Photo by Larry Caruso

 By Hank Minckiewicz

It was a banner day for both the Wyandotte girls and boys track teams at the Metro Classic hosted by Roosevelt on May 15.

To help teams socially distance this year, the meet was divided into two with smaller teams racing in the morning and larger teams in the afternoon.

The Bears, running in the afternoon session, finished second in the boys competition and third among the girls teams. Roosevelt boys scored 101 points and finished behind only champ Woodhaven (172 points) in the final standings. Carlson was third, one point behind the Bears.

The girls scored 104.5 points and finished behind champion Woodhaven (142) and runner-up Allen Park (132.5).

Among the small school boys teams the top three teams were Huron (156), Grosse Ile (91) and Trenton (82). In the girls competition, Grosse Ile won with 170 points, followed by Huron (151) and Summit Academy (60).

Individually for Roosevelt, it was a great day for Jalen Jackson, who swept the two hurdle races. He won the 100 hurdles in 15.77 and was the only runner to break 16-seconds. In the 300 hurdles he was the only runner under 42 second and won with a time of 41.52. Jackson also ran a leg on two second-place relays. He joined Justin Kanaziz, Samuel Rankine and Ethan Breaux on the silver medal-winning 4×400 team and Kanaziz, Breaux and Nathaneal Gnzalez on the second-place 4×200 relay squad.

The Bears ran third in the 4×100 relay with Aiden Moore, Deaundre Bell, Aiden Callen and Chase Cline and fourth in the two-mile relay with Daniel Cushman, Blake Roberts, Emmitt Mendenhall and Marquis Monje. 

 Rankine ran second to Woodhaven’s Logan Lundgren in the open mile, Breaux was third in the 200 meters, Kanaziz was fourth in the quarter mile and Moore was fifth in the 100 meter dash.

The Bears did not do much scoring in the field events, although Cushman won the pole vault with a 10-foot effort, best of the day in either the morning or afternoon session.

The Roosevelt girls did not do a lot of winning but they kept piling up points by scoring in event after event.

They did score two gold-medal performances.

The two-mile relay team of Stevie Pizzo, Lauren Moreno, Miranda Grant and Aubrey Migoski ran 10:23.51 and beat runner-up Allen Park by nearly three seconds.

Alyssa Delong won three 300 hurdles in 50.63. Migoski was second in the mile and third in the two-mile, Pizzo was second in the 800 meters, the 4×100 relay team of Megan Calahan, Ania Toboy, Emely Bitner and Hailey Sheldrake ran to third place and Calahan sprinted to fourth place finishes in both the 100 and 200.

The Bears faced their final Downriver League Tri meet of the season on May 18 and all that is left is the May 21 MHSAA regionals and the May 25 Downriver League championships.

Any Bears that qualify for the Division 1 state finals will run in those finals June 5 at East Kentwood High School.

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