Despite missing many athletes who were away at State-level academic competitions, the Novi Track and Field Team enjoyed some great relay racing in mediocre conditions at Whitmore Lake (Trojan Relays) and Waterford Mott (Ashley/Brennan Relays) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Girls won Friday (Boys finished 6th) and the Boys were a mere eight points from winning Saturday, finishing 4th (Girls finished 7th). The Ashley/Brennan Relay meet is one of the oldest and most competitive in the State.
The Girls won six Relays on the way to winning the Friday meet: 4×200 (Kayla Savage, Ally Pringle, Allie Nagle, Hannah Hood-Blaxill), Shuttle Hurdle (Brittany Moeller, Sydney Hinojosa, Pringle, Sommer Isley), Sprint Medley Relay (Nagle, Lauren Miesowicz, Jessica Lypka, Savage), Frosh/Soph 4×100 (Nagle, Nicole Leland, Taylor Harton, Natalie Noud), High Jump (Hood-Blaxill, Kate Prisby, Isley), and Long Jump (Prisby, Isley, Miesowicz). Heather Blair, Katherine Ray, Jennifer Lypka, Jane Hepp, Bianca Palicha, Esmerelda Lopez, Celeste Silva, and Anna Shinohara also scored with Wildcat Relays.
Top Five finishers on Saturday: Taylor Stone (300 Hurdles), 4×100 Relay (Savage, Prisby, Pringle, Leland), Shuttle Hurdle (Pringle, Isley, Moeller, Hinojosa), Emma Hammelef (Shot Put, Discus, and Pole Vault), Hood-Blaxill (High Jump), and Prisby (High Jump).
The Boys won the Long Jump Relay (Blair Mayes, Brendan Ireland, Vincent Ma) and scored in five of seven running relays on Saturday. The Shuttle Hurdle Relay team (Hunter Joy, John Stefan, Brian You, Brendan Ireland) finished 2nd, the Middle Distance Medley Relay team (John Landy, Blair Mayes, Vincent Ma, Nate Wood) finished 2nd, and . . .
The Boys Distance Medley Relay once again dominated the competition at Ashley and qualified for the New Balance Outdoor National Meet, this time in an even-faster 10:29.00a. Scott Macpherson (1200) and Joy (400) battled for the lead before Nate Wood (800) seized it for good, handing the baton to Gabe Mudel with a 40 meter lead. Gabe ran his first lap in 61 seconds flat and never looked back, finishing with a split of 4:24.4.
The 4×100 team(Leon Chen, Stefan, You, Nate Hankerson) and 4×1600 team (John Landy, Alex Schafer, Ben Robbins, Andrew Kaempfer) also picked up Wildcat points at the 18-team meet.
On Friday, the Boys scored in seven of nine running relays, placing 3rd in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Joy, Stefan, You, Ireland), 4×1600 Relay (Matt Whyte, Robbins, Dilan Patel, Matt Gamm) and Sprint Medley Relay (Aahmaud Jenkins, Anthony D’Annibale, Joy, Hankerson), 2nd in the 4×100 (Aaron Baird, Jenkins, Hankerson, Devin Zhang) and Frosh/Soph 4×100 (You, Zhang, Baird, Chen), and winning the Frosh/Soph 4×400 (Baird, Ireland, Anthony James, Mayes).
Zach Dembinski denied competitors twice as each attempted to pass in the home stretch in his two anchor leg performances on the day, first South Lyon’s closer in the 4×800 and then Whitmore Lake’s miler in the Distance Medley Relay. Both the 4×800 (Kaempfer, Caleb Wood, Matt Gamm) and the DMR (Evan Barthlow, Hayato Lowe, Taiki Hattori) scored. The 4×1600 was run with simultaneous legs through water and mud:
The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, hosting South Lyon East.
Full results for the meet can be found at:
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