Weather can’t slow down Hornets 04/23/09
Track hosts Pioneer on rainy day, splits up team for invitationals

By Jana Miller, Staff Writer

PUBLISHED: April 23, 2009

Photo by Hiroshi Onuma
Alex Leptich hands off the baton to relay teammate Chelsie Noble at a soaking wet dual with Pioneer.
The weather as of late is much like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hide, which the boys’ and girls’ varsity track teams learned through experience April 14 while hosting Ann Arbor Pioneer.

The two Southeastern Conference Red Division teams squared off in Hornet country in the middle of pouring rain and 40-degree temperatures.

The weather was so bad that parents and volunteers had to squeegee the track, and the timing system was eventually thrown out because runners were clocking Olympic-team times.

But despite the conditions, the girls’ team managed to earn a win for the first time since the two teams have shared the league. Saline defeated the defending state champions 67-51.

“The girls did very well,” said head girls’ coach Mike Smith. “They dealt with the weather and the competition in admirable fashion.”

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