By Chris Zadorozny
It was a successful close to last week for the Divine Child boys’ track squad as the Falcons won the Mark Carpenter Divine Child Invite.
Before the Saturday finish, the Falcons performed well at Saline’s Golden Triangle meet on Friday and dropped a dual meet to U-D Jesuit.
In the dual with U-D on April 28, the Falcons scored six first-place finishes.
But in the end, the Falcons fell to 74-34.
George Sawaya came up with his usual first-place finishes in the long jump (19-feet-8-inches), the high jump (6-2) and in the 110 hurdles (15.78), while Griffin Miller came in first in the 1600 run (4:36.04) and second in the 800 run (2:05.39).
Julian Brown won the 100 (11.99) and Joseph VanBuhler won the 400 (54.11).
Cameron Bardelli was third in the 200 dash (24.65) and Zachary Welker was third in the 800 run (2:06.14). John Filiatraut was second in the discus (98-6).
The only non-first place finish from Sawaya came in the 300 hurdles (44.52) where he was fourth.
The Falcons sent several runners to Saline High School to compete in some individual events at the Golden Triangle.
Miller and his brother Dane (sophomore) competed in the 3200 run where Griffin came in fourth with a personal-best 9:30.89. His time was the third best turned in by a Division 2 runner this year. Dane finished 46th but finished with an impressive time of 10:46.64.
Saturday was a most successful day as the Falcons scored 66 points, enough to edge second-place finisher Robichaud, which finished with 56.
The Falcons only had three individual champs, but 14 other top-10 finishers provided enough depth for the triumph.
Among the first place finishers, Sawaya once again placed first. He won the high jump (6-feet), finished third in the long jump (20-.0.75) and fifth place in the 110 hurdles (16.28).
The 4×800 relay team came in first along with junior Fred Boyd in the 110m hurdles (15.02). Both the 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams came in fifth place.
The Falcons had a third- and fourth-place finish in the 800 run by way of senior Jesus Miramontes (2:06.93) and Welker (2:07.93).
Junior Sean Soter finished third in the 3200 run (10:37.65), while junior Paul Mueller finished fifth (10:52.15). Senior Christian Martin finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.27).
Up next for the Falcons, is the freshman/sophomore invite at Livonia Ladywood High School on Thursday, May 9, and the Siena Heights Invitational the very next day.
Robichaud had two winners Saturday and posted top-five performances in six other events.
The first-place finishes came from the 4×400 relay team and from senior Shoib Alam in the 800 (2:03.56).
Senior Josh Schumack had a second-place finish in the long jump (20-1) and a fifth in the 400 dash (52.57).
Senior Torin Anderson came in second in the 300 hurdles (41.26), while junior Maliachi Manion came in second in the discus (122-6) and third in the shot put (43-11). The 4×200 relay (1:35.74) came in fourth.
In dual-meet action the Bulldogs killed Romulus 102-23.
Robichaud won all but two events in the meet and swept eight of them.
Saturday was a tough day for the Crestwood boys’ track squad as ther Chargers scored just four points at the Mark Carpenter Invitational.
The team’s only points came from a fourth-place finish by junior Kassem Bazzi in the shot put (41-10).
The only other top 10 finish came from the 4×800 relay team (9:36.46), which came in ninth place.
Annapolis also traveled to Divine Child this past weekend and, like Crestwood, had a tough time.
The Annapolis boys had two finishers in the top 10, and the girl’s squad had three finishers in the top 10.
Sophomore Te-Joun Hardiman finished seventh in the long jump (18-9.75) and freshman Jonathon McMath finished eighth in the high jump (5-4).
The 4×100 and 4×200 relay girl’s teams both finished seventh, while sophomore Alora Fleenary finished seventh in the 800 run.
Up next for the Cougars is the Warrior Invitation this Saturday at Lutheran Westland High School.
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