The Field & Track teams fell just short of their goal of Conference Championship this season. Despite the men winning six events and the women winning seven, it was not enough to take down archrival Belding. Still, both programs fought through sickness and soreness to achieve their highest rankings in the OK Silver in over a decade.
The Fighting Wolverines dominated the fields. Senior Roberto Ramírez swept shot put and discus and Jaquan Johnson added a 6th in discus. Sophmore and new school shot put record holder Jakaya Lay bested her conference competition in both throws and was helped in the shot put by freshman teammate Janara Charleston-Knowling with a second place finish. Senior Lewis Richardson claimed gold in the long jump while classmate Raviear Koppenhoffer placed second for the ladies. Koppenhoffer also tied for third in pole vault. Not to be outdone, sophomore Jaylis Arancibia claimed her second high jump title in as many years.
After proving their might in the fields, the squads turned to the track:
For the first time in awhile, both the men and women boasted three finalists in the 100 meter dash: Seniors Larry Jackson and DeAmontae Clark, and junior Jamykal Lewis for the men; and Senior Ariyana Mitchell and her relay teammates sophomores Jaylis Arancibia and Lanaja Craig for the women. Together, the men scored fourteen points in the event with Clark taking second, Lewis fourth, and Jackson fifth. The ladies scored twenty-one with Craig winning, Mitchell second, and Arancibia fourth. Craig then came back and won the 200 meter dash.
Western Michigan University committed Senior Marshawn Kneeland had a banner day as well. After placing second in the 110 high hurdles, he anchored the first-place 4×200 meter relay including Clark, Jackson, and Lewis; and won the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in impressive fashion.
The sprint relays continued their tradition of excellence at the conference meet. In addition to the men’s 4×200, the 4×100 of Lewis, Lewis Richardson, Jackson, and Clark also claimed gold. The women’s 4×200 (Arancibia, Teara Morris, Mitchell, and Craig) and 4×100 (Arancibia, Koppenhoffer, Mitchell, and Craig) dominated their competition winning those relays for the second year in a row. Perhaps the most impressive race of the evening was the men’s mile relay of Jamkyal Lewis, sophomores Kamari Tyler and Jamontae Burrell, and senior Colin Nichols who were nipped at the wire and ended up third.
Several other men added to the Fighting Wolverines impressive point total. Nichols was sixth in the 800 meter dash and classmate Jesus Ferral was sixth in the two mile and one mile races. The 4×800 relay team of Nichols, sophomore Jorge Alcazar, and freshmen Mario Aguilar and Daniel Montoya placed sixth as well. Clark and Richardson were third and fourth respectively in the 200 meter dash. Finally, Jamontae Burrell was fourth in the 400 meter dash.
Fresh on the heels of this best performance in a decade or more and with multiple region-leading marks and times, several members of the squad will travel to Forest Hills Eastern Friday with hopes of qualifying for the State Finals.