The Saline varsity boys track and field team glimpsed what it will take to defend its state title April 29 at Jackson High School. Saline placed third with 182 points, behind East Kentwood (258) and Oak Park (182), in the nine-team invitational.
The Hornets were fueled by strong performances by the relay teams, distance runner Anthony DeKraker and pole vaulters Kyle Nouhan and Eric Harris.
Nouhan won the pole vault, clearing 14 feet. Eric Harris cleared 13-06 to take second. Dekraker won the 3200 in 9:37..59
Saline’s best relay came in the 4-by-400. Brian Blankenship, David Alberdi, Josiah Davis and Austin Welch won in 3:23. The 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 teams placed second. Alberdi, Sean Duffy, Harrison Koch and Mitchell Carter ran the 4-by-200 in 1:29.97. Bryan Adamovicz, Blankenship, Welch and John Giles ran the 4-by-800 in 7:56.96. Saline’s 4-by-100 team, composed of Jeb Palka, Connor Hibbard, Koch and Konrad Dixon, was third in 43.73.
On the track, Alberdi finished third in the 400 (51.11). Koch was fifth (52.09). Welch was fifth in the 800 (1:59.44). Eric Wu was seventh. Joshua Cook was fourth in the 3200 at 9:52.83 – less than a second faster than Evan Koerschner, who was fifth.
Sean Duffy was fifth in the 200 (23.48). Benedict Watson was seventh in the 110 hurdles (22.10).
In the field Matthew Wood was second in high jump, clearing 6-0. Wood was fifth in long jump (19-06) and Watson was sixth (19-02). Brandon Brown was seventh in shot put (44-11).