Chase Arendts ‘17: Starting off the 2016 Track and Field season strong, boys track and field competed in their first dual meet of the season, dominating the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils 101-33 for the first win of the season.
Preparing hard before the beginning of the season, the Bulldogs came out confident in their abilities, winning the first of event of meet, the 4×800 meter relay. Not only did the varsity relay team beat Grosse Pointe South’s varsity team, but Romeo’s junior varsity relay team also beat the Blue Devils’ varsity team.
The Bulldogs continued their tradition of dominance in the distances events, placing first in all events from the 400 meter and race up.
Although not known for winning shorter events, Romeo’s sprinters stepped it up this meet winning both the 100 meter sprint and the 200 meter sprint. Both events were won by freshman sprinter, John Jackman ‘19.
Stunning the crowd in his first meet of the year, Kyle Finos ‘17 won both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, blowing out the competition. Finos set personal records for both events running a 16.63 second 110 and a 40.34 second 300.
“I’ve been working at those races, especially the 300, all year, but my improvement from last year still surprised me,” Finos said. “This is the first year that I have states in my sights.”
Adding to Romeo’s point total, Louis Thom ‘17 won shot put and placed in discus.
Learning to pole vault last year, John Thom ‘17 placed first for the first time in his career, clearing nine feet, helping his team win by adding five points to the total.
“Winning pole vault was exhilarating,” Thom ‘17 said. “I had just picked up the event at the end of last year and to place first in the very first meet was awesome. I wasn’t even sure if I would clear starting in the first meet and I won.”
Running track for the first time in high school, Andre Pantalena ‘17 placed third in high jump, scoring one point with a jump of 5’6”.
The Bulldogs swept the long jump, with Cole Harko ‘18 placing first, jumping 20’ 4”. After faceplanting in warmups, Kade Messner ‘17 pulled out second place on his last jump of the day, jumping 19 feet eight inches and Jared Czapski jumped 18’6” placing third.
Looking forward to a successful track season, Romeo track and field looks to continue winning in their next two meets. The Bulldogs run again on Saturday at the Brandon Track and Field Invitational and again on Tuesday in their next dual meet away at Dakota High School.