By Chris Zadorozny
Only 11 athletes went to the regional meet at Livonia Ladywood this past Friday for the Robichaud boys’, but that little group came out with a second-place finish at the 16-team event.
Chelsea High School was the only school above the Bulldogs. Chelsea had 189 points, while the Bulldogs had 58 points.
Four athletes qualified for states at regionals for the Bulldogs.
Senior Josh Schumack led the Bulldogs with a first-place finish in the 400 (51.12) and a first place finish in the 4×400 relay (3:26.83), and he’ll be going to states in both events.
Fellow senior Torin Anderson is also going to states in the 4×400, and in the 300 hurdles (39.91) thanks to a second-place finish.
Senior Shoib alam will also join the 4×400 squad at the state meet.
Finally, senior Marshall Burns Jr. will attend the state meet in the 4×400 relay as the anchor, but also go in the long jump after he finished second (20-10) in that event.
Burns anchored the record-breaking 4×400 relay, (3:26.83), the same record they set last year.
The 4×200 squad took third place, missing the state qualifying by nearly a second.
The Divine Child boys placed fourth at Ladywood last Friday, scoring 55 points and qualifying three athletes for the state meet.
Senior Griffin Miller, who has helped lead the squad all year in the 1600 and 3200 runs, qualified for the 3200, after finishing second (9:56.65). He failed to make it in the 1600, even though he finished third (4:31.98).
Junior Fred Boyd finished first in the 110 hurdles (14.816), and will head to the state meet.
Sophomore George Sawaya, who’s also led the team throughout the season, will head to the state meet.
Sawaya placed first in the high jump (6-2), just barely, but he didn’t make it in the long jump and missed the cut in the 110 hurdles. He also led the 4×100 relay team that just barely missed the cut for the state meet (44.61) by sixth-tenths of a second.
Sophomore Joseph VanBuhler finished 12th in the 400 run (54.49), while freshman Martin Brown finished 15th (55.10). Junior Zachary Welker finished eighth in the 800 run (2:05.05), while sophomore David Rose finished 10th (2:06.54).
Junior Paul Mueller finished 13th in the 1,600 run (4:53.70), and 16th in the 3,200 run (10:53.05). Griffin’s brother, sophomore Dane Miller, finished 12th in the 3200 run (10:38.41), while junior Sean Soter finished 17th (10:59.67).
Senior Robert Kurkowski finished 23rd in the 300 hurdles (47.11), and 24th in the long jump (16-11 1/4). The 4×400 relay team finished fourth, but failed to qualify for the state meet by just two seconds.
In the field events, three other athletes competed for the Falcons.
Junior John Filiatraut placed 20th in the shot put (39-5) and 25th in discus (92-feet). Senior Joseph Cellini finished 24th in the shot put (36-11), while junior Nick Demmer finished 23rd in discus (100-5).
It was a disappointing finish for Annapolis on Friday.
The Cougars only had one point in the regional meet, coming from sophomore Jonathon McMath’s eighth-place finish in the high jump (5-10). McMath also finished 19th in the 400 (55.90).
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