Indians swept by Adrian to open track season

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Gabe Lopez (l) placed first in the 400-dash for the Indians. He also placed first in the 110-meter hurdles. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Sunshine broke through the clouds and greeted Tecumseh’s varsity girls and boys track teams on Thursday, April 17, as the Indians opened their season at home against Adrian High School.

It was the first time the track teams hit the asphalt this season as wet and cold conditions forced cancellations including the Tecumseh Relays, the Indians scheduled home opener on March 28. The Indians also cancelled their following home meet against Ypsilanti on April 15.

“Overall, I was very happy with the way the boys ran tonight. I was very happy to be able to get a meet in after the rough spring we have had. Going in to the meet I really wasn’t sure how the boys would compete or how we look against Adrian,” Tecumseh’s varsity boys coach Eddy Foley said.

The Maples swept the meet with the boys winning 91-45 and the girls beating Tecumseh 89-48.

“Leo Lauver, the Adrian boys coach, always does a great job getting his kids ready to run against us and tonight was no different. Hats off to him and his team; they flat out beat us tonight,” said Foley.

Tecumseh’s boys did have a few bright spots during the event. The Indians placed first in the 3,200-meter relay (9:09.46) and followed with a first place in the 110-meter hurdles with Gabe Lopez crossing the finish line first in a time of 17.33. Lopez also placed first in the 400-dash with a time of 53.07.

Drake Vandenberg tied Adrian’s Collin Kemner in the 800 run with both runners clocking in at 2:07.85.

The Indians also placed first in the 1,600-meter relay. Team of Drake Vandenberg, Tommy Mammel, Nate Coffin, and Gabe Lopez won the exciting race with a time of 3:39.0 seconds, only .2 seconds ahead of the Maples.

Tecumseh’s girls coach, Kim Foley, didn’t see the results she would have liked to open the season.

“I am disappointed in the loss tonight, however it was nice to get on the track and see our strengths and weaknesses,” she said.

Tecumseh’s Ashley Kimmit placed first in the pole vault event with a height of 7’ 6” while Kelsey Bogrow placed third with 6’ 6”.

The Indians’ placed first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 53.55.

The Indians’ shot put crew of Diamond Tirado, Savanna Giligallon and Rachel Sanders swept the event. Tirado placed first with a distance of 30’4 1/2” and also won the discus event with 85’3”.

Tecumseh’s Giligallon (27’10”) placed second in shot put while Rachel Sanders was third (26’ 1 1/4”).

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