Farmington’s girls got a slow start to the OAA White track and field dual meet season.
But the Falcons hope their effort at last week’s OAA White
championship will prepare them for Saturday’s Division 1 regional at North Farmington.
Farmington scored 130 points to win the OAA White meet, even though Farmington Hills Harrison, who placed second with 115 points, finished undefeated in dual meets and claimed the league title.
On the boys side, Farmington Harrison won the league meet and West Bloomfield was second as the Hawks claimed the boys league crown. Iwarri Smith won the 100 dash, Aaron Johnson won the 300 hurdles, Michale Ojemudia won the 110 hurdles and James Weekley won the 800 to lead the Hawks.
Things looked bleak for the Falcon girls at the beginning of the season.
“We started off the season 0-4,” said Farmington girls coach Chip Bridges. “Some of that was bad coaching and some was inexperience in events ... not being able to get the kids up to speed in time. The league meet was a huge boost for us. It was fun, very exciting. Now we’re looking forward to the regional to see what we can do.”
Sophomore Aria Moore carried a heavy load for the Falcons, winning the 100 (12.73), 200 (26.0) and 400 (60.8) dashes. She was also second in the high jump.
Maddy Trevison led a 1-2-3 Farmington sweep in the 800 with Morgan Merlino and Jenny Rogers following among the top efforts from the Falcons.
Harrison’s Maya Roberts led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 hurdles — Mikel Coleman and Candace Cannon were second and third, respectively — and Roberts placed second in the 100 dash to lead the Hawks, who also had strong contributions from Emily Brunett, who edged Rogers to win the 1,600, and Kalyn Brown and Kyla Roland, who placed 1-2 in the shot
put. Brown tossed the shot an Oakland County leading 39-feet-2.
Also, West Bloomfield’s Valerie Johnson won the high jump and long jump, and teammates Emily Hubbard and Krystal Oyebode finished 1-2 in the discus throw.
Also for the boys, Troy’s Kunal Tangri won the 1,600 (4:25.91),
teammate Andrew Ellicott won the 400 (50.64) and North Farmington’s Max Bradley won the 3,200 (9:48.42).
Farmington got many of its points from the field events as Joe
Ghafari won the discus throw (160-0) and teammate Vonn Pallett, who won the shot put (52-8), placed second in the discus throw (154-11).
Josh Craven won the long jump (21-7) for the Falcons.
Southfield’s Ray Buford and Matt Falcon finished 1-2 in the 200 — Buford clocked 22.35 — and teammate Jacob Studdard won the high jump (6-4).