TRACK AND FIELD: Divine Child’s girls gearing up for important time of season

It was a successful week for the Divine Child girls’ track squad.

The Falcons defeated University of Detroit-Jesuit in a dual meet, followed that up with some phenomenal performances in the Golden Triangle Invite and capped the week by winning their Mark Carpenter Falcon Invitational.

For the Falcons, the dual meet against U-D was an easy win as they routed the Cubs, 103-25.

The Falcons had 10 first-place finishers and 11 other top three finishers.

Sisters Megan and Shannon Schroeder tied for first in the high jump (4-feet, 9-inches), while Shannon Rice and Hannah Korpics finished first (14-2) and second (13-2.25) respectively in the long jump.

Ashley O’Neill finished first in the discus (114-5) and the 4×800 relay (10:26.28), 4×200 relay (1:55.25), and 4×100 relay (52.22) all finished in first place.

Kayla Gandy finished first in the 300 high hurdles (15.59), while Mallory Myler finished in a close second (15.85).

Senior Paige Patterson finished first in the 100 dash (12.56) and first in the 200 (25.94).

Up next for the Falcons was the Golden Triangle Invite at Saline High School.

The meet isn’t scored, but rather used to improve your team against teams from around the state. More than 28 competed and most were Division 1 schools.

The Falcons broke two school records at the invite. Patterson broke a school record in the 400 (56.54), and O’Neill broke the record in the discus (128-7).

Senior Lindsey Brewis also broke her own personal record in the 3200 run (11:13.84).

On Saturday, the Falcons capped a great week with a close 97-81 win over runner-up Forest Hills Eastern at the Carpenter event.

Divine Child had six first-place finishers and nine other top-six finishers.

O’Neill led the way by winning the shot put (41-feet) and discus (115-2). Brewis won the 1600 run (5:24.44), and also helped the 4×800 relay team earn a first-place finish.

Along with the 4×800 relay squad, the 4×200 and 4×400 relay also scored first-place points.

Freshman Sammy Soter placed second in the 3200 run (12:25.25) and fellow freshman Haley Divis placed third (12:40.26).

The 4×100 relay team finished third, as did Rachel O’Neill in the discus.

The Falcons ran Regina last night and now set their sights on upcoming regionals.

Robichaud’s girls finished 13th at Saturday’s Mark Carpenter event.

The Bulldogs’ eight points came from senior Crystal Robinson, who was in fourth in the 200 (27.41) and ran on the fourth-place 4×200 relay squad (1:52.84).

Robichaud’s other top finishes came from the 4×100 relay (55.42) in eighth place, a seventh-place finish from senior Jahara Grady in the shot put (30-9) and a ninth place finish in the discus (77-7) and senior Destiny Johnson 10th-place finish in the long jump (14-3).

The Dearborn High Pioneers girls’ track squad won both of their meets last week. One of them was against Dearborn Heights Robichaud, 82-51.

The Pioneers had 11 first-place finishers to help them to victory.

The Dearborn winners were were Cece O’Reilly in the pole vault, Kyla Mann in the long jump and 100 dash, Jesica Balaka in the 100 hurdles, Clare Whittaker in the 1600 run and 3200 run, Hannah Davison in the 800 run and Maryrose Deberadino in the 200.

The 4×800, 4×100, and 4×400 relay teams also came in first.

The Pioneers now face a tri-meet against Edsel Ford and Fordson tomorrow.

To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press & Guide on May 7, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide

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