Macomb CountyMay 30, 2014
Dakota boys, girls track and field teams take county titles
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Staff Writer
Sterling Heights High’s D’ante Van Nuck competes in the shot put during the 2014 Macomb County Track and Field championship May 22 at Warren Mott.
WARREN — The boys and girls track teams from Macomb Dakota and Macomb Lutheran North proved to be the strongest in Macomb County, as the two teams swept the 2014 Macomb County Track and Field Championships.
Dakota’s teams were tops in Division 1, while Lutheran North won the Division 2-3-4 meets.
The county championships took place May 22 at Warren Mott.
“We told the kids how proud we were of their work ethics,” Dakota coach Mike Pimpa said. “That Thursday before Memorial Day is traditionally a day that the seniors have as a ‘senior skip day,’ but everyone was in class, and they performed well at the county meet.”
Dakota’s boys tallied 80 points, outpacing Warren De La Salle, which notched 62 points. The Cougars’ girls scored 83 points to win their second straight county championship. Utica High finished second with 80 points.
“The (Dakota) program has had a lot of success for some time now,” Pimpa said. “We’ve been able to get the athletes to buy into what we’ve been trying to accomplish, and they know what it takes to win.”
On the boys side, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore finished third with 48 points. Rounding out the top five were Romeo (46 points) and Anchor Bay (44).
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls placed third with 48 points, followed by Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (40). Mott’s and Romeo’s girls tied for fifth with 39 points each.
Lutheran North’s boys notched 128 points to take the county title, besting Armada, which finished second with 84 points. Warren Michigan Collegiate (54 points), Clinton Township Clintondale (38) and St. Clair Shores South Lake rounded out the top five.
Lutheran North’s girls tallied 180 points to run away from the competition. Warren Regina finished second with 80 points, followed by Armada (66), South Lake (38) and Clintondale (30).
Individual winners were Nick Osuch, Utica Eisenhower (100-meter dash); Tiara Jordan, Michigan Collegiate (100); Maliek Lott, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (200 and 400); Deja Davis, Utica High (200); Brianna Hadley, Utica High (400); Jacob Domagalski, Romeo (800); Kayla Dobies, Dakota (800), Alec Toreki, Romeo (1,600); Rachel Walny, Chippewa Valley (1,600 and 3,200); Tyler Phillips, Armada (3,200); Sam Bielecki, Lutheran North (110-meter hurdles); Victoria Patton, Armada (110 hurdles); Alec Wiater, Anchor Bay (300 hurdles); Bridgette Wolf, Fraser High (300 hurdles); Ken Campbell, Zachary Flack, Tyler Piekarski and Deshon Collier, Dakota (400 and 800 relays); Lynn Blevins, Dorothy Bradford, Destinee Modock and Brina Serafino, Dakota (400 relay); Gina Pellillo, Marissa Cavataio, Deja Davis and Brianna Hadley, Utica High (800 and 1,600 relays); Jordan Walters, Kyle Huyghe, Kevin Patterson and Tyler Walters, Lake Shore (1,600 relay); Alec Toreki, Adam Fraeyman, Kyle Ristow and Jacob Domagalski, Romeo (3,200 relay); Jillian Flint, Marisa Viggiano, Marah Pugh and Kayla Dobies, Dakota (3,200 relay); Nick Scalzi, Chippewa Valley (shot put); Nicole Ignasiak, Lutheran North (shot put); Austin Potter, De La Salle (discus); Jaevyn Wortham, L’Anse Creuse (discus); Brandon Piwinski, De La Salle (high jump); Jailah Mason, Sterling Heights Stevenson (high jump); Ethan Haddon, Anchor Bay (pole vault); Taylor Slivik, Dakota (pole vault); Brad Tanner, Romeo (long jump); and Emily Matkin, Lutheran North (long jump).