By Chris Zadorozny
Five top-five finishes helped the Dearborn girls’ track team finish eighth at the Charger Invitational Saturday.
Three of those top-five finishes came in relay races.
Junior Sarah Faraj led the way on two of the relay teams – the 4×100 and 4×200. Dearborn was fifth in each of those.
Sophomore Kyla Mann placed fourth in the long jump (15-feet, 7-inches), while senior Maryrose Deberardino placed fourth in the 400 (65.5). The 4×400 relay also placed fifth.
This week, the Pioneers head to Dearborn Heights Robichaud on Thursday, and the Westland John Glenn Rockets relays on Friday.
Coming into the 2013 season, the Dearborn Fordson girls’ track squad was undergoing some changes.
The Tractors are now under new coaches David Holota and Hassen Berry. They know it is a building year, but they still hope to compete and have fun this season.
The Tractors only had four top-10 finishers at Crestwood last Saturday.
Freshman Zahraa Hassan finished seventh in the 400 (1:06) and the 800 (2:37.47), sophomore Lena Bazzi finished ninth in the shot put (30-7) and Sarah Nasser finished eighth in the 100 hurdles (18.26).
Berry said he was very happy with his girl’s performance despite only taking home four points from the event.
“Saturday at the Charger Invite we showed some great improvement,” he said. “We are very young and the program has been down over the past few years, so I was very excited to see every runner PR in every distance 400 and up.”
This week, the Tractors are off to take some time to practice and will hit the track again in a tri-meet next week with Dearborn and Edsel Ford.
The Annapolis girl’s track squad scores 10 points at Crestwood Saturday and finished 13th.
Senior Shileah Williams placed second in the discus (97-3).
Also helping was a seventh-place finish from the 4×100 relay team (55.92).
The other top-10 finish came from sophomore Alora Fleenary, who was ninth in the 800 (2:40.45).
CHS tops Fordson
The Crestwood girls won their first meet of the season against the Fordson Tractors last Tuesday, 84-48.
Many of the girls ran personal bests and the Chargers had eight first-place finishers, including three relay teams.
Magan Mourad led the way for the Chargers, coming in first in the long jump (14-3), 100 (13.94), and 200 (30.2). Mourad also came in second in the high jump.
Micah Smith placed first in the pole vault (7-feet), the high jump (4-feet) and helped the 4x400m relay team place first.
Hamdi Ashkar placed first in the 1,600 run, Eman Bazzi was first in the 400 and Lina Jebara was tops in the 3,200 run.
The Chargers also won the 4x800m and 4×200 relays.
Coach Aaron Moran said he was very proud of his team after the win.
“Many of our ladies ran personal bests on Tuesday,” said Moran. “We are continuing to get better and working very hard.”
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