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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Wayne’s Craig Young wings his way to a win in the 100-meter dash Saturday at the SAC track and field meet. He also won the 200.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Jackie Turner of Bishop Dwenger hits the sand in the long jump at the SAC track and field meet.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Craig Young of Wayne clears 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump Saturday at the SAC track and field meet.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Shidrea Hollis of South Side competes in the long jump Saturday at the SAC track and field meet.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Herman Black of Bishop Luers competes in the shot put Saturday at the SAC track and field meet.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Northrop's Shaton Vaughn, center, wins the 110 meter high hurdles Saturday at the SAC track and field meet.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Snider's Tatiana Milledge and Kaitlynn Newgent, Northop's Aliyah Jones and Kyara Muhummad, and Wayne's Aniese Phillips and Kristin Bieber pass batons in the first corner of the 4x100 relay Saturday at the SAC track and field meet. Wayne won the race.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Wayne's Aniese Phillips, center, takes the 100 meter hurdles in front of South Side's KiMaya Houston, left, and Northrop's Dylan Kirkwood, Saturday at the SAC track and field meet.

Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:00 am

Bruins girls, boys rule at SAC

Coach: Northrop has momentum for sectional

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

An extra day of rest proved beneficial to the Northrop track teams as they swept Saturday's SAC meet at North Side after the finals were delayed a day because of inclement weather.

The Bruins beat out runner-up Bishop Dwenger on the girls side 170-116 and Snider 140-108 for the boys.

The Wayne girls finished third (95), followed by Snider fourth (66) and Concordia fifth (51½). The Wayne boys were third (95), Concordia fourth (85) and North Side fifth (70).

“Everybody scored in every event that we had two people in,” Northrop girls coach Terry Milton said. “It puts us right on track in terms of momentum and really kind of sorting things out. Some of the questions we had were answered in terms of personnel, so this was really, really good on a lot of different levels, not just the win but being able to sort through some things and get an idea of what we want to do for sectionals.”

Bruins junior Alicia Tiney-Williams won the shot put Wednesday (42 feet, 11.5 inches) and the discus Saturday (117-5) to sweep the throws, and senior Breanna Phillips won the high jump Wednesday and added the 400- and the 1,600-meter relay to her wins. Coming off a hamstring injury, her 56.44 in the 400 was a mental boost.

“I'm really excited with my performance today especially coming off the injury,” Phillips said. “My leg did feel a lot better. I'm shocked I did as well as I did. Everybody really showed up today and played their part. The distance team, the sprinters, throws, pole vault, high jump, everybody did what they were supposed to do.”

Juniors Jalen Royal and Shaton Vaughn combined for 70 of the Bruins' points. Royal anchored the 3,200 relay Wednesday, won a difficult double of 800 (1:57.18) and 400 (49.75), and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (3:23.98).

“Basically, coach said it was mind over matter, to clear my head, get right and hold on for the 800,” Royal said of the event double. “It was difficult, but coach and all my teammates prepared me, racing in practice and we got it done.”

Vaughn, a sprinter-turned-hurdler, won the long jump Wednesday, and the 110 hurdles (14.35), 300 hurdles (38.20) and was a leg of the 1,600 relay.

“I really didn't expect to be running hurdles at all for school,” Vaughn said. “I thought it would be the same as last year, running the 100 and 200, but over the summer I started working with (now graduated) Bijay (Stephens) in hurdles and then for Future Stars, we did hurdle work there, too.

“It's meant a lot because I didn't really expect to do this well and now I won all my events today.”

Also, Dustin Starnes won the 3,200 in 9:48.89.

Other multiple event winners on the girls side included Snider freshman Payton Gorman in the 100 (12.82) and 200 (25.94), Bishop Dwenger freshman Erin Strzelecki in the 1,600 (5:19.60) and 3,200 (11:40.99) and Wayne's Aniese Phillips won the 100 hurdles (14.90) in a race that had to be rerun due to a timing error. Phillips was also a member of the winning 400 relay (49.49).

Concordia's Abby Brennan won the 800 (2:22.99) and teammate Olivia Friedrich won the 300 hurdles (45.81).

On the boys side, Wayne sophomore Craig Young won the 100 (10.89), 200 (22.06) and was a leg of the winning 400 relay.

Snider's Jesse Hamlin won the 1,600 in 4:28.11, Wayne's Ahmaud Hill won pole vault (12-0), teammate Dylan Hart won shot put (47-10 3/4) and Concordia's Tucker Bennett won high jump (6-2).