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Raider girls get second at regional


Burkland and Downing win 1600 run and 400 dash



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May 20, 2009
ALMONT — The Almont girls' track team collected a second-place finish last Saturday at a Division 3 regional hosted by New Haven High School.

Lutheran North topped the standings, aided by an output of 190 points. Almont ranked second, thanks to a 77-point total, and Livonia Clarenceville tallied 68 for third. Clawson (63 points), New Haven (53), Detroit Communication Media Arts (38), River Rouge (33), Madison Heights Bishop Foley (30), Detroit Community (13), Harper Woods (eight), Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy (five) and Madison Heights Madison (four) occupied places four through 12 at meet's end.

The top-two placewinners in each event, plus anyone who equals or improves upon a state set clocking, height or distance continues their postseason path May 30 at the Division 3 state track and field finals. That competition unfolds at Comstock Park High School.

Cassidy Downing, 400 dash, 1:04.5; and Marie Burkland, 1600-meter run, 5:24.1; led Almont with individual event firsts.

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Marie Burkland, of Almont, was a regional champion over the 1600-meter run distance. photo by Kevin Kissane.

The Almont 1600 relay of Lauren Deneweth, Scotti Langley, Burkland and Downing also prevailed. They were timed in 4:26.6.

Deneweth, 800-meter run, 2:28.3; and Burkland, 3200 run, 12:09; supplied Almont's individual event seconds.

The Almont 3200-meter relay of Scotti Langley, Ally Matthews, Deneweth and Burkland ranked second as well, thanks to a clocking of 10:40.8.

Matthews, long jump, 13 feet 3 inches; Sam Gomez, discus, 86 feet 6 inches; and Langley, 1600 run, 5:54.4; supplied Almont's fourths.

Langley, 800-meter run, 2:40.3; generated the lone Almont fifth.

Kristen Grapentin, 100 hurdles, 23.49 seconds; gave Almont an individual event eighth.

The 800 relay of Nikki Coronado, Tamara Timko, Downing and Matthews added another eighth to Almont's cause. They stopped the watch at 2:09 en route.

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