Saline senior Anthony DeKraker picked up where he left off after a successful indoor track season and won the 1600-meter race as the Hornets' kickstarted the high school track and field season Saturday at Eastern Michigan University.
DeKraker's victory was Saline's triumph at the Huron Relays, held in the Bowen Field House. DeKraker took the lead on his first lap around the track and never looked back.
Saline boys' varsity track coach Al Leslie said the Huron Relays were a good opportunity for some of the athletes to prepare for the upcoming season.
"A lot of kids are already out on spring break. But for those of us who wanted to work on something or just get in some races and repetitions, this was a good opportunity," Leslie said.
A very small percentage of Saline's huge track teams participated.
One of Saline's best performances came in the pole vault. Luke Atzinger cleared 13-06 to finish third. Colin Nouhan was seventh (12-00). Also in the field, Atzinger was 17th in the long jump, leaping 18-03. Kyle Greenwood was 36th at 16-00.25.
Leslie was pleased with his throwers. Trevor Garbo and Matt Sayre chucked the shot put 39-10, to finish tied for 20th,
On the girls' side Sloane Pepper was tied for 11th in the high jump clearing 4-06. She was 23rd in long jump (13-08). In shot put, Nea Shaffer threw 23-05 to finish 26th and Cianna Wszolek-Jordan threw 22-09 to finish 28th.
On the track, Atzinger was 11th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.08). Zack Gabanyicz was 14th (9.23). Joshua Cook placed 19th in the 1600-meter race (4:39.39).
On the girls side, Ella Woehlke was 15th in the 1600-meter race (5:38) and Jenna Allman was 17th (5:45).