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On track to winning season

Jack Neale takes off in a leap in the long jump. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
April 24, 2013 - The Wolves dominated the track and field in their first meet of the season with wins over Oxford.

Clarkston Boys Track and Field team won their meet on April 16, 91-37, while the girls team won with a 95-33 score.

"I was pretty happy with how the guys competed," said John Bennink, head coach for the boys team. "We did pretty well because we haven't been outside a lot. It was difficult to get out and do some long jumps, high jumps, hurdles or even relay handoffs. We were only able to go outside a handful of times."

The boys took first place in 14 out of 16 events and dominated the 3,200-meter run claiming all top three places.

"Our discus and shot guys did pretty well," said Bennink. "We scored eight points in discus and six in the shot put which is good. It's big. The distance crew did big. Even the sprinters did well. It was a big day."

For the field events in first place: shot put, Nick Matich, 39'11.5"; discus, Chris Scott, 117'8.5; long jump, Caine Watlington, 18'5"; 110 hurdles, Mitch McCord, 16:52; and 300 hurdles, Watlington, 41.55.

In first place for distance, 3,200-meter relay team, Austin Draving, Nick Moore, Scott Cousino, Dan Billette, 8:28.8; 1,600-meter relay, Blake Sutherland, Joe DeFinis, Watlington, Andrew Swanson; 3:39.82; 800-meter relay, Sutherland, Eriksen, Nick Smart, Ryan Feeley, 1:35.0; 3,200-meter run and 1,600-meter run, Draving; 800-meter run, Cousino, 2:04.4; 400-meter dash, Sutherland; 200-meter and 100-meter dash, Eriksen.

The girls placed first in 12 events during the meet.

"It was a good win," said John Yorke, head coach for Clarkston Girls Track and Field team. "We had some nice surprises out of our freshmen girls. Some of our veterans did a good job – which I knew they would. We had some younger sprinters that had a good day. It was a nice win to start the year out and see what we have."

For the field events in first place: long jump, Maicey Peterson, 15' 5.5"; high jump, Megan Nicholson, 5'0"; 100 hurdles, Peterson, 16:49; and 300 hurdles, Franzie Loetzner, 50.28.

For the distance event in first place: 3,200-meter relay, Hannah Hawkins, Amanda Chamberlain, Lynsie Gram, Erin Billette, 10:07.08;1,600-meter relay, Alexis Yarnell, Molly Jeffers, Chamberlain, Hawkins, 4:37.89; 800-meter relay, Alyssa Bey, Mary Costa, Kayla Russell, Taylor Mullins, 1:52.12; 400-meter relay, Madison Wilson, Russell, Costa, Mullins, 52.66; 1,600-meter run and 800-meter run, Billette; 400-meter dash, Mullins, 1:06.38; and 200-meter dash, Russell, 26.9.

Clarkston hosts Stoney Creek on Thursday and heads to Rochester next Tuesday.

"We will try to clear a few things up at practice," said Bennink. "We will find out what we are made of."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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