TRACK AND FIELD: Boys’ track roundup

By Chris Zadorozny

Last Tuesday, the Fordson boys’ track squad won its first dual meet of the season, defeating Annapolis.

Hef Mashrah took first in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, while junior Ali Beydoun was first in the long jump at 17-feet, 7-inches).

The Saleh brothers picked up firsts and seconds in the meet against Annapolis. Sahel took first in both the 1,600 and 3,200, while brother Mustafa was second in both events.

Sophomore Jonis Williams came in first in the high jump (6-3) and the 200 dash.

Coach Hassen Berry was happy with the team’s first win.

“It was a good day all around for us,” said Berry.

The winning ways didn’t last long, however, as the Tractors fell in the tri-meet to Edsel Ford and Dearborn last Thursday.

This week, the Tractors head to regionals on Friday.

Divine child

The Divine Child boys’ track squad travelled to Adrian over the weekend to participate in the Siena Heights Invitational.

The team scored 31 points and placed eighth in their division out of 10 schools.

Sophomore George Sawaya kept up his stellar season, with a second-place finish in the high jump (6-0) and an eighth-place finish in the long jump (18-7). He also came in fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.15).

Senior Robert Kurkowski followed Sawaya’s fourth in the hurdles with a fifth-place finish (16.51).

The 4×800 relay took fifth place (8:35.78), while the 4×200 placed seventh and the 4×100 placed ninth.

Sophomore Joseph VanBuhler was seventh in the 400 run (54.71) and freshman Martin Brown was ninth (55.34).

Junior Zachary Welker was seventh in the 800 run (2:05.78) and sophomore David Rose was ninth (2:06.44).

The Falcons will participate in a “last chance” meet today and head to regionals on Friday.

Jackets top ’Dogs

Last Tuesday, the Dearborn Heights Robichaud track squad traveled to Detroit Country Day High School in Berkley and fell 70-58 in a close meet.

Each team had eight first place finishers, but a Country Day sweep of the 1,600 and 3,200 runs doomed the Bulldogs.

Robichaud nearly swept the throwing events, but Country Day had a first place in the shot put.

Josh Schumack placed first in the 200 dash (23.24) and the long jump (19-1.5). Torin Anderson placed first in the 300 hurdles (41.82), while Christopher Davis won the high jump (5-6).

Malachi Manion won the discus (122-feet). Shoaib Alam won the 800 run (2:03.15)

The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs split the relay events, each winning two. Robichaud won the 4×200 (1:34.09) and the 4×400 (3:30.75).

To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press & Guide on May 14, 2013, go to


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