Blue Devils maintain track dominance

Grosse Pointe South girls win second straight title

By: Jon Malavolti | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 13, 2012

 Grosse Pointe South’s girls track and field team won its second straight state championship.

Grosse Pointe South’s girls track and field team won its second straight state championship.

Photo courtesy of Dana Kaiser


Grosse Pointe South’s girls track and field team maintained its top spot in the state’s prep running circuit, winning its second straight state title June 2 at East Kentwood High School.

The Blue Devils got plenty of points from their distance runners, who’ve led the team to a back-to-back cross country state titles, as well, but it was the total effort on display that put the track team over the top.

“I am so incredibly proud of our girls,” South coach Steve Zaranek said. “We knew our distance runners had the potential to score a huge number of points, but we also knew we needed help in the sprints and field events.

“All 14 of our finalists gave from their heart. They were amazing teammates, and the support they gave to one another was matched by no one else. They ran for their teammates. They ran for their school. They ran for their community.”

The highlight of the day for South came in the 3200-meter relay. The team of Kelsie Schwartz, Ersula Farrow, Haley Meier and Hannah Meier set a new national record with a time of 8 minutes, 48.29 seconds.

“The national record was surreal,” Zaranek said. “All four needed to run at or near their very best to have a shot. The national record was a full 16 seconds under the state record. Our first three girls did their job in extraordinary style. When Hannah received the baton, we knew immediately that the national record was in reach. Hannah knew exactly what she needed to do. She is the perfect anchor leg to any relay. This relay team set the tone for our team to excel. The performance was astounding.”

Farrow, Haley Meier, Hannah Meier and Caitlin Moore later teamed up to win the 1600 relay. And a Blue Devils squad of Mia Perkins, Cierra Rice, Andrea DiCresce and Moore finished tied for seventh in the 400 relay.

Individually, Hannah Meier went on to win titles in the 1600 and 800 runs. Twin sister Haley Meier finished second and third, respectively, in those races, while Farrow was third and fourth, respectively. Schwartz took sixth in the 1600 and seventh in the 3200. Moore finished fifth in the 200 dash. And Aubryn Samaroo took seventh in the high jump to round out the Blue Devils’ All-State (top-eight finishing) performers. For complete results, visit www.

“Our team was as perfect as possible all season long,” Zaranek said. “The 14 finalists represented their 117 teammates and our school with style and class. This was the finest track team in our school’s history, and they earned the state title with their hard work and dedication.

“Most of all, they earned it with their devotion to their teammates.”