The Novi Track team finished 3rd in the Girls competition and 5th in the Boys competition at the KLAA Conference Meet on Friday. The Boys scored in twelve of seventeen events and were able to avenge a dual-meet loss to Stevenson, but missing the contributions of some key athletes hurt their overall finish. Salem’s Boys had the best day, avenging their own dual-meet loss to Novi by winning the KLAA meet title. The Novi Girls also scored in twelve events, including a 1-2 finish in the Long Jump. Twelve teams in total attended the meet, with Northville taking home the Girls title. The meet was hosted by Novi (but held at Churchill High School due to construction) under cloudy skies and with temperatures in the 60s.
Junior Anthony D’Annibale is now officially the fastest one-lapper in Novi High School’s forty-eight year history. He broke the school record in the 400 Meters, running a Fully Automatic Time of 49.48 seconds. The previous record-holder, Jeff Jeffress, ran a 49.4 hand-time as a Senior at Novi High in 1989 (the conversion from hand-time to FAT is + .24 seconds). Jeffress (pictured above) was on hand to see his record go down; he is the proud father of Salem’s Chaz Jeffress, who won the 1600 Meters earlier in the day. D’Annibale placed 3rd in the event, and also placed 8th in the 100 Meters.
John Landy was the runner-up in the 3200 Meters on the Boys side, after playing a major role in the sundry pace-making duties that tend to occur in the KLAA meet’s penultimate race, including taking the lead as late as 3000 Meters. Scott Sawyer placed 2nd and 3rd in his events, the High Jump and the Pole Vault, respectively. Hunter Joy placed 4th in the 300 Hurdles. John Stefan set a Personal Record to squeak into the final (top 8) in the High Hurdles, PRed again to beat two more hurdlers, and moved up to 5th when another hurdler was disqualified for impeding. Stefan retained 5th place after the impeded runner was given a rare solo re-race opportunity. Scott Macpherson PRed in the 1600 Meters, finishing 5th. Nathan Hankerson finished 6th in the 100 Meters, and Aric Landy finished 7th to also score for the Wildcats in the 3200 Meters.
The Boys scored in all four relay events: 5th in the 4×400 (Joy, Josh Holcomb, Nate Wood, D’Annibale), 6th in the 4×800 (Blake Maday, Tim Truly, Adam Ditri, Wood), 7th in the 4×100 (Stefan, Matthew Bednarski, Sean Pitcher, Hankerson), and 7th in the 4×200 (Joy, Nisarg Dharia, Hankerson, D’Annibale). Maday ran a PR split to lead off the 4×800, and Wood also PRed in his 3rd leg effort. Wood, Ditri and Maday all placed in the top ten in their individual events to just miss scoring Wildcat points. Freshman Trey Mullins stayed in scoring contention for the first 1700 Meters of his race before finishing just behind his own PR.
On the Girls side, Kate Prisby and Hannah Hood-Blaxill both bested the best jumpers of the other eleven teams to finish 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Long Jump. Hood-Blaxill (2nd) and Prisby (tied for 8th) both also scored in the High Jump. The 4×100 Meter Relay team of Prisby, Ciarra Davis, Ally Pringle, and Kayla Savage finished 4th. Savage also placed 5th in the 100 Meters, setting a new PR. Katherine Ray scored in both the 1600 Meters and the 3200 Meters. Emma Hammelef scored 16.5 points in three Field events: the Discus Throw, the Shot Put, and the Pole Vault.
Also scoring for Novi’s Girls: Karenna Roest, Brittany Moeller, Hannah McBride, Marissa Dunn, Lauren Miesowicz, and the 4×200 Meter Relay.
Novi will compete at the Regional Championships next Friday at Milford High School, as well as two Wednesday Last Chance Invitationals, held at Skyline High School (Boys) and Huron High School (Girls).
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