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Northrop’s Victoria McQuiston, left, wins the 1,600 meters in front of Concordia’s Marina Konow. McQuiston also won the 800 and was part of the Bruins’ first-place 1,600 relay team.
Conference track

17-year-old SAC record in 100 falls

Wayne junior sets mark as titles go to Northrop girls, Wayne boys

– Brionna Thomas put her record run Friday into perfect perspective.

The Wayne junior clocked a 11.92 in the 100 meters at the SAC Meet at Northrop, breaking LaShonda Harper’s 1996 record of 11.96.

“It’s been since 1996, and I was born in 1996,” said Thomas, who also won the 200 (24.66).

“That’s kind of funny. I didn’t know what the record was, I was just running. I didn’t want to let up or anything. It was fun.”

Thomas is the defending state champion in the 100 and 200.

“There was some good competition out there,” she said. “You want to win, obviously, so you just keep on pushing.”

Concordia’s Symone Black also broke an SAC Meet record in the 100 hurdles. Black won in 14.48 to break Demetra Taylor’s one-year mark of 14.54.

“I wasn’t really expecting it; I just wanted to go all out,” Black said of the record. “I was just trying to set a PR (personal record), but it all turned out for the best.”

Black now holds the SAC record in both hurdles races, with a 43.77 in the 300 last year. Black defended her 300 title in 44.25 this year.

Northrop won the girls team title with 183 points to runner-up Snider’s 121 1/2 .

Dejah Arnold won the 400, high jump and was part of the 1,600 relay for the Bruins, while Victoria McQuiston won the 800 and 1,600 and was also on the 1,600 relay team.

“We weren’t really expecting it, but at the time we kind of were,” Arnold said. “It wasn’t being cocky, it was that we put so much into our team, and we put so much effort into it that we feel like we deserve it.”

Northrop won all three relays and also got a win from Lauryn Darnall in the pole vault.

Snider’s Arianna Fitts won the shot put and discus. Also winning events in the girls meet were Snider’s Karrina Smith (long jump) and Concordia’s Michaela Harrison (3,200).

On the boys side, Wayne won its first SAC team title since 1995 with 116 points, to narrowly beat Bishop Dwenger’s 112.

“I told the kids we had the chance to do something special that we hadn’t done in a while if they would just focus,” Wayne boys coach Tom Hogan said.

“We don’t have the depth of a lot of teams, so we had to score everywhere that we could.”

The Generals’ Shamarcus Ford took the 200 and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team and was also second in the 100 and 400.

“We work hard in practice, and I guess practice paid off,” Ford said.

“We got the title, that’s all coach wanted from us was to do our best.”

For Wayne, Carrington Robinson won the long jump and 1,600 relay, while Devon Stone was second in the 100 and 300 hurdles and was part of the 1,600 relay team.

Concordia’s Jacob Reinking won the 3,200 and was part of the winning 3,200 relay team.

Also getting first places were South Side’s Shaton Harris (100), Adrian Mable (110 hurdles), Nathan Braster (shot put) and Aaron Thomas (high jump), Bishop Dwenger’s Greg Tippmann (800), Luke Miller (1,600) and Jarod Schipper (pole vault), North Side’s Tyvon Kelley (400) and Russell Collins (discus), Northrop’s Tyshon Billingsley (300 hurdles) and Bishop Luers’ 400 relay team.

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