Novi’s Boys Track and Field team is now 3-0 on the season, and the Girls team improved to 2-1, each defeating Stevenson handily at the Spartan’s home track on Tuesday. Scott Sawyer surpassed his own School Record in the Pole Vault, skying 15 feet and an inch in salubrious surroundings, including warm weather and a legal tailwind.
The Boys avenged last year’s tough loss with authority, winning 92-45. They had ten different individual event winners, six 2nd-place finishes, nine 3rd-place finishes, and won three of four relays. Scoring early and often, the Wildcats clinched the meet with four events still to run.
Blair Mayes won the Long Jump, setting a Personal Record and new Novi Freshman Record, with a jump of 20 feet 5.5 inches. The jump eclipsed Carl Yiu’s amazing performance back in 2001 when his steps were so bad that he landed square on the board with the wrong foot, but put up a mark of 20 feet 2.75 inches. Mayes also set a PR and approached the Freshman Record in the 400 Meters, placing 2nd. His performances were seconded by Brendan Ireland, who also PRed and scored in both the Long Jump and the 400 Meters.
Junior newcomer Jordon Castleberry is getting the hang of the Discus Throw. He threw a huge PR and pulled off an unexpected win against a good Stevenson Throws cadre, posting 121 feet, 9 inches.
Novi’s Boys Distance Posse once again served notice from the first gunshot that their team was there to compete, winning their Relay, and then followed up with wins in the 800, 1600, and 3200. The 4×800 Meter Relay (Scott Macpherson, Nate Wood, John Landy and Blake Maday) put away Stevenson’s vaunted squad with conviction. Macpherson (1600), Wood (800), and Trey Mullins (3200) each handled their individual event duties with winning performances. Gabe Mudel, Aric Landy, and Dallas Foley grabbed most of the remaining distance points.
More event winners: Nathan Hankerson (200), Anthony D’Annibale (400), John Stefan (110 Hurdles), Hunter Joy (300 Hurdles)
More winning Relays: 4×100 (Leon Chen, Stefan, Sean Pitcher, Hankerson) and 4×200 (Joy, Nisarg Dharia, Pitcher, Chen)
Others scoring points: Josh Brucker, Aahmaud Jenkins, Alvin Li, and Brian You.
The Girls used their usual Field Event domination and good sprint performances to win their meet, 81-56. Kayla Savage starred, individually winning both the 100 Meters and the 200 Meters and helping her Relay teams win both the 4×100 and the 4×200.
Emma Hammelef PRed and won the Discus Throw, and also won the Pole Vault. Kate Prisby and Hannah Hood-Blaxill again owned the Jumps, going 1-2 both Long and High.
Neha Surapaneni, Ally Pringle, and Allie Nagle also ran in the winning sprint Relays. Surapaneni added 2nd place finishes in the 100 and 200, while Pringle tied Brittany Moeller to share victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Moeller also scored in the 300 Hurdles, won by Taylor Stone, and Katherine Ray won the 3200 and placed 3rd in the 800. Ellie Mackay (400 and Long Jump), Ashley Jamison (Pole Vault), and Sommer Isley (100 Hurdles) also scored.
The teams will compete in the Trojan Relays on Friday and the Ashley/Brennan Relays on Saturday.
Full results for the meet can be found at:
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Photo credit- Emma Hammelef