The Saline girls track and field team finished third at Friday’s regional meet at Saline High School. Saline finished with 78.33, behind Skyline (96.5) and Pioneer (164.5). It was Pioneer’s second straight regional title.
The Hornets ran well in the distance events and had success in the field, but they were hampered by their inability to pick up points in the sprints and hurdles.
Erin Connor, who placed second in the discus and shot put, and Hannah Cummings, who was second in the 800 meter run, were the top placers for Saline. Jessi Larson was third in the 3200.
Cummings joined Emma Cummings, Kayla Fortino and Jessi Larson on the 4-by-800 relay team that placed second. She joined Haleigh Cummings, Catherine Dager and Yasmine Lajimi on the 4-by-400 relay team that placed fourth.
Cummings, like Gillian Walter, has been a fixture on Saline cross country and track teams since her freshman year. Competing at Saline High School for a final time was bittersweet, she said.
“Finishing my last race here at Saline has been quite an experience. It’s been a really good one, but it’s been bittersweet,” Cumming said. “I’ve been running since I was a freshman. In my warmups I was thinking about it and I was kind of sad, but I’m moving on to bigger things.”
Cummings hopes to make the podium at the state meet. She ran the 800 in a career best 2:16.38. Emma Cummings was eighth in 2:25.9 and Taylor Vaughan was 12th in 2:27.45.
In the field, Erin Connor qualified for the state meet in the shot put and discus. In the shot put, she threw 38-11.5. Victoria Black threw 29-10.5 to finish 12th. In the discus, Connor threw 133-05, smashing her previous career best. She was six inches behind the first place finisher. Vic Black was seventh in 100-08.
Sophomore Jessi Larson was third in the 3200, finishing in a career-best 10:50.93. Gillian Walter was eighth in 11:46.14. Kyra Ross was ninth and Alexa Stern was 10th.
The Hornets placed four girls in the top eight in the 1600. Rebecca Cantrell led a pack of Hornets over the finish line. She finished fifth in 5:25.07. Finishing behind her were Kayla Fortino, Regan Barsch and Kyra Ross.
Nia Lancit finished second in the high jump. She cleared 5-02. Lauren Sayer was tied for eighth.
Alexandra Haugen took third in the pole vault (10-06). She and Skyler Hardt (8th, 10-0) qualified for the state meet.
Catherine Dager was seventh in long jump, leaping 17 feet.