There's been no sophomore jinx when it comes to Northville's Chloe Abbott performance on the track so far this season.

And Abbott appears to be in mid-season form after breaking the 400-meter dash school record Saturday at the Rockford Invitational with a first-place time of 57.43, eclipsing the mark of 58.30 held since 1984 by Cindy Panowicz.

Abbott how holds or is part of five school records (including relays) at Northville.

"Chloe has been a game-changer for us from the day she stepped on the track her freshman year," Northville coach Tim Dalton said. "Chloe understands the history there and how great of a competitor Cindy was. To break a school record that stood for 31 years is very impressive."

Abbott also took second in the 200 (25.46) and teamed up with Gracie Goble, Lindsay Walters and Mary Catherine McLaughlin for a first in the 1,600 relay (4:00.66).

Host Rockford captured the team title with 170.33 points followed by runner-up Zeeland East with 127.33 and Northville in third with 121. Traverse City Central (99.5), Zeeland West (71.83) and Port Huron Northern (49) rounded out the six-team field.

"It was a great experience and opportunity for our team," Dalton said. "The MHSAA finals are in Rockford on May 30 and we really wanted to get our kids a dry run of traveling to the west side of the state, staying overnight, getting up early and heading to the track to compete. We were able to accomplish that goal this weekend. A bonus was the beautiful facilities that Rockford has."

The Mustangs also got a sterling performance from junior Lexa Barrott, who swept the 1,600- and 3,200 runs in 5:09.51 and 11:04.49, respectively. She also teamed up with sister Ana Barrott, Mary Catherine McLaughlin and Emma Herrmann for a first in the 3,200 relay (9:44.87).

Other top finishers for Northville included: Goble, second, long jump (16 feet); Ana Barrott, second, 1,600, second (5:19.13); Emma Smith, third, 800 (2:29.07); Goble, fourth, 400 (1:01.86); Herrmann, fifth, 3,200 (11:38.18); Emily Anderson, fifth, long jump (14-7); and Rachel Zimmer, 3,200 (personal best 11:46.89).

The Mustangs' foursome of Anderson, Lauren Lambert, Aimee Montambeau and Megan Krings also added a third in the 400 relay (54.32).

"We had some standout performances across the board," Dalton said.

Mustang boys 4th

Zeeland East scored a team-high 153 points to win the Rockford Invitational boys title followed by the host Rams (143.5), Zeeland West (132), Northville (114.5) and Port Huron Northern (71).

Among the first-place finishers for Northville included Adam Ghabra, 100 dash (11.1); Jacob Kamm, 800 (51.65); and Jason Ferrante, 1,600 (4:22.62).

Second-place finishers included Ghabra, 200 (22.82); Conor Naughton, 3,200 (9:47.26); and A.J. Abbott, long jump (19-6).

The 800 relay team of Abbott, Alec Przybocki, Matt Jankowski and Ghabra took second (1:35.41). Northville's 1,600 team of Pryzbocki, Frieburger, Kamm and Ferrante also placed second (3:29.87).

Other Northville finishers included; Sean McCullough, third, 3,200 (10:11.4); Josh Hamilton, third, long jump (18-3); sixth, high jump (5-8); Sean Flanagan, fourth, 400 (53.52); Kenny Goolsby, fifth, 800 (2:10.21); Jankowski, sixth, 200 (24.24); Christian Frieburger, sixth, 400 (53.74); Max DeDona, shot put (43-5).

"We didn't bring a full compliment of runners," Northville boys coach Brandon Langston said. "But the kids who competed shined very bright. Our goal for the track meet was to see some different competition from the west side of the state as well as give the kids a dry run at what the itinerary for the state track meet will be."


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