Girls Track State Finals: Pioneers finish seventh overall; Forsyth wins 3200 meters


The Pioneer girls’ track and field team didn’t have enough qualifiers this year to defend their state title but that didn’t stop them from putting on an impressive showing on Saturday at the Division 1 Girls’ Track and Field State Championships.

The Pioneers ran seventh overall with 27 points at East Kentwood High School to cap off another impressive season, which included a Regional title and another SEC championship. Skyline picked up three points to place tied for 37th out of 56 teams to register a point.

Oak Park finished first overall with 66 points, followed by Rockford (59.50), East Kentwood (52), Lake Orion (48), Northville (41) and Detroit Renaissance (33).

Pioneer sophomore Zofia Dudek

Pioneer senior Anne Forsyth capped off her brilliant career in both cross country and track with an outstanding day. She took first overall in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:08.07 which was a MHSAA Finals meet, Lower Peninsula D-1 and Pioneer HS record. Her seed time coming in was 10:32.75. She defeated Rockford’s Ericka VanderLende, who was second in 10:12.26.

Forsyth was second in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:48.28. VanderLende placed first in 4:45.17. Pioneer sophomore Zofia Dudek placed 11th overall in 5:00.77.

Forsyth and Dudek were part of the Pioneer 4×800 relay along with Sophia Cunningham and Kimberly Cernej-Garcia as the Pioneers took third overall in 9:12.63. Skyline’s group of Chrysanthe Patselas, Catrin Koselka, Camille Kukor and Lillian Peck placed 13th in 9:34.04.

In the 300 hurdles, Pioneer senior Tiffany Cernej-Garcia took sixth with a time of 44.56. Skkyline’s Madeline Nicholas was 16th in 46.56.

Skyline sophomore Zsofia Hull was 11th in 58.38 and Pioneer senior Sophia Cunningham was 24th in the 800 meters in 2:20.37.

Pioneer’s 4×800 relay.

In the 4×400 relay, Skyline’s team of Felicity Sorenson, Lillian Peck, Madeline Nicholas and Zsofia Hull was sixth in 3:59.67. The Pioneer team of Stella Weinberg
Justice Jackson, Triniah Johnson and Kimberly Cernej-Garcia was 13th in 4:02.81.

In the pole vault, Pioneer junior Vanessa Woolley was 10th in 10-03.

In the shot put, Pioneer junior Aderinola Adunbi was 21st (35-11.75) and Skyline sophomore Janee Faulkner was 22nd (35-10).



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