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Cruising to victories in the 1600 is nothing new for L’Anse Creuse North’s Karenna Duffey.

On Thursday at the Macomb County High School Invitational Track Meet of Champions at Dakota she did it again.

Duffey set a meet record with a time of 5:00.58, which was a little over 22 seconds faster than Romeo’s Hannah Toner finished with in second place.

“It wasn’t that bad,” Duffey said. “I kind of had the mindset for it. I was mentally prepared coming into it. I knew what to expect.”

The weather, which was a constant drizzle all afternoon, didn’t affect Duffey either.

“It wasn’t super windy, just a little bit on the back stretch, but it was still manageable,” Duffey said. “It would have been nice to go sub-five, but I’m still happy with this because it’s been my fastest run of the outdoor season.”

Duffey shaved just over 18 seconds off her time she finished first with at the regional of 5:18.81. Troy’s Camille Loken was second at the regional with a time of 5:40.05.

“I knew the county record was out there, but I’m just getting prepared for the state meet,” Duffey said.

Duffey also finished first in the 800 with a time of 2:23.70, which was just over six seconds ahead of Anchor Bay’s Brianna French (2:29.93).

Dakota’s Chase Fedolak was in a similar situation as Duffey, running way ahead of the pack in the boys 1600, finishing with a time of 4:30.84. Romeo’s Nick Behring was second at 4:35.01.

“I’m just always trying to go out there and run as hard as I can,” Fedolak said. “We’ve been working hard all season. There’s great competition here, but you’re not always going to have the toughest competition every time so you just have to go out and run your hardest every time.”

Fedolak had a similar result at regional, finishing with a time of 4:27.95, which was nearly five seconds faster than Utica’s Gabe Garbarino, who finished second with a time of 4:32.01.

Fedolak was also a member of the Cougars’ 3200 relay team that set the county record with a 7:59.17. The old mark was 8:02.50 set by Sterling Heights in 1984.

“It’s great,” Fedolak said. “My teammates, I love them, they’re my boys. We’ve been through a lot this season. All the struggles and all good times too. That’s what it’s all about, the good and the bad times and how you push through it and how you just keep getting better and better, it’s just so great to see all of us succeeding.”

Fedolak also finished first in the 800 with a time of 1:58.30 comfortably ahead of Roseville’s Ricky Shackelford (2:01.87), which helped propel Dakota to the Division 1 team championship.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Fedolak said. “There are a lot of good teams here, tough competition. To win is means a lot. We’ve put in a lot of hard work here and to see it pay of it’s really nice.”

Last Updated: 5/26/2017 8:51:39 AM EST