Titans compete at annual Metro Classic Invitational

To help teams manage social distancing, this year’s Metro Classic Track Invitational hosted by Wyandotte Roosevelt High School was divided into two halves, with the smaller schools running in the morning and the larger schools in the afternoon.

Anderson was grouped with the larger school and finished fifth in both the boys and girls competitions.

The Titan boys scored 55 points to earn their finish and the girls scored 62 to earn theirs.

Woodhaven took both the boys and girls championships. 

The Warrior boys scored 172 points to beat Roosevelt (101), Carlson (100), Riverview (80)and Anderson (55). The rest of the field finished in this order: Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Allen Park and Dearborn Divine Child. 

The Warriors girls scored 142 points and topped Allen Park (132.5), Wyandotte (104.5), Carlson (76) and Southgate (62). Lincoln Park, Riverview and Melvindale rounded out the girls scoring.

In the morning session, the boys finished this way: Huron, Grosse Ile, Trenton, Detroit Voyager, Cabrini, Gabriel Richard, River Rouge, Romulus, Summit Academy, Detroit Edison PSA and Dearborn Henry Ford Academy.

The order of finish for the girls was Grosse Ile, Huron, Summit Academy, Voyager, Trenton, Cabrini, River Rouge and Gabriel Richard.

Individually the Anderson girls won one event and did their best work in the speed events. The individual gold came in the 4×400 relay where Kaitlyn Valrie, Grace Buckner, Jocelyn Raths and Alvia Ensign ran 4:18.47 to beat Woodhaven, which ran 4:21.77. That same foursome ran second in the 4×200 relay, falling to Woodhaven by two-hundredths of a second.

The Titans also got a third place effort from Ensign in the 100 and the high jump, a third from Raths in the 200 and a fourth in the long jump and a third from Buckner in the 400.

The Southgate boys did not win any events, but they did get a pair of silver medals.

Noah Packwood was second in the 400 meters and Connor Augenstine was second in the 300 hurdles and third in the pole vault.

Anderson’s 4×200 relay team also won a third place medal. That group was Andrew Shields, Augenstein, Torian Clemons and Packwood.

At the end of April the Titans ran in the Trenton Trojan Invitational and the Titans did collect some gold there as Steven Porter won the two mile and Augenstein won the 300 hurdles. For the girls, Valrie, Buckner, Packwood and Raths won the 4×400 relay and the 4×200 relay. 

The Titans wrapped up the regular season on May 18 with the final tri meet of the year against Downriver League rivals Carlson and Wyandotte and they will participate in Division 1 regionals at Saline on May 21 and in the Downriver League meet on May 28.

The Division 1 state meet will be June 5 this year at East Kentwood High School.

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