The high school track season is over – but Saline’s athletes are still running hard.
The Spirit of Pre – Saline’s club team – captured two national championships at the New Balance Nationals, June 15-17 at North Carolina A&T University.
Eric Harris, Jack Fenelon, Winford Walker and Christopher Chuparkoff won the 800 sprint medley championship in 1:30.94. Harris and Fenelon ran 100-meter legs. Walker ran 200 meters and Chuparkoff ran 400 meters.
Walker, Fenelon, Churparkoff and Anthony DeKraker won the 1600 sprint medley relay. Walker and Fenelon ran 200-meter legs, Churparkoff ran 400 meters and DeKraker ran the 800 meter leg.
DeKraker also finished second in the boys’ one mile run championship, finishing in 4:13.4.
“It was a great day for our kids,” said coach Al Leslie.
Leslie singled out the performances by DeKraker and Chuparkoff.
Spirit of Pre took 42nd in the 4-by-200 relay, with Fenelon, Walker, Jacob Stuck and Jamari Harris-Pryce running. Josh Cook, Will Downey, Cam Bacarella and DeKraker were 16th in the 4-by-800 relay.
Harris-Pryce, Walker, Stuck and Fenelon were 12th in the 1000-meter Swedish relay.
In the 4-by-100 emerging elite relay, Harris, Walker, Harris-Pruce and Chuparkoff were 12th in 43.118.
On the girls side, Emily Cook, Greta Downey, Amera Boyd and Lauryn Hunt were 28th in the 800 sprint medley. Cook, Hunt, Boyd and Suzanne Chuparkoff were 13th in the 4-by-200 relay in 1:44.61.
In the 1600-meter sprint medley emerging elite relay, Cook, Downey, Hunt and Emma Cummings were 34th in 4:21.3.
In a boys/girls mixed 4-by-400 relay, Hunt, Chris Chuparkoff, Suzanne Chuparkoff and Fenelon were 13th in 3:37.
In the pole vault, Eric Harris was 14th, clearing 15-03.5.