The Saline Hornets track and field teams opened the season by winning the Kermit Ambrose Huron Relays at Eastern Michigan University Saturday.
And the Saline Huskies didn’t do so bad, either.
On the girls’ side, Saline High School finished with 64 points, 20 more than second-place Northville. A second Saline team, the “Saline Northern Huskies,” finished seventh with 24 points.
The Saline Hornet boys finished first with 62 points. Oak Park was second. The Saline Huskies were eighth.
“It’s just a great chance to get out here and compete hard before spring break,” said Brian Boze, who coaches the girls’ team. “I thought we had an outstanding day.”
Allen Leslie, head coach of the boys team, said his teams performed well, too.
“I don’t think we have the superstar, the Mr. Track & Field like Steve Bastien or Garrick Roemer, but we’ve got a lot of strong athletes and we’re deep as ever,” Leslie said.
The girls’ team has the potential to make noise at the state meet once again. They showed it at the Huron Relays.
Elianna Shwayder picked up where she left off after a brilliant end to the cross country season. She was first in the 1600 meter run (5:07.75). Lauren Green was fourth (5:09.23). Abby Rentschler was fifth (5:14.12). Katie Fedoronko was 16th.
Shwayder helped the 3200 relay team to a first place finish, joining Gloria Park, Alyssa Cummings and Lauren Green to finish in 9:24.54. The Saline Northern team was third.
Junior Queenee Dale won the 60 meter hurdles event in 8.87 seconds. Natalie Wysocki was seventh in 9:95.
Dale, Luurtsema, Alexa Ross and Alana Hollis were third in the 4-by-200 relay (1:47.35).
In the medley relay, Kelly Hall, Maria Romero, Gloria Park and Alyssa Cummings finished second. The Huskies team was fourth.
The Saline Northern relay team was fourth in the 1600 relay. The Hornets’ team of Gloria Park, Ross, Romero and Green was sixth.
Amanda Luurtsema was seventh in the 60 yard dash (8.27).
In the field, senior Randi Bennett returned from an injury that kept her off the basketball court and finished second in shot put. She threw 34-03. Erin Connor (7th, 29-01) and Amelia Wittig (9th, 26-10) also competed.
Jacqueline Marchildon was fourth (16-02.25. Alana Hollis (14-01.50) and Wendy Szuminski (14-00.50) finished 11th and 12th. Sara Palmerton was 16th.
Szuminski was sixth in pole vault, clearing six feet. Elizabeth Gentile cleared nine feet and finished ninth.
Szuminski was the top Hornet in the high jump, clearing 4-10 to finish sixth. Marchildon also cleared 4-10 and finished 10th. Lauren Sayre was 11th, clearing 4-08.
On the boys’ side, Saline junior John Smutny broke 50 feet for the first time and won the event. He threw 50-06. Nick Sawyer was fourth with 46-03.
In pole vault, Kaj Althaus (13-06) and Vincent Olsen (13-00) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Joey Leptich was seventh in high jump, clearing 5-10.
Saline’s 4-by-800 team of Matthew Elms, Ryan Gauche, Andrew Kitto and Grant Praschan took first place in 8:08.51. The “Huskies” team took third place.
Elms, Gauche, Mitch Suddendorf and Ryan Wilke finished third in the 4-by-400 relay.
Elms, Wilkie, Gauche and Praschan were third in the distance medley relay, finishing in 10:56.52. The Saline Northern team was sixth.
Jesse Ouellette, Suddendorf, Brad McCormick and Tyler Palka were fifth in the 4-by-200 relay, finishing in 1:35.78.
Andrew Kitto ran a strong race in the 1600, finishing .04 seconds behind winner Dan Sims, of Northville. Kitto ran the event in 4:23.99. Kevin Hall was fifth in 4:32.93.