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Lady Wolves celebrate taking first. Photo provided (click for larger version)
June 12, 2013 - The depth of the Lady Wolves was proven when they captured first place at the 36th Annual Freshman Oakland County Track and Field Invitational, May 25.

They scored 103 points during the meet. Milford took second with 60 points and Waterford Mott scored 48 to round off the top three.

"It was because of our depth," explained John Yorke, head coach for the Clarkston Girls Track and Field team. "We only took first in two events but scored really high in all the events."

Courtney Roland scored in the 100-meter hurdles finishing in first place as the relay team of Alyssa Bey, Mary Costa, Paige Peterson and Zoiecorinne Morton finished in 4:23 in the 1,600-meter relay for first.

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"We have won the meet or three out of four years now," Yorked added. "We have a good deep crew of kids in the program right now. We performed really well. We were confident because it was only freshman."

The Lady Wolves placed as following: discus, Alissa Gray, first, and Holly Pelton, third; shot put, Holly Woods, third; high jump, Roland, second, and Woods, third; high jump, Roland, second and Megan Nicholson, third; 300-meter hurdles, Paige Peterson, second; 1,600-meter run and 800-meter run, Nicole Hanson, second; and 3,200-meter relay, third.

Yorke added the depth will help as the Lady Wolves come back for their sophomore year next spring.

"We were second in the league this year," he said. "We will be more competitive next year for the league and regionals championship."

He added to watch in seasons to come for Roland in hurdles and high jump, Nicholson in high jump, Hanson in distance; Bey and Kayla Russell on relay teams; Gray and Woods in throws; and Peterson.

"Nicole was one of out top distance girls," Yorke said. "Alyssa and Kayla were part of relay teams setting school records this year. Those records hadn't been broken since 1987."

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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