Bowsher's girls had never won a City League track and field championship before last year. Now the Rebel girls have two, after outpointing runner-
up Central Catholic last night 137.75 to 97.
And, the Whitmer boys - who have won four straight Division I district titles but failed to win a CL crown since leaving the Great Lakes League after the 2003 season - claimed their first City team title by topping runner-up Rogers 127 to 104.
But the big news from last night's City championship meet at Rogers was the poor fate of two of the state's best female sprinters.
Libbey senior Danyelle McGary, a five-time individual event winner over the past two years, did not compete yesterday and is reportedly out for the season with a hamstring injury. She missed much of the season, but did compete in Wednesday's preliminaries here.
Also, Bowsher sophomore Meshawn Graham will not likely defend her state D-I 200-meter title. She did defend her CL 400-meter title (57.0 seconds) yesterday, and placed second to Notre Dame Academy's Chantell Cargile (11.6) in the 100, but later pulled a hamstring during the 200 final, also won by Cargile (24.6).
"It's just the direction the program's going in," Bowsher girls coach Mark Coe said of the title repeat. "We worked so hard in the offseason. We started in September with weight training, and the kids have just bought into the program.
"But this was a heartbreaker today. I'd trade it all back to have a healthy Meshawn [Graham]. We're going to have to make some changes [in relays] and think about what direction we want to go in now."
The Rebels also got titles from Gail Burkhardt (5:32.6) in the 1600; from Alisha Jones, who tied the CL record (44.7) set by Rogers' Raina Turner in 1992; from Ashley Harris (107 feet, 7 inches) in the discus; and from their 400 and 800 relay teams.
Joining Cargile as a girls double winner was Whitmer's Courtney Siebenaller, who repeated her 2005 CL titles in the 100 hurdles (14.7) and the pole vault, where she cleared a CL-record 10-6. Siebenaller also placed second in both the 200 dash and the 300 hurdles, contributing the most individual points (36) in the meet.
"I'm a gymnast, and that's where the pole vault [skill] comes from," Siebenaller said of her heavy workload, "and outside of that I just love to run.''
She was named the outstanding track athlete of the meet while Clay's Susan Achter was named outstanding field athlete. Achter won the shot put (37-9) and placed fifth in the discus.
Whitmer won only three of the 17 boys events, but the Panthers parlayed balance and depth into a title.
"It's about time,'' Whitmer boys coach Greg Kubicki said. "We've been close the past two years. This team stepped up and finally did it. You're not going to win unless you have great kids, and they've worked harder than any other team I've had. We take great pride in having a total team. We want to score in every event, and we did."
Senior distance standout Skyler Schmitt won the 1600 (4:27.5) for Whitmer, placed second in the 3200 (9:52.2) behind St. John's Jesuit's Matt Lemon (9:31.3) and ran a leg on the Panthers' third-place 3200 relay effort Wednesday.
Whitmer got a title in the 110 hurdles from Mike Hyttenhove (14.6), who also ran anchor on the Panthers' winning 400 relay (43.7) finish. Hyttenhove was fourth in the 100, and was near the lead in the 300 hurdles before suffering a jarring fall. Sprint teammate Monty Simon pitched in with a third in the 100, a second in the 200 and a leg on the winning 400 relay.
The Panthers, who scored in all 17 events, placed two competitors in seven of the 17. They won easily despite losing standout junior sprinter Aeric Clay, who transferred to Bowsher this year.
Clay, last year's D-I state runner-up in the 100-meter dash. repeated his CL 100-meter title in 10.7 seconds, plus added a title in the 200 (21.6).
Clay was named the CL's outstanding track athlete, and Start pole vault champion Mike Dimick (13-6) was named outstanding field athlete for the meet.
Rounding out the list of individual-event champions for the boys were Dane Sanzenbacher of Central (400, 49.4), Marcel Huggins of Rogers (800, 1:57.7), Josh Boos of Clay (300 hurdles, 40.8), Dustin Pierson of Bowsher (discus, 153-5), Erik Kynard of Start (high jump, 6-4), Jalil Carter of St. John's (long jump, 21-2 3/4), and Cody Enos of St. Francis (shot put, 48-11 1/2).
Other girls individual champ-
ions included Chanelle Caldwell of Rogers (800, 2:26.1), Andrea Scharer of Clay (3200, 12:06.4), and St. Ursula teammates Runa Lucienne (high jump, 5-4) and Shareyne Spears (long jump, 17-0).
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