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Novi boys capture KLAA Kensington meet title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's boys were balanced in sprints, distances and field events as the Wildcats captured the KLAA Kensington Conference meet title Friday in Canton. Northville's girls sewed up their fifth straight title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).

Wildcats' distance runners help spark effort

CANTON >> Salem High drew a line in the sand after handing Novi its lone dual track and field meet loss last week. But the Wildcats erased it with a command performance at Friday’s KLAA Kensington Conference championships at Canton High.

Novi scored 137.5 points to finish ahead of the 12-team pack, relegating Salem to second with 114 with Livonia Churchill (96.75), Canton (75.75) and Plymouth (53.5) following.

Scott MacPherson was the bearer of good tidings, fetching the trophy and bringing it to a throng of receptive teammates on the infield. But it could have been all for naught.

Teammate Gabe Mudel had the lead down the stretch in the 1,600 when MacPherson came up with a strong kick, startling Mudel whose arms started flailing under wobbly legs as he bumped MacPherson with a few meters to go. MacPherson, who kept his balance, won in 4:23, but Mudel crashed to the track, bruising his chin and shoulder while allowing two other runners to pass him. He got up and crossed the finish line.

However, MacPherson called Mudel out minutes after the race, but the Wildcats overcame the internal tension. “We’re just trying to win this meet,” said MacPherson, as the battle for the title continued.

Mudel, patched up from his fall, rebounded to win the 3,200 in 9:35.78. “Obviously very frustrated with the mile (1600) the way it worked out, but good redemption,” said Mudel, who led five runners under 9:50. “It’s so nice.”

Novi’s balanced attack was crucial to offset Salem’s speed and field event strength.

“It’s very gratifying,” said Novi co-coach Cindy Kuhn. “It was difficult to lose to Salem in a dual meet and they came back with vengeance.”

Anthony D’Annibale won the 400 (49.7), Scott Sawyer was runnerup in the pole vault (13-6) and scored in the high jump, Jordan Castleberry was third in the discus throw and Nate Wood was second in the 800 (1:58.79) with MacPherson (third) and Blake Maday (fifth) also scoring. John Landy was fifth in the 1,600 and Novi’s quartet of Leon Chen, John Stefan, Sean Pitcher and Nathan Hankerson placed second to Salem in the 4 x 100 relay.

D’Annibale did not run in the dual meet vs. Salem, but made up for it Friday with his victory. “I just tried to start off fast, get a good lead and maintain it,” said DiAnnibale.

On the girls side, Northville won with 130 points with Plymouth (104.33) and Churchill (94,33) following. Novi was fifth with 70.

Cayla Eckenroth won the 1,600 and 3,200, with teammates Ana Barrott and Olivia Harp taking the next two places in the 3,200. Both also scored in the 1,600.

“As soon as I hit the 200, I knew I had enough energy to sprint,” said Eckenroth, as she led four runners under 5:03 in the 1,600. “I was so happy.”

That’s five straight years of conference titles for the Mustangs, who haven’t lost a dual meet since 2013. “It seems like every year we’re concerned,” coach Jack Dalton said, “(but) really a nice way for these seniors to go out this way.”

Novi’s Emma Hammelef was a big point producer for the Wildcats, winning the discus throw, placing second in the shot put and finishing fourth in the pole vault, while Taylor Stone placed second in the 300 hurdles and Hannah Hood-Blaxill was second in the high jump.

South Lyon East’s Tiffanie Hollingsworth was fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 for the Cougars who, along with South Lyon, will depart the KLAA for the new Lakes Valley Conference beginning next season.

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Last Updated: 5/12/2017 10:55:47 PM EST


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