BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves have their sights set on Friday as they head into the MHSAA Track and Field Regional meet and a chance to qualify for the state meet.
Kevin Breen, head coach for the boys and girls teams, noted they are looking for individuals to place at regionals.
“Gavin Eisert and Grant Telfer are probably in the best going into states,” he added about the boys team. “We have a couple guys who have a shot to get through.”
For the girls side, they are looking at the distance crew and some of the sprint runners to place for the state meet.
Both teams had a chance to see where they matched up with the OAA Red meet last Wednesday at Oxford.
The Lady Wolves finished in second place with 121 points as Lake Orion finished in first with 167.33. Rochester Adams took third, 106 points; Oxford, fourth, 51; and Rochester, fifth, 46.67.
“We did as well as we could,” Breen said. “We gave Lake Orion a run for their money. We had one of our top sprinters out and it kind of hurt us in some of the relays but Olivia McKinney definitely stepped up and picked up a spot which allowed us to win the 4×100. But we lost out on some other points in the sprints.”
The distance crew led the Lady Wolves as Elizabeth Dalrymple, Emily Ferguson and Mia Patria took the top three spots in the 1,600-meter run. Dalrymple finished in first, 5:11.40 as Ferguson finished in second, 5:16.68; and Patrica set a personal record in third place, 5:16.90.
Mallory Ferguson led in the 3,200-meter run finishing in first place at 11:19.05 and Patria finished in second place at 11:26.98.
Dalrymple finished in third place in the 800-meter run at 2:21.35 and Emily Ferguson finished in fourth place, 2:23.59.
“Our distance girls are probably still the strongest area we have,” Breen said.
Jala Smith finished in second place during the 100-meter dash, 13.28; and 200-meter dash, 27.54. Lauryn Fecko finished the 200-meter in fourth place at 27.77 and finished the 100-meter in fifth place, 13.66.
“Jala had a great day and Lauren ran well,” Breen said.
Allie Eriksen finished in fourth place in the 400-meter run at 1:01.32 and Hanna Rostek finished in 11th place, 1:05.76.
Olivia McKinney finished in eighth place in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.85. McKinney, Haley Puskar and Shae Harbaugh set personal records during the preliminary round as McKinney timed at 18.27; Puskar at 18.54 and Harbaugh at 19.15.
“They are really coming along and it’s nice to see so much young talent on the team,” said Breen.
In relays, the team of Smith, Fecko, Alex Touchstone and Olivia McKinney took the top spot in the 400-meter at 52.08.
Dalrymple, Patria and the Ferguson sisters finished in second place in the 3,200-meter relay at 9:28.25.
“We lost our race plan a little bit in the first race of the day and we lost to Adams in the 4×800,” Breen added. “We have to look at it and say ‘they ran a second fastest time in the state for the year and we ran the third fastest time.’ It’s nothing to worry about, but we don’t want to watch Adams beat us again. We came from 75 yards back to within once second of them at the finish line.”
The relay team of Eriksen, Harbaugh, Emily Ferguson and Hanna Rostek finished in third place in the 1,600-meter relay, 4:11.50. Smith, Fecko, Eriksen and Ashley Graham finished in fifth place in the 800-meter relay, 1:56.45.
For field events, Molly Nicholson led in the shot put with 32-03.5.
“Molly is probably the best shot put thrower we have had in about 7-8 years when we had a quality shot thrower over 30 feet,” said Breen. “Right behind her Alysa (Perez) did a good job, too.”
Perez finished in seventh place with 30-05.5 and Sloan Curtis finished in 11th place, 26-08.75.
Nicholson finished in sixth place in the discus with 101-09. Curtis finished in eighth place, 85-05; and Jordyn Rumbold finished in 12th, 81-03.
Alyse Cross and Allison Osborn both set a personal record in the high jump, both with 4-06. For the long jump, Trinity Roodbeen finished in fourth place, 15-2.50 and Touchstone finished in fifth place, 15-02.25.
Tiana Phillips finished in fourth place in the pole vault, 8-06 as Dana Demrose and Allyse Modia tied for fifth with seven feet. Phillips and Demrose PR’ed during the event.
The Wolves finished in fourth place with 75 points. Lake Orion topped the league meet with 123 points for first place. Oxford finished in second with 121 points; Rochester Adams, third, 106; and Rochester, fifth, 46.67.
“It was along the lines of what we thought would happen,” Breen said. “We had a couple of impressive performances on the boys side – we saw a lot of boys who were running their PR and really saw a lot of improvement from the boys. We have a few athletes who are a little banged up like Grant Telfer. We didn’t see a performance out of him in the 200-meter finals but Max Salter stepped up in the position. He did really well.”
Telfer finished in first place during the 100-meter dash, 11.47. Salter finished in second place in the 100-meter dash at 11.66, and in the 200-meter dash, 23.49.
The Wolves achieved a lot of personal records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter events.
For the 400-meter run all top three runners set a PR with Matthew Baker finishing in fifth place, 52.73; Devin Parkison, seventh, 53.28; and Ben Allen, 13th, 55.60. Nickolas Favazza finshed in tenth place in the 800-meter run, 2:12.17.
Eisert finished in second place in the 1,600-meter run at 4:30.74. Nate Sesti finished in fifth place, 4:33.56; and Favazza in seventh place, 4:34.56.
Shawn Slater finished in fourth place in the 3,200-meter run at 9:52.70 as Brendan Favazza finished in seventh, 10:09.92; and Jacob Dolan finished in eighth place, 10:13. 61.
“We saw a lot of improvement from the boys,” Breen added about the boys hitting their PR.
The team of Telfer, Salter, Gino Paese and Dalton Sampson ran to victory in the 400-meter relay finishing in first place at 44.77.
Other relay top finishes included the 1,600-meter relay finishing in fourth place with Sampson, Allen, Baker and Parkinson running at 3:38.79.
The relay team of Allen, Eisert, Slater and Nickolas Favazza finished in fifth place in the 3,200-meter relay run, 8:58.79.
For hurdles, Anthony Ramirez finished in fourth place in the 110-meter at 16.54. Ethan Wise finished in fifth in the 300-meter at 44.47 as Ramirez finished in sixth place, 44.47 and Drew Erksine finished in 14th place, 56.67.
For field events, Carter Hoogewerf finshed in third place in the pole vault with 10-06 and Miguel Gonzalez finished in sixth place, 9-06.
Paese led the pack in the long jump with his fifth place finish at 18-05.75 . Josh Kelley finished in sixth with 18-04.5 and Jayden Hutchons finished in 11th at 17-07.75.
Brett Cook finished in ninth place in shot put with a 37-06 throw. Paese finished in 13th place, 35-02.50 and Brandon Marcks threw 32-02 for 14th place.
Cook also led the Wolves in discus with a seventh place finish, setting a PR at 117-08. Jermanine Roemer finished in 11th place with 107-10 and Marcks finished in 13th place, 92-07.
Jayden Hutchons tied for second place in the high jump with 5-11. Kelley finished in seventh with 5-09 and Matt Nicholson tied for eighth with 5-06.
The regional meet this Friday at Lake Orion begins at 2 p.m. with field events.