The Saline boys’ track and field team took sixth at the MHSAA Division 1 State Meet.
As expected, the Hornets’ best event was the pole vault.
Junior Eric Harris, the regional champ, finished second. He cleared 15 feet, 3 inches. Senior Kyle Nouhan finished his fine career with a fourth place finish. He cleared 14 feet, six inches.
Nathan Powers concluded his Saline athletic career by taking 11th in the discus. He threw 146 feet, 11 inches.
On the track, the boys’ best individual performance was from senior Spencer Leslie, who finished 17th in 1:59.93. Junior Anthony DeKraker was 23rd in the 3200 meters, finishing in 9:29.43.
Saline’s 4-by-800 team lived up to the team’s formidable tradition. The team finished third in 7:46.95. William Downey, Spencer Leslie, Aidan Carichner and Anthony DeKraker ran for Saline.
The 4-by-400 team of Spencer Leslie, Sean Duffy, Robbie Felton and Winford Walker finished fifth in 3:23.11.
Jameson Swanson, Felton, Walker and Duffy finished eighth in the 4-by-200 relay in 1:27.83 – a school record.
All of three qualifying Saline relay teams earned all-state honors.
On the girls side, sophomore Sloane Pepper cleared five feet, two inches to finish 12th in high jump. Pepper, out for track for the first time this year, was one height away from making the all-state podium.
Junior Jessi Larson finished 14th in the 3200 meters. Larson ran the race in 10:59.15.
Emma Cummings, Rebecca Cantrell, Kayla Fortino and Sloane Pepper ran the 4-by-800 in 9:34.38 to finish 16th.