Western Qualifies Four More for Regionals

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the western team came back strong after winter break in a double-header at Michigan State University.

Four more team members—Christine Johnson '10 (Grosse Pointe Farms/Grosse Point South), Chelsea Utt '13 (Harbor Springs/Petoskey) (pictured right), Amanda Douglas '13 (Cheboygan/Cheboygan), and Tim Cameron'10 (Wood Haven/Gabriel Richard)—qualified for IHSA Regionals, bringing the team's total number of qualifiers to eight.

Last season, the team's regional qualifiers numbered six.

Tim Cameron rode to victory in walk/trot in the first show of the day, continuing his success in the second show with a win in his first walk/jog/lope class in Intermediate I.

Fellow walk/trot rider Christine Johnson placed third in her first class, which moved her out of the division, and improved her placing to second in her first-ever Intermediate I class.

Team captain Kiva Auten '11 Houghton/Houghton won both classes of the day in the Advanced division while Alyssa Ford '11 Clayton/Hudson won her class in Advanced in the first show of the day.

Olivia Choate '12 Fenwick/Gratton Academy took two seconds in the Novice division to put points on the board. Kelsey Lauer '11 Traverse City/Traverse City Central (pictured left) and Sarah Spencer '11 Jonesville/Jonesville each took second in Novice in the first show of the day to add to the team totals.

The team's next and final show of the regular season will be on Jan. 30 at Western Michigan University.