Author: Dan O'Meara / John Stormzand
Farmington Hills Mercy won its final dual meet Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming regional and league competitions in girls track and field. The Marlins finished 3-5 in duals following a 126-1 win over Detroit Cristo Rey.
Allysen Eads won the 800-meter run in 2:49.31 and contributed to Mercy victories in the two longest relays.
Eads, Lauren Lytle and Julie Lilley ran the first three legs of the 3,200 and 1,600 races. The anchors were Kaitlin McHenry in the former (11:09.8) and Catherine Best in the latter (4:54.37).
Ogechi Nwaopara, Hannah Blakey, Jordan Tomei and Nina Small won the 800 and 400 relays with respective times of 1:59.52 and 55.69.
Nwaopara and Blakey also won the 100 and 200 dashes in 13.99 and 29.31, respectively. Mercy's Isabella Dugas was first in the 400 meters at 1:08.67.
The winners in the hurdles were April Seilo (20.21) and Arianna Allman (56.52). Allman also tied with Best for first place in the high jump. Both jumped 4-9 with no misses.
Natalie Wilson was a double winner in the distance events, running 6:40.28 in the 1,600 and 14.20.39 in the 3,200.
Mercy winners in the field events were Mallory Demeter, long jump (14-101/2); Ann Mark, discus (85-7); and Bianca Berger, shot put (26-6).
"Today's meet was good for a lot of our kids who don't get a chance to be No. 1 in an event," coach Gary Servais said. "It was exciting to see them step up for us."
Allman was second in the 100 hurdles and long jump. In other events, it was Blakey in the 100, Lilah Kole, 1,600; Best, 400; Seilo, 300 hurdles; Lytle, 800; Nwaopara, 200; Emma Tomsich, 3,200; Indya Hood, discus; and Courtney Weaver, shot put.
At the River Rat Invite on Saturday at Ann Arbor Huron, the Marlins were 11th among 16 teams with 31 points. The top eight places scored points. Eads had the top Mercy finish with second place in the 1,600 run at 5:25.6.
Allman was fourth (4-10) and Best sixth (4-7) in the high jump. The Marlins had other sixths from Mark in the discus (84-1) and Lytle in the 1,600 run (5:50.23).
Mercy had a pair of eighths from Allman in the long jump (13-9) and Nwaopara in the 400 meters (1:01.96).