Christian Petre of Sanford-Meridian left to choose between track finals and baseball districtTrack and Field  |
Sanford - Not much could spoil Christian Petre's day, as he won the state championship in the 100 meters and made All-State in all four of his events at last year's Division 3 track and field meet at Comstock Park.
But news from a baseball diamond in Clare soured an otherwise outstanding day for Petre.
While Petre's outstanding performance helped Sanford-Meridian finish fourth in the state track and field meet, the school's second-ranked baseball team was upset, 13-8, by Beaverton in a district semifinal. The baseball team's loss meant Petre's junior year of spring sports would end at the track finals and not continue into the baseball regionals, as it had the year before.
Petre is not only one of the best runners in the state, but he's been responsible for much of Meridian's success on the baseball field the past four years.
"I was really hoping to come back after states and play with my team," Petre said. "It did kind of put a little downer on the day, but it was what it was."
Petre made a different decision the previous year, opting to play in the baseball districts rather than run in the track and field finals. He helped the Mustangs win the district championship before they lost in a regional semifinal, 3-2 to Cass City. The track and field team, meanwhile, won the Division 3 title.
"It was tough, because at that point I was still new to track," Petre said. "I didn't really know what was going on. Back then, I always said baseball would be first; that's what I decided on that day."
The Mustangs are on