Girls Track & Field Regional: Pioneers race to the top of the field in impressive fashion 


While no teams qualify for the state meet, Friday’s girls’ track and field Regional at Lincoln featured a race to the top with two Ann Arbor schools leading the way. Pioneer crossed the finish line first with an impressive 138 points. Skyline had a tremendous showing on the day as the Eagles landed second with 118.5 points beating out Saline by 8.5 points.

Dexter was fourth with 70.5 points, Woodhaven was fifth (39.5) while Huron and Lincoln tied for sixth (35) in the 13-team field.

No teams qualify to the state meet, only individuals and relay teams. The top two finishers in each event (individual and relays) qualify for the state meet. In addition, any individual or relay hitting the state qualifying standard at the Regional meet also qualify.

In the 100 meters, Huron sophomore Fatouma Conde took third in 12.77 seconds. Pioneer’s Vanessa Woolley was sixth (13.16) and Huron’s Jaliyah Girma-Walls was seventh (13.26).

Skyline sophomore Jaeda Olive took first overall in 25.82. Teammate Alexys Wilson was third (26.14), Pioneer’s Justice Jackson was fifth (26.35) and Skyline’s Sydney Cunningham was seventh (27.06).

Skyline junior Zsofia Hull raced second in the 400 meters in 59.93. Cunningham was seventh (1:02.02), Pioneer’s Lydia Valtadoros was 10th (1:03.20), Huron’s Yanisa Aquino was 11th (1:04.41) and Huron’s Antiya Sidibe was 16th (1:07.11).

In the 800 meters, Pioneer freshman Cookie Baugh was third in 2:22.57. Skyline’s Catrin Koselka was fifth (2:27.5), Skyline’s Lillian Peck was seventh (2:27.69) and Huron’s Sam Hastie was 10th (2:28.08).


Pioneer took the top two spots in the one mile and two mile runs.

In the 1600 meters, Pioneer’s Zofia Dudek continued her brilliant run this season with a first-place time of 4:56.46 – a PR for the junior. Freshman Sarah Forsyth was second as the Pioneer freshman crossed in 5:05.15. Huron’s Helena Helme was 12th in 5:44.16 and Skyline’s Arielle Melong was 14th in 5:46.36.

In the 3200 meters, Dudek won again in 10:53.80. Pioneer junior Ann Vogel was second in 11:12.19. Skyline’s Laura O’Brien was third (11:12.91) and Forsyth was fourth (11:21.54). Skyline’s Caitlyn Donnelly was 15th (12:40.35).

The Pioneers also dominated at the top of the 100 hurdles. Pioneer freshman Gabriella Newman was first in 15.40 with teammate Jayla Johnson less than a second behind her in second in 15.48. Huron’s Kay-Lee McSwain was right there at the end taking a close third in 15.68. Skyline’s Ayanna Bell was fifth (16.38) and Pioneer’s Vanessa Woolley was seventh in 16.97.

The Eagles then dominated the top of the 300 hurdles with senior Madeline Nicholas first in 46.24 and sophomore Jaeda Olive second in 46.47. Newman was third for Pioneer in 46.65. Bell was fifth (47.25), Johnson eighth (49.87) and Skyline’s Paula Martinez-Cinta 11th (51.71).

Skyline’s 4×100 relay team of Jaeda Olive,  Alexys Wilson, Sydney Cunningham and Felicity Sorenson was second in 49.23. Huron was third (49.49) and Pioneer was sixth (50.67).

In the 4×200 relay, Skyline’s team of Jaeda Olive, Alexys Wilson, Felicity Sorenson and Zsofia Hull was first in 1:42.76. Pioneer was fourth in 1:47.74.

In the 4×400 relay, the Skyline team of Felicity Sorenson, Madeline Nicholas, Alexys Wilson and Zsofia Hull was first in 4:00.27. Pioneer was third in 4:08.09.

In the 4×800 relay, the Pioneer team of Lydia Valtadoros, Sarah Forsyth, Cookie Baugh and Zofia Dudek was first in 9:16.62. Skyline was third in 9:29.06.

Pioneer senior Aderinola Adunbi won the shot put with a toss of 39-10.5. Skyline junior Janee Faulkner was second (38-6.50). Skyline’s Renee Faulkner was sixth (32-10), Pioneer’s Lis Cordeiro was 10th (28-7.75) and Huron’s Mikayla Keefer was 13th (26-6).

In the discus, Adunbi was third (95-10), Janee Faulkner was fifth (92-9) and Pioneer’s Sadie Freisthler was eighth (88-6).

Newman jumped to first place for the Pioneers in the high jump at 5-6. Huron freshman Madison Kieft was second (5-4). Huron’s Yanisa Aquino and Pioneer’s Jayla Johnson both went 4-8 to finish 10th.

Pioneer senior Vanessa Woolley was third in the pole vault at 10-9. Skyline’s Sam Barber was fifth (9-9) and Hurons’ Lauren Zukowski was 14th (8-3).

In the long jump, Huron sophomore Sela Gur-Arie was third (16-4.75) and teammate Madison Kieft was eighth (15-9.5). Pioneer’s Kayla Rollins was 10th (14-11.7) and Skyline’s Melissa Breiner was 12th (14-10).

MHSAA State Finals are June 1
LP Division 1 – East Kentwood HS
LP Division 2 – Zeeland Public Schools
LP Division 3 – Jenison HS
LP Division 4 – Baldwin Street MS




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