SCHOOL HOSTS CATHOLIC LEAGUE INTERSECTIONAL JAMBOREE, SHOWCASES STRONG PERFORMANCES
Written by Nathan Burke for The Alcove Student Newspaper.
Greenhills varsity boys and girls track and field teams hosted one of its biggest meets of the season May 9. The competition saw schools from across the region come together to showcase their talents in various track and field events. The school made an impressive showing, with the boys team placing third overall and the girls team securing second place.
The boys team finished just short of the first and second-place teams, Clarkston Everest Collegiate and University Liggett, respectively. The girls team put forth a strong effort, finishing behind Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s and just ahead of Royal Oak Shrine.
The event was filled with excitement as several Greenhills athletes achieved notable personal records (PRs). One of the most memorable moments of the day was the boys 4×400-meter relay. The team, consisting of Lincoln Cha ’24, Drew Fletcher ’23, Raj Tiller ’23, and Royal Seale ’26, shattered their previous record by three seconds, clocking in at an impressive 3:45.13.
“I am thrilled with how our team came together today,” said Fletcher. “We’ve been pushing ourselves in practice, and it’s rewarding to see our hard work pay off at a big meet like this.”
Another standout performance came from the men’s 4×200-meter relay team. Fletcher, Tiller, Liam Dutta ’24, and Lucas Aalderink ’26 teamed up to secure a new PR, finishing the race in just 1:37.90. The boys relay teams demonstrated their hard work and dedication throughout the season, as their exceptional performance placed them first in their event.
Tiller had a very big day, following up on his team PRs with a personal first place finish in the long jump. He won the event with a jump of 18 feet and 2.25 inches.
Chisom Anwunah ’23, a shot put and discus thrower, narrowly missed setting a new school record by just two inches. Anwunah’s throw of 35 feet and 11 inches not only earned her a PR but also placed her first overall in the event. She added to it by taking first place in discus with a season-best throw of 94 feet and four inches. Her impressive achievements adds to the growing list of accomplishments by the school’s athletes this season.
“I’m really proud of my performance today,” said Anwunah. “I know I have the potential to break the record, and I’m going to keep working hard to achieve that goal as I was only two inches away.”
Athletes were also quick to credit their teammates and coaches for their success.
“Our coaches [Mackenzie Hess, Michael Wilson, Tim Wilson, Christina Greenfield, Neil Bazaj and Jarrett Bussel] have been incredibly supportive and have helped us reach our full potential leading up to these big meets towards the end of our season,” said Tiller. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
With the remainder of the season ahead, including regional and state competitions, the team’s athletes look forward to building upon their successes at the Catholic League Championship. Greenhills will play host to that 24-team event, taking place on May 24.