The South Lyon track teams finished in the middle of the pack at the KLAA Kenstington Conference meet Friday at John Glenn.
The Lions boys were sixth, while the girls were seventh at the 12-team meet.
Livonia Churchill (99.5) took top honors for the boys, ahead of John Glenn (84) and Northville (76).
Northville dominated the girls field with 141 points. Salem (99) took second and Churchill (95) third.
The highlight of the day for both sides came with conference titles in the pole vault pits.
Nick Burkhalter tied the Kensington Conference meet record by clearing 14-6 for the win. He went undefeated in KLAA meets.
“Nick lived up to his reputation at the conference meet as the best pole vaulter in the area,” coach Scott Smith said. “We were all excited to see him continue his undefeated streak by becoming the conference champion.”
Emma Bauer made it a sweep with a 11-0 vault for the girls title.
“Emma has been an important role in the girls lineup,” coach Karen Adragna said. “We depend on her for those first-place points to stay in the running against our opponents. She is a role model that the girls look up to and want to become.”
Bauer’s win finished off an undefeated run through the KLAA.
“Emma has been successful in the pole vault by her determination, work ethic and drive,” Adragna said. “She has been working all year long in the off-season and it is finally paying off.”
The Lions had nine other athletes score points at the conference meet.
Kevin Schopa contributed in four events: fourth in the 300 hurdles, fifth in the 110 hurdles and as part of the 800 relay in seventh and the 1,600 relay in sixth.
Steve Hartlep was fourth in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles and on the 1,600 relay.
Jared Allen finished third in the 1,600 (4:34.49), sixth in the 800 and as part of the 1,600 relay.
Kane Ruffin and Jaelon Neer were both on the 400 relay that finished eighth and the 800 in seventh.
Jamaraqui Reid was also on both sprint relays, as well as a fourth-place finish in the long jump (19-73/4).
Braxton Blackwell was on the 400 relay and Bredon Goins ran on the 1,600 relay.
Trevor Tank earned sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put, while Josh Travis finished seventh in the high jump.
Carlie Fernandez racked up points in all four of her events, with a top finish of second in the high jump (15-111/4). She was also on all four sprint relays – the 400 in third (51.56), the 800 in fifth and the 1,600 in sixth.
Madison Swiatlowski also tallied points in four events, running the same relays and earning seventh in the 400.
Liberty Romanik also ran all three relays, while Christie Hogue ran the 400 relay, the 800 relay and took sixth in the long jump.
Sydney Kanthook ran the 1,600 relay, while Vickie Hartlep placed eighth in the 400.
South Lyon was swept by Salem during the final division meet May 5. The South Lyon boys fell, 88-51, while the girls lost, 101-26.
For the boys, Travis set a new sophomore record by going over 6-2 in the high jump to win on a day when field events were delayed an hour because of rain.
“Josh made it his goal from the first day and it’s what we have based his season around,” high jump coach Griffin Godlewski said. “It’s exciting to see him accomplish something he has worked so hard for. Now I think he has the school record in his sights.”
The Lions also got wins from Schopa in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Allen in the 800 and Burkhalter in the pole vault.
The highlights for the girls included runner-up finishes by Hartlep in the 200 and Swiatlowski in the 400. Taylor Banks took second in the high jump and ran a season-best in the 100.
Both teams head Friday to the uber-tough Milford regional, which will feature some of the best athletes in the state. It’s annually one of the top distance meets in the state, but there is talent across the board.
“We are in a tough region and will be running against some great competition. I am excited to see what these ladies can do when they put their best foot forward and put everything on the line to make it to the state meet,” Adragna said.