A day to remember

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published June 14, 2017

 From left, Grace McFerrin, Caroline Keating, Rebekah Wilson, Chika Amene, Kaelin Ray and Grace Sanders lift the state championship trophy June 12 at the team banquet.  Shelby Goodson was unable to attend.

From left, Grace McFerrin, Caroline Keating, Rebekah Wilson, Chika Amene, Kaelin Ray and Grace Sanders lift the state championship trophy June 12 at the team banquet. Shelby Goodson was unable to attend.

Photo by Donna Agusti

SOUTHFIELD — He was questioned nearly a week after the drama had ended, but as Southfield Christian girls track and field coach Todd Crouch spoke, his emotions had hardly subsided.

June 3 was a day of potential for the Eagles as they made their way to the Division 4 championships.

Now, June 3 will forever be a day of history for the girls program.

“It was a phenomenal day, a phenomenal weekend,” Crouch said, looking back on the season, but specifically the final day when his team ran to a state title. “We knew we had a shot, but to actually pull it out and have things go our way was quite incredible.”

A total of 58 teams scored in the event, held at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids.

Southfield Christian scored 62 to earn the win, followed by Fowler High (52) and Springport High (45).

“Going into it, we had girls seeded very well in their events,” Crouch said.

And those girls stepped up in the clutch.

Kaelin Ray took third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.47 seconds, while Chika Amene picked up one of her four state titles in the 100 dash, winning in 12.71.

She also won the 400 in 58.83, the 200 in 25.71, and was part of the 1600 relay team — along with Rebekah Wilson, Ray and Shelby Goodson — that won in a school-record time of 4:07.33.

In the 800 relay, Goodson, Grace Sanders, Ray and Grace McFerrin took third in a time of 1:49.10.

Ray also won the 300 hurdles in 45.98 seconds.

“We only had six girls qualify, and to have them all qualify (for the final heat), and then place and medal in everything we did was great,” Crouch said.

Asked about Amene and her four-title performance, Crouch was nearly speechless.

“An awesome day,” he said. “Winning one state title is impressive. To win four is amazing.”

Crouch said he and his girls had a pretty good idea they were going to be state champs before the final event was held.

“We tried not to get too excited until we finished the last relay,” he said. “We had a good feeling based on points and who was behind us. At the same time, we knew we had work to do.”