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South Lyon, South Lyon East split KLAA dual track victories WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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SOUTH LYON - For whom did the bell toll? For the runners, of course, during the crosstown track and field rivalry between South Lyon East and South Lyon.

The gun lap for races is developing into the bell lap, due to a nation-wide lack of starter’s pistol shells. But this bell was a classic, with a neat handle, contoured lines and a clapper which was heard loud and clear, just perfect for a rivalry only as old as the newest school.

That would be South Lyon East, only about 10 years old. To be sure, this isn’t a blood and guts rivalry. It’s one as friendly as it gets, according to a pair of thoughtful South Lyon athletes.

“Sure it’s cool if we win but if we don’t, there’s no hard feelings,” said South Lyon senior Spencer Hoffman.

“You know everybody and occasionally you can cheer on both teams,” added South Lyon freshman Alec Demoss.

In other words, everything was swell in South Lyon, the farthest nook of southwestern Oakland County where each team got a piece of the victory pie.

South Lyon’s boys were winners with a 79-58 triumph, and South Lyon East’s girls won 83-54, the first dual meet victory for each squad in the colossal KLAA, which is disbanding after this season.

Tiffanie Hollingsworth won the 200, was second in the 100 and joined Autumn Glover, Lizzy Setsuda and Emma Wolak on the winning 4 x 200 relay. Jessalyn Smith won the shot put and discus, the latter with a notable heave of 121-3, and Setsuda and Glover got the first two places in the long jump for the Cougars, the smallest school in the KLAA.

“We’re the little guys,” sighed Cougars coach Sonita Harris, “(but) it’s always nice to beat your rival. We had a good day.”

The Lions, though, got in a few punches of their own as Miranda Meyers won the 1,600 and 3,200, Lilly Mueller won the 100 and Liberty Romanik won the pole vault and ran on the winning 4 x 100 relay, to go with Danielle Booth’s victory in the 300 hurdles. “I like it, but it’s tiring … exhiliarating,” said Booth.

For the boys, Sam Hallanger won the 100 and 200 dashes and ran on two winning sprint relays for the Lions.

“It was a team effort,” said South Lyon coach Karen Adragna, “and our relays fought hard.”

The field events were a plus for the Lions, as Josh Travis led a three-way sweep of the high jump with Braxton Blackwell and Brenden Lach contributing, and Joey Villarosa and Sam Sitar taking the first two places in the pole vault.

Travis cleared 6-3 for a personal best, and had close misses at 6-5. “Today I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said. “I got a new PR and it’s just something to look foward to.”

Villarosa was the last vaulter standing and was a foot and a half better than his teammate with his best of 11-6.

“At first I wasn’t feeling good at all … but I finally got over at 9-6 and I got going … kept going for it and got,” Villarosa said.

Josh Chezick and Joe Younkin got the first two places in the 3,200, and the pair was second and third in the 1,600 behind South Lyon East’s Xander Cronin, who reared back his head and passed Chezick on the final lap to win the 1,600.

"It was really fun," said Cronin, exhausted from his sprint.

"(I'm) good friends with Xander ... lots of healthy competition," chimed in Cheznick.

South Lyon East closed the meet with a victory in the 4 x 400 relay with Jonathan Carter, Chris Kaminski, Ryan Leckner and Jacob Waranauckas comprising the winning unit, then all joined in for a friendly congratulatory handshake among both teams.

Girls track


SHOT PUT - Jessalyn Smith (SLE) 24-8; DISCUS - Jessalyn Smith (SLE) 121-3; HIGH JUMP - Lily Mueller (SL) 5-1 ½; POLE VAULT - Liberty Romanik (SL) 8-0; LONG JUMP - Elizabeth Setsuda (SLE) 15-4 ¾; 3200 RELAY - South Lyon East (Sara Hartman, Reeves Housman, Taylar Sciborski, Brooke Lama) 10:44.58; 100 HURDLES - Gabriella Stajdl (SLE) 20.20; 100 DASH - Lily Mueller (SL) 13.19; 800 RELAY - South Lyon East (Autumn Glover, Lizzy Setsuda, Emma Wolak, Tiffanie Hollingsworth) 1:50.70;1600 RUN - Miranda Meyers (SL) 5:49.26; 400 RELAY - South Lyon (Zane George, Danielle Booth, Lina Norberg, Liberty Romanik) 52.64; 400 DASH - Elizabeth Setsuda (SLE) 1:01.50; 300 HURDLES - Danielle Booth (SL) 51.98; 800 RUN - Samantha Satawa (SLE) 2:41.1; 200 DASH - Tiffanie Hollingsworth (SLE) 27.02; 3200 RUN - Miranda Meyers (SL) 12:44.72; 1600 RELAY - South Lyon (Chloe McKensie, Emily Hudgens, Grace Gargiulo, Danielle Booth) 4:33.94.

Boys track


DISCUS - Andy Mattison (SL) 132-6; SHOT PUT - Mike McCarthy (SLE) 41-1; HIGH JUMP - Josh Travis (SL) 6-3; POLE VAULT - Joey Villarosa (SL) 11-6; LONG JUMP - Jonathon Carter (SLE) 18-5; 3200 RELAY - South Lyon East (Jan Glasstetter, Kyle Haling, Sam Schmidt, Davis Taylor) 8:50.79; 100 DASH - Sam Hallanger (SL) 12.17; 800 RELAY - South Lyon (Sam Hallanger, Ian Goins, Brenden Lach, Brendon Goins) 1:38.83; 1600 RUN - Xander Cronin (SLE) 4:52.30; 400 RELAY - South Lyon (Sam Hallanger, Josh Travis, Braxton Blackwell, Brenden Lach) 46.13; 400 DASH - Ryan Leckner (SLE) 52.71; 300 HURDLES - Jacob Waranauckas (SLE) 42.86; 800 RUN - Josh Clark (SLE) 2:13.09; 200 DASH - Sam Hallanger (SL) 23.59; 3200 RUN - Josh Chezick (SL) 10:57.71; 1600 RELAY - South Lyon East (Jonathan Carter, Christ Kaminski, Ryan Leckner, Jacob Waranauckas) 3:34.85.

Last Updated: 4/25/2017 10:58:06 PM EST

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