Okemos' Ashlynn Schiro wins two events at Spartan Classic

Okemos' Ashlynn Schiro wins two events at Spartan Classic

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Okemos' Ashlynn Schiro wins two events at Spartan Classic

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Okemos senior Ashlynn Schiro led area finishers at the Spartan Classic track meet at Michigan State on Friday night, winning two individual events and taking second in a third event.

Schiro won both hurdles races — the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.35 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 45.09 seconds — and jumped 17 feet, 2 inches, finishing just behind Grand Ledge junior Hailey French.

“There was some great competition out here tonight,” Schiro said. “I think our team just wanted to come out and do our best and I’m happy that I was able to contribute to that. I’m really happy with how I ran.”

Other top Okemos finishers included senior Tristan Bolas, who won the 100-meter dash in 11.39 seconds, and junior Kael Fineout, who won the 1600-meter run in 4:23.02.

Lansing Catholic junior Keenan Rebera also took home an individual event win in the 3200-meter run (the 2 mile) in 9:16.92, winning by over 15 seconds. Rebera’s time broke both the meet record and the Lansing Catholic record.

“I’ve been trying to break our school record since my freshman year and it feels great to do it here,” Rebera said. “Last year at this meet, I was injured and didn’t run as well as I wanted to, so it’s great to come back and do it here.”

Despite leading the race by a considerable distance from the first lap, Rebera wasn’t certain that he would break any records until he entered his last lap.

“When I started the final lap, I was pretty sure it was going to happen, but about 100 meters before that I really didn’t feel that way,” Rebera said. “Before I saw the clock, I didn’t think it was happening.”

While Rebera won his event by a wide margin, 400-meter dash winner Tyler Lamar, a Williamston junior, only ousted a Davison runner by under half a second. Lamar finished in 50.61 seconds.

“I haven’t had much competition this year because of meet cancellations, so I was pumped for the race,” said Lamar. “I was ranked second, but I just knew that I was going to go out there and win. There was no other choice.”

Lamar, with Hunter Grischke, Ben Thoenes and Steffan Smalley, also anchored Williamston’s winning 1600-meter relay team, which finished in 3:26.87.

Other top area finishers included DeWitt senior Josie Yesmut, who won the 100 in 13.14 seconds, and Grand Ledge sophomore Austin Edwards, who won the 200 in 22.65 seconds and the long jump in 23 feet, 2inches.

Grand Ledge’s Edwards also ran on the Comets’ winning 400 relay, which narrowly defeated Okemos in a time of 42.76 seconds.

In the field events, Haslett junior Jacob Taylor won the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 8 inches.

Williamston finished the best among the area boys teams, taking second place with 74 points, behind Traverse City Central, who scored 130.5 points. Grand ledge took third place with 69 points, and Okemos finished fourth with 63.5 points.

The Lansing Catholic boys tied with Linden for eighth place with 33 points, while Haslett finished 12th with 18 points and DeWitt took 13th with 16.5.

Eastern finished in 14th place with eight points.

In the girls meet, Okemos and Williamston tied with Grosse Pointe South for fifth place, each finishing with 43 points, while DeWitt took eighth with 40.5 points, and Haslett finished ninth with 36 points. Grand Ledge took 11th place with 32 points, and Eastern took 16th with five points.

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