By Chris Zadorozny
Eleven first place finishes and 18 other top-five finishes propelled the Dearborn Divine Child girls’ track squad to a Catholic League Championship last Tuesday. The Falcons won in convincing fashion with 208 points. Warren Regina came in second, with just 98 points.
Senior Paige Patterson led the way with first-place finishes in the 200 (25.93) and the 400 (59.77).
All four relay squads came in first place, as well.
The 4×100 (51.55), 4×200 (1:48.31), 4×400 (4:09.44) and the 4×800 (10:01.71) were all winners.
Junior Lindsey Brewis and sophomore Kayla Gandy outran their opponents in the 3,200 (11:49.85), and the 100 hurdles (15.90), respectively.
Junior Erin Drabicki, sophomore Ellayna Iaquaniello and freshman Sammy Soter all finished second in their respective events.
Drabicki was runner-up (1:02.88) in the 400, Iaquaniello (2:29.39) in the 800, and Soter (5:37.48) in the 1,600.
Soter also finished third in the 1,600 (2:32.01), while fellow freshman Haley Divis finished a very close fourth (2:32.10). Junior Liz Mullen was right behind both of them in fifth place (2:32.59).
Sophomore Kelsee Kinder was third (13.49) in the 100, and fourth (28.33) in the 200. Sophomore Mariel Dunn followed Kinder in the 100 with a fifth place finish (13.84).
In the field events, senior Ashley O’Neill led the way with first-place finishes in the shot put (38-.5) and the discus (113-4). O’Neill’s sister Rachel was fourth in the shot put (33-11.5) and third in the discus (93-6).
Senior Mallory Myler finished first in the long jump (16-3.5), while freshman Shannon Rice followed Myler with a second-place finish (16-1.5).
Dunn finished in a tie for second place in the high jump with senior Shannon Schroeder (4-11), while sophomore Dominique Winter was fourth (4-8).
Senior Hannah Schultz and Mariah Fuqua were both fifth in the shot put (31-11) and the discus (91-10), respectively.
At the MITCA (Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association) Division 2 state meet at Zeeland High School last Saturday, the Falcons once again came out on top, finishing first with 1,454 points.
Every runner earned at least one point in running the events.
With 36 runners in each event, the first place finisher earned 36 points, while the last place finisher earned just one.
Patterson once again led her team with two wins in the 200 (25.52) and the 400 (57.65).
Brewis followed Patterson’s performance with first- and second-place finishes of her own; first in the 3,200 (11:21.54) and second in the 1,600 (5:12.71).
Gandy finished second in the 300 hurdles (48.28) and third in the 100 hurdles (15.86). Myler took first in the 300 hurdles (47.47) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.05).
Myler also led the way in the 4×200 (1:42.47) and the 4×400 (3:59.02), both of which finished first. Gandy led the way in the first place finish of the 4×100 relay squad (50.78). The 4×800 relay squad finished fourth (9:50.14).
In the field events, Ashley O’Neill once again led the way. She finished first in the discus (128-4) and fourth in the shot put (37-5). Her sister Rachel was fifth in the shot put (36’10”).
The Falcons will now gear-up for the state meet at Forest Hills Eastern this Saturday. They will have competitors in 14 events. Ashley O’Neill in the discus and shot put, while Rachel will go in just in the shot put.
Sophomore Jessica Semaan will compete in the pole vault, while Rice will go in the long jump. Gandy and Myler will go in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Patterson will go in the 200 and 400, while Mullen will go in the 400. Iaquaniello will go in the 800, while Brewis will compete in the 1,600 and 3200. The team will also have their 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, and 4×800 teams competing at the state meet.
To read the original post that appeared in the Dearborn Press & Guide on May 28, 2013, go to www.miprepzone.com/pressandguide