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Hornets News · Middle School Track Defeats Chelsea

The Boys and Girls Middle School track and field teams traveled to Chelsea yesterday.  Thankfully the rain held off as the wind was howling and temperatures were not that high.  But all in all the second meet for the Middle Schoolers went great and 2 more victories for our talented young runners.  The final scores were:

Boys – Saline 94 – Chelsea 39
Girls – Saline 78 – Chelsea 54
Leading the way for the Hornets was:
Neil Garg – 1st meet back after 3 weeks off due to an ankle injury, Neil ran as if he hadn’t missed a beat. He won the open 800 in a 2:24.9 and was on the winning 4×800 with a time of 2:26.
Jacob Dykman – Ran a smart 1600 with a come from behind victory in a time of 5:33.8.  Jacob was also on the 1st place 4×800 relay running a split of 2:49 and also on the winning 4×400 posting a 70.
Ben Stimac – Ben was part of a duo that kept the sprints strong, winning the 70 dash in a time of 8.94. he placed 2nd in the 100 in 12.64 and was lead off on the B 4×100 relay. 
Jake White – Only scorer for Saline in the boys shot put and was injured.  Jake showed his strength taking 2nd in the shot with a throw of 28′ 1″.  Last week he was on crutches so was unable to run but gutted it out for 2nd in his field event.
Aidan Nam – Part two in the sprint duo.  Aidan won the open 100 with a time of 12.37, squeaking past his teammate Stimic in .23 seconds.  Aidan was also lead off on the winning 4×200 relay posting a 27.90 and lead off for the winning 4×100 relay getting them started with a 13.74.
Katie Wagner – Our lone shot put scorer for girls.  Katie threw a 27′ 3-1/2″ taking 2nd place.
Kayla Fortino – What a meet Fortino had!  Her efforts and determination were amazing!  She ran the mile in a 6:29.3, dropping 10 seconds from last meet.  She was on the B 4×800 running a 3:00 half and she took her B 4×400 team from 2nd to 1st by out kicking her teammate at the end, her split a 71.
Lauren Charney – Ran tough injured.  Lauren really went for it and was there for her team.  Battling injuries this season she was able to run the 800 in a time of 3:02.5 and was on a 4×800 team hanging in there to post a 3:14.  We were happy to see Lauren back competing.
Avery Strok – Winning the high jump with a jump of 3′ 6′ Avery then took the strength of her legs to the hurdles.  She took 3rd in the 55 hurdles with a time of 11.7 and wrapped up her evening with a 2nd place finish in the 200 hurdles.
Nea Shaffer – Took 1st place in the long jump, jumping 9’11”.
Coach Stafford had this to say about the meet:  “Our second meet of the season was an interesting success and one that most definitely provided lots of laughs, kids stepping up and one coach wondering “Where the heck are the buses?  Only to find out they were headed towards Saline, less one coach!  This was a first for all of us, Chelsea coaches included.

We were fortunate and the rain held off.  The meet itself was a good comedy with timing and scoring issues which required great teamwork by the Saline coaches and Chelsea meet workers.  There was spilled hot chocolate, a hurdle race where there were no hurdles in lane one which had Salines fastest 200 Hurdler hurdling imaginary hurdles.  Quick and clever thinking indeed.  Field events are progressing and hand-offs are coming along as each week we are able to get a little more work done.  Most of our 8th graders were in Washington DC all last week so a solid win with all the moving parts gradually coming together.  All and all a great meet and another victory for the Hornets!”