The Men’s and women’s track teams kicked off the season at the Jim Gardiner Catholic schools invitational hosted by Aquinas College on Saturday.
Competing with a limited squad because of spring break and numerous athletes who were quarantined the women finished second to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.
Rookes led the women as Alyssa Lovett and Natalia Larocca took the top two places in the 60 meter hurdles. Larocca also placed 4th in the 60 meter dash and snagged a 5th place finish in the 200 meter dash.
Emily Barnes also took first place in the women’s shot put while Sarah Rath was the silver medalist in the long jump.
The performance of the day went to Junior Hayleigh Lewis as she had a pair of 2nd place finishes in the long jump and 400 meter dash in her first high school track meet. Lewis’ time of 1:09.66 in the 400 is especially impressive given the nature of slower times on an indoor 200 meter track.
The men’s team finished second to a strong Detroit Catholic Central team while also missing numerous athletes due to spring break and quarantines.
Sam Calleja and Nic Van Camp started out the running events with 2-3 finishes in the 60 meter hurdles.
In the 60 meter dash Junior Austin Hamlin ran an impressive 7.09 which was good enough for 2nd. This was the fastest 60 meter dash time recorded by a Powers athlete in at least 15 years.
Sophomore Ayden McCracken picked up 6th place in the 60 meter dash with another strong performance in a time of 7.68. McCracken doubled up with a 6th place finish in the 200 meter dash.
In the High Jump senior Gabe Lovett cleared 5-4 which was good enough for 2nd place.
In the mile run Lucas Danic and Chase Dietrich earned 3rd and 5th place.
In the 400 meter run Juniors Luke Hendler and Johnny Earnest snagged 3rd and 4th place finishes.
In the 800 meter run Nick Mammel bounced back from a tough mile to run a strong 800 and capture 5th place.
The race of the day went to Junior Austin Hamlin in the 200 meter run. Hamlin ran a time of 23.52 which placed 2nd. This time gives Hamlin the 9th best performance in school history in the 200 meter dash. The 8 performances ahead of Hamlin were all later in the season and on 400 meter tracks which are much faster than a 200 meter track. Very likely we will see Hamlin moving up the ranks in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes this spring.
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