Several Macomb County athletes show well at state track finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 12, 2013

The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1-4 state finals took place June 1 at various sites and featured a number of athletes from local schools.

A number of those athletes won state titles, with others placing high in their respective events.

Here’s a rundown of how local teams and individuals did at their respective competitions.

The top eight placers in each event earned All-State status.

Division 1

The Utica High boys team posted the best finish among local teams, finishing seventh at the Division 1 state finals, held June 1 at East Kentwood High School. The Chieftains tallied 23 points in placing sixth. East Kentwood won the D-1 team title with 43 points.

Fraser High’s Brian Williams finished second in the discus, with a throw of 176 feet.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley long jumper Adrian Hulaj placed second in that event with a jump of 22-10 1/4.

Utica Ford II’s Jake Jurkowski came in eighth place in the pole vault with a jump of 13-4.

Utica High’s Freddie Crittenden won a state championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.36 seconds and picked up a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 38.05.

Fraser’s Shawn Severs (15.75) placed eighth in 110 hurdles.

Utica High’s 800 relay team placed fourth in a time of 1 minute, 29.18 seconds; Grosse Pointe South’s team finished sixth with a time of 1:29.59.

Grosse Pointe North’s 400 relay team placed seventh in 43.24, while North’s Taiwan Wiggins (39.42) placed seventh in the 300 hurdles.

The Warren De La Salle 1600 relay team finished second, crossing the finish line in 3:21.23.

Grosse Pointe South won the team title with 76 points. The win, sealed June 1 at East Kentwood High, is the third straight for the Blue Devils’ program.

Macomb Dakota scored 32 points to finish fifth as a team.

The state champs were particularly impressive in the relays and distance races, and coach Steve Zaranek said it was a pleasure to coach them.

“As far as distance running, there’s never been anything like what we’ve shown the last several years,” Zaranek said. “Our track distance runners — there’s never been any group to compare to them, led by Hannah (Meier); the most versatile athlete I’ve ever seen here in Michigan. We talked about making history. They created incredible history at the state level, also very important to us, at our own school. This is a group of 17 girls that represented our team of 105. They’re very humble young ladies.”

Jae’vyn Wortham, of Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, won a state title in discus with a throw of 144-6; she was eighth in the shot with a toss of 37-4 3/4.

L’Anse Creuse’s Carly D’Almeida placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 38-9 inches.

Grosse Pointe South’s Aubryn Samaroo placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-5; Dakota’s Kayla Dobies (5-3) finished eighth.

Lindsey Bartz, of Dakota, placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 11-3.

South’s team won state titles in the 1600 and 3200 relays, finishing in 3:52.32 and 9:01.98, respectively.

Dakota placed eighth in the 3200 relay with a time of 9:27.02.

South’s Jasmine Brathwaite finished third in the 100 with a time of 12.394.

Dakota’s 800 relay team placed third with a time of 1:41.55.

The state champs dominated the 1600, as South’s Hannah Meier (4:39.23) captured a state title, Haley Meier placed second in 4:42.43, and Ersula Farrow finished fourth in 4:51.96.

Dakota’s 400 relay team placed fourth after crossing the finish line in 48.88; South (49.05) took sixth in the event.

Dakota’s Lauren Burnett placed second in the 400 with a time of 55.67.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview’s Sarah Moen (45.68) finished sixth in the 300 hurdles.

The Blue Devils sprinted their way to the front in the 800, as well, with Hannah Meier taking the title in 2:06.35, while Farrow (2:07.91) and Burnett (2:09.62) placed second and third, respectively. Haley Meier placed eighth in the event with a time of 2:14.19.

Division 2

The D-2 finals took place June 1 at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern High School.

St. Clair Shores South Lake’s Taylor Pitts finished eighth in the long jump with a jump of 16-9.

Warren Regina’s team had a good day, finishing fourth in the 3200 relay. The 3200 team, made up of Cassie Bloch, Teresa Diehl, Jenny Ponkowski and Liz Bloch, finished in 9:43.16; Cassie Bloch placed seventh in the 800 run with a time of 2:17.87; and the 1600 relay team — Cassie and Liz Bloch, Diehl and Lauren Valentini — placed seventh in the event with a time of 4:07.2.

Division 3

Warren Michigan Collegiate tallied 26 points to place fourth as a team at the D-3 state finals, which took place June 1 at Comstock Park High School. Mount Clemens High finished sixth as a team with 21 points.

Michigan Collegiate’s Teo Redding came home with a state crown and two second-place finishes. He won the 110 hurdles after crossing the finish line in 14.65, and took second in the high jump (6-8) and 300 hurdles (39.70).

Mount Clemens High piled up points in three events, as the 800 relay team placed second in 1:31.49, Josh Branch (49.62) placed third in the 400, and the 1600 relay team placed fifth in 3:29.07.

Macomb Lutheran North’s Emily Matkin placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 16-6 3/4, while teammate Jenna Briney (1.47.77) placed fifth in 3200.

The Mount Clemens 800 relay team finished eighth in the event with a time of 1:47.77.