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Novi boys, girls post victories over South Lyon WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • South Lyon and Novi fought to the finish in the 4 x 400-meter relay.
  • Novi's Nate Hall (left) takes the baton from Collin Thomas on the 4 x 800-meter relay.
  • Travis Tank of South Lyon lets fly with the discus throw.
  • Travis Tank (left) of South Lyon gets some tape from teammate Jeff Gill before the shot put.
  • Nick Buckhalter of South Lyon was the best pole vaulter at the meet.
  • The help did their job in keeping score.
  • Novi's Naoto Hikawa takes a great leap upward before the 4 x 200-meter relay.
  • Naoto Hikawa gave the Wildcats a lead on the first leg of the 4 x 200-meter relay, but Novi was later disqualified for a lane violation on the second exchange.
  • Athletes braved the cold and the height in the high jump.
  • Novi's girls trailed on the 4 x 100-meter relay.
  • Novi's Ellie Bullock hit the takeoff board right in the long jump.
  • Earl Hammond (left) of Novi takes the baton from Naoto Hikawa on the first exchange of the 4 x 100-meter relay.
  • Novi's Hannah Hood-Baxille skims over the final barrier in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • South Lyon's Anna Henry only has a few meters left in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • South Lyon runners get started in the 800-meter run.
  • Madison Swiatlowski (right) of South Lyon had a comfortable margin of victory in the 200.
  • Dorian Haney of Novi had the best toss in the discus throw.
  • Alex London of South Lyon looks at his toss in the discus throw.
  • Novi's Logan Flynn (right) and South Lyon's Liberty Romanik battled for second place, with Romanik getting the honor.
  • Novi's Brittany Moeller earned second place in the 100-meter hurdles.
  • Ryan Gill gets started in the 4 x 200-meter relay for the Lions.
  • South Lyon's Nick Morris gets ready for his attempt in the shot put.
  • South Lyon gets its speed going on the 4 x 100-meter relay.
  • Ellie Bullock of Novi is in flight in the long jump.
  • Kevin Schopa of South Lyon clears the last barrier en route to a victory in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • There was a tower of power at the Novi High School athletic field.
  • Cold-weather protection was needed at the pole vault area.
  • Steve MacPherson (left) of Novi gets ready to accept the baton from teammate Josh Holcomb on the first exchange of the 4 x 400-meter relay.
  • South Lyon's Christy Hogue stands ready for the start of the 4 x 200-meter relay.
  • South Lyon's Emma Bauer, who won the pole vaullt with a school-record leap (11-2) lands in the long jump.
  • Anthony D'Annavelle (left) of Novi finishes ahead of Jamaraqui Reid of South Lyon in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
  • Novi athletes get started in the 3,200-meter run.
  • Steve Hartlep of South Lyon clears the last hurdle on his way to second place in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • Scott Sawyer of Novi clears his height as he placed second in the pole vault.
  • Travis Starr of South Lyon was off balance in his attempt in the pole vault.
  • Novi's Collin Thomas takes the baton from Joost Plaetinck in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
  • South Lyon's Liberty Romanik (right) and teammate Christy Hogue are at the scorer's table.
  • Liberty Romanik of South Lyon cruises to the finish line.
  • Kevin Schopa of South Lyon strains toward the finish line as he wins the 110-meter high hurdles.
  • Madison Swiatkowski cruises to the finish line to cap South Lyon's victory in the 4 x 200-meter relay.
  • The winning 4 x 200-meter group included Liberty Romanik (from left), Hannah McPhee, Christy Hogue and Madison Swiatlowski.
  • Novi's Hannah Lonergan finishes first in the 1,600-meter run.
  • Carlie Fernandez (left) of South Lyon takes the baton from Emma Bauer in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
  • Hannah Hood-Baxille finishes second in the 300-meter hurdles.
  • Hannah Lonergan (left) takes the baton from Lauren Miesowicz on the final exchange of the 4 x 400-meter relay.
  • The fireworks were in the final event, the 4 x 400-meter relay, where the outcome would decide the meet.
  • Hadley Peterson wins the 800-meter run for the Wildcats.
  • South Lyon coach Scott Smith was excited about hurdlers Kevin Schopa (right) and Steve Hartlep.
  • South Lyon athletes bundled up and chilled out during the meet.

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NOVI - Typical weather conditions greeted South Lyon and Novi athletes in the season-opening outdoor track and field meet Tuesday at Novi High School.

To no one’s surprise, around partially-frozen lakes in the area, temperatures in the low 40s was the norm.

But the sun was out and the races were run, and none were more important than the final one, where Novi’s boys 4 x 400 relay squad broke a 66-66 tie with a victory as the Wildcats squeezed out a 71-66 triumph over an improved South Lyon squad.

On the girls side, Novi took an 87-49 decision as Hannah Lonergan won the 1,600 and ran legs on the winning 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relays, and Hannah Hood-Blaxille won the high jump as the Wildcats won four of the five field events. Hadley Peterson also added a victory in the 800 and Karenna Roest won the 300 hurdles for the Wildcats.







South Lyon, though, got in its points as Emma Bauer set another school record in the pole vault (11-feet-2), Liberty Romanik won the 100, Madison Swiatlowski the 200 and the Lions won the 400- and 800-meter relays.

“It felt great,” said Romanik of her victory in the 100.

“Our girl sprinters are young and not cohesive yet,” said Novi coach Marsha Reid, who yielded the speed portion to the Lions.

For the boys, the Wildcats had a much tougher time. The Lions from South Lyon roared and served notice they’d be a team to be reckoned with, as Kevin Schopa won the 110 and 300 hurdles, Jerod Allen won the 800 and 1,600 and Nick Buckhalter leaped 13-feet-6 to win the pole vault.

He missed on his attempts at 14-6, but apparently he has staked his claim as one of the area's top vaulters. “I jumped 15-3 last week,” Buckhalter said, (and) to jump 13-6 was kinda lukewarm. I could’ve done better.”

Novi’s Joost Plaetinck ran a leg on the winning 3,200 relay, and led a sweep of the 3,200, and Dorian Haney won the discus throw for the Wildcats, who were tied with the Lions going into the 1,600 relay.

The race was up for grabs after three legs, but Novi’s Nate Hall pushed hard the final straightway to run away from Allen.

“So much pain,” moaned Hall after the race.

“That was so fun,” said Josh Holcomb, the leadoff runner for the Wildcats, who also had Collin Thomas and Steve MacPherson on the relay.

Boys track


HIGH JUMP - Travis (SL) 5-6; POLE VAULT - Buckhalter (SL) 13-6; DISCUS - Dorian Haney (N) 113-2; SHOT PUT - Morris (SL) 36-10; 3200 RELAY - Novi (Steve MacPherson), Joost Plaetinck, Collin Thomas, Nathan Hall) 8:55.4; 110 HURDLES - Kevin Schopa (SL) 15.42; 100 DASH - Jenkins (N) 11.14; 800 RELAY - South Lyon 1:38.11, Novi DQ’ed; 1600 RUN - Jerod Allen (SL) 4:52.9; 400 RELAY - Novi (Naoto Hikawa, Earl Hammond, Connor Moore, Anthony D’Annivale) 46.51; 400 DASH - Josh Holcomb (N) 53.26; 300 HURDLES - Kevin Schopa (SL) 41.64; 800 RUN - Jerod Allen (SL) 2:05.48; 200 DASH - D’Annivale (N) 23.35; 3200 RUN - Joost Plaetinck (N) 10:12.8; 1600 RELAY - Novi (Josh Holcomb, Steve MacPherson, Collin Thomas, Nathan Hall) 3:31.53.

RECORDS - Novi 1-0. South Lyon 0-1.

Girls track


HIGH JUMP - Hannah Hood-Baxille (N) 4-4; POLE VAULT - Emma Bauer (SL) 11-2; DISCUS - Emma Hammelef (N) 70-9; SHOT PUT - Hammelef (N) 34-˝; LONG JUMP - Prisby (N) 14-10 ˝; 3200 RELAY - Novi 11:04.49; 100 HURDLES - Deanna Martynenko (N) 16.86; 100 DASH - Liberty Romanik (SL) 13.09; 800 RELAY - South Lyon (Christy Hogue, Hannah McPhee, Liberty Romanik, Madison Swiatlowski) 1:55.2; 1600 RUN - Hannah Lonergan (N) 5:27.12; 400 RELAY - South Lyon (Hogue, Romanik, Bauer, Carlie Fernandez) 53.21; 400 DASH - Souski (SL) 1:02.1; 300 HURDLES - Karenna Roest (SL) 48.38; 800 RUN - Hadley Peterson (N) 2:48.05; 200 DASH - Swiatlowski (SL) 27.31; 3200 RUN - Lipken (N) 13:01.88; 1600 RELAY - Novi 4:36.52.

RECORDS - Novi 1-0. South Lyon 0-1.

Last Updated: 4/20/2015 2:19:48 PM EST

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