Gallery: Saline Hosts Biggest Track Meet in the State

 05/07/2016 - 18:23

Saline High School hosted one of the biggest track meets in the state May 6. More than 3300 athletes from 58 schools participated in the Golden Triangle.

The unscored meet attracts some of the best athletes in Michigan high school atheltics.

"It's a great opportunity to give our kids the chance to race and compete against the very best," said Al Leslie, head coach of the Saline boys track and field team. "At the same time, it's a chance to invite all these schools to Saline and show them our facilities. We're proud of our program and facilities and we love to put our best foot forward at an event like this."

Saline's lone victory came in the girls' 3200 meter race, where Regan Smith finished first in 11:22.98. Gillian Walter was second in 11:29.

One of Saline's best performances came from senior Josiah Davis in the 300 hurdles. The state champion-hopeful returned from injury and a week of light practice yet managed a career-best time of 38.18. That time was good for second place. It was also considerably faster than his time (38.76) at the state finals last year, where Davis finished third.

Also on the boys' side, Austin Welch was second in the 800. His time of 1:56.33 was a personal best. His previous best was 1:58.44. Brian Blankenship was fifth in 1:57.41. One of the day's highlights was Spencer Leslie's win in the second heat of the 800. His time of 1:59.76 was a career best.

David Alberdi was fifth in the 400, finishing in a career best 50.17.

Saline's best relay performance came in the 4-by-400. Alberdi, Davis, Welch and Mitchell Carter placed second in 3:22.56. The 4-by-100 relay team of Jeb Palka, Connor Hibbard, Harrison Koch and Konrad Dixon was fifth in 43.51. Alberdi, Davis, Sean Duffy and Koch (1:30.56) were seventh in the 4-by-200.

Eric Harris (fourth) and Kyle Nouhan (fifth) cleared 13 feet in the pole vault. Benedict Watson leaped 19-07.5 to place ninth in long jump.

In the girls' events, Erin Connor had another big day. She was second in the shot put (40-02), surprassing 40 feet for the fifith time in six events. She was also second in the discus, throwing 117-02.

Lauren Sayre and Nia Lancit tied for fourth in high jump, clearing 5-0. Catherine Dager was fifth in long jump, leaping a personal best 16-07.5.

Hannah Cummings was fourth in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:16.52 -- her best time in two years.

Cummings, Smith, Jessi Larson and Emma Cummings were sixth (9:50.12) finished sixth in the 4-by-800 relay. Rebecca Cantrell, Haleigh Cummings, Gillian Walter and Regan Barsch were second (13:02) in the distance medley relay. Holly Treber, Taylor Vaughan, Gillian hartley and Kyra Ross were fourth.

Tran Longmoore
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