BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves qualified for the MHSAA Track and Field State Finals in nine events during the regional meet at Lake Orion, last Friday.
“It was a great year,” said Kevin Breen, head coach for the boys and girls teams. “We had a great time.”
Brendan Favazza finished as regional champion in the 3,200-meter run finishing in first place in the time of 9:20.06. Teammate Mark Sprague finished in third at 9:36.21, just missing the time to qualify for states.
“He missed the qualifying standard by two-tenths of a second,” Breen said. “When you think about the whole two miles in the nine minutes they are running for him to miss by just two-tenths of a second is pretty heartbreaking.”
Shawn Slater qualified for the 1,600-meter run in the time of 4:23.96 and Nathan Sesti also finished fourth to qualify in the 800-meter run, 1:57.11.
Christian Collis, Slater, Favazza and Sesti qualified in the 3,200-meter relay finishing in third place at 8:00.23.
For track events; 100-meter dash, Jake Honstetter, seventh, 11.59; 200-meter dash, Devin Parkinson, fourth, 22.86; 400-meter dash, Alex Ryan, sixth, 52.85; 800-meter run, Sesti, fourth, 1:57.11; Collis, eighth, 2:00.22; 1,600-meter, Slater, fourth, 4:23.96; Nathan Murray, ninth, 4:33.12; Jeremy Cavallo, 15th, 4:45.26; 3,200-meter, Favazza, first, 9:20.06; Sprague, third, 9:36.21; Andrew Sesti, fifth, 9:54.84; and 300-meter hurdles, Drew Radlick, 13th, 42.65.
The 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams finished in seventh place, with the 400-meter team at 44.50 and 800-meter team at 1:33.89. The 1,600-meter relay team finished in eighth, 3:38.92.
For field events; shot put, Ben Haas, third, 47-11; discus, Haas, eighth, 123-10.50; Avery Grail, 19th, 96-07.5; high jump, Valen Kurmaniak, eighth, 5-08; pole vault, Miguel Gutierrez and Luke Grabowski, eighth, 11-00; and long jump, Lewyn Beernink, 12th, 18-11.50.
The girls qualified in five events with Grace Nolan in the 3,200-meter run in second place; Elizabeth Dalrymple in the 1,600-meter run, third place; and Shae Harbaugh in 300-meter hurdles.
Harbaugh, Allie Eriksen, Haley Puskar and Karlie Mattinson qualified in the 800-meter relay finishing in second, 1:46.25; and the team of Eriksen, Dalrymple, Harbaugh and Mattinson finished in second in the 1,600-meter relay, 4:01.47.
For track events, 200-meter dash, Mattinson, fourth, 26.34; 400-meter run, Eriksen, third, 1:01.02; 800-meter run, Dalrymple, fifth, 2:19.85; Shannon Billette, eighth, 2:27.35; Mattie Drennan, 15th, 2:33.98; 1,600-meter, Dalrymple, third, 4:57.51; Drenna, eighth, 5:28.63; 3,200-meter run, Nolan, second, 11:03.27; Elise Wilhelm, tenth, 12:15.54; 100-meter hurdles, Haley Puskar, seventh, 17.19; 300-meter, Harbaugh, third, 45.94; and Puskar, seventh, 49.65.
For field events; shot put, Alysa Perez, 11th, 29-08; Lyndaya Marshall,14th, 29-00; discus, Perez, ninth, 99-03; Jen Starnes, 21st, 81-02; high jump, Allison Osborn, seventh, 4-08; pole vault, Hannah Golab, fourth, 9-09; Julia Hunt, fifth, 9-03; and long jump, Osborn, 15th, 15-00.
The Wolves host the Oakland County Championship on Friday.
“Having the county meet here is a big deal to be able to perform at your home stadium,” Breen said. “We are going to try a few things to get them ready for states a little bit more.”
The first event is at 3 p.m.
BY WENDI REARDON PRICE