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Middle School Track: What A CRAZY Week!

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Wyandotte Invitational was a great meet for our team.  Overall the combined boys and girls took 3rd place.  This was a huge meet with over 1,200 athletes and 16 teams.  We were very pleased with all of our athletes with improvements across the board, two performances really stood out that we would like to highlight.
First, Anthony Dekraker ran his first sub 5 minute mile, winning the event and breaking the meet record with a time of 4:59.99.
The boys 4×100 relay in a photo finish took 1st place with a time of 50.18.  The team of Ben Stimic 13.39, Aidan Nam 11.85, Ryan Liebert 13.36 and anchoring with a 11.59 Jameson Swanson.
Next we started the week with our meet against Bedford being cancelled due to the severe weather on Monday.
Thursday May 15th brought better weather and a Tri meet against Dexter and Tecumseh.
The boys won both with the scores:
Saline vs Dexter 86 to 55
Saline vs Tecumseh 86 to 34
The girls split taking second to Dexter in a close one and winning with a solid victory against Tecumseh with the following scores:
Saline vs Dexter  67.5 to 86.5
Saline vs Tecumseh 67.5 to 21
Some athletes that did a nice job and that have consistently worked hard with a positive attitude all season:
Boys:
Jacob Salanta –  Running the two mile with a time of 16:09, a season best by 21 seconds.  Jacob was also part of the 4×400 relay with a split of 88 seconds, another PR.
Josh Mahaney – A steady performer for us all season in the 55m and 200m hurdles, Josh was right on top of his season best times with a 11.7 in the 55’s and a 37 flat in the 200 hurdles.
Domenik Shehaj –  Stepping up for us this meet Domenik moved up to the A 4×200 relay which won with a time of 1:49.16, Domeniks’s lead off leg of 29.21 was a great start.  He then ran the 100 dash in a 14.72 before heading into his final event of the evening the 4×100 relay.  Leading off with a 15.1 Domenik and his teammates took 1st place with a time of 52.5.
Michael Elms – A steady 800 runner for us all season Michael never lets his team down.  Continuing his streak of 800’s,  Michael took 3rd in the open 800 with a 2:33.8 then went on to run third on the winning 4×800 team with a time of 2:35.  Finishing his evening Michael split a 65.7 on the evenings winning 4×400 relay.
Kade Koerner – Staying right on top of his times Kade has had a solid season running wherever he is needed and always finishing strong.  He ran a 6:06 mile, then started off his 4×800 relay with a 2:57 all with a big smile and powerful kick.
Girls:
Becky Cantrell – One of a few pole vaulters Becky cleared 4′ 5″ and continues to improve.  Also a steady runner Becky PR’d in the mile running a 6:16.9 good for 4th place and running her second fastest 800 on the 4×800 relay with a 3:05.
Laurel Schmidt –  Always happy to help out her team, Laurel using her speed ran the open 100 with a time of 16.05 and the open 200 in 34.86, both times right on top of her season best. She was also an anchor on a 4×100 relay with a split of 13.88.
Megan Foley – A solid hurdler for Saline all season Megan continues double duty running the 55’s and 200 hurdles. Megan is very consistent and kept her hurdle strength this meet with a 11.55 in the 55’s and in the 200m hurdles a 38.08.
Jessi Larson – Coming back from an injury Jessi continues to improve with each meet gaining more strength and completing races that are pain free. She has gradually worked her way up to two events a meet and she had a solid meet running a 5:37 mile taking second then leading off the winning 4×800 relay with a time of 2:46.
Elise Renberg – Lacing up for the 3200 meter run for the first time this season Elise went under 16 minutes with a time of 15:55.8, displaying great form and a solid performance.
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