Area features strong group of middle distance athletes
By MARVIN GOODWIN
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Whether its distance races, sprints, hurdles, relays or field events, Oakland County athletes are traditionally among the state’s leaders, and this this year’s All-Oakland County girls team exemplifies that fact. Division 1 state champion Oak Park is heavily represented, as expected, but other teams had solid seasons, including Clarkston, Lake Orion, Milford, Waterford Mott, Bloomfield Hills and Lakeland.
Amanda Sape, Bloomfield Hills, Jr. — Once again, the area’s top thrower in the shot put with OAA White, regional and Oakland County titles to her credit. She was unbeaten in dual meets this season and placed third at the D1 state meet with a season-best 41-feet-6 ½. Also was Oakland County meet runnerup and OAA White runnerup in the discus throw with a best of 121-9 ½.
Reina Troxell, Lakeland, Sr. — Her crowning moment came at the D1 state championship, where she placed fifth in the discus throw with a season-best toss of 126-10. Also won the KLAA Lakes conference title in the discus throw, and placed third in the shot put at the Oakland County meet.
Alexandria Robinson, Walled Lake Western, Jr. — Every meet was a busy one for Robinson, who high jumped, long jumped, ran relays and sometimes even hurdles. However, she made her mark in the long jump, with an area’s best leap of 18-¼, which earned her fourth place in the D1 state meet. She was also sixth in the high jump at the D1 state meet after winning the Oakland County title in the high jump. Also was KLAA Lakes meet champ in the long jump. Had a best of 5-4 in the high jump.
Emma Neumann, Lakeland, Sr. — Neumann was a big contributor for the Eagles in the pole vault, six of her seven clearances were 11-feet or more. Neumann won regional, KLAA Lakes Conference and Oakland County titles, the latter two at a height of 11-3. She ended her season at the Midwest Meet of Championships, where she cleared 11-6 to finish sixth in the three-state competition.
Morgan Murphy, Farmington, Jr. — Capped her season with a runnerup finish at the D1 state meet in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-4. Also won regional and OAA Blue titles in high jump before placing third in the high jump at the Oakland County meet. Had a season-best clearance of 5-5 in high jump, among top 10 in the state.
Tamea McKelvy, Oak Park, Jr. — A force in the 100 and 200 dashes, McKelvy often came through with sure points in those events. She won OAA Gold, Oxford Invitational and regional titles in both events, and was Oakland County champ in the 200. A strong sprint relay contributor, McKelvy was D1 state runnerup in the 100 and placed third at state in the 200. Her bests of 11.89 in the 100 and 23.97 in the 200 were ranked second fastest in the state.
Grace Stark, Lakeland, Fr. — Despite her youth, made an immediate impact in hurdles and sprints, winning Oakland County, KLAA Lakes and regional titles in the 100, an event where she posted a season-best 11.82 at the county meet. She was Golden Triangle Invite runnerup and placed ninth at the D1 state meet 100 dash. Also was KLAA Lakes champ in the 100 hurdles and regional runnerup in the 100 hurdles.
Madison Meredith, Birmingham Groves, Sr. — Veteran sprinter held up her status as one of the area’s fastest sprinters, earning OAA Blue titles in the 100 and 200, and finishing second in the 100 and 200 in regional competitions. She was also Oakland County meet runnerup in the 100 and 200, and scored in both sprints at the D1 state meet, placing fourth in the 100 and seventh in the 200. She was 100 champ at the Midwest Meet of Champions, and had season bests of 11.89 and 24.87 in the 100 and 200, respectively.
Anna Jefferson, Oak Park, Sr. — Jefferson was all over the map this season, competing in hurdles, open sprints and relays, but she handled them all well. She earned her fourth straight all-state medal in the 400 dash, placing third in 54.43 at the D1 state meet. She won regional, Oxford Invitational and Oakland County titles in the 400, and was Oakland County, regional, Oxford Invite and Groves Invite champ in the 100 hurdles with an area best of 14.10. She placed fourth in the 100 hurdles at the Midwest Meet of Champions.
Dorriann Coleman, Oak Park, Soph. — In a state loaded with quality half-milers, Coleman was best of them all. Eight times she went to the starting line in the 800-meter run and eight times she was victorious, including some dramatic finishes in two of the biggest meets of the season. She came from far behind with 200 meters to go in the 800 at the Oakland County meet to win, and did the same at the state meet, where she clocked a season-best 2:10.20, three seconds better than her Oakland County effort. Also a quality 400 athlete.
Mallory Barrett, Milford, Jr. — Raced sparingly in open events, but contended in every race. Won KLAA Lakes titles in the 800 and 1,600, was Oakland County meet champ in the 1,600, regional champ in the 800 and placed fourth in the 800 at the D1 state meet in 2:12.46. Had a best of 5:02.39 in the 1,600. In addition to running on quality 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relays, she also clocked a 3:30.66 split in the 1,200 leg of the distance medley relay at the New Balance Nationals, the fastest split in the nation for that distance.
Maddy Trevisan, Farmington, Sr. — Capped her high school career with the D1 state title in the 3,200-meter run with a front-running strategy that worked. Also won OAA Blue and regional titles in the 1,600 and 3,200, and placed third in the 1,600 at the Oakland County meet. Clocked a career-best 4:59.86 in the 1,600 at the Midwest Meet of Champions, and went 10:32.22 in the 2-mile run and 16:54.74 in the 5,000, both top 10 efforts, at the New Balance Nationals.
Kyla Christopher-Moody, West Bloomfield, Fr. — Still gaining experience but made an impact in first year of high school running. Consistently under 5:10 in the 1,600, she was OAA Blue runnerup in the 1,600 and OAA Blue champ in the 800, placed third at regionals in the 1,600, fifth in the 800 at Oakland County meet and placed third in the 1,600 at the D1 state meet in 4:57.53, the area’s leading time.
Katie Osika, Waterford Mott, Soph. — Was a contender in nearly every major meet, earning runnerup finishes at the Golden Triangle, regional and Oakland County meets in the 800 run. The two-time state qualifier had a bad race at the state meet, but rebounded at the New Balance Nationals, where she placed fifth in the Emerging Elite 800 in a career-best 2:12.37.
Carola Jansohn, Rochester Adams, Jr. — Made a big improvement in her specialty, the 800 run, where she ended the season with a fifth place at the D1 state meet, where she clocked a season-best 2:13.03. Was also regional champ in the 800 and was key contributor on all-state 4 x 800 relay, and anchored 4 x 400 relay.
Brianna Holloway, Oak Park, Sr. — Was efficient in the 100 hurdles, but dominated the 300 hurdles with multiple state championships during her career. A three-time regional champ, Holloway also won Oakland County and D1 state titles in the 300 hurdles for the second straight year, completing an unbeaten season. Tacked on a Midwest Meet of Champions title in the 300 hurdles, too. In the 100 hurdles, she was Oakland County, regional, and OAA Gold runnerup, and placed second at the D1 state meet. Placed fifth in the 100 hurdles at the Midwest Meet of Champions. Had bests of 42.71 in the 300 hurdles and 14.37 in the 100 hurdles. Will compete at Ohio State.
Michaiah Thomas, Detroit Country Day, Jr. — Injury plagued her season but when healthy was one of area’s best. Was regional champ in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200 dash, regional runnerup in the 100 dash and was Golden Triangle champ in the 300 hurdles. Had bests of 25.64 in the 200, 12.46 in the 100, 14.42 in 100 hurdles and 43.95 in the 300 hurdles. A three-time state qualifier, Thomas was injured at Oakland County meet and could not compete at state meet.
Waterford Mott’s foursome of Morgan Fuerst, Alexis Munley, Rylee Robinson and Katie Osika could handle every team in the state except one in the 4 x 800 relay. But the Corsairs got better as the competition got stronger. The quartet won KLAA Lakes, regional and Oakland County titles before placing second at the D1 state meet in 9:15.99. They bettered that at the New Balance Nationals, registering a school-record 9:05.03, No. 4 all-time in Oakland County. Individually, Fuerst was KLAA Lakes runnerup in the 800, was fifth at the Midwest Meet of Champions and had a best of 2:14.96. Robinson was KLAA Lakes champ in the 3,200 and had a best of 5:04.12 in the 1,600, and Munley had a best of 2:17.85 in the 800.
Oak Park dominated the sprint relays, particularly the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 units where the Knights, as as fast as ever, often won by wide margins. Anna Jefferson, Janae Barksdale, Tamea McKelvy and Brianna Holloway comprised the 4 x 100 unit which set a state meet record with a scorching 46.28 clocking, breaking an 11-year old record by nearly a second. The same quartet hit the finish line of the 4 x 200 relay in 1:36.66, another D1 state meet record by more than a second. The Knights won regional, OAA Gold and Oakland County titles this season in both relays, as well as in the 4 x 400 relay. Drew Coleman, Barksdale, Carlita Taylor and Dorriann Coleman comprised the unit which was barely edged out for first place at the D1 state meet – the Knights went 3:50.58, the same time given to state champ Northville – but soared at the New Balance Nationals with Jefferson, Holloway, Barksdale and Dorriann Coleman in the mix. That unit clocked 3:43.42 for a fourth-place finish. Barksdale was Oakland County 400 runnerup, OAA Gold 400 champ and placed fifth in the 400 at the D1 state meet, and had an open 400 season best of 55.74.
Coach of the Year
Brandon Jiles, Oak Park — Three trips to the D1 state tournament the last three years and three state championship trophies carted home by the Oak Park Knights is what Jiles has done in four seasons at Oak Park. But Jiles would be the first to tell this past state title, with Pioneer, Northville and East Kentwood putting up strong fights, was the most difficult. “I think we showed we’re a team that can win the tight ones as well,” he said. “They were digging for every point.” Indeed, the Knights, despite some setbacks, continued to perservere with a combination of grit and toughness. Jiles demands a lot from his athletes and they usually produce as Oak Park won regional, OAA Gold and Oakland County titles. And the speed relays sizzled with record-breaking performances.
All Oakland County Second Team
Akili Echols, Farmington, Jr. — 7th D1 state 100 (12.56), 3rd regional 100 (12.20) and 200 (24.97)
Raven Tatum, North Farmington, Jr. — 4th D1 regional 200 (25.21), 3rd Oakland County 200, 10th D1 state 200.
Janae Barksdale, Oak Park, Fr. — 2nd Oakland County 400, 2nd regional 400, 5th D1 state 400 (56.10)
Claire Bolden, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Sr. — Catholic League champ 400 (57.32), D2 regional runnerup 200 (25.98)
Mackenzie Fields, Berkley, Fr. — 4th Oakland County 100 (12.18), 4th D1 regional 100
Victoria Heiligenthal, Milford, Fr. — 7th D1 state 1,600 (4:59.31), 2nd Oakland County 1,600
Madeline Rehm, Lakeland, Fr. — 9th D1 state 1,600 (5:04.46), 2nd Oakland County 3,200 (11:27.24)
Megan Worrell, Troy, Soph. — 6th D1 state 800 (2:14.4), 4th Golden Triangle 1,600 (5:04.82)
Liz Dalrymple, Clarkston, Fr. — D1 regional champ 1,600 (5:03.95), 9th Golden Triangle 3,200 (10:51.67)
Nicole Hanson, Clarkston, Sr. — D1 regional runnerup 3,200 (10:55.67), 3rd Golden Triangle 1,600 (5:04.21)
Dazha Coffey, Bloomfield Hills, Jr. — 6th D1 state 100 hurdles, 2nd regional 300 hurdles (46.66)
Lillia Schoof, Waterford Kettering, Jr. — 7th state 300 hurdles (45.8)
Bryn Ropeta, Stoney Creek, Sr. — 8th D1 state 100 hurdles, 2nd OAA Red 300 hurdles (48.84)
Alexis Brown, Avondale, Sr. — 4th state 300 hurdles (44.85), OAA White champ 300 hurdles
Akwia Tilton, Birmingham Roeper, Sr. — D4 state champ long jump (17-6), Oakland County champ long jump, MIAC long jump champ
Alexis Johnson, Birmingham Roeper, — 3rd D4 state long jump, 2nd Oakland County long jump (17-3/4), MIAC long jump runnerup
Taylor Eaton, Lake Orion, Jr. — Oakland County champ discus, 7th D1 state discus (124-8), OAA Red champ shot put (36-2)
Jayla Wesley, Walled Lake Central, Sr. — 3rd D1 state high jump (5-4)
Drew Coleman, Oak Park, Jr. — D1 regional runnerup high jump (5-4), 7th D1 state high jump, regional runnerup 300 hurdles (46.63)
Jessica Rockwell, Walled Lake Central, Sr. — D1 regional champ discus (127-3), 3rd Oakland County discus
Tricia Pierce, Ortonville Brandon, Fr. — 5th D1 state pole vault (11-3)
Jessica Mercier, Waterford Kettering, Soph. — 5th D1 state pole vault (11-3)
4 x 100 — Farmington (Chantel Moore, Jaila Brooks, Casey Iles, Akili Echols) 8th D1 state (49.39)
4 x 200 — North Farmington (A’Jani Williams, Tiara Williams, Raven Tatum, Mycah Lewis), 7th D1 state (1:42.45)
4 x 400 — Milford (Victoria Heiligenthal, Sarah Ausum, Abby Knapp, Mallory Barrett) 6th D1 state (3:59.48)
4 x 800 — Milford (Victoria Heiligenthal, Sarah Ausum, Eve Hemingway, Mallory Barrett) 3rd D1 state (9:18.94)
OAK PARK — Lashae Bowens, Carlita Taylor; BERKLEY — Mackenzie Fields, Paige Allen, Taylor Rucker, Claire Kendell;ROYAL OAK — Claire Kochanski; CLARKSTON — Megan Nicholson, Emily Ferguson, Mallory Ferguson, Kayla Russell, Courtney Roland; LAKELAND — Erin Keller, Haley Rathwell, Marisa Sailus; LAKE ORION — Madison Eaton, Bellina Gaskey, Colleen Campbell; MILFORD — Brynne Gustafson, Regan Lobodzinski, Nicole Grindling; FARMINGTON — Micayla Martin, Abby Inch, Morgan Merlino; PONTIAC — Infinnatie Rowe; PONTIAC NOTRE DAME PREP — Lauren Neiheisel; BIRMINGHAM SEAHOLM — Rachel McCardell, Emily Rooney
BIRMINGHAM ROEPER — Alexis Johnson; WATERFORD OUR LADY — Tessa Fornari; WATERFORD KETTERING — Olivia O’Brien; WATERFORD MOTT — Victoria Stachowski; WALLED LAKE NORTHERN — Sojourney Myers, Katie Krumm, Anna Bauer; WALLED LAKE WESTERN — Kirin Tate; WALLED LAKE CENTRAL — Jeannee Hill, Taky Ezell, Mion Weldon, Sam LaCross; WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nadia Harris; SOUTHFIELD — Kiersten Wilcher, Cantara Williams; SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN — Chika Amene; SOUTH LYON EAST — Jessalyn Smith; NOVI — Kate Prisby, Karenna Roest; FARMINGTON MERCY — Mia Flynn; BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Olivia Lopez; BIRMINGHAM MARIAN — Jansen Eichenlaub; NORTH FARMINGTON — Kelly Shrosbee, Mycah Lewis, A’Jani Williams; TROY — Lauren Fulcher, Hannah Palomino; HOLLY — Maggie Schneider; ROCHESTER – Lauren Kaliszewski; ROCHESTER HILLS LUTHERAN NORTHWEST — Kaily Grulke, Megan Ennis; STONEY CREEK — Isabella Davis; DETROIT COUNTRY DAY — Alexia Arthur, Destiny Agomuoh; MADISON HEIGHTS LAMPHERE — Adriannah Neumann
Last Updated: 7/13/2016 8:44:53 PM EST
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