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Corsairs win five relays; Brother Rice third

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BIRMINGHAM — Back-to-back track meets are a rare occasion but Waterford Mott handled the situation well.

After competing at the Saline Invitational Friday, the Corsairs came back Saturday to win the annual Brother Rice Relays, capping a tough week of competition.

Mott scored 39 points to finish ahead of runnerup Dearborn (25) and third-place Brother Rice (24), who was just ahead of Southfield and West Bloomfield, who each scored 17 points to tie for fourth place.

The Corsairs notched victories in five relays, showing little affects of their Friday evening competition.

“Good 16 hours of work, son,” said Mott coach Ryan Robinson, shortly after Ryan Jr, anchored the winning distance medley relay.

Robinson placed second in the 3,200-meter run Friday behind Royal Oak’s Ben Hill at Saline, and also ran on the winning 4 x 1,600 relay Saturday.

“We like to pride ourselves on doing Saline and coming right here,” said Robinson Jr., who joined Luke Peterson, Kyler Bush and Tommy Osika on the winning 4 x 1,600 relay. Nick Arnold, Kyle Miller and Sam Albaugh joined Robinson on the distance medley relay.

“That was a good week for us, a lot of good wins,” said Corsairs coach Ryan Robinson, who wasn’t punishing his team with the heavy workload. “That’s not a mistake, that’s planned, (And) they’ve come to embrace it. Now we can transition run and sharpen the kids a bit. It’s a midseason challenge that they’ve responded very well to.”

Brennan Munley set a school record Friday at Saline with a 4:16 1,600, and anchored the winning sprint medley and 4 x 400 relay where Zach Loll, Bogdan Grymut and Osika joined him.

Munley, who clocked an unofficial 49.7 in the 4 x 400, held off Ross Williams of Birmingham Groves on the anchor leg in a nip-and-tuck battle of two of the area’s top track athletes.

Simon Albaugh, Sam Albaugh, Kyler Bush and Osika ran on the winning 4 x 800 relay (8:17.88) and Eric Valente, Kyle Miller, Grymut and Munley comprised the winning sprint medley squad.

Brother Rice’s quartet of Delano Madison, Chiebuka Onwuzurike, Corey Lacanari and Riley Maher won the 4 x 100 relay (43.63) and Southfield’s foursome of Ray Buford, Matt Falcon, Travis Cole and Devin McLeod won the 4 x 200 relay (1:32.03), capitalizing on Brother Rice’s disqualification from an exchane zone violation.

Still, Southfield coach Richard Crist lamented the Bluejays’ poor exchanges in the relays, dashing his hopes of posting some faster times.

Birmingham Seaholm won the discus relay as Mason Hardy, Matt Rothschild and Karl Marback teamed for a distance of 354-feet-9 1/2.

Brother Rice and Mott were close in the first leg of the 4 x 1600 relay as John Penington (Rice) and Peterson led the group. Penington pulled away but the Corsairs came back on the successive legs.

“I wished I could’ve kept up with John Penington,” said Peterson, whose teammates got the lead back.

West Bloomfield’s final two legs, Brandon Coats and Branden Burton surged on Rice and grabbed second place for the Lakers.

Seaholm placed second in the 4 x 800 relay with Stephen Young, Luke Wallace, Liam Little and Ross Bernard comprising the group.

Brother Rice Relays

(Saturday at Brother Rice)

Teams - 1. Waterford Mott 39; 2. Dearborn 25; 3. Brother Rice 24; 4. (tie) Southfield and Birmingham Groves 17; 6. (tie) West Bloomfield and Birmingham Seaholm 15; 8. North Farmington 14; 9. University of Detroit Jesuit 13; 10. Dearborn Edsel Ford 1

HIGH JUMP RELAY - 1. Detroit Jesuit (Andrew Voyd, Jacob Sock, Nick Lamping) 17-8, 2. Dearborn 16-7, 3. Waterford Mott 16-2.

LONG JUMP RELAY - 1. Detroit Jesuit (Jacob Sock, Randy Thomas, Deshaun Davis) 58-10, 2. Waterford Mott 54-7 1/2, 3. Brother Rice 53-10.

SHOT PUT RELAY - 1. Dearborn (Bearooz Yacoobi, Kamau Daajara, Josh Edwards) 136-5 3/4, 2. Brother Rice 129-9,3. Southfield 124-8.

DISCUS RELAY - 1. Birmingham Seaholm (Mason Hardy Matt Rothschild, Karl Marback) 354-9 1/2, 2. Southfield 343-1 1/2, 3. Dearborn 339-10.

4 x 800 RELAY - 1. Waterford Mott (Simon Albaugh, Sam Albaugh, Kyler Bush, Tommy Osika) 8:17.88, 2. Birmingham Seaholm 8:26.5, 3. Dearborn 8:26.6.

SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY - 1. Dearborn (Zachary Benavides, Adnan Hamka, D. Williams, Joseph Berry) 1:05.13, 2. Waterford Mott 1:07.66, 3. Birmingham Groves 1:08.19.

4 x 100 RELAY - 1. Brother Rie (Delano Madison, Chiebuka Onwuzurike, Corey Lacanari, Riley Maher) 43.63, 2. Birmingham Groves 44.4, 3. West Bloomfield 44.5.

DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY - 1,. Waterford Mott (Nick Arnold, Kyle Miller, Sam Albaugh, Ryan Robinson) 10:59.56, 2. Brother Rice 11:21.54, 3. North Farmington 11:23.30.

4 x 400 RELAY - 1. Waterford MKott (Zach Loll, Bo Grymot, Tommy Osika, Brennan Munley) 3:29.0.

4 x 1,600 RELAY - 1. Waterford Mott (Luke Peterson, Kyler Bush, Ryan Robinson, Tommy Osika) 19:15, 2. West Bloomfield 19:40, 3. Brother Rice 19:48.

SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Waterford Mott (Eric Valente, Kyle Miller, Bo Grymut, Brennan Munley) 2:31.66, 2. Southfield 2:34.01, 3. North Farmington 2:36.40.

Last Updated: 5/5/2014 5:06:52 AM EST

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