By Chris Zadorozny
The defending state champion Divine Child girls’ track team got the season off to a rousing start with a 104-26 win over Livonia Ladywood and a 104-24 win over Birmingham Marian in a tri-meet last week.
DC had 14 first-place finishers and six-second place finishers against the Mustangs and 15 first-place finishers, seven second-place finishers and six third-place finishers against the Blazers.
Leading the way for the Lady Falcons was 12-time all-state senior Paige Patterson, who won the 100 (12.39) and the 400 (59.50) and anchored the 4x800m relay squad made up of six-time all-stater Mallory Myler, five-time all-stater Liz Mullen, and Kelsee Kinder.
Myler earned first in the long jump (16-feet, .25-inch), and in the 300 hurdles (48.01).
Senior all-stater, Ashley O’Neill was also first in discus (112-5) and shot put (39-4).
Mullen won the 800 (2:29.86), while another all-stater, Ellayna Iaquaniello, finished second (2:30.29).
Junior Lindsay Brewis finished first in both the 1600 (5:36.96) and 3200 (12:05.02).
Finally, the high jumping Schroeder sisters placed first and second, as both sophomore Megan and senior Shannon cleared 4-9.
Head coach Tony Mifsud said he was pleased with the results on Tuesday.
“We have had a five year (22-meet) streak of winning dual meets in the league,” said Mifsud.
After winning their tri-meet, the Falcons went off to Dexter for the April Showers Relays, a fitting name considering the recent string of weather that we had in the area.
Poor weather didn’t slow Divine Child down as the Falcons scored 70 points and finished second overall in the relays on a cold, windy and sunny day in Dexter.
In the 4x200m relay, Divine Child placed second with a time of 1:44.69 and also earned a second-place slot in the 300 hurdles with a combination of Myler, Kayla Gandy and Hannah Korpics (51.27).
Brewis was the only competitor for the Lady Falcons in the 1600 and she placed sixth with a time of 5:23.88.
The Falcons also placed third in the 1600 sprint medley relay, with a time of 4:33 and sixth in the 800 sprint medley relay with a time of 2:02.72.
In the distance medley relay, DC placed third with a time of 13:20.04.
The team’s only first place-finish in the event came in the 4x400m relay, with a time of 4:03.14.
In the end, the Lady Falcons were beat out by the Saline “A” team, which finished with a score of 115.
To read the original post that appeared online on the MI Prep Zone website, on April 23, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide.