On Friday the day began early and it lasted a long time. The pole vault began at 10:00am and the 4 X 400 ended about 10:30pm. We saw the sun, clouds, rain, wind, but the biggest track meet in the State went off without a hitch. The meet was ran to perfection just as you’d expect the awesome people of Saline! And when the smoke settled, it was an awesome day for the Saline Hornets.
John Smutny had an incredible day. He threw 163’4” in the discus and 52’7” in the shot put. Both were WINNING THROWS! Nicholas Sawyer gave Saline a 1-2 punch of sorts as he threw 149’10” in the discus and 50’8” in the shot put. Sawyer would get 2nd in the discus and third in the shot put. Kaj Althaus cleared 13’6” in the pole vault and that earned him a 4th place finish while Mark Whitton would clear 12’0” and finish in 8th. In the long jump, Saline’s best performance was turned in Pat Canavan who leaped 19’4” and that was good enough for 8th place.
Amelia Wittig had an awesome day. She threw 105’9” in the discus and grabbed 5th place and 34’6” in the shot put and finished 8th. Erin Connor was 4th in the shot put with a toss of 36’6.5”. In the high jump, Lauren Sayre cleared 5’0” to grab 3rd. Saline would place 1 athlete in the top 10 of the long jump. Cathy Dager jumped 16’2” and that wasa good enough for 4th place. In the pole vault, Saline would have three ladies place in the top 10. Wendy Szuminski went 10’0” to finish 2nd, Alexandra Haugen finished in 6th and Lily Scheske was 10th.
The boys had several stellar performances on the track, but the 1600 meter race was amazing. Logan Wetzel would finish in 4:15.49 and get 4th. This was 5 seconds under the old record set in 2004 by Saline’s Dustin Voss as the top 8 finishers would all break the old record. This was a deep field and Logan ran an incredible race. Logan would finish 2nd in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.7 and Ryan Wilkie would finish in 3rd with a time of 1:56.3.
Other top finishes for the boys include: Ryan Gauche 4th in the 400M at 51.09; Josiah Davis 6th in the 300M hurdles and 13th in the 110M hurdles; Kevin Hall was 2nd in the 3200M run at 9:22.4; Dakarai Bredernitz was 13th in the 400M; Ethan DeLand was 16th in the 100M; and Celyn Rogers was 8th in the 200M.
Just as the Boys had a highlight race, so did the girls. Kennedy Beazley in the 800 Meters was nothing short of incredible. She took the race out in 68.63 (unofficially by my watch in the Press Box) and finished at 2:15.73. That means she ran the second 400 (or the back half) at 67.10. For anyone to negative split the 800M is mind boggling and if anyone reading this has raced the 800M, you understand this. Kennedy also anchored the 4 X 800 for the ladies. Northville was out in front comfortably by about 35 meters when she took the baton. Kennedy ran her leg steady, she never panicked. The Northville runner ran her leg just as any of us who race the 800M would and she would simply try and hang on the last 100M. But here came Kennedy, not to be denied and passed Northville at about 90 meters to go and gave Saline the victory.
Other top performers for the Hornets were: Quenee’ Dale in the 100M hurdles where she won and in the 100M dash where she would finish in 3rd; Alexa Ross would win the 200M dash; Hannah Cummings 2nd in the 800M; Elianna Schwayder 4th at 1600M and 4th at 3200M; Gloria Park was 8th at 3200M; Gillian Walter was 16th at 3200M; Jenny Kise was 11th at 800M; Abby Rentschler was 13th at 1600M.
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