Cass Tech wins boys and girls PSL titles
PSL track championships
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Cass Tech outpointed their biggest rival, Renaissance, at this year’s Detroit Public School League Track Championships in both the boys and girls divisions. The Technician girls, under the direction of Chris Wright, repeated as PSL Girls Champions for the second-straight year, while the boys, under the direction of Thomas Wilcher, captured the 2012 PSL Boys Championship, after years of domination by Mumford.
Cass Tech girls were completely dominant, winning eight of the 16 events to compile an outstanding 181 points to Renaissance’s impressive 139 points to capture the title. King was third with 91 points, followed by Osborn (79), Mumford (42), Northwestern (23), Central (11), Communication Arts (6), Detroit International (5) and Cody and Denby (3).
The boys weren’t as dominate as their female counterparts, but compiled enough points (123 ½) to hold off their rivals from Renaissance (96). Defending champion Mumford was third with 66 points, followed by King (58 ½), Cody (54), Communication Arts (53), Douglass Academy (21), Southeastern (20), Central (17), Osborn (16), Pershing (14), Denby and Southwestern (13), Western (8) and Henry Ford (1).
In the girls competition, the Technicians won three of the four relays. Cass Tech won the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 10:26.36, the 4×200 (1:42.84) and the 4×100 (49.74). Mumford won the 4×400 with a time of 4:14.09.
In the sprints, Cass Tech’s Kyra Jefferson was the talk of the meet, winning both the 100 (12.01) and 200 meters (24.25). Simone Dismuke made it a clean sweep in the sprints for the Technicians, winning the 400 meters (1:00.28). In the hurdles, Kalen Glover of King won the 100 meters (15.29) and Kaila Wilcher of Cass Tech won the 300 meters (51.66).
In the distance events Osborn, won two of three with Tianna Hubbard capturing the 1600 meters (6:02.33) and Allyson Vang winning the 3200 meters (14:42.12). Vorri Sanders of Mumford was victorious in the 800 meters.
In the field events, Mahayla Cotton of King was a double winner in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches, and the long jump, with a leap of 17 feet. Summer Tolbert of Cass Tech won the discus with a throw of 90 feet, 7 inches, while Ashley Powell-Rhodes won the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 3 inches.
In the boys events, there was a smorgasbord of winners, starting with Neil Pippen of Southeastern, who won both the 100 meters (11.33) and 200 meters (22.79). Jonathon Sutherlin of Renaissance won the 400 meters (49.79) for the Phoenix. The winners at distance were Justin Moss of Cass Tech in the 800 meters (2:09.75), and Corey Sumner of King in the 1600 (4:30) and the 3200 (11:41.30).
David Ridgell of Communication Media Arts won both of his hurdles events for the Pharaohs, capturing the 110 meters (15.60) and the 300 meters (41.90). In the relays, Cass Tech won the 4×800 (8:37.91) and Crockett Tech the 4×100 (44.37). Renaissance captured the 4×200 (1:30.70) and 4×400 (3:28.17).
In the field events, Jabari Dean of Renaissance was a double winner in the discus with a throw of 136 feet, 11inches and the shot put with a toss of 46 feet. Mark Mayo of Communication Media Arts won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches and Reginal Ferrell of Cass Tech won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches.