TRACK AND FIELD: Pioneers second at regionals

By Chris Zadorozny

The Dearborn boys’ track squad capped another successful season at regionals last Friday with a second-place finish in Canton.

The Pioneers had 86.5 points. Plymouth had 107 to win the meet.

Junior Bearooz Yacoobi was the only first-place finisher at regionals for the Pioneers. He placed first in the discus (142-feet, 1-inch). Yacoobi also placed second in the shot put (48-81/2). Yacoobi qualified for states in both events.

Junior Kamau Daajara followed up Yacoobi’s win in the discus with a second-place finish (137-10). He, too, qualified for states.

The only other top five finishers in the field events were senior Neal Warren in the pole vault, who qualified by placing fourth (12-6), and Daajara’s, who was fifth in the shot put (42-7 1/2).

Sophomore Albert Ferris placed eighth in the high jump (5-11), but qualified for states by meeting the state-qualifying standard.

In the running events, junior Ahmed Abogilal placed second in the 800 (2:00.38) and third in the 1600 (4:29.97). Abogilal also anchored the second-place 4×800 (8:16.21) and fourth place 4×400 (3:36.21). Senior Ross Hunter placed fourth in the 800 and both Hunter and Abogilal qualified for states. Abogilal also placed for states in the 1600, too.

Junior Alexandru Ilisei placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.22), while sophomore Joseph Berry placed fifth and qualified for states in the 300 hurdles (41.37).

The Pioneers warmed for regional with a tough dual meet against Belleville last week.

The Tigers won the hotly contested event 73-64.

Yacoobi was a double winner for the Pioneers and Ferris and Abogilal also had wins.

The Edsel Ford Thunderbirds traveled to Canton Friday, placed out in 12th and qualified two runners for the Division 1 state meet.

Senior Zinealdeen Nassr finished fourth in the 1600 (4:35.37) and fellow senior Daniel Garza finished fourth in the 3200 (9:56.15) to qualify for the state meet.

The Thunderbirds also had three other athletes place in the top 10, but fail to qualify for the state meet.

Senior Anthony Evans barely missed qualifying for the state meet in the 110 hurdles (16.12) as the qualifying time was (15.7). Senior Ibrahim Humaison placed eight in the 800 (2:02.21) and missed the qualifier by that .21.

Senior Thomas Emma placed eighth in the discus (119’07”) while the 4×100 relay (45.37) squad missed qualifying for the state meet by two seconds (43.6).

Crestwood was last at regionals, but did qualify a runner for the state finals.

Junior Mike Peclic finished third in the 300 hurdles (41.02), just barely qualifying for states by just nine-tenths of a second.

Fordson was 14th but did manage a state-meet qualifier sophomore Jonas Williams, who was second in the high jump and qualified for states in the process (6-3).

Senior Sahel Saleh placed seventh in the 1,600 (4:40.49), only missing the qualifying by just two seconds. Junior Moaad Shariff also placed seventh in discus (119-11), also missing the state qualifying mark.

To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press & Guide on May 21, 2013, go to


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