The constant in the Dearborn Divine Child girls track and field program is coach Tony Mifsud.
He has his team ready for another state title run.
Saturday at Monroe Jefferson, the Lady Falcons dominated the regional meet with 150 points. The team will be represented in 11 different events in the Division 2 state meet on May 31.
Divine Child is no stranger to success recently.
The Lady Falcons won the Division 2 team title in 2010, finished second in 2011, tied for first in 2012 and won again in 2013.
Mifsud’s group is a safe bet to be in the running again.
“The Lady Falcons are rounding into shape at the right time,” said Mifsud. “We had a very strong performance over the weekend in the regional. Our mindset was totally in tune with the competition.
“The coaches and I believe we can rev it up a notch or two at states. A favorite quote I use with the team is ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’ Buckle up your seatbelt for the state meet.”
While Mifsud is a great coach, he is also blessed with great athletes from sophomores to seniors.
Senior captain Nicole Urbanick is headed to the University of Detroit Mercy to play basketball, but she’s a key member of the Lady Falcons 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Liz Mullen, a four-year varsity performer and nine-time All-State performer in the relays, is looking at Eastern and Western Michigan to continue her running career. She’ll compete in all four relays in what should be a busy day.
“I’ve never been on a team like this before,” she said. “We have overcome so many obstacles and disappointments. Challenges have been thrown at us and sometimes we don’t come out, but that is why we continue to fight. This team is so special because everyone is important and plays a huge role in our success.”
Another top senior is Lindsey Brewis, who has signed with Loyola of Chicago to run track and cross-country. She’s expected to compete in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and the 3,200-meter relay.
Senior captain Erin Drabicki will run the 800 as well as the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays. She was a two-time All-State relay member as a junior.
“Our team has high standards that we are not afraid to work hard to achieve,” said Drabicki. “There will always be those who think negatively, but it is a team like ours that is willing to overcome injuries and misconceptions to show that when we believe, we can truly succeed.”