Hornets Begin SEC Red Title Defense With Victory Over Pioneers

 04/09/2013 - 23:56


The Saline Hornets boys’ track and field team opened their conference schedule like a team poised to defend their SEC Red title.

Competing at home Tuesday, Saline defeated Pioneer, 103-34.

Junior John Smutny won the shot put and discus and was Saline’s only double winner.

Smutny won the discus with a throw of 147-05. Nic Sawyer was second (126) and Ben Elliot was third (118-08).

Smutny also showed great form in the shot put, where he threw 50-08.5 to win. Sawyer was second with a throw of 45-11. Matthew Cole was third with a throw of 40-08.25.

Saline’s other victory in the field came in high jump, where Brad McCormick cleared 5-08. Joey Leptich also cleared 5-08 and finished second.

McCormick was .75 inches away from winning the long jump. He leaped 19-06 to take second. Kevin Gross was third with a leap of 19-01.

Kaj Althaus was Saline’s top vaulter, clearing 12-06.

On the track, Jesse Ouellete won the 100 dash in 11:56 seconds, beating fellow senior Gabe Becton by 1/10th of a second. Tyler Palka was fourth in 11.70 seconds.

Sophomore Skyler Bowden was first in the 200 dash (23.82) . Ouellete (24.02) and McCormick (24.34) finished second and third.

Ryan Gauche won the 400 (52.07). Skyler Bowden and David Elms finished third and fourth.

Andrew Kitto led a four-Hornet pack over the finish line in the 800. Kitto finished in 1:58.33. Anthony Lamus was second (1:59.90). Ryan Wilkie and Matthew Elems were third and fourth.

John Dolsen was Saline’s top runner in the 1600, finishing 3rd in 4:47.31.

Senior Grant Praschan was first in the 3200 (9:51.79). Sophomore Kevin Hall was second in 9:54.44.

Joey Leptich and Hunter Krebs took second and third in the 110 hurdles. Leptich was second in the 300 hurdles.

Tran Longmoore
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