SALINE – It was business as usual for Saline’s boys track and field team, while Ann Arbor Huron’s girls team continued its rise as a state power at the Division 1 regional on Friday.
The Hornets extended their long regional final win streak and the River Rats claimed their second straight regional championship.
Saline’s Jason Whitton took home the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.20 and the Hornets’ 400 relay team of Ethan Nelson, Josh Rush, Caden Winston and Larry Robinson placed first in 43.38.
While Saline claimed the championship, there were several impressive performances from other Ann Arbor-area boys track athletes.
Dexter finished second overall and saw several athletes claim regional crowns. Leading the way was the Dreadnaughts’ 800 relay squad of Cole Sheldon, Jonny Adamczyk, Micah Davis and Cole Cabana that placed first in 1:29.36.
Samuel Fitzpatrick won the high jump with a leap of 6′1 and Sheldon earned his second regional title in the pole vault at 16′0, which was also a personal best for the defending state champion.
Pioneer took third overall highlighted by Owen Johnson’s victories in the 1600 (4:26.02) and the 3200 (9:46.27). Jaivon Smith won the 300 hurdles for the Pioneers in 40.82 and Pioneer’s 3200 relay team of Johnson, Fred Wallace, Matt Ruud and Eric Overdier pulled out the win with a time of 8:02.92.
Huron’s Braxton Brann continued his dominance in the 100 and 200 races with blistering times of 10.44 and 21.26, respectively, to lead the River Rats, who finished fourth and Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Melik Williams was king of the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.60.
In the girls race, Huron won five races led by Mackenzie Robinson in the 100 (11.66) and the 200 (24.36) as well as Mya Georgiadis in the 100 hurdles (14.39) and the 300 hurdles (42.94). Both Robinson and Georgiadis had personal best times in their two victories.
Huron’s 400 relay team of Robinson, Aliyah Ferguson, Jordan Douglas and Mackenzie Robinson placed first in 48.58 to round out the regional champions for the River Rats.
Saline claimed a second-place finish overall highlighted by Madison Stern’s victory in the 1600 with a time of 5:00.83.
Pioneer took third place overall and had several regional champions. Sarah Forsyth placed first in the 800 in 2:12.38 and was a member of Pioneer’s 1600 and 3200 winning relay teams.
In the 1600 relay race, Forsyth, Emily Cooper, Sylvia Sanok Dufallo and Cookie Baugh finished first in 3:55.30 and the group placed first again in the 3200 in 9:02.60.
Rounding out the top performances for the Pioneers was Gabriella Newman, who won the high jump with a personal-best leap of 5′8.
Lincoln finished fifth overall with Alexys Wilson claiming the 400 regional title with a time of 56.11, and Wilson, along with Melanie Macias, Maya Goncalves and Kaliyah Favors, took the 800 relay race in 1:42.83.
Dexter placed sixth led by defending state champion Sophia Mettes, who won the pole vault at 12′3 and Jamie Giese, who finished first in the shot put with a throw of 40.4.75.
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