Abbott drives Mustangs to another regional title

Abbott drives Mustangs to another regional title


Abbott drives Mustangs to another regional title


Northville junior sprinter Chloe Abbott led the Mustangs to the Division 1-Regional 7 girls track and field title.

Northville junior sprinter Chloe Abbott led the Mustangs to the Division 1-Regional 7 girls track and field title.

Junior sprinter Chloe Abbott stole the show Friday leading Northville to its fourth straight Division 1-Regional 7 girls track and field meet title Friday at Highland Milford.

Abbott lowered her school records in the 200- and 400 meter dashes with times of 24.88 and 55.49, respectively, while figuring in a pair of first-place relay finishes as the Mustangs scored 132 points to hold off the host Mavericks, who finished with 107.

“I feel amazing,” Abbott said after her 200 win. “I P.R.’d in the 400 and I wasn’t expected to because I’m doing so many races today.”

Meanwhile the foursome of Yasmine Affes, Goble, Walters and Abbott also capped off the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay (school record 3:53.89). Abbott also teamed up with Lindsay Walters, Erin McCallum and Gracie Goble for a first in the 800 relay (1:42.11).

“My bar is pretty high,” Abbott said of the upcoming state meet. “I want to hit a 54 for the 400 and a 24.3 or 24.5 for the 200. Now that I know I can do it like I did it today, I feel like I can do anything.”

Rounding out the top six teams in the 13-school field was Brighton (82), White Lake Lakeland (58), Walled Lake Northern (57) and Novi (54).

“The girls won for the fourth straight year,” Northville coach Tim Dalton said. “It is an impressive streak. There are many coaches and athletes that never get the opportunity to win a regional title. I’m proud of this team and this program. It doesn’t just happen overnight. There have been many hours logged in the off season, many Saturday mornings to make this happen.”

Not to be outdone was junior distance runner Lexa Barrott, who swept the 1,600- and 3,200 runs in 4:58.69 and 10:55.16. She also teamed up with sister Ana Barrott, Emma Herrmann and Cayla Eckenroth for a first in the 3,200 relay (9:32.17).

“I want to be low 4:50s at state,” Barrott said. “I haven’t been near there yet this season, but I really think I can get down there with some competition.”

Senior Lauren Rodriguez also added a first in the 100 hurdles in 14.44. She also took second in the 300 hurdles (45.5). Walters was also runner-up in the 400 (58.22) along with Eckenroth in the 3,200 (10:57.35).

Also earning the trip as additional qualifiers to the state finals on Saturday, May 30 in Rockford were: Goble, third, long jump (16 feet, 10 inches); Herrmann, fifth, 3,200 (11:17.9); and the third-place 400 relay team of McLaughlin, Goble, Emily Anderson and Rodriguez (50.42).

“The regional meet is always a special night,” Dalton said. “It’s high stakes. You either move onto the MHSAA state finals or your season ends. It is the best of the best. Our kids showed up and competed and that’s all we ask of them.”

Wildcats qualify 3

Novi advanced three individuals to the state finals led by senior Hannah Lonergan, who was runner-up in the 1,600 (5:08.96).

Also making it in under the additional qualifying standards included Karenna Roest, who took fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.19), along with Kate Prisby, who placed fifth in the long jump (16-9).



May 15 at Highland Milford

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Northville, 132 points; 2. Milford, 107; 3. Brighton, 82; 4. White Lake Lakeland, 58; 5. Walled Lake Northern, 57; 6. Novi, 54; 7. Walled Lake Central, 41; 8. Hartland, 35; 9. Fenton, 32; 10. South Lyon, 22; 11. Walled Lake Western, 21; 12. Pinckney, 19; 13. Howell, 3.


(top 2 automatic state qualifiers)

Shot put: 1. Riley Johnson (WLN), 36 feet, 7.25 inches; 2. Bryann Gustafson (Milford), 36-3; 5. Emma Hammelef (Novi), 30-3.5; 8 Marissa Dunn (Novi), 30-2.5.

Discus: 1. Dana Shove (Milford), 126-11; 2. Johnson (WLN), 126-1; 6. Hammelef (Novi), 105-6; 7. Dunn (Novi), 102-10.

High jump: 1. Whitney Mergens (Milford), 5-6; 2. Calli Stemple (Lakeland), 5-3; 4 Hannah Hood-Blaxill (Novi), 5-1; 6. (tie) Katie Prisby (Novi) and Lauren Lambert (N’ville), 4-8 each.

Long jump: 1. Mergens (Milford), 18-0.25; 2. Kirin Tate (WLW), 17-3.5; 4. Goble (N’ville), 16-10 (sq); 5. Prisby (Novi), 16-9 (sq).

Pole vault: 1. Emma Bauer (SL), 11-6; 2. Emma Neumann (Lakeland), 10-4.

100-meter hurdles: 1. Lauren Rodriguez (N’ville), 14.44; 2. Erin Dowd (Brighton), 15.0; 4. Karenna Roest (Novi), 15.8; 5. DeAnna Martynenko (Novi), 15.9.

300 hurdles: 1. Dowd (Brighton), 44.79; 2. Rodriguez (N’ville), 45.5; 4. Roest (Novi), 47.19 (sq).

100 dash: 1. MacKenzie Gross (Lakeland), 12.55; 2. Sarah Utchel (Pinckney), 12.65.

200: 1. Chloe Abbott (N’ville), 24.88; 2. Shannon McGrath (Brighton), 25.66.

400: 1. Abbott (N’ville), 55.49; 2. Lindsay Walters (N’ville), 58.22.

800: 1. Mallory Barrett (Milford), 2:16.51; 2. Brianna Mulrooney (WLN), 2:18.49.

1,600: 1. Lexa Barrott (N’ville), 4:58.69; 2. Hannah Lonergan (Novi), 5:08.96; 3. Ana Barrott (N’ville), 5:13.08.

3,200: 1. L. Barrott (N’ville), 10:55.16; 2. Cayla Eckenroth (N’ville), 10:57.35; 5. Emma Herrmann (N’ville), 11:17.9 (sq); 7. A. Barrott (N’ville), 11:22.4.

400 relay: 1. Lakeland, 49.07; 2. Walled Lake Central, 49.63; 3. Northville (Erin McCallum, Goble, Emily Anderson, Rodriguez), 50.42 (sq); 6. Novi (Martynenko, Chelsea Collier, Kristen Bailey, Kayla Savage), 52.46; 800 relay: 1. Northville (Walters, McCallum, Goble, Abbott), 1:42.11; 2. Walled Lake Central, 1:44.79; 8. Novi (Lauren Miesowicz, Alexandra Pringle, Savage, Logan Flynn), 1:49.98; 1,600 relay: 1. Northville (Yasmine Affes, Goble, Walters, Abbott), 3:53.89; 2. Milford, 3:59.12; 7. Novi (Flynn, Roest, Hood-Blaxill, Lonergan), 4:17.67; 3,200 relay: 1. Northville (A. Barrott, Herrmann, Eckenroth, L. Barrott), 9:32.17; 2. Brighton, 9:43.25; 7. Novi, 10:27.01.

(sq): additional state qualifier.


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