Track and field squads battle for Oakland County bragging rights

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 4, 2013

 From left to right, sprinters from West Bloomfield High, Oak Park High, Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Brother Rice dash their way to the finish line in a track meet earlier this season. Teams from across the county gathered for the Oakland County championship May 24 at Holly High.

From left to right, sprinters from West Bloomfield High, Oak Park High, Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Brother Rice dash their way to the finish line in a track meet earlier this season. Teams from across the county gathered for the Oakland County championship May 24 at Holly High.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Boys and girls track teams from across the area converged May 24 on Holly High for the Oakland County Championship.

For the first time since 2002, the Rochester Adams girls squad took top honors with 80 points. Oak Park High finished second with 69 and Walled Lake Central was third with 63.

“I’m very pleased for them,” Adams coach Eric Lohr said. “For them to go in and actually win it … I hope they realize what an accomplishment they had. I’m very proud of them.”

Making up the rest of the field were Birmingham Seaholm (54), Novi High (52), Farmington Hills Harrison (43), Farmington High (29), Ortonville Brandon (27), Birmingham Groves (23), Clarkston High (22.5), Waterford Mott (20), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (18.5), Troy High (15), Bloomfield Hills Lahser (13), Southfield High (12), West Bloomfield High (12), Lake Orion High (10.5), Southfield-Lathrup (10), White Lake Lakeland (10), Berkley High (10), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (10), Highland-Milford (9.5), Rochester High (8), North Farmington (8), Auburn Hills Avondale (6.5), South Lyon East (6), Pontiac High (3), Royal Oak High (3), Bloomfield Hills Andover (3), South Lyon High (3), Walled Lake Northern (3), Oxford High (3), Holly High (2), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (1) and Clarenceville High (.5).

Rochester Adams’ Jessica Howell won the 100-meter dash in 12.46 seconds. Central’s Chantel Edwards (12.5) came in second.

In the 200, Country Day’s Kendall Baisden won in 24.7. Oak Park’s Anna Jefferson (25.04) was runner-up.

Jefferson bounced back to win the 400, crossing the finish line in 55.54. Rochester Adams’ Sophie Smith (57.32) finished second.

In the 800, Adams’ Jamie Morrissey (2 minutes, 14.34 seconds) was tops. Groves’ Jackie Feist (2:14.51) was second.

Seaholm’s Audrey Belf won the 1600, coming in with a time of 4:58.89. Feist (5:00.71) was second.

In the 3200, Adams’ Gabrielle Thivierge earned the title, finishing in 10:45.58. Belf (10:48.45) was second.

Harrison’s Maya Roberts won the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.27. Oak Park’s Brianna Holloway (15.61) was next to cross the finish line.

In the 300 hurdles, Novi’s Lina Davis (46.02) was tops; Holloway (46.94) was the runner-up.

In relays, Harrison’s squad (50.61) won the 4x100, with Brandon (50.68) in second.

Oak Park won the 4x200, finishing in 1:41.95. Farmington (1:44.97) was second.

The 4x400 looked much like the 4x200, with Oak Park (3:53.87) again winning and Farmington (3:59.8) in second.

In the 4x800, Adams (9:33.17) won; Mott (9:43.36) was second.

In the field events, Central’s Josephine Jackson took the championship in the shot put and discus. In the discus, she threw 43 feet, 9 inches. In the shot, she made a toss of 136-2.

Harrison’s Chelsea Savage (42-7) was second in the shot put, and Novi’s Taylor Pavlika (122-6) was second in the discus.

Lathrup’s Keianna Ingram won the high jump with a leap of 5-4. Lakeland’s Calli Stemple (5-3) was second on a tiebreaker.

In the pole vault, Brandon’s Olivia Parry was tops with a 10-6 attempt, beating teammate Madison Pierce on a tiebreaker.

Berkley’s Shelby Allen won the long jump with a leap of 16-11 1/2. Troy’s Taryn Holliday (16-10 3/4) was second.

On the boys side, Lake Orion High proved to be best with 63 points. Walled Lake Central was second with 51.34 and Southfield High was third with 48.

Rounding out the rest of the field were Novi High (48), Clarkston High (35), Oak Park High (33), Auburn Hills Avondale (32), Birmingham Brother Rice (31), Walled Lake Northern (31), Rochester Adams (30), North Farmington (27), Birmingham Groves (26), Waterford Mott (24), South Lyon High (21), Highland-Milford (21), Ortonville Brandon (17.5), Royal Oak High (16), Walled Lake Western (13), Southfield-Lathrup (12), Holly High (11.42), Oxford High (9), Clarenceville High (8.42), Novi Detroit Catholic Central (8.42), Hazel Park High (8), West Bloomfield High (7), Farmington Hills Harrison (6.42), Troy High (6.42), Lakeland High (6), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (5), Birmingham Seaholm (4), Waterford Kettering (4), Pontiac High (3), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (3), Southfield Christian (1), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1) and Bloomfield Hills Lahser (1).

In the 100, Avondale’s Joshuwa Holloman won (10.88), with Brother Rice’s Justin Flynn (10.89) just behind.

In the 200, Lathrup’s Brandon Wilks (21.91) took the crown; Clarkston’s Ian Eriksen (22.36) came in second.

Southfield’s Alexander Foster won the 400 with a time of 50.18. Adams’ Avery Taylor was just behind in 50.33.

In the 800, Avondale’s Geoffrey Williston (1:57.33) was tops; Brandon’s Taras Thronson (1:57.42) was runner-up.

Lake Orion’s T.J. Carey won the 1600 in 4:13.3. Milford’s Brian Kettle made it a close race, finishing in 4:13.6.

In the 3200, Adams’ Stephen Biebelhausen (9:34.67) was the champ; Hazel Park’s Dallas Shields (9:37.75) was second.

Groves’ Ross Williams won the 110 and 300 hurdles, finishing in 14.45 and 38.47, respectively.

Lake Orion’s Jordan Waymer was second in both events, crossing the line in 14.65 in the 110 hurdles and 38.92 in the 300 hurdles.

In relays, Oak Park High (43.1) won the 4x100; Southfield High (43.13) came in second.

The roles were reversed in the 4x200, with Southfield crossing the line in 1:28.48 and Oak Park taking second in 1:29.26.

Brother Rice won the 4x400, finishing in 3:24.6. Northern (3:25.22) took second place.

In the 4x800, Lake Orion (8:04.75) was the champ; Clarkston (8:12) was runner-up.

Central’s Cullen Prena dominated in the shot put and discus. He won the shot with a 57-07 toss. Teammate Exhildi Prekaj was second, measuring a throw of 53-09.

Prena (196-01) took the discus crown; South Lyon’s Trevor VanAsselt was runner-up after a throw of 168-08.

Southfield’s Brandon Bean won the high jump title with a 6-05 leap; Milford’s Hunter Moore (6-03) was second.

North Farmington’s David Mittleburn (13-06) won the pole vault; Northern’s Austin Schafer (13-00) came in second.

In the long jump, Novi’s Ali Taha made the longest leap with a 22-05 3/4 mark. Northern’s Matt Kosmalski’s attempt of 21-08 1/2 was second.