TRACK AND FIELD: The Road Ends Here
It was quite an exciting day in East Kentwood on Saturday, June 1st for the boys and girls Division 1 track and field state finals. The stadium was full to the brim, everyone brought their A-game, and it was most certainly a historic day as predicted. The host team, East Kentwood, took home victory for the boys with a total of 43 points. Grand Blanc came in second with 32 points and Lake Orion rounded out the top three with a score of 29. Just by looking at the score spread, it is clear that East Kentwood deserved the win and the home crowd’s excitement was palpable. For the girls, favorite Grosse Pointe South did not disappoint and came out on top with an incredible 76 points—head Coach Steve Zaranek referring to this score as “one of the most dominant scores in state history.” Grosse Pointe South was followed by Saline who totaled 55 points. The East Kentwood girls followed their male counterparts by landing in the top three with 47 points, solidifying their school’s program as one of the best in the state.
Highlights of the boys individual events include a new all division and Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final Meet record for Cullen Prena of Walled Lake Central, who threw the discus an astounding 210-1. Cullen also won the shot put at 60-11. When asked about how he felt to have thrown the discus farther than anyone in the entire state of Michigan ever has, Prena said he was “on cloud 9.” Individual titles for the champions of East Kentwood included the 400-meter relay team consisting of Justin Harris, Onrekus Carter, Kewon Getter and Devin McKinney with a time of 42.41. Their 800-meter relay team consisting of Houston Glass, Devin McKinney, Kewon Getter and Kevin Smith also came out on top with a time of 1:27.72. One of the most exciting races of the day for the boys was the 1,600 meter run. T.J Carey of Lake Orion has been a standout all season, but has never won an individual state title. With 6-thousandths of a second left, Carey came back from 7th place to beat favorite Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc with a time of 4:15.763—Fisher came in at 4:15.769…talk about a close one!
For the girls, the name everyone knows did not disappoint: Hannah Meier. Hannah beat her own state record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:39.23. Her previous record was 4:42.60. But, she did not stop there. She yet again beat her own previous state record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.35 compared to her time of 2:07.37 in 2011. Hannah was also part of the championship 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams, both of which she anchored. Her twin sister Haley also had a great meet. She came in right behind Hannah in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:42.43. Another Grosse Pointe South standout, Ersula Farrow, came in second behind Hannah in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.91. Both Haley and Ersula were also part of the championship 3,200-meter relay and 1,600-meter teams. The girls continued to prove what Michigan high school track is all about with Erin Finn of West Bloomfield beating her own state record in the 3,200-meter run at 10:08.23. Her previous record time was 10:17.86 back in 2011. Oak Park favorite Ann Jefferson won the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.44 and Cinderella story from Southgate Anderson, Breanna Luba, came out of nowhere to win the 300-meter hurdles at 43.91.
For full meet results, head to mhsaa.com. It was a great meet for all, and an incredible wrap up of the 2013 track and field season. Michigan continues to be one of the most impressive states in the country for this sport, and that is a testament to all of the athletes’ hard work and dedication.