The Saline track and field teams hosted their first meet of the season Tuesday afternoon.
The boys, one of the top teams in the state, won their second consecutive SEC meet, defeating Pioneer 93-44. Saline’s girls team, facing a powerhouse Pioneer team, fell 100-37, but the youngsters continued to show promise.
On the boys’ side, the Hornets swept the relays. The most dramatic victory came in the 4-by-800, where Anthony DeKraker caught and passed Nick Foster on the straight away to win by .05 seconds (7:57.44).
“With 200 meters to go Nick Foster started edging up and past me. With 100 meters to go, I saw the distance (between us) and I said ‘I have to get it,’” DeKraker said.
He got it.
Big CJ Gildersleeve also had a starting turn anchoring the winning 4-by-100 relay which won by .5 seconds.
DeKraker also won the 800 and 1600 meter events.
He and senior Aidan Carichner ran beside each other in front of the pack in the 1600 meters race. DeKraker pulled ahead to win by .38 seconds. DeKraker led a 1-2-3 Saline finish in the 800. DeKraker ran the race in 1:59.91. Spencer Leslie was second in 2:00.11 and William Downey was third in 2:01.58.
Senior Sean Duffy won the 200 meters race with a personal record time of 22.82 seconds. Winford Walker was second and Benjamin Walkusky was third.
Freshman Jacob Brunty continued his fine season, running the 400 in 50.89 seconds and getting closer to Brian Boze’s freshman record. Dimitri Theocharakis was third.
Saline won both hurdles events. Jameson Swanson won the 110 Hurdles in 15.15 seconds. Josiah Rentschler won the 300 hurdles in 41.71 seconds.
Nathan Powers won the discus with a throw of 129-09. Gildersleeve was third with a personal best 116-10.5.
Preston Filla won the high jump, clearing 5-10. Kyle Nouhan won the pole vault, clearing 14 feet. Eric Harris was second at 13-06.
In the long jump, freshman Kyle Greenwood leaped 18-04 to finish second. Fila was third at 18-03.75 -- .5 inches more than Emmett Turner. Bennett Drake was second in the shot put with a personal best 42-07. Nathan Powers was second at 42-03.
Sophomore Jamari Harris-Pryce was Saline’s fastest runner in the 100 meters, completing the sprint in 11.62 -- .01 seconds faster than senior Connor Hibbard. Pioneer junior Tyrique Wheatley won in 10.95 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Saline was shut out of the winner’s circle on the track.
The Hornets had better success in the field where Alexa Fansler won the discus (82.06.25). Ruth Sullivan was third (70-10). Sophomore Sloane Pepper won the high jump, clearing 4-08. Olivia Sovitch was third at 4-04. Skyler Hardt won the pole vault (10-00).
Catherine Dager was second in the long jump (15-06.25) and Emily Cook was third (14-09). Averi Strok was second in the shot put (27-11).
Pioneer swept the relays, with Saline’s best finish coming in the 4-by-800, where they finished second.
Saline’s best individual performance on the track was turned in by freshman Lauryn Hunt, who finished second with a Hornet freshman record time of 58.52.
Freshman Boyd Amera was Saline’s fastest runner in the 100, finishing fifth in 13:16. Senior Andrea Luurtsema was Saline’s fastest in the 200, taking fourth in 27.66. Taylor Vaugh was Saline’s fastest in the 800, finishing third in 2:29. Freshman Ella Woehlke was the fastest Hornet in the 1600, finishing third in 5:47. Sophomore Kayla Fortino was second in the 3200 in 11:58. Rebecca Cantrell was third in 12:25.