Northville boasted seven individual all-state performers along with earning a pair of top eight relay finishes en route to a third-place team showing Saturday in the MHSAA Division 1 Girls Track and Field Finals held in Rockford.

Oak Park tallied 93 points to repeat as team champion, while East Kentwood was runner-up with 54.5 with Northville (43), host Rockford (42) and Ann Arbor Pioneer (37) rounding out the top five.

Northville was runner-up to Oak Park in the 2014 finals.

"We went into the state meet with expectations to be top five in the state," Northville coach Tim Dalton said. "We felt second was realistic, but also knew we would need some help to get there. We finished third on a very cold and wet day. We battled tough conditions. Saturday shows the heights are program has reached. To be able to come back after finishing second last year and prove we are the real deal was awesome."

Northville's top individual finisher was senior Lauren Rodriguez, who was runner-up to Farmington Hills Harrison's Maya Roberts in the 100-meter hurdles. Roberts ran 13.95, while Rodriguez, bound for the University of Michigan, clocked a school record 14.38 breaking the mark she shared with 2014 grad Morgan Robertson, who is now running at Cal, at 14.4.

Rodriguez also added a sixth in the 300 hurdles (45.2).

"It was great to see Lauren get back to the top and dominate," Dalton said. "She leaves Northville as one of the best hurdlers ever to wear the orange and black."

Junior distance runner Lexa Barrott also enjoyed a big day contributing a pair of thirds in the 1,600 (4:55.23) and 3,200 (10:37.52), while teaming up with Ana Barrott, Emma Herrmann and Cayla Eckenroth for a sixth in the 4 x 800 relay (9:19.45).

Eckenroth, a sophomore, was also sixth in the individual 3,200 (10:42.72).

"Lexa was awesome for us," Dalton said. " Cayla is Cayla. She is a big meet racer. She shows up and gets the job done. I'm very proud of that kid. She ran a huge leg for us on the 4 x 800 relay and came back and ran a P.R. in the 3,200. She came into the state meet ranked 12th in the 3,200. Just an awesome finish for her."

Meanwhile, junior sprinter Chloe Abbott also figured in three all-state performances taking third in the 400 (56.3) and seventh in the 200 (25.35 after ranking second in the prelims with a 24.7). She also combined with Yasmin Affes, Gracie Goble and Lindsay Walters for a third place finish in the 4 x 400 relay (4:00.98).

"Chloe ran hard," Dalton said. "She is a premier sprinter in the state of Michigan."

With several key performers returning next season, Northville should contend once again.

"The take away message for our kids was there are a lot of alumni who would have loved to be in the position we were on Saturday," Dalton said. " It speaks volumes about the student-athletes we have in the program and the coaches we have on staff to see where this program was and where it is now."


Long jump: 14. Kate Prisby (Novi), 15 feet, 11 inches; 17. Gracie Goble (Northville), 15-7.25; 300 hurdles: 10. Karenna Roest (Novi), 47.03; 400: 11. Lindsay Walters (Northville), 57.75; 1,600: 14. Hannah Lonergan (Novi), 5:07.94; 3,200: 33. Emma Herrman (Northville), 11:27.47; 400 relay: 11. Northville (Goble, Erin McCallum, Walters, Lauren Rodriguez), 50.14; 800 relay: Northville (Mary Catherine McLaughlin, Walters, Goble, Chloe Abbott), disqualified.

CC's Yassay 4th

Novi Detroit Catholic Central senior Lance Yassay was the area's lone individual boys placer as he garnered all-state honors by tying for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 3 inches in the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Track and Field Finals held Saturday in Rockford.

Saline captured the team title with 71 points followed by runner-up East Kentwood (52.5) Monroe (36), Ypsilanti Lincoln (27) and Grand Blanc (25).


Discus: 12. Mike Misiak (Detroit CC), 140 feet, 6 inches; high jump: Scott Sawyer (Novi) and John Hamilton (Northville), no height; pole vault: Sawyer (Novi), no height; 100 dash: 19. Adam Ghabra (Northville), 11.36; 800: 11. Jason Ferrante (Northville), 1:55.93; 1,600: 15. Conor Naughton (Northville), 9:25.94; 19. Joost Plaetinck (Novi), 9:32.06; 1,600 relay: 15. Northville (Ghabra, Alec Przybocki, Ferrante, Jacob Kamm), 3:29.44; 3,200 relay: 19. Novi (Sahisnu Malapati, Collin Thomas, Scott MacPherson, Nathan Hall), 8:10.92.

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