TRACK: Lake Orion sweeps OAA-Red titles

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Lake Orion defended its OAA Red Division track and field crowns in fine fashion Monday at Rochester.

Lake Orion’s girls captured their second straight league title, while the Orion boys made it seven straight league championships. Both squads scored over 160 points.

“The league meet and dual meets are more about the team than anything and we take a lot of pride in winning the seven straight,” offered veteran Lake Orion head boys track coach Stan Ford. “We have a lot of depth and that is the reason why we were able to win it seven (times) in a row. At the regionals it’s more about (standout) individuals. We had 10 events where we had at least two guys place (in the top six). But at the regional a lot of those second and third-best guys won’t score at a regional like they can at a league meet. It’s different kind of meet.”

Lake Orion’s girls rolled up an impressive 175 points at the conference meet, and coupled with a perfect 4-0 dual meet record, claimed the title outright. Rochester was second with 92 points, followed by Clarkston (89.33), Rochester Adams (82.33) and Oxford (53.33).

“We’ve been building towards the championship season. Winning the league was one of our goals again and now we want to defend our regional title as well,” said Lake Orion girls coach Dave Hutson, whose team has now won five straight invitational-style meets to keep the undefeated outdoor track season in tact. “We didn’t load up everybody but we still did have some very good performances. Now we’ll have to decide what to do at the regional. We want to put ourselves in position to qualify as many girls as we can for the state meet and defend our title there as well.”

Lake Orion’s girls captured league crowns in six events.

Madison Eaton captured the 100 meters (12.58) and 300 hurdles (44.76), while Melissa Symons won both the 100 hurdles (15.00) and 200 (25.94) to lead the Dragons. Sophie Novak led a sweep of the top three slots in the 800 (2:16.99) and Colleen Campbell had the best effort in the long jump (16-3.5) for Lake Orion.

Adams’ unit of Eva Jansohn, Katie Lundquist, Ally Slogan and Maddie Dessy joined forces to win the 3,200 relay (9:52.01), while Lauren Williams, Riley Henry, Donia Abdalla and Maggie Fetterman took home the crown in the 400 relay (52.43) for the Highlanders.

Rochester’s Javionna Davis, Alexa Ligon, Adama Danpollo and Maya Smith captured the 800 relay (1:47.81). Elizabeth Bulat broke the tape in the 1,600 (5:05.33), Brooke Coulter twon he shot put (32-8.25), while Ligon, Bulat, Casie Nadasky and Smith captured the 1,600 relay (4:04.85), where Smith out-kicked two competitors during the final 200.

Oxford’s Antonia Vackaro captured the 400 (59.64) and teammate Jessica Campbell the discus (109-8) for the Wildcats. Clarkston’s Grace Nolan added a win in the 3,200 (11:51.23).

Lake Orion’s boys finished 4-0 in duals and backed that up with 161 points at the league meet to win their seventh straight league title and 12th in 18 seasons. Oxford claimed second with 107 points, while Rochester (83), Rochester Adams (70) and Clarkston (67) following suit.

The Dragons captured five events on the night, led by Thomas Moreman in the 110 hurdles (15.21) and high jump (6-2). Caleb Campbell added a win in the 100 (11.14), Sam Knight the 400 (51.52) and the foursome of

Campbell, Justin Fraser, Matthew Freeman, Mason Koncelik claimed the league gold in the 400 relay (44.65) for the Dragons.

Rochester’s Zac Schneck took the 200 (23.28) and Austin Remick the 1,600 (4:19.26) to pace the Falcons. Cameron Wright, Schneck, Aveni Miguel and Drake Reid teamed up to win the 800 relay (1:33.55), while Schneck, Reid, Remick and Wright capped the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay. (3:28.35). Wright staved off Adams’ Parker Raymond in the final 10 meters to prevail in the final relay.

Oxford’s foursome of Dominic Bruce, JJ Bagans, Zachariah Smith and Scott Masterson clocked 8:05.67 to pull ahead into pole position in the 3,200 relay.

Shane Ross won the 300 hurdles (39.68) and Ben Krause took the crowns in the shot put (46-5) and discus (142-0) for the Wildcats.

Adams’ Raymond blazed the trail in the 800 (1:56.52), while’s Clarkston’s Shawn Slater won the 3,200 (9:45.72) and teammate Gino Paese the long jump (20-3.5) to round out the winners circle.

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