2014-04-30 / Sports

C-L boys, girls track teams claim Vassar titles

VASSAR - In their biggest tests as a team this spring, the Cros-Lex track and field teams conquered the competition at the Vassar Invitational this past Friday night.

The Pioneer boys, with seven first place finishes, scored 145 points and outlasted runner-up Essexville-Garber (113.5) for the title. On the girls side, the Lady Pioneers edged Garber for the trophy by just two points, 115.5-113.5.

Seniors Andrew O’Connor and Joey Seghi had big night’s for Cros- Lex boys.

O’Connor, who recently won the 800 meter run at the Mansfield Mehock Relays in Ohio, did settle for a dead-heat tie (1:58.18) in the event Friday night, with Garber’s Ben Yagiela, but did place first in the 1600 (4:31.96) and was part of the winning 1600 relay (3:31.2) team with Seghi, Hunter Davidson and Trevor Sheridan.

“(Andrew) ran a really good split,” remarked C-L coach Ken Nelson on the 1600 relay. “We ran an awesome time for this early in the season. But, we had to run because Garber (3:32.1) was breathing down our neck.”

Nelson added that the 800 was a thrilling finish with both O’Connor and Yagiela, literally, diving across the finish line.

“(Yagiela) was excited about running against Andrew,” Nelson pointed out. “But, Andrew hit all his marks he wanted to. (Yagiela) raced good, too. But I think he was fresher.”

For Cros-Lex, it was the team’s third meet in six days.

Seghi had firsts in both hurdle events, winning the 110’s in 15.58 and the 300’s in 40.73, just ahead of Marlette sophomore Andrew Storm.

The Pioneers also had firsts in the 3200 relay (Trevor Wilczynski, Colton Burns, Khristian Burke, and Davidson) with a time of 8:28.35 and the 800 relay (Seghi, Anwar Childers, Davidson and Sheridan) with a clocking of 1:35.02.

Marlette, which placed third in the team standings at Vassar, also had second place finishes in the 400 and 800 relays with the foursome of Storm, Hunter McGinnis, Connor Thomas and Michael Morrison.

In the girls meet, the Lady Pioneers used a first in the 1600 meter relay, the final track event, to slip by Garber for the title. Ashley Fletcher, Emily Rees, Abby Hope and Calli Townsend combined for the winning time of 4:27.78.

Fletcher, a senior, was involved her team’s only other firsts, winning the 400 meter dash (1:03.88) and joining Hope, Rees and Desiree Lerma on the 800 relay (1:53.03) squad.

The Lady Pioneers also had second place finishes in the 3200 relay, Lerma in the 100, 400 relay, Madison Phillips in the 800, and Rees in the pole vault.

Marlette, fourth in the team standings at Vassar, won the 400 relay in a time of :54.18 with Keara Wilson, Breanna Cooper, Angel Garant and Renee Miller. Other seconds from the Lady Raiders came in the 800 relay and Haley Cross in the long jump (15-5).

Sandusky had second place finishes from Jessica Kursinsky in the discus ( 92-0) and Katrina Tovar in the 100 hurdles (17.49).

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