TRACK AND FIELD: Allen Park boys, Woodhaven girls win Downriver League meet titles (2023)

The Downriver League put a bow on its track and field slate for the spring by holding its annual conference-wide meet on Tuesday at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School.

After competing in multiple league tri-meets during the season and, more recently, the regional tournaments last week, the league’s nine member schools united for the conference’s 14th track and field meet.

Among the bigger storylines was whether or not Allen Park could cap off a perfect season in conference action. Both the boys and girls teams from Allen Park went undefeated in the league tri-meets during the season.

After a long day of competition, half of that storyline came to fruition as the Allen Park boys secured their first-ever championship at the league meet. However, on the other side of the ledger, it was business as usual for the Brownstown Woodhaven girls capturing yet another DRL title.

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It is not only Allen Park’s first-ever DRL meet title in the league’s existence (2009-10), it is believed to be their first league title of any kind in boys’ track and field in nearly 30 years (1995).

Allen Park finished with 142 points total, ahead of runner-up Gibraltar Carlson (117.5) and third-place Woodhaven (103). Then it was Roosevelt (78.5), Lincoln Park (72), Trenton (49), Southgate Anderson (41), Taylor (33), and Dearborn Edsel Ford (26.5) rounding out the team scoring.

Allen Park collected five first-place finishes out of the 17 boys’ events on the day, tying Carlson for the most among all the schools on hand Tuesday. Among those league titles included Miles Dewberry (400m), Brady Boroniec (3200m), and Jeremy Whoolery (long jump).

Those aforementioned events were ones where Allen Park did well as a team altogether. Whoolery saw teammate Kevin Lebron-Hill finish runner-up in the long jump. Whoolery also placed fifth in the 400m race.

The Jags also accounted for four of the top five spots in the 3200m, which was good for 27 out of a possible 39 points in that event. Included in that event was Caleb Wynn in second, Jackson Raby in fourth, and Caleb DeLaGarza in fifth.

Dewberry and Whoolery teamed up alongside Owen Alvarez and Drew Steele for first place in the 4x400m relay while Boroniec paced the winning team of Steele, Caleb Wynn, and Blake Caswell in the 4x800m relay.

Allen Park had several other key top-3 finishes that contributed to their championship efforts on Tuesday.

Dewberry finished runner-up in the 200m race, which was won by Aiden Hinton of Lincoln Park. Steele finished second behind only Lincoln Park’s Donovan Effinger in the 800m race. Wynn and Boroniec finished 2-3 consecutively in the 1600m with Woodhaven’s Pierce Scheffler winning that event. And in pole vault, it was Matthew Mizzi and Dominic Walker placing second and third, respectively, behind only Carlson’s Aiden Ferguson.

TRACK AND FIELD: Allen Park boys, Woodhaven girls win Downriver League meet titles (1)

Carlson got a strong performance on the track from Izaiah Wright. The standout freshman was the league champion in the 100m dash and anchored two winning relays for the Marauders.

Wright first collaborated with Noah Latzy, Caleb Greear, and Mikey Owens to win first place in the 4x200m race. Then it was Owens, Greear, Wright, and Avery Ortiz combining their efforts to win the 4x100m race.

Meanwhile over in the field events, Carlson got another solid showing from Ben Przytula, who was the champion in shot put. Przytula added to the Marauders’ team scoring with a fourth-place effort in discus throw. That event was won by DeMarrio Roetherford, who broke his own meet record from a season ago.

Carlson had several other key top-3 finishes elsewhere on Tuesday. Ortiz picked up a third-place finish in long jump. Josiah Davis finished runner-up to Trenton’s Zach Taylor in the 110m hurdles race; Taylor was the champion in the 330m hurdles race as well. Nate Lawe was the outlier in the top 5 of the 3200m race that was otherwise crowded by Allen Park runners. And Drew Sikora finished second behind only Woodhaven’s Ben Syverson in high jump.

Three schools — Anderson, Edsel Ford, and Taylor — did not finish first in any event on Tuesday.

Anderson’s best performance came in the form of Seth Bodary finishing runner-up to Dewberry in the 400m race. Taylor got a pair of second-place finishes with Mar’Sean Massenburg being involved in both. The junior placed second in the 100m dash and then anchored a second-place relay team in the 4x100m race.

Edsel Ford’s top finish in any event came courtesy of Mohammed Abulhasan, who placed third in the 110m hurdles.


It was another strong showing for the girls from Woodhaven, who earned their third straight Downriver League meet title and fourth in the last five outings overall.

Woodhaven finished with 173.5 points as team, followed by the hosts from Roosevelt (151) in second and Allen Park (110) in third. Then it was Carlson (74.5), Edsel Ford (73), Lincoln Park (27), Trenton (26), Anderson (15), and Taylor (5) rounding things out.

TRACK AND FIELD: Allen Park boys, Woodhaven girls win Downriver League meet titles (2)

The first-place Warriors saw two track runners stand out on Tuesday.

Jayla Martin won first place in both the 200m and 400m races. It was all Woodhaven atop the leaderboard in the 200m run with Myonna Ekanem and Maya Justice placing 2-3, respectively.

Meanwhile in the 400m, where she bested her own meet record from last season, Martin edged out teammate Payton Scheffler and Roosevelt’s Samantha Cost, both of whom were separated by just four-hundredths of a second. Ekanem and Joslyn Bechtol finished fourth and fifth in that event as well for the Warriors.

Martin also finished third overall in the 100m dash, which was won by teammate Ekanem. Woodhaven accounted for three of the top six spots in this event, with Addison Martin being the third in that bunch.

Scheffler added to Woodhaven’s success with a win in the 800m race and a runner-up finish to the aforementioned Cost in the 1600m race.

Meanwhile over on the field side of things, Maya Justice turned in a first-place finish in long jump. Justice was also the back end of the winning relay in the 4x100m race, joining Addison Martin, JaMya Smith, and Andrea Watts.

Woodhaven had several key top performances scattered throughout that aided in their team victory on Tuesday.

TRACK AND FIELD: Allen Park boys, Woodhaven girls win Downriver League meet titles (3)

Isabelle Kriebel finished third and fourth in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles races, respectively. Both of those events were won by Carlson’s Emily Petty, who was responsible for the Marauders’ only two victories on the girls’ side of the ledger.

Kriebel also competed in discus throw alongside teammate Jessica Payne. Both throwing events were won by Allen Park and defending Division 1 state champion Abigail Russell, who broke her own league meet records with her performances in both events on Tuesday.

The only other first-place finish for Allen Park on the girls’ side came in 4x800m relay thanks to the combined efforts of Abbie Sawicki, Aurora Jacobs, Luci Granata, and Reese Hastings.

In addition to her win in the 1600m run, Cost also picked up first-place honors in the 3200m run. Cost was also on Roosevelt’s winning team in the 1600m relay that included Eleanor Grant, Lillian Edwards, and Megan Cahalan.

Cahalan and Edwards the teamed up with Taylor Fuller and Ania Toboy for first place in the 400m relay race. Elsewhere for the Bears, Fuller was the champion in pole vault while Toboy set a new personal record with her runner-up finish in discus throw.

Edsel Ford’s only event win came in the form of Ava Steinhebel in the high jump. Steinhebel and fellow Thunderbird teammates Fiona Kane and Delaney Rowe accounted for three of the top five spots in long jump.

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Four teams did not record a single first-place finish in any girls’ event on Tuesday.

Both Lincoln Park and Trenton tallied a runner-up finish; Lincoln Park doing so in the 4x200m relay while Trenton’s Sophia Smith finished second behind the aforementioned Petty in both hurdles races.

Anderson saw Sparrow Centeno account for 12 of their 15 team points thanks to third-place honors in both the 800m and 1600m runs. Taylor meanwhile got all five point courtesy of Imani Eugene, who finished in the top 10 of the 100m, 200m, and 400m races.

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