Okemos won the girls and boys CAAC Blue league meets at Jackson on Friday, securing the overall league title for both teams.
The Chiefs finished with 153 points in the girls meet, and the boys totaled 157. East Lansing took second in both the girls and boys, getting 128 points in the girls meet and 91 points in the boys.
“All the kids really stepped up tonight,” Okemos coach Brian Harrod said. “This was something we talked about at the beginning of the season, being conference champions, so it’s great to do it.
“All our seniors and captains all had outstanding nights, and they brought everyone else with them.”
The Okemos girls won five events, including a dominant performance in the 100-meter hurdles final.
“We took first through fifth place in the hurdles race for the girls, and that was huge,” Harrod said. “That was 30 points right there.”
Senior Ashlynn Schiro won the 100 hurdles in 15.35 seconds, in addition to wins in the 300 hurdles (44.47 seconds) and the long jump, where she jumped 17 feet, 5 inches. She also took second in the 200 in 26.24 seconds, behind East Lansing’s Elizabeth Jones (26.07 seconds).
“There was great competition tonight, and we always know that there will be at a meet like this,” Schiro said.
Beyond Schiro’s individual wins, Okemos’ Ayda Alavi, Hayley Mullen, Maya Aronoff and Kendall Bubolz won the 3200-meter relay in 10:01.16. Alavi also won the 400.
“We weren’t going to catch Okemos, they were just too far ahead,” East Lansing coach Charles Pollard said. “But we had some standout runs from Mado Glew and Chino Ekwueme.”
Glew led the Trojans with individual wins in the 1600 (5:08.66) and the 800 (2:22.54).
“I felt a lot stronger today than I have throughout the season, and it was really nice to chop some time off the 1600 tonight,” Glew said.
Grand Ledge took third place in the girls meet with 90 points. The Comets won the 1600 relay in 4:08.84. Holt finished fourth with 50 points, followed by Sexton with 44.25 and Jackson with 33.75.
Erin Howards won the discus for the Big Reds.
Dorah Carter won the shot put for Eastern, as the Quakers took seventh with 12 points, followed by Everett with nine.
In the boys meet, Okemos won seven events, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 800. Andrew Armada won in 2:01.39, Daniel Kroth took second in 2:02.33 and Daniel Bartkowski finished in third in 2:02.48.
Kael Fineout and Tristan Bolas each won two events for the Chiefs. Fineout took the 1600 in 4:28.10 and the 3200 in 9:38.43, while Bolas won the 100 in 10.9 seconds and the 200 in 22.52 seconds.
“I felt like I ran pretty well tonight,” Fineout said. “We’ve been working toward this conference win, so I was happy that we were able to get it.”
Antonio Clarke won the 400 in 48.63 seconds for East Lansing. Teammate Marq Adams took second in 49.75. Adams also contributed on the Trojans’ winning 800 (1:30.26) and 1600 (3:22.96) relay teams.
East Lansing coach Pat Murray said of his team’s finish, “We had some great performances, but wow, is this conference talented?”