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Concordia senior Zach Panning won the 1,600 meters in 4:23.27 at the SAC track meet on Saturday at Northrop. He also won the 3,200 in a SAC record 9:27.50.
SAC track

State champions have rough day

Upsets in girls 100, 100 hurdles; Saints, Bruins claim titles

– The SAC track meet didn’t get off to a good start Saturday for Wayne senior Brionna Thomas after it was postponed Friday.

And it didn’t get much better later on for the two-time defending 100- and 200-meter state champion.

Thomas lost to North Side’s Dyamond Morris in the 100 and then suffered a pulled hamstring with about 100 meters left in the 200. She fell and had to be helped off the track after the race.

Thomas sat in the stands with her right hamstring wrapped a few minutes after the 200 and said the injury was not a tear but it did affect her a little during her first race.

“I am just going to have to make a comeback,” Thomas said.

The conference meet was postponed to Saturday because of stormy weather Friday. It picked up with the finals.

Morris won the 100 in 12.07 seconds and 200 in 25.07.

“It was kind of bad because I needed that competition from her,” Morris said of Thomas. “I felt good coming into the meet and planned to do what I did because I trained for it.”

Another defending state champion, Concordia’s Symone Black, also suffered a loss in her first race, but she came back with a record-setter.

Black finished second in the 100 hurdles to Wayne’s JeBria Green (15.04 to 15.08), but she came back and win the 300 hurdles in a meet record of 43.27, beating her own mark.

Black is the reigning state champion in the 300 hurdles.

“Since I didn’t win (in the 100), it just drove me to win the 300 and break my own record,” Black said. “I just got my mind right. I wasn’t really ready for the (100).”

Green also won high jump at 5 feet 3 inches and was part of the winning 400 relay team (48.79).

Northrop won the girls team title with 152 points. Concordia was second with 100, and Wayne third with 97.

The Bruins got first places from Victoria McCuiston (800, 2:17.20), who was also a part of the 1,600 (4:02.90) and 3,200 relay teams (9:46.66) and Rebecca Clay (pole vault, 9-0).

Snider’s Karrina Smith was a double individual winner in the 400 (58.56) and long jump (17-5).

Also with first places were South Side’s Abigail Grider (1,600, 5:13.97), Concordia’s Marina Konow (3,200, 11:34.98), Bishop Luers’ Katie Prendergast (discus, 99-9) and Wayne’s Maya Gates (38-6).

Bishop Dwenger won the boys’ title with 156 points, and Northrop second with 112 1/2 .

The Saints’ Jarod Schipper won the pole vault (15-9) and long jump (21-7).

Schipper is the defending pole vault state champion.

“I thought I had no-heighted in the pole vault, so I was really mad and went out and took it out on the long jump,” Schipper said.

Also with first places for Dwenger were Greg Tippmann (800, 1:56.87) and Eric Cagnet (discus, 156-3).

“It’s something we have been trying to get for the last four years,” Schipper said of the team title.

Concordia’s Zach Panning was a double individual winner, with firsts in the 1,600 (4:23.27) and 3,200 (9:27.50). The time in the 3,200 set a SAC record.

Panning was also part of the first-place 3,200 relay team (8:14.77).

South Side’s Shaton Harris defended his SAC titles in the 100 (11.16) and 200 (22.12), and Northrop’s Bijay Stephens won the 110 hurdles (15.42) and 300 hurdles (38.89).

Also winning events were: North Side’s Tyvon Kelley (400, 49.58), Wayne’s Tyrese Easton (high jump, 6-7) and Jari Dada (shot put, 55-7 1/2 ), North Side in the 1,600 relay (3:24.93) and Wayne in the 400 relay (43.48).