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Beline Obeid
June 05, 2014
For the fifth straight year, the Grosse Pointe South girls' track and field team finished in the Division 1 top 10, placing 6th in the field of 92 qualifying teams.

South was the three-time defending D1 state champion and also finished 4th in 2010.

Oak Park won the title with 92 points, followed by Northville with 50, East Kentwood with 49, Rockford with 48, Birmingham Seaholm with 30 and Grosse Pointe South with 29.

Two school records fell as the 400- and 800-sprint relay teams both placed, earning All-State honors for Christy Ford, Kayli Johnson, Elise Grever, Tamira McCoy and Jasmine Brathwaite.

The 4x100 team ran an all-time best 48.98 to place sixth, while the 4x200 team also placed sixth with a record 1:42.88.

Brathwaite was not done. She became the highest 100-dash finisher in South history taking second place with a 12.1 second performance. In her final race, Brathwaite placed seventh in the 200.

Johnson, in addition to leading off the 4x100 relay, placed in the shot put with a throw of 39-feet, 7-inches and became the first thrower in South history to place in the shot.

Junior Ersula Farrow also earned All-State honors by winning the 800-run. She led from start to finish and completed the race in 2:07.62, which is the second fastest 800-time in Michigan history.

The Blue Devils added other excellent performances as senior Kelsie Schwartz finished her stellar high school career running the 3,200 in 11:17, and Anna Piccione added a 12:07 in the same event.

Schwartz teamed up with Kamryn Leonard, Alexa Calas and Natasha Boelstler in the 3,200-relay and also teamed with Calas, Farrow and Ford to run the 1,600-relay.

The Blue Devils had other fine performances by vaulters Hannah Adams and Lisa Conley, along with long jumper Alex DiCresce, and hurdlers Katie Marschner and Kendall Graczyk.

For the South boys who competed in the state finals, senior Elondo Moore was 13th in the long jump with a mark of 21-feet, 1 ˝-inches, and he placed ninth in the 400-dash with a time of 49.96.

Senior Charlie Warren was 11th in the 800-run with a time of 1:55.06, and the Blue Devils' 1,600-relay team placed 10th with a time of 3:23.68.

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