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Dexter track and field teams competed in the SEC RED Conference championships on Thursday at

Monroe High School. The cold and rainy weather took a toll on some of the performances, as a rain delay postponed the boys Pole Vault until Saturday and was relocated to Lincoln High School’s LAB building.

After the conclusion of the boys’ pole vault, the boys team finished in 3rd place with Saline winning with 138 points, followed by Ann Arbor Huron at 85, and a very close 3rd was Dexter with 83.

The Girls side saw Ann Arbor Pioneer winning with 158.5 and Dexter finishing in 5th with 64 points.

Brandon Anderson was clearly the top athlete for the Dreadnaughts. Anderson set a new school record in the 800 with a first-place finish of 1:53.13. The previous record was set in 2005 by Lex Williams’s time of 1:54.43. Anderson’s day wasn’t finished however as he followed that up with a 1st place finish in the 3200m, running a 9:25.97. The double SEC RED Champion was also on the 4x800m relay team along with Caleb Snyder, Vaughn Meyer, and Julian Linebaugh taking 5th with their time of 8:05.59.

Meyer was also a 4 multi-placer, taking 3rd in the 1600m with his time of 4:26.50, and a 5th in the 3200m at 9:32.92, while Snyder was 6th at 9:42.67.

In the sprint races, Keaton Murphy-Walstad finished 4th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.56, and Francisco Morales-Leverett cleared the 110 Hurdles in 4th place as well, running a 16.08. Both Murphy-Walstad, and Morales-Leverett were members of the 4x100m Relay along with Noah Boyce and Kai Reed that scored a 4th place finish with their time of 46.16.

Saturday’s conclusion of the Boys Pole Vault saw a 1-2 finish for the Dreadnaughts. Clark Sheldon was the SEC RED champion clearing 14’ 6”, followed by Benjamin Sackman at 14’ 0”.

The throwing events fought through the weather with Cameron Clark taking 4th place in the shot ut, with a toss of 44’ 8” and a 7th place in the Discus throwing 124’ 3”. Colin McIntyre was 8th in the shot put with his throw of 40’ 6”, and Robert Karageorge was 6th in the discus throwing 128’ 10”.

High jumper Kyle Gerharter finished the day in 6th with a jump of 5’ 10.

Girls field events started off in the throws with Kera Root taking 3rd place in the discus with her throw of 97’ 0”, followed by Lily Burns in 7th with a 82’ 2”, and Jizzelle Spence finishing in 8th with her throw of 78’ 10”.

Burns got the better of Root in the shot put however where she finished runner-up in the event throwing 33’ 3” to Root’s 3rd place finish of 33’ 1”.

Simone Kasischke was the Dreads top placer in the high jump, jumping 4’ 8” for 6th place. Not to be outdone by the boys vaulters, the Dexter Girl vaulters went 1-2-5 to dominate the event. Raiden Kipfmillers’ jump of 11’ 6” earned her the SEC RED Championship, followed by runner-up Debbie McCoy at 11’ 0”, and Madelyn Simons in 5th at 8’ 6.Kipfmiller and McCoy also pulled extra duty out on the track. Kipfmiller finished the 200m dash in7th place running a 27.49, while McCoy was on 2 different relays that scored points.

The 4x100m relay was 4th with Aspen Taylor, Maddy Church, Leah Williams and McCoy crossing the finish line with 53.74. And in the 4x400m relay, Amelia Cribbins, Addison Bruckman, McCoy, and Lillian Mitchell were 5th clocking a 4:29.22. Mitchell, in addition to that relay also was on another that placed 5th, the 4×800. Kodie Snyder, Mitchell, Kate Varitek, and Amber O’Haver crossed the finish line with their time of 9:52.73. Mitchell was also an individual placer with her 4th place finish in the 800m, going 2:22.77. Varitek also was an individual placer, finishing in 8th place in the open 1600m, with her time of 5:22.85.

Dexter next competes at the MHSAA Regional 4 championships next Friday in Grand Ledge

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