Saline won its fifth straight boys track and field regional championship Friday at Saline High School. But these Hornets are “dreaming big,” and they’re willing to sacrifice some personal glory if it means the Hornets bring a team trophy home from Rockford, May 30.
Nobody on the Hornets has more hardware than senior Logan Wetzel. Friday, he won the 800 and the 1600. He helped the 4-by-800 and 4-by-400 relay teams to regional titles, too.
Asked what his goals were at the state meet, Wetzel couldn’t pin down his individual goals
“I definitely want to bring home some all-state medals for our relay teams. And I’d like to bring home a medal in the 800 or 1600, or both. It’s going to depend how it all plays out. Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’ll do,” said Wetzel. “I’ve got a few all-state medals already. But we’ve never had the fortune of bringing home one of those trophies. I’d love to be able to share a state trophy with this group.”
Saline finished Friday’s meet with 144 points – 43.5 more than a Monroe team blessed with gifted sprinters and throwers. Saline showed too much star power and depth on the track.
Saline runners took five of eight individual races in the 16-team regional. The Hornets won three of four relays and place second in the other.
Wetzel had a banner day. He won the 800 in 1:53. 82 and won the mile in 4:21.90.
He joined Josiah Humphrey, Brian Blankenship and Kevin Hall to win the 3200 relay in 7:56.04. And then he finished the day by winning the 1600 relay with Skyler Bowden, Josiah Davis and David Alberdi.
“There’s a great atmosphere here with people lining the stands. I couldn’t ask for a better way to finish my career here on this track,” Wetzel said, adding that it helps that the boys won a fifth straight regional championship. “It definitely feels good to carry on the tradition at Saline, and uphold the work of those who came before us.”
Senior Kevin Hall, who helped the with 3200 relay victory, won his first-ever individual regional race. Last year Hall placed third in the 3200. He shaved 13 seconds off that time and won in 9:16.6. Sophomore Connor Meehan was sixth in 9:57.
Skyler Bowden won the 200 meter sprint in 21.99 seconds. Bowden, who helped the 4-by-400 team to victory, anchored the 4-by-200 relay team to a regional victory. He was joined by Tyrone Miller, Jacob Liebert and David Alberdi.
Bowden, who has shattered three individual Saline track records this year, was second in the 400 (49.04) to Belleville’s Benjamin Hayes.
Saline’s other individual victory on the track came in the 300 hurdles, where Josiah Davis finished I 38.54 seconds, winning by .41 seconds over Lincoln’s Robbie Webster.
Josiah Humphrey qualified for the state meet in the 800. He finished third in 1:56.82. Brian Blankenship (6th, 1:59.78) and Spencer Leslie (8th, 2:00.70) also ran well.
The 4-by-100 relay team of Kellersohn, Cameron Cole, Miller and Rogers finished second to Monroe in 43.47 seconds to qualify for the state meet.
Jacob Liebert ran well in the 200 meters, finishing second in 23 seconds flat – a little short of the state qualifying time. Celyn Rogers ran 22.90 in the semifinals.
Tyrone Miller set a personal best in the 100 meters (11.21) in the prelims. He dropped to 11.30, his second best time ever, in the semifinals, and didn’t make the finals by .01 seconds. Jacob Kellersohn ran an 11.44 in prelims.
Freshman Anthony DeKraker was fifth in the 1600 (4:28) and junior Brian Adamovicz was seventh (4:34).
Davis was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. Patrick Canavan was 13th in the 300 hurdles (42.84).
Robbie Felton was 18th in the 400.
In the field, the best performance came from Patrick Canavan, who leaped 20-09 in the long jump to finish second. Chris Merer was sixth at 20-01.25. In pole vault, Mark Whitton was fourth (12-06) and Kyle Nouhan was fifth (12-06).
Brandon Brown threw 42-07 to finish seventh in shot put. Tyler Vaughan was 19th at 37-06. In the discus, Vaughan went 113-03 to finish ninth. Brandon Hudson was 10th in 110-03.