Saxon two-milers finish off Marshall girls in I-8 dual
The Hastings varsity girls' track and field team upset Marshall on the road, 82.5 to 79.5 Tuesday to improve its Interstate-8 Athletic Conference record to 4-2 on the season.
It was the 3200-meter duo of Allison Collins and Carissa Strouse that finally sealed the victory for the Saxons, with one race to go at the end of a back and forth afternoon.
Marshall sophomore Maliyah Gore won the 3200-meter run in 12 minutes 31.70 seconds, but the two Saxons set new personal record times with their second and third place finishes. Collins, a senior, came in at 12:44.10 and the freshman Strouse at 12:56.10.
The Red Hawks' fourth place points and points from a 1600-meter relay victory weren't enough to overtake the Saxons.
The Hastings boys were bested by the Red Hawks 107-55, falling to 3-3 in the conference this season. The Saxon track teams return to conference action at home against Pennfield for Senior Night Monday.
The throwers were hugely important in the Saxon girls' win at Marshall. Freshman Maddie Miller wont eh shot put at 28-2 and junior Ireland Barber the discus with a new personal record throw of 87-7. Hastings girls filled the five scoring places in the discus and four of the five in the shot put. Senior Chloe Park was the runner-up in the shot put at 27-6.5 and set a new personal record with her third-place throw of 70-9 in the discus.
Hastings also got 1-2 finishes from Erin Dalman (4-10) and Josey Nickels (4-8) in the high jump and Hannah Johnson (8-0) and Allison Teed (7-0) in the pole vault.
Teed had the Saxons' only individual wins on the track. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.80 seconds and the 300-meter low hurdles in 51.90.
The Red Hawks' Gore won the 1600-meter run in 5:50.40 and was the runner-up in the 800-meter run behind freshman teammate Laraya Warnsley. Marshall senior Olaide Olapade won the 100-meter dash in 12.70 and the 200 in 27.00. Zemiah White took the 400-meter dash in 1:06.70.
The two teams split the four relays. The Saxon team of Dalman, Sydney Kuntz, Teed and Grace Nickels won the 800-meter relay in 1:54.30. Collins and Strouse teamed with Abby Zull and Johnson to win the 3200-meter relay in 12:17.80.
The Hastings boys won just one individual race on the track. Junior Jacob O'Keefe won the 110-meter high hurdles in 17.20 seconds, a new personal record. He ran his fastest 300-meter intermediate hurdles race of the season too, placing second in that race in 48.70.
The Hastings boys took the two sprint relays. The team of Jason Haight, William Roosien, Lucas Lumbert and Hunter Allerding won the 400-meter relay in 47.20 and Braden Vertalka, Kirby Beck, Allerding and Dane Barnes teamed to win the 800-meter relay in 1:38.10. The two races were decided by half a second or less.