The Saline women's track and field team capped an undefeated dual meet season by winning the Southeastern Conference meet Friday at Ypsilanti Lincoln.
Excluding the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 meter relay, which were canceled due to a thunderstorm, the Hornets won the meet with 159 points.
Senior captain Alexa Ross was proud of all that the team accomplished given the stormy conditions.
“We started off pretty strong with taking the first five places in the 3200 and from there we really loaded it up,” Ross said. “Within the first four events we were already at 70 points which gave us a pretty good lead.”
The Lady Hornets dominated in the field dominated with Amelia Wittig taking second in discus with a throw of 100-07. In the shot put Erin Connor placed second at 33-10.50 and Wittig was right behind (32-06). Wendy Szuminski also helped the team by winning the pole vault (11-03) and Allie Haugen took fourth. Qualifying for the national meet in June, Lauren Sayre was first place in the high jump at 5-02.
Ann Arbor Pioneer gave the Hornets a lot of competition, especially in the hurdles and relays. They managed to get in the top three in almost every event alongside Saline.
Alana Hollis took fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.41. Elianna Shwayder won the 1600 in 5:05.98 followed by Gloria Park (5:26.30) and Gillian Walter (5:30.70). The ladies faced other fast athletes in the 400 with Lily Scheske placing seventh at 1:01.93 and Lisa Gross finishing behind (1:03.37).
Hailey Mayes took third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.69. In the 800, Kennedy Beazley was first at 2:11.58 in front of Hannah Cummings (2:20.19), Gloria Park (2:22.60) and Hannah Fischer (2:27.49).
Split between the Siena Heights Invite and the SEC meet, Assistant Coach Lauren Zakrajsek felt some of the younger ladies should step up and compete against older, varsity athletes. This was the case particularly in the sprint events.
“We had a couple other kids run in relays where they normally don’t, or running a different leg in a relay,” Zakrajsek said. “This meet was a great chance to get used to that change and work on being as versatile as possible.”
Both the 4x200 (1:45.07) and 4x100 (50.53) relays placed second in the conference meet. They each consisted of two seniors, one sophomore and one freshman with Alexa Ross taking the lead and Janell Green being the anchoring leg.
Zakrajsek is confident the team will do well going into regionals. Having a large team really benefits them and the amount of opportunities the ladies have in competing in various events.
“Our team has a lot of depth, and we’re able to put a lot of girls in different places,” Zakrajsek said. “Not a lot of teams can have certain things happen and put another athlete in. “
An example of this is sophomore Kyra Ross who has been testing out many events this season. Ross was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.14 and placed ninth in the high jump at 4-05. Freshman Cathy Dager also showed potential by scoring fourth in the long jump (15-07).