Lions boys beat Northville, 80-57

Lions boys beat Northville, 80-57


Lions boys beat Northville, 80-57


South Lyon’s Rory McGillen competes in a relay at Whitmore Lake.

South Lyon’s Rory McGillen competes in a relay at Whitmore Lake.

The South Lyon boys track and field team improved to 2-1 last week with a win over Northville last week, 80-57.

“We’re really proud of this win,” Lions head coach Scott Smith said. “Northville is a tough track and field school, especially in the distance events.”

The field events carried the day for the Lions. They swept the discus, with Trevor Tank leading the way with a personal best 117-0. Dan Bresler (104-10) and Nico Goodenow (101-7) finished second and third.

Nick Burkhalter (12-0) and Trevor Starr (10-6) went first and second in the pole vault.

Trevor Tank set a personal best in the shot put (42-10.5) to take first and Nick Morris also set a best at 38-1 for third.

In the long jump, Jamaraqui Reid (19-7) and Anton Skupin (19-3) took first and third, while Josh Travis took third in the high jump with 5-10.

The Lions won the 400 and 800 relays and scored in almost every open running event. Kevin Schopa and Steve Hartlep took first and second in both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Jaelon Neer and Kane Ruffin scored second and third in the 100 dash. Schopa and Ruffin scored first and third in the 200 dash.

The distance athletes stepped up and scored in the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200, setting personal bests along the way. Jerod Allen took second in the 1,600 (4:43) and second in the 800 (2:04). Bryce VanAsselt won the 3,200 with a 10:40 performance that was a 31-second season best for him.

“Bryce’s race was fantastic,” Smith said. “He fought the top Northville runner all the way to the end, securing first place. The athletes from both teams were cheering enthusiastically for the two 3,200 front-runners in what was possibly the most exciting race of the day.”

Whitmore Lake invite

The Lions followed their dual meet win with good performances at the Whitmore Lake invitational, taking second place in the large school division.

Bedford ended up winning it with 189 points to South Lyon’s 181.

“We had a few key athletes missing on Saturday,” Smith said. “That made the difference between first and second place. Scoring positions went eight deep and we could have brought home that first-place trophy. However, I am proud of the boys who braved the cold and windy conditions without complaint.”

The top three in each event took home medals – Schopa (first, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, second, 200), Hartlep (third, 300 hurdles), Allen (first, 400), Travis Starr (third, 400), Rory McGillen (second, 800), VanAsselt (third, 3,200).

The Lions also medaled in every relay event. Ruffin, Neer, Reid and Ryan Gill won the 400 and came in third in the 800; Hartlep, Schopa, Starr and Neer won the varsity 1,600. VanAsselt, McGillen, Allen and Josh Chezick won the 3,200.

The Whitmore Lake Invitational also had an unscored freshman/sophomore 1,600 relay. The Lions team of Brendon Goins, Chezick, McGillen and A.J. Bodell took first place in that event, too.

In the field events, Josh Travis took third in the high jump, Reid won the long jump and Tank took second in the shot put and the discus. Whitmore Lake does not have a pole vault facility, so the Lions were not able to compete in one of their strongest events.

Northville 102, South Lyon 34

The South Lyon girls went up against powerhouse Northville and won just two events, the pole vault and discus. Emma Bauer cleared 10-6 to win the pole vault by three feet. Kernander won the discus with a throw of 69-11.

Jeff Theisen contributed to this story.


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