By Heather Smith
Special to The Oxford Leader
The Oxford Boys Track & Field Team claimed second (118 points) at the OAA Red Division Championships at OHS on Wednesday, May 10.
The Lake Orion Dragons took first with just five points separating them from the Wildcats in a very competitive division that also includes Clarkston, Rochester and Rochester Adams.
Senior Riley Feeney placed first in the 800m (1:57) setting a new personal best and ranking him first in Region 9.
The 4x800m took a disappointing second (8:11.91) to Lake Orion as Feeney, junior Zachariah Smith, sophomore Sam McMaken along with freshman Scott Masterson lost by hundredths of a second.
Masterson placed third in the 400m (52.05) in a meet that scores the first six individual places and top three relay finishes.
Feeney and Masterson were also integral in the third place finish (3:32) for the 4x400m race as they were joined by senior Trayveion Huntsman and freshman Simon Arnold.
In the distance events, junior Dominic Bruce took fourth (4:32) in the 1600m while sophomore JJ Bagans took sixth (4:33) setting a personal best by six seconds.
In the 3200m, Bruce placed third (9:51) while fellow junior Ulises Rodriguez placed sixth (10:02).
The Oxford Wildcats were able to place two in the top six for the 200m dash with junior Peter Bagans finishing fourth(24.14) and senior Chris Hankins placing sixth (25.20). Freshman Shane Ross was able to claim fifth (16.67) for the 110m Hurdles.
In the field events, junior Ben Krause threw 45’7″ in the Shot Put to take first, while juniors Parker Fleming took third (43’4″) and Rick Galbraith took fourth (43’1″). Krause also took first (147’6″) in the Discus while Galbraith took second (132’9″) and senior Joe Sweet took fourth (124’4’) all setting personal bests.
While the first six entrants in the High Jump cleared 5’11″, junior Parker Fleming placed first with no misses and sophomore Anthony Romeo placed sixth. Senior Trayveion Huntsman claimed second (19’) for the Long Jump and sophomore Sam Murray vaulted 10’ to get fifth in the Pole Vault.
The Oxford girls Track & Field team scored 51 points to get fourth while the Lake Orion Dragon girls claimed first with 167 points.
Freshman Antonia Vackaro captured third (13.48) in the 100m, fifth (28.04) in the 200m and fifth (1:01.47) in the 400m.
The team of senior Katelyn Kroon, junior Gabby Nail, sophomore Gabi Stublensky, and freshman Emma VanLoon ran the 4x100m in 53.99 seconds to claim third.
In the Hurdles, junior Micah Dymond placed third (17.64) at the 100m distance and third (49.76) at the 300m distance setting a new personal record. Sophomore Fiona Corcoran placed 4th (17.95) in the 100m Hurdles. Junior Bridget Cusick set a new personal best in the 1600m to place fifth (5:21).
The field events for the Oxford Wildcat girls featured junior Jessica Campbell in the throwing events. Campbell set new personal records, placing third (112’2″) in the Discus to meet the qualifying standards for State and fifth (30’7″) in the Shot Put. Freshman Mattie Johnson also set a new personal record in the Pole Vault placing sixth with a vault of 7’. Sophomore Abby Mooney placed sixth in Long Jump with a leap of 15’1″.
Oxford’s Track and Field JV team will compete in the Breen JV Relays on Wednesday, May 17 at Troy High School (4777 Northfield Pkwy., Troy) while the Varsity athletes look forward to Regional competition on Friday, May 19 at Lake Orion High (495 E. Scripps Rd., Lake Orion).