Fraser High track and field attempts to make more history

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 17, 2017

 Fraser High track and field team members Steven Stine, left, and Jalen Smith, take part in a practice April 13. Fraser coach Orande Roy is hoping the Ramblers can “dethrone” Macomb Dakota at the Macomb County Championship in May.

Fraser High track and field team members Steven Stine, left, and Jalen Smith, take part in a practice April 13. Fraser coach Orande Roy is hoping the Ramblers can “dethrone” Macomb Dakota at the Macomb County Championship in May.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FRASER — Last season was one like no other for Fraser High’s track and field program.

The Ramblers’ boys squad won a Macomb Area Conference Blue Division dual and division-meet title, earned first place at a Division 1 regional for the first time in history, and finished eighth at the state final.

Michigan High School Athletics Association track and field results go back to 1978, and Fraser’s eighth-place finish was the program’s highest since that time.

This year, Fraser is looking to add another first to its program history.

 “We’re looking to take first in (the county meet) this year,” said coach Orande Roy, who acknowledged the support of his assistant coaches. “That’s the new marker on the wall. … I think the other ones will be there. I have no doubt we’ll win (the) MAC Blue; I have no doubt we’ll win the region for boys. The (county meet) is the one where everybody’s got to come along.”

The Macomb County Championship is May 25 at Macomb Dakota.

With Dakota’s boys having won the last three county titles, Roy wants to “dethrone” the Cougars this year.

If the Ramblers are able to come away with a county championship, Roy said, “this team will go down in history as one of the better teams (in) Fraser history.”

Brendan Cairney, Steven Stine, Eric Lusko, Jalen Smith and Zack DiStefano are some of the athletes who could help put Fraser in position to accomplish that feat.

Roy also has some ambitions for his girls team.

“The end goal with the girls is to make a mark this year,” he said. “Last year, they finished (kind of) flat. We’re looking (to) at least place second in the MAC Blue for the girls. I’m looking for them to place in the top five at (regionals). If we do those things, that’s a big-time success.”

Some of the student-athletes making up the girls roster are Lila Rode, Lexi Dobbins, Olivia Graves-Pichla and Tamera Adderley.

Along with some things she wants to accomplish personally, Adderley also cited some team goals.

“Personally, I would love to beat all my personal scores from last year and place at regionals in the top 10,” she said. “But our team … we want to place at MAC Blue in the top five, and at regionals, top 10 — hopefully, make it to states.”

With his hopes for the program in place, Roy gets to see how it all plays out.

“Real excited,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.”