Sawicki inks pact with Cornerstone
|Capac’s Melissa Sawicki (front center) signed her letter of intent to run cross country and track at Cornerstone University recently. She is pictured with front (L to R) Tyler Sawicki, Angie Sawicki, Tim Sawicki and Alana Sawicki; and back Mike Hoeft, Ben St. Onge, Mackenzie Hackelberg, Jeremy Paluch, Chris Paluch, Steve Sampson, Ben Miller and Arnie Vandemark Jr. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
April 16, 2008CAPAC — Capac senior Melissa Sawicki signed a national letter of intent to become a part of the Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) women's cross country and track squads recently.
This past fall Sawicki logged a Tri-City best 19:11.6 clocking, the second swiftest time in her school's history, en route to an 23rd-place finish Saturday, November 3 at the Division 3 cross country state finals.
Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, is where the action unfolded.
The senior set the pace at the Division 3 regional hosted by Bad Axe High School; registered seconds at the Thumb Championship in Caro and a Blue Water Area Conference Jamboree Meet hosted by Goodells County Park; pulled up third at the North Branch High School-based Lapeer County Meet; furnished a fifth at the Brown City Invitational; acquired a sixth at the Muskrat Invitational in Algonac; supplied a seventh at the Harbor Beach Invitational; obtained eighths among Division 3 entries at the Holly Invitational and at a Blue Water Area Conference Jamboree Meet hosted by Almont High School; generated a 10th at a Blue Water Area Conference Jamboree Meet hosted by Algonac High School; collected a 15th at the Marysville Invitational; and raced to a 23rd-place showing (good enough to earn All-State accolades) at the Division 3 cross country state finals hosted by Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
She concluded the season, her third on Capac's squad, as an Tri-City Times All-Area first team selection, an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team choice and an All-Blue Water Area first team pick.
Sawicki also grabbed her share of headlines for Capac's track team the previous spring.
As a junior, Sawicki's best individual event was the 1600-meter run.
It was there she supplied a time of 5:29.04 en route to a second at a Division 3 regional hosted by New Haven High School on Saturday, May 19.
She joined forces with Lindsey Manning, Josh Murphy and Todd Lawrence for a 6400 relay first at the Almont Coed Relays; supplied a second at a Division 3 regional hosted by New Haven High School; plus generated fifths at the Bad Axe Invitational and the Richmond High School-based Blue Water Area Conference League Meet.
Sawicki also earned the right to compete in the event at the O'Connor Realty Meet of Champions hosted by Marysville High School; the Caro High School-based Thumb Meet of Champions; and the Division 3 state finals hosted by Comstock Park High School.
She also joined forces with Danielle Nieman, Kayla Weber and Jessica Medrano to log a Tri-City best 4:15.33 1600-meter relay clocking at the Division 3 state track and field finals hosted by Comstock Park High School on Saturday, June 2.
A lineup consisting of Sawicki, Nieman, Weber and Medrano furnished a first at a Division 3 regional hosted by New Haven High School; collected third at the Rich-mond High School-based Blue Water Area Conference League Meet and Bad Axe Invitational; plus furnished a fourth at the Marysville High School-based O'Connor Realty Meet of Champions.
In addition to that, a team consisting of Sawicki, Medrano, Joe Camire and Brendan Pfeifer pulled up second at the Almont Coed Relays.
Capac also earned the right to compete in the event at the Caro High School-based Thumb Meet of Champions and the Division 3 state track and field finals hosted by Comstock Park High School.
Her performances in each of the aforementioned events earned Sawicki Tri-City Times All-Area first team recognition.
Sawicki also excelled individually over the 800 meter distance, listing a 2:30.44 time as her speediest effort.
Her accomplishments there included a third at a New Haven High School-based Division 3 regional, helping her attain Tri-City Times All-Area second team status in that event.
In addition to that, Sawicki also tested her endurance skills with Lindsey Manning, Danielle Nieman and Jessica Medrano on Capac's 3200-meter relay. The quartet posted a 10:45 clocking there, gaining them Tri-City Times All-Area second team attention.
Cornerstone University women's cross country team took fourth at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships last fall
On the track, Corner-stone University won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Champ-ionship recently.