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Natalie Smith picks up speed. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
May 23, 2012 - Wolves are jumping and running to the MHSAA Track & Field State Finals in East Kentwood.

CJ Gozdor secured his spot in the high jump for the Clarkston Boys Track & Field team by taking first place in the high jump with 6'3" in the MHSAA Regional meet last Friday in Brandon.

The top two finishers from each event move on to the state finals. Athletes reaching the predetermined qualifying mark by MHSAA can also move on - in which Clarkston will send more athletes from seven events.

Gozdor will be joined by Adam Bruderick competing in the 800-meter run, qualifying at 1:57.6. Bruderick is also part of the two relay teams heading to states with Blake Sutherland, Ian Brennan and Mike Schwartz in the 1,600-meter relay and with Brennan, Sam Tanielian and Spenser Pawlik in the 3,200-meter relay.

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For the Lady Wolves, Natalie Smith qualified for two individual events - the 1,600-meter run, 5:09.7, and the 3,200-meter run, 11.27.2.

Smith will join teammates Jill Harris, Molly Jeffers and Erin Billette when all four compete in the 3,200-meter relay after qualifying at 9:38.36.

Billette will also compete in the 800-meter run after her finish at 2:20.4

The girls finished in seventh place as a team with 50 points. Rochester Adams finished in first place with 122 points; Brandon took second, 88; and Romeo took third, 63.5.

The boys finished in sixth place after earning 32.75 points. Grand Blanc took first place with 172 points; Lake Orion took second, 139; and Swartz Creek, 46.

Both teams compete in the Oakland County Meet on Friday in Milford.

It begins at 2 p.m.

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