Marysville junior Mike Rasnick and St. Clair senior Nathan Roberts compete in the hurdles during a track meet Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Marysville High School.
MARYSVILLE – Joe Fouchey wasn’t sure coming into the season what he had with his young St. Clair girls track team.
What he will have with one more dual meet victory is a conference champion.
The Saints defeated marysville 77.5-59.5 Thursday at Walt Braun Viking Stadium to stay undefeated in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division. A win Wednesday against St. Clair Shores Lakeview, which is also 4-0, would give the Saints the dual-meet portion of the league race.
“Lakeview is tough,” Fouchey said. “They were at our relays a week ago and they showed real well. We’re going to have to really do everything that we did today plus a little to be close toward the end. I hope we do it, but I just want the girls to improve.
“The girls are excited. I told them at the beginning of the year, ‘We’re an unknown. We don’t know what we can be.’ We’re a lot better than what I had imagined, because we have a lot of freshmen, and I didn’t know whether these kids could do it or not. It’s real pleasant.”
Marysville won the boys dual 82-55, and is now 3-1 on the year in the Gold. Both the Marysville girls and St. Clair boys fall to 2-2 on the season.
The St. Clair girls won with a balanced effort, winning 10 of the 17 events. Fouchey singled out his sprint relay team of Kierra Simons, Kaitlyn McLeod, Sam Jozwiak and Laikyn Kulman as a big difference. The quartet won both the 400 and 800-meter relays with times of 54.26 seconds and 1:56.96.
“These girls just came together this year,” Fouchey said. “They’re kids who have been on the team in various other spots in previous years, and Bill Nesbitt’s the sprint coach for both boys and girls, and he’s really worked them well. My assistant Jessica Tomlin and I kind of sat down and figured these kids could work together, and they’re really put it together all season.”
Kulman also won the 300 hurdles (53.37), while Jozwiak won the 100 hurdles (17.06). McLeod joined Amber Clees, Stephanie McCabe and Alyssa Cataldo to win the 1,600 relay (4:42). Clees won the high jump (4-3) and McCabe won the 400 (1:09.83).
Gabrielle Morton won the 1,600 (5:56.19) and 3,200 (12:50.89) for the Saints, while Lauren Ledesma won the discus (72 feet, 3 inches).
“It’s a real full team which is a nice thing to see,” Fouchey said.
Mya Rhodes won the 100 (13.23), 200 (27.79) and long jump (15-7 1/2) for Marysville, while Keira Unangst won the 800 (2:42.84), Hallie Miller won the pole vault (7-0) and Elizabeth Fox won the shot put (27-6). The Vikings 3,200 relay of Unangst, Hope Reyna, McKenna Hill and Audrey Sylvia won in 11:13.92.
It was the 3,200 relay that set the tone in the boys meet, as Marysville’s team of Austin Coha, Tom Warwick, Cody Hepinstall and Dalton Hollandsworth won with a time of 8:41.51.
“Let’s face it, St. Clair is notorious for really, really, really good distance runners,” Marysville boys coach Steve Rogers said. “Everyone here in the area knows about it. The closer we can come to competing with them in the distances, it’s like a mental breakthrough for us. The fact that we broke through a little bit, I thought set the stage for some of the other things that happened.”
Hollandsworth, Coha and Warwick joined Tyler Dobson on the winning 1,600 relay (3:46.57). Coha won the 800 (2:05.96), Hollandsworth won the 400 (54.3) and joined Dobson, Quinn Sullivan and Seth Zeller on the winning 800 relay team (1:38). Dylan Pankow won the 110 hurdles (16.43) and high jump (5-6) for the Vikings, while Mike Rasnick won the 300 hurdles (43.17) and pole vault (12-4), and Josh Holaway won the shot put (39-2 1/2) and discus (118-9). Zeller won the 100 (11.35).
St. Clair’s Jack Keais won the 1,600 (4:58.22) and 3,200 (10:46.57), while Cameron Williams won the 200 (23.59) and long jump (18-2), and joined Trevor Pickett, Spencer Voorhoff and Ben Snyder on the winning 400 relay team (46.59).
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