KENTWOOD — There was nothing left to give.
After writing their names in school history in a blistering 3,200-meter run, Howell’s David Mitter and Pinckney’s Ryan Talbott found a nice soft spot on the East Kentwood football turf to collapse.
Years of hard work brought them to this position, sprawled out in a moment of glory. Mitter finished fourth in the Division 1 track and field state meet in 9 minutes, 9.96 seconds and Talbott took fifth in 9:10.64, both school-record performances that earned them places on the all-state podium.
Mitter took down the Howell mark of 9:17.20 set by Matt French in 2002. Talbott eclipsed the Pinckney record of 9:18.2 set by Nick Katsefaras in 2005.
“It was fun racing him one last time,” Mitter said of Talbott. “I’ll see him when I go to college. He’s running at Saginaw Valley and I’m going to Lake Superior State. We’ll be running against each other all the time.”
Talbott made the gutsy move of moving to the front at the halfway mark. He led for a little more than a lap before eventual winner Dominic Dimambro of Fenton took the lead for good. Dimambro gave Fenton its second straight state champion in the 3,200 with a time of 9:07.79. Jake Lee of Fenton won last year.
“My heart was pumping,” Talbott said. “I thought, ‘Oh, crap; I’m leading the state meet, so I might as well just try to pull away.’ There’s really no going back once you take the lead.”
Mitter, who was second to Dimambro at regionals, shadowed the Fenton speedster most of the race.
“I knew at 800 he’d start kicking,” Mitter said. “He and Mitchell Day (of Alpena) went. I tried staying with them, but it’s all right. I broke the school record and I’m fourth in the state.”
Hartland senior Michelle Moraitis was the only other Livingston County individual to make all-state, also doing so in school-record fashion. Her eighth-place time of 57.64 in the 400 broke the Hartland mark of 57.83 set by Amber Shelters in 2005.
“It didn’t really feel different until I crossed the finish line and saw 57 on the clock,” Moraitis said. “I’m like, ‘This isn’t really happening.’ It felt normal. I thought 58 would be a good day.”
Moraitis also anchored Hartland to 18th place in the 1,600 relay in 4:03.88.
Pinckney had two all-state relay teams.
The Pirates were fourth in the girls 3,200 relay, shattering the school record with a time of 9:15.28. Sophomore Erika Rapp, junior Allie Hartstang, senior Isabella Garcia and freshman Mia Garcia obliterated the mark of 9:28.92 they set by winning the regional meet on May 19.
Pinckney’s boys were sixth in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:23.77. Connor Showich, Nick Cain, Grayson Kelly and Alex Wasyl had Pinckney’s highest finish in that event since taking fifth in 2009.
Showich, Cain, Wasyl and Connor Wolschleger were 10th in the 800 relay in 1:28.85.
Brighton got a 15th-place finish from Max Zawisa in the 300 hurdles (40.66) and 21st from Justin Klaus in the discus (132 feet, 6 inches).
Hartland’s Ellie Zimmermann was 15th in the pole vault with a leap of 10-9.
In the girls 3,200, Brighton’s Lauren Parrell was 22nd in 11:24.57 and Pinckney’s Isabella Garcia was 24th in 11:29.89.
Brighton’s Shannon McGrath was 29th in the long jump at 15-1¾.