By Chris Zadorozny
In their first dual meet of a season delayed by bad weather, the Dearborn girls’ track squad beat Romulus in convincing fashion, 102-26.
The Pioneers swept many of the events, going 1-2-3 to give them a great confidence booster, according to head coach Dawn Polk.
Among the events they swept were the high jump, discus, shot put, 400, 300 hurdles and the 3200.
The sweeps came from Britany Toler, Anna Oslapas and Hannah Davison (high jump); Chloe Palajac, Souad Chedid and Mallak Sabbagh (discus); Chedid, Hannah Boussi and Sabbagh (shot put); Mary Rose Deberardino, Marguax Mistor and Lauren Thompson (400); Oslapas, Toler, and Jess Balaka (300 hurdles); and Clare Whittaker, Zena Bazzy and Chloe Haag in the 3200m run.
Kyla Mann finished first in the long jump and Deberardino finished first in the 200.
The Pioneers also placed at least one runner in the top three in 100 hurdles, 100, 1600, and 800, and finished first in all the relay events.
“It was nice to get the first dual meet of the season over with,” said Polk. “We know where we still need to improve as the season continues and as we face more challenging teams in our league.”
She was especially impressed with her distance group, who has already run faster times than last year. Polk also was impressed with her 4×200 relay team, which had clean handoffs, and showed a lot of promise
EF beats Crestwood
The Crestwood girls’ track squad fell in its first dual meet of the season to Edsel Ford last Tuesday in head coach Aaron Moran’s debut.
The Chargers did have some first place finishers in the first meet under new head coach Aaron Moran.
Placing first for the Chargers were Micah Smith in the pole vault (6-feet)), the 3200-meter relay team of Smith, Hamdi Ashkar, Eman Bazzi and Lina Jebara, Bazzi in the 400 (1-minute, 8-seconds), Ashkar in the 800 (2:42), Magan Mourad in the 200 (29.6), Jebara in the 3200 (13:59), and the 1600 relay unit of Ashkar, Smith, Mourad, and Bazzi.
“We had a lot of girls run well which is shown by the number of first places we took,” said Moran. “We are getting back to the track and working on some techniques so we can improve each day.”
Crestwood also competed in the Jefferson Invitational Saturday.
Mourad took fifth place in the 200 (29.6), Jebara was fourth in the 3200 (13:13) and the 1600 team placed fifth with a time of 4:38.
This weekend, Crestwood hosts the annual Charger Invitational at Crestwood High School.
Behind six first-place finishes, the Annapolis girls’ track squad defeated Redford Thurston in a tight meet 67-59 to get the season started.
First-place finishes for Annapolis came in the 4×800 relay, 1600, 800, discus, 3200 and the shot put.
It was a close meet throughout, and it came down to a couple of events that decided the meet.
What helped Annapolis win was a one-two punch in the 1600. Thurston had no finishers in that event, helping give Annapolis enough points to pull out the close win over Thurston.
Annapolis headed to Garden City on yesterday for its next dual meet of the season.
To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press and Guide, and online at the MI Prep Zone website, on April 23, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide.