South Lyon East made history last week with a 74-63 victory against crosstown rival South Lyon. It was East’s first girls track win against the Lions.
“I am proud of our girls, for this first ever victory over South Lyon on the track,” East coach Sonita Harris said. “Our seniors, especially, came through with some key performances.
“It’s been fulfilling to see over the years, especially the female athletes in our school, the change from making excuses about having to compete against a much bigger school. They now compete and often win.”
The teams took turns holding the momentum both in the field and on the track.
Erica Slawski (13.57) started a 1-2 finish for the Cougars in the 100 dash.
South Lyon’s Carlie Fernandez took top honors in the 200 (29.21) and Madison Swiatlowski was first in the 400 (1:01.15).
East’s Erin O’Donnel won the 800 and 1,600, starting a 1-2 finish in both. She finished the 800 in 2:40.96 and the 1,600 in 5:54.47.
South Lyon’s Sydney Kanthook earned the win in the 3,200 (14:10.63).
East’s Danielle Waranauckas started a 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles in 18.41 and went on to win the 300 hurdles as well in 51.78.
South Lyon won the 400 relay with Christy Hogue, Liberty Romanik, Hannah McPhee and Fernandez finishing in 53.62. The Lions’ 800 relay squad of McPhee, Swiatlowski, Romanik, Fernandez won in 1:53.53.
The Lions picked up more points with a win in the 1,600 relay. Hogue, Romanik, Vickie Hartlep and Swiatlowski finished in 4:28.32.
East avoided the relay sweep with a win in the 3,200 relay. Erin O’Donnel, Emily Hollister, Kayla Zielinsk and Sydney O’Donnell won in 11:51.2
The Cougars’ Gabi Bird won the shot put by more than six feet at 31-0.5 and starting a 1-2 finish. East’s Jessalyn Smith also won the discus (84-5).
In the high jump, East’s Hallie Hollister cleared 4-9 to get the win.
Emma Bauer started a 1-2 finish for South Lyon in pole vault by clearing 10-6.
Fernandez won the long jump by almost a foot with a leap of 16-1.5.