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Roosevelt boys dominate in repeat as News-Herald champs PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • The Roosevelt boys dominated the 2014 News-Herald Track & Field Championships with eight first-place finishes, including a relay sweep for the second consecutive season. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
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With many of the same athletes back from last year’s first-place team, the Roosevelt boys were at again Saturday afternoon at the News-Herald Track & Field Championships at Grosse Ile High School.

The Bears captured their second consecutive team title, as they won eight total events and scored 133 points.

Lincoln Park (92.5) was second for the day, Melvindale (60) and Woodhaven (60) tied for third and Anderson (55) earned the fifth-place trophy.

Rounding out the meet was Carlson (54.5), Allen Park (54), Trenton (48), Cabrini (20.5), River Rouge (19), Riverview (15), Richard (11), Truman (9.5), Kennedy (6) and Grosse Ile (5).

For the day, the Roosevelt boys also combined with the second-place girls for 235 points and the overall championship.

“It really kind of signifies who’s got the best track program, guys and girls,” said Bears Coach Dave Lustig of the award. “The guys and girls have never really been on the same wavelength, so it’s nice to see them performing well this year at the same time.”

Six of Roosevelt’s first-place finishes on the boys’ side were repeat performances from 2013, including another relay sweep, which leaves the Bears as only the second team in meet history to win all four.

Roosevelt’s Danny May captured his fourth consecutive 800m and Dominic Davis won his third 3,200m event in as many tries.

The Bears’ other two gold medals belonged to 2014 meet Track MVP Darryl Couch, who picked up titles in the 100m and 200m.

In the 4 x 100 relay was the group of Dillon Walsh, Damon Singleton, Brandon Sowards and Darryl Couch and in the 4 x 200 was Singleton, Sowards, D’Aries Davis and Couch. The 4 x 400 was won by Davis, Danny May, Eric Tyson and Sowards and the 4 x 800 was captured by Dominic Davis, Cameron Herron, Isadore Harris and May. Last season, Singleton, Sowards, D’Aries Davis, Dominic Davis, Tyson and May were all a part of at least one winning relay team.

“We came in with the idea that we wanted to win all four relays,” Lustig said. “We knew our sprinters were going to get the job done (and) our distance kids are workhorses.”

Lincoln Park won four events on Saturday, with standout Robert Atwater setting a new meet record in the pole vault at 14-foot, 1-inch and also winning his second consecutive high jump and earning a first-place finish in the long jump. Byron Evans repeated as discus champ for the Railsplitters, teammate Brandon Henderson was behind him in second and Kewon Ganaway took the bronze in the 200m.

Woodhaven finished with one championship, as Logan Kleam took gold in the 1,600m run and teammate Cameron Karagitz was third in same event. Kleam also earned a silver medal in the 3,200m, as he battled Roosevelt’s Dominic Davis the entire way and Caleb Keyes picked up a bronze in the pole vault.

Allen Park’s Richard Gamble took gold for the day, as well, as he won the 300m hurdles, while Romulus’ Leroy Rutherford repeated as the 400m champ and Clarence Oliver of River Rouge won the shot put.

Melvindale was without a first-place finish, but Anthony Fitzgerald was second in the high jump and finished 2-3 with teammate Malik Boynton in the long jump. Terrance London also picked up a silver medal for the Cardinals.

Anderson’s Thomas Jozwiak was second in the 800m, and the Titans medaled in three relays, as they took second in the 4 x 200 and third in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400.

Last Updated: 5/12/2014 12:30:13 PM EST

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