MACOMB -- What the Sherrard girls' track team did on Friday night was expected.|
How the Tigers did it created the surprise.
For the ninth consecutive season, Sherrard captured its league title -- winning the West Central Conference meet. On their way to the victory, the Tigers shook off their reputation of sprint domination by utilizing their distance events in their 131.3-point performance, 23 more than runner-up Macomb in the 11-team meet.
Behind sophomore Robbie Anne Hoye and freshman Skye Corken, the distance races produced 47 points, including the top two finishes in the 3200-meter run.
"It's pretty exciting," said Corken, who ran the 800, 1600, 3200 and a leg in the 4x800. "Our history hasn't been very good in the distance. But everybody works their butts off and we've had a really good season. I'm proud of everyone."
No one was more proud than Sherrard coach Todd Volkert, who said he's never asked two athletes to face the gauntlet Hoye and Corken encountered. Corken had the toughest night, running a total of four miles in four hours and Hoye, who tackled the 800, 1600, 3200 and 4x400, added 3.75 miles.
But Volkert believed the duo could handle their events, knowing perfomances such as this one are expected when wearing a Sherrard uniform.
"We were nervous," Hoye said. "But with our mental toughness, we were expecting this."
Hoye won the 3200 and finished third in the 800 and 1600. Corken sandwiched a sixth-place finish in the 800 around runner-up efforts in the 1600 and 3200.
"We really push each other," Corken said.
With the distance crew setting the tone, the Tigers displayed strength in the sprints and field. Sophomore Danielle Crawley won the 100 and 200 and Chelsea Munday took the pole vault title.
All that led to another Sherrard conference title.
"This is a really big deal," Hoye said.
- Titans capture boys' title: Monmouth-Roseville convincingly won its first-ever West Central boys' title by scoring 138 points. The Titans won the meet by 53 points over second-place Macomb.
Sophomore Martel Hunter was the meet's lone three-event champ, winning the 200, 400 and long jump. Junior Devin Clark set the meet record in his first-place 3200 race and followed that with a victory in the 1600.
"That was a personal record, too," said Clark, who ran a 10:07.28 in the two mile. "I'm looking forward to sectionals."
Sophomore Trayvon Smith won the discus.
- Hasson wins twice: Sophomore Devin Hasson defended her 100 and 300 hurdles conference titles, helping Rockridge (86 points) to a fourth-place finish in the girls' meet.
"I'm definitely excited," Hasson said. "A big confidence booster."
Monmouth-Roseville senior Megan Byrne (2:21.1) broke the 14-year-old meet record in the 800, Orion's Arianna Keleher won the triple jump and Rockridge received wins from Daisy Bower (high jump) and Bre Lawless (shot put).
Rockridge, which finished third in the boys' meet with 75.5 points, had T.J. Henry, Lucas Gosney, Connor Frakes and Nyle Stevens set a record in the 4x800. The quartet ran an 8:27.11, surpassing the record by nearly six seconds.
"I knew we didn't run our best," Henry said. "but it's a pretty cool experience."
Orion's Dylan Schultz won the 110 hurdles and ran a leg on the title-winning 4x200. Rockridge's Eli Simmons won the shot put and Sherrard's Jacob Gross captured the pole vault title.
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