Oakland County track and field athletes go stride for stride

By: Jon Malavolti | Online Only | Published June 7, 2011

 Southfield High sophomore Keianna Ingram won the high jump competition at the Oakland County track and field championships May 27 at Highland-Milford. Novi Detroit Catholic Central won the boys team title, while Novi High won the girls crown. For more details and photos from the county meet, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

Southfield High sophomore Keianna Ingram won the high jump competition at the Oakland County track and field championships May 27 at Highland-Milford. Novi Detroit Catholic Central won the boys team title, while Novi High won the girls crown. For more details and photos from the county meet, visit our website at www.candgnews.com.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

The best of the best met on the track and in the field to decide bragging rights.

The Oakland County Championships took place May 27 at Highland Milford. Novi Detroit Catholic Central won the boys competition, while Novi High won the girls title.
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, meanwhile, placed second in both the boys and the girls competitions.

“For us, the meet is always highly competitive,” Country Day coach Dave Wilson said. “We had a chance to compete against some of the very best athletes and teams in the state. We consider the Oakland County meet the very best opportunity to prepare for the state finals meet.”

The state finals were June 4, after press time. Visit www. mhsaa.com for finals information, and check out upcoming editions for local results.

Boys
While Catholic Central wrapped up the crown with 75 points from 17 events, Country Day followed in second with 56. Oxford High (44), Walled Lake Central (42), Ferndale (35), West Bloomfield High (32), Auburn Hills Avondale (28), Waterford Mott (27), Walled Lake Northern (25), Highland Milford (25) and Lake Orion High (25) round out the top 10.

White Lake Lakeland was next in the standings with 21.5 points, followed by North Farmington (18), Birmingham Groves (17), Berkley High (17), Novi High (17), Walled Lake Western (16), Farmington High (16), Livonia Clarenceville (15) Clarkston High (14), Holly High (12), Birmingham Seaholm (10), Pontiac High (10), Troy High (10), Troy Athens (9), South Lyon (8), Farmington Hills Harrison (8), Rochester High (8), Birmingham Brother Rice (7), Southfield Christian (6), Rochester Adams (3), Waterford Kettering (2.5), Southfield High (2) and Madison Heights Lamphere (1).

In the running events, Catholic Central won the 3200-meter relay; Oxford’s Aaron Stuk won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles titles; Ferndale’s Jamarius McTear finished first in the 100 dash; Auburn Hills Avondale’s 800 relay team won the title; Seaholm’s Jack Howard outlasted the competition in the 1600; Ferndale won the 400 relay; Jake Spuller of Catholic Central took home the 200 and 400 titles; Milford’s Brandon Wallace edged past the field in the 800 run; Mott’s Scott Albaugh finished first in the 3200; and Walled Lake Northern’s 1600 relay team won the final race of the day.

In the field events, Country Day’s Dartis Willis won the long jump and the high jump; Walled Lake Central’s Conner Enciso took home the pole vault title; West Bloomfield’s Louis Daranda won the shot put; and Country Day’s David Brown outdistanced his opponents in the discus.

Girls
Novi scored 80 points to claim the county crown, followed by Country Day (42), Harrison (40), West Bloomfield (37), Adams (36.5), Pontiac (33), Lake Orion (31), Walled Lake Western (29), Troy (28) and Farmington High (27) in the top 10.

Mott was next up with 26.5 points, followed by Rochester (25), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (22), Oxford (21), Avondale (21), Southfield (21), Walled Lake Northern (14), Birmingham Marian (12), Bloomfield Hills Lahser (12), Lakeland (11), Southfield Lathrup (10), Farmington Hills Mercy (9.5), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (9), Ferndale (8), Walled Lake Central (8), Seaholm (6.5), Groves (6), North Farmington (6), Clarkston (6), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (6), Holly High (5), Birmingham Roeper (5), South Lyon (4), Berkley (3) and Oak Park (1).

In the running events, Troy won the 3200 relay; Harrison’s Laticia Sims took home the 100 hurdles title; Country Day’s Kendall Baisden finished in first of the 100 dash; Novi won the 1600, 800 and 400 relays; Walled Lake Western’s Lindsay Clark captured the 1600 run title; Southfield’s LaTipha Cross finished first in the 400 dash; Novi’s Kelly McCloskey won the 300 hurdles; Rochester’s Brook Handler ran away with first in the 800; Novi’s Jasmine Ward won the 200; and West Bloomfield’s Erin Finn outlasted the competition in the 3200.

In the field events, Lahser’s Joylisa Davis soared to win the long jump; Lathrup’s Kienna Ingram was the medalist in the high jump; Oxford’s Sarah Hillebrand took the pole vault title; Pontiac’s Angela Bursey won the shot put; and Country Day’s Brittany Mann finished first in the discus.