Spring on track with wins

 

Kayla Russell hands the baton to Makayla Owens in the 400-meter relay. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Kayla Russell hands the baton to Makayla Owens in the 400-meter relay. Photo by Wendi Reardon

BY WENDI REARDON
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves captured two wins against Rochester in their first OAA Red league meet in the spring season.
The Clarkston Boys Track and Field team scored three more points than the Falcons to win last Wednesday’s meet, 68-65.
“The guys team did well but it was more of a battle,” said Kevin Breen, head coach. “The score was split down the middle. We pulled away at the end.”
Assistant Coach Ryan Kaul added he was impressed the 1,600-meter relay team of Brandon Baker, Dalton Sampson, Derrick Egli and Shaquille Blevins, which finished first at 3:30.4.
“Grant Telfer did well in his first meet and running strong in relays,” said Kaul.
“Telfer is a great addition to the team,” added Breen. “Blevins looks real strong. Egli is looking good.”
The Wolves finished in first place in nine events including all four relays with Tim Dalrymple, Grant Henley, Matt Heilman, Derrick Egli in the 3,200-meter relay finish at 8:38.5
The 800-meter relay finished in first at 1:34.2 and the 400-meter relay at 44.5.
Also, placing in first, Egli, 800-meter run, 2:02.3; Telfer, 100-meter dash, 11.08, and 200-meter dash, 23.2; Sam Bullen, shot put, 38′ 2.25″; and Josh Kelley, high jump, 6’2″.
“Josh had a personal best in the high jump – that was big,” Kaul added.
The boys also finished second in six events and third in nine events. They took the top three places in the 200-meter dash.
The girls team defeated Rochester, 80-48.
“We did really well,” said Breen. “Coming off of last year we struggled in some of our field events except high jump. This year we were cautious going into the meet. During the meet we were ahead, but not so far ahead we could get comfortable and relax. It was a good surprise to see how well we did in field events. Our throwers are really stepping it up and doing really well. We had a good solid long jump on the girls side.”
The Lady Wolves took first place in 12 events including three relays – the 3,200-meter relay with Emily Ferguson, Malory Ferguson, Elizabeth Dalrymple and Nicole Hanson, 9:44.3.
“They ran a really good time for this time of season,” said Breen.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Ferguson, Ferguson, Dalrymple and Allie Eriksen finished at 4:17.3; and the 400-meter relay of Ashley Graham, Jala Smith, Makayla Owens and Russell finished at 52.6.
The girls took the top three placs in the 800-meter run with Dalrymple in first, 2:23; Malory Ferguson, second, 2:23.02; Hanson in third, 2:25.2.
Hanson also finished first in the 3,200-meter run at 11:56.8; Eriksen, 400-meter dash, 1:01.9; Russell, 200-meter dash, 26.9; Smith, 100-meter dash, 13.3.
“Our freshman are really pushing on the girls side,” said Breen. They are pushing to drive the team along with Allie, Elizabeth and Ferguson sisters. We had a surprise with one of our freshman Lauren Fecko she scored in the 200-meter dash (third at 27.98). She is one we will be looking for improvement from in the future.”
For field events, Courtney Roland finished in first place in the 100-meter high hurdles, 16.6; Teagan Phillips, shot put, 29’5″; Abbey Horning, long jump, 14’6.5″; and high jump, Megan Nicholson, 5′.
The girls finished in second place in five events and third in eight events.
The Wolves host Stoney Creek this Wednesday in another OAA Red meet at Clarkston High School, 4 p.m.