Tuesday. He won the 200 m with a time of 23.07, a new Hillman High School record.

The full meet results can be found at