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Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track · Novi Track Scores Double Win over South Lyon

Novi’s Boys and Girls each won their respective dual duel with South Lyon’s Lions yesterday on the track, enjoying almost perfect Michigan April weather (a little windy). The Girls won easily, 90-47, and the Boys were dominant, giving up only 4 points in the running events and winning 122-15.


Emma Hammer-Leaf completed a double-triple, winning the same three events that she won last week (Shot Put, Discus, and Pole Vault). Neha Surapaneni won the 200 Meters, scored in the 100 Meters, and was a part of the winning 4×200 (with Taylor Stone, Ally Pringle and Allie Nagle). Hannah Hood-Blaxill and Kate Prisby owned the Jumps, going 1-2 in both events with Prisby winning the Long and Hood-Blaxill the High. Sommer Isley placed 3rd in the Long Jump to complete Novi’s sweep. Hood-Blaxill also scored in the 400 Meters, as did 2nd placer Freshman Rachel Stone.

Pringle led Novi’s High Hurdlers to take the top four spots. Sommer Isley, Sydney Hinojosa, and Alexandria Moeller completed the extended sweep. Taylor Stone won the 300 Hurdles by almost 4 seconds. Jessica Lypka won one of the best races of the day in the 800 Meters. Katherine Ray won the 1600 Meters, and Reese Green scored in both the 1600 and 3200 Meters.

Hanna McBride, Pearl Kurian, Brittany Moeller, Hadley Peterson, Heather Blair, Taylor Harton, Ashley Jamison, and  Cece Steck also scored points in individual events for the Wildcats.


In the 10th of 12 events on the track, Novi’s runners gave up their first point of the day. The Wildcats won 16 of 17 events overall, sweeping 8 individual events and winning all four relays.

Freshman Aaron Baird ran 53.3 to win the 400 Meters and eclipse Novi’s long-standing Frosh Record in the event. The old record was set 31 years ago when 1986 Novi Freshman Andy Fitzpatrick ran the event in 53.5 seconds.

The Pole Vaulters got three guys (Scott Sawyer, Josh Brucker, and Mitch Goodman) over 11 feet for the first time in years, and Long Jumpers Blair Mayes and Vincent Ma both set Personal Records with identical 18′ 8 3/4″ performances to score behind Sophomore Brendan Ireland, who nipped them both, jumping 18′ 9 1/4″.

Distance runners Zach Dembinski, Dallas Foley and Matt Gamm each ran personal bests and swept the 800. Aric Landy, Blake Maday, and Trey Mullins swept the 1600. John Landy and Scott Macpherson took 1-2 in 3200, and Matt Whyte placed 4th in 11:02.6, qualifying for the Freshman County Championships. Gabe Mudel, Ben Robbins, Maday, and Nate Wood won the 4×800 Relay.

Jordon Castleberry won the Shot Put and placed 2nd in the Discus Throw, and Brendan Bloom was 2nd in the Shot Put. Sawyer won the High Jump.

John Stefan won the High Hurdles, followed by Brian You and Alvin Li. Hunter Joy won the 300 Hurdles, followed once more by You and Li.


Sweeps in the 100 with Nate Hankerson, Sean Pitcher and Anthony D’Annibale, in the 400 with Baird, Ireland, Mayes, almost in the 200 with Pitcher taking first with a PR of 22.7 and Chen taking 3rd. 4×1 (Leon Chen, Stefan, Ahmaud Jenkins, Hankerson), 4×2 (Chen, Nisarg Dharia, Pitcher, Hankerson) and 4×4 (Anthony James, Reggie Jackson, Vincent Ma, and Ireland) all take first.

The Wildcats will race again Saturday at the Balawajder Co-ed Relays.

Some results for the meet can be found at:


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