Track team goes 1-1 against Wolves in season opener

OHS junior Parker Fleming placed first in the high jump in the first dual track and field meet against Clarkston March 29. Photos by Heather Smith.
OHS junior Parker Fleming placed first in the high jump in the first dual track and field meet against Clarkston March 29. Photos by Heather Smith.

By Heather Smith

Special to the Leader

Oxford boys triumphed 68-55 over the Clarkston boys on March 29 at the first dual Track and Field meet of the season.

Freshman Scott Masterson led off the 4x800m relay at the Clarkston track with juniors Zachariah Smith, Sam McMaken and senior Riley Feeney– making a stunning upset over the Clarkston team in a time of 8:17. Juniors Dominic Bruce and Ulises Rodriguez also placed first and third respectively, both in the 1600m and 3200m distance races. Bruce won the 1600m in a time of 4:42 and followed up with the 3200m in a time of 10:12. Oxford’s Riley Feeney placed first in the 800m in 2:04 and Scott Masterson placed first in the 400m in 53.1, completing the sweep of the boys distance events.

Freshman Shane Ross took first in the 300m hurdles (44.6) and senior Chris Hankins took second in the 100m dash (11.7).

During the 4x400m relay, teammates Scott Masterson, senior Kohli Johnson, junior Peter Bagans, and Feeney out-sprinted the Clarkston boys team in a time of 3:38.

During field events, juniors Ben Krause, Parker Fleming and Richard Galbraith swept boys shot put while Krause and Galbraith placed first and second in the discus throw. Krause had winning throws of 137’1″ in the Discus and 45’6″ in the shot put. Fleming and sophomore Anthony Romeo, placed first and third in the high jump. Senior Ray Luvine tied for first in the long jump with a leap of 17 ft-10 in. Sophomore Sam Murray prevailed in the boys pole vault competition with an 11-foot vault.

The Oxford girls team lost to Clarkston 91-39, but had some impressive finishes.

In the field events, junior Jessica Campbell took first in the discus with a throw of 102’6″ and second in the shot put. The freshmen duo of Jillian Hagberg and Shania McCallister tied for second in the high jump at a height of 4’4,” while freshman Antonia Vackaro and sophomore Abby Mooney placed first and third respectively in the long jump.

On the track, Oxford junior Micah Dymond and sophomore teammate, Fiona Corcoran, both ran personal bests in the 100m hurdles placing first (in 17.6) and third (in 18.7) respectively. Dymond also prevailed in the 300m hurdles over Clarkston. Freshman Ashlee Weltyk placed second in the 100m dash in 13.8 seconds. In the gruelling 3200m run, sophomore Kerstin Hufstedler placed first with a time of 12:35.

Wednesday marked a successful start for the Oxford Track & Field team. Their season includes dual meets against Lake Orion, Rochester and Rochester Adams.

On Saturday, April 22, Oxford will host over 25 local teams for the 55th annual Elmer Ball Oxford Invite.


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