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Relay team earns points at state finals


June 05, 2014
The Grosse Pointe North girls' track and field team earned three points in last weekend's Division 1 state finals meet at Rockford High School.

Oak Park won the title with 92 points and the others in the top three were East Kentwood with 49 points and Birmingham Seaholm with 30.


The Norsemen's points came in the 3,200-relay as senior Julia Rustmann, sophomore Sydney Benson, sophomore Katelyn Carney and senior Sarah Rustmann placed sixth with a time of 9:20.62.

This was a new school record and earned All-State honors.

The foursome beat the old record by an astounding 12 seconds (the previous record was set at the 2004 state finals by the all-state team of Whitfield, Anderson, DeFauw, and Graney). This time also represented a 15 second improvement over the relay team's previous season best set at the region meet.

Sarah Rustmann anchored the team in a split time of 2:15 and her split represents the second fastest 800 time in North's history.

Other Norsemen competing in the finals were Alexus Jimerson, 24th in the 100-hurdles with a time of 18.24; Benson, 18th in the 400-dash with a time of 59.19; Sarah Rustmann, 16th in the 800-run with a time of 2:20.94; and the 1,600-relay team of Julia Rustmann, Sarah Rustmann, junior Gabby Lewis and Benson, 17th with a time of 4:06.03.

The boys did not earn a point. Winning the boys' title was East Kentwood with 71 points. Saline was second with 37 points and Grand Blanc took third with 25.

Senior Makai Polk was 26th in the discus with a throw of 128-feet, 1-inch, and was 12th in the shot put with a toss of 50-feet, 10 ¾-inches.

Senior Bryce Johnson was 22nd in the 300-hurdles, posting a time of 53.77, and sophomore Connor Sickmiller was 28th in the 3,200-run with a time of 10:21.04.

North loses several quality girls and boys to graduation, but the returners will be ready for a solid 2015 season.

Correction

In the May 29 edition of the Grosse Pointe News, Grosse Pointe North's Tommy Heinemann was misidentified.


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