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KC Track Team Victory Parade

Kalamazoo Central’s Men’s Track and kc track teamField Team Brings Home First State Championship since 1965

The Kalamazoo Central High School Men's Track and Field Team this spring won the State Championship for their sport for the first time since 1965. It was a state title the KC team had previously held in 1942 and 1933. 

The state championship came at the end of a season that included numerous other highlights, including becoming the SMAC runner-up and earning their first regional championship since 2005. 

The team set new school records in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meters, with all three records being broken by Jasper Cane. Additionally, they excelled in the relay events, setting new records in the 4x100 and 4x200 races. 

Standout performances by individual athletes like Jeremy Dixon, who became the State Champion in the 100 meters and secured second place in the 200 meters; Cane, who finished third in the 1600 meters and second in the 3200 meters. Moreover, the 4x100 team achieved a commendable fourth-place finish and the 4x200 team secured fifth place in the state, showcasing the team's overall strength and dedication, said KC Athletic Director Greg Straka. 

Under the dedicated leadership of Head Coach Tyler Germain, both the men’s and women’s track teams have experienced consistent growth over the past four years. Beginning with 71 participants in 2021, the teams have now flourished to include 157 members this year. 

“This incredible progress can be attributed to Coach Germain's relentless commitment, alongside the coaching staff, in recruiting and nurturing talented student-athletes,” Straka said. “As a result of their hard work, Kalamazoo Central High School has proudly established itself as a powerhouse in the track and field scene in the State of Michigan.”

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