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Track and Field teams win big at State Finals

The Catholic Central boys and girls track and field teams competed in the MHSAA State Finals on Saturday, June 3. The girls team finished in a three-way tie for 6th place overall at the Division 2 State meet, earning their highest team finish in 15 years.
The quartet of Sydney Maddox, Joslyn Fox, Avery Gill, and Julia Adams kicked off the day with an 11th place finish in the 4x800m relay in a time of 9:48.64. Julia Adam’s followed up the relay performance with a 12th place finish in the 800m run, completing with a time of 2:19.95. She shaved off .01 seconds off her personal record for the event.
Sydney Maddox finished 26th in the 320m run with a time of 12:16.29.
Jakarri Alven earned the Cougar’s first podium finish of the day by defending her 400m dash state title. She ran her second fastest time ever in the event, finishing at 56.48. Alven earned a second podium finish in the 200 m dash, finishing in 8th place with a time of 26.95.
Mary Claire Mikolay, Avery Gill, Tess Ens, and Jakarri Alven closed out the day with a State Championship win in the 4x400m relay, establishing a school record of 4:01.10. The four participants earned All-State honors for their performance. Coach Dave Snyder was also honored as the Region 17 Coach of the Year.
The boys team finished in a four-way tie for 35th place out of 59 teams. Antonio Strong kicked off the day with a 10th place showing in the 100m dash, setting a new personal record of 11.32 seconds. He later competed in the 4x100m relay with Erik Grabow, Anthony Shukis and Michael Brown. They finished 3rd overall, and had their best time of the season at 43.35 seconds. They also earned All-State honors for their performance.
The Cougars finished the meet with another accomplishment by Dylan Sykes. He finished 23rd with a time of 9:47.63 in one of the largest and deepest fields in the 3200m run.