2010 All-Washtenaw County Boys Track and Field Team
Boys track and field is the final in AnnArbor.com's series of 10 All-Wastenaw County teams from the spring sports season.
Steve Ferguson (sr.), Dexter: Ferguson took second place in the pole vault at the Division 1 state finals. The Dreadnaught cleared 15 feet, 8.5-inches on his way to a runner-up finish. On his way to state, Ferguson took the regional title with a vault of 15 feet.
Clay Holman (sr.), Lincoln: Holman held the area’s best times in two sprinting events, and the second-best in a third. The Railsplitter earned D1 all-state status in the 400-meter dash with a 48.86-seconds finish for fifth place. His other top times came in the 100 (:11.01) and 200 (:21.95) dashes. Holman also aided Lincoln’s 400 relay to seventh at states.
Andrew Hunt (jr.), Ypsilanti: The Phoenix hurdler clocked a time of 38.34 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles to finish fifth at the D1 state championships. On top of that, Hunt helped Ypsilanti’s 1,600 relay orchestrate a third-place finish at states (3:18.65). He also held the second-fastest 200 time (:22.18) in the county.
Carter Johnson (sr.), Pioneer: The Pioneer took third place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.20 seconds at the D1 state championships. He added an eighth place in the 300 hurdles. Carter Johnson was also the regional champ in the 300 hurdles, where he clocked in the area’s best time (:38.10).
Drake Johnson (so.), Pioneer: Johnson won the Pioneers’ lone individual first-place finish when he clocked in at 14.17 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the D1 state championships. At regionals, Johnson claimed the 110 hurdles in school-record fashion, clocking in at 13.90 seconds.
Nathan Karr (sr.), Pioneer: The AnnArbor.com Boys Track Athlete of the Year punctuated his senior season with a pair of runner-up finishes at the D1 state finals. Karr set a personal- and school-record in the 1,600-meter run (4:10.14) before gritting to second in the 3,200 (9:16.40). The Pioneer graduate also won regional titles in both events and helped Pioneer’s 3,200 relay win a regional title in 7:52.2.
Dominic Leoni (jr.), Father Gabriel Richard: Leoni had fourth and fifth place finishes at the D3 state finals. Leoni threw to fourth in the discus with a 149-foot, 2-inch toss and fifth in the shot put (49-0.25). His furthest discus throw was an area-high 152-4. At regionals, he won both events.
Steven Machin (sr.), Whitmore Lake: The senior won in his first state title in the 110-meter hurdles when he clocked in a personal- and school-record 14.31 seconds at the D3 finals. Machin swept the competition in his regional events, winning the 110 (:15.05) and 300 hurdles (:40.74) and 200 dash (:22.7). The Trojan also boasted the fastest 100 dash time in the county (:11.00).
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Ben Carruthers (sr.), Dexter: Carruthers registered a 9:18.53 finish in the 3,200-meter run at the D1 state finals, good enough for third place. En route to state, the Dreadnaught took first in the 3,200 at a D1 regional with a 9:21 time.
Marcus Finney (sr.), Huron: The River Rat held the fourth-best 100- and 200-meter dash times in the area with finishes of 11.16 and 22.60 seconds. His best times came at the Southeastern Conference Red Division championships, where he won in convincing fashion.
Kyle Foster (jr.), Pioneer: The Pioneer junior claimed his regional high jump title, scaling 6 feet, 2 inches. Foster also played a role in Pioneer’s 800-meter relay title at regionals. The junior held the fifth-fastest 110 hurdles time in the county (:14.80).
Jeremy Horner (jr.), Dexter: Horner, in the 20th position heading into the D1 state finals, came out of nowhere to finish in third place in the pole vault behind teammate Steve Ferguson. Horner cleared 15-1.
Nick Kern (sr.), Pioneer: The senior touted the third-lowest 1,600-meter run in the area with a 4:20.60 finish. Additionally, he helped the Pioneers’ 3,200 relay take second at the D1 state championships. Austin Sanders (so.), Ypsilanti: Sanders held the third-fastest 200-meter time in the area at 22.34 seconds and ranked fourth in the 400 (:51.02). The Phoenix sprinter also helped Ypsilanti’s 1,600 relay take third in the D1 state finals with a time of 3:18.65.
Muhammed Sani (sr.), Pioneer: Sani provided a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run for the Pioneers at the D1 state finals. He circled the track twice in 1:53.78 to nab sixth place, finishing with the fastest 800 time in the area. He also helped Pioneer’s 3,200 relay finish in the runner-up spot at state.
Marcus Williams (sr.), Lincoln: The senior showcased the county’s top long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9.25 inches. Williams also flexed his talents on the track, helping the Railsplitters’ 400-meter relay team claim a D1 regional title before finishing seventh at the state finals.
Zach Carpenter (sr.), Whitmore Lake: Carpenter orchestrated a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run at the D3 state championships. The Trojan crossed the finish line at 4:21.29. Carpenter won the 1,600 and 3,200 events at his regional.
Nate Donnellon (jr.), Father Gabriel Richard: Donnellon finished behind teammate Dominic Leoni with the second-best discus throw (146 feet, 3 inches). The Fighting Irish thrower ranked sixth amongst shot putters at 45-11.
Andre Duffin (so.), Milan: Duffin finished the season tied for the best high jump in the area, completing a 6-foot, 2-inch attempt. He also had the county’s No. 11 finish in the 400-meter dash (:52.44).
Duane Gardner (sr.), Greenhills: Gardner came away from the D4 regionals with a first place in the long jump (18 feet, 11.5 inches) and the 400-meter dash (52.64 seconds). His best 400 finish (:51.48) was the sixth-fastest in the county.
Nick Hall (sr.), Chelsea: The Chelsea thrower ended the spring with the fourth-longest shot put heave in the area at 46 feet, 4 inches.
August Pappas (jr.), Chelsea: At the D2 state finals, Pappas made his presence felt with a fourth-place in the 3,200-meter run (9:31.39) and a sixth place in the 1,600 (4:20.12), earning all eight of his team’s points at states.
Leo Pittman (jr.), Milan: Pittman finished the spring season with the third fastest 100-meter dash time, crossing the finish line in 11.14 seconds.
Vince Verardi (sr.), Chelsea: Verardi joined a group of the area’s best high jumpers, who all topped off at 6 feet, 2 inches.
Kevin Atkins (sr.), Ypsilanti
Dan Eder (fr.), Pioneer
Evan Finch (sr.), Pioneer
Payton Hardy (so.), Saline
Adam Kern (sr.), Pioneer
Nathan Martis (so.), Saline
Rochester Schilke (jr.), Saline
Jeffrey Bord (jr.), Greenhills
Dequan Chambers (jr.), Milan
Shaquille Couch (jr.), Milan
Eric Jensen (fr.), Skyline
Landon Niesen (sr.), Chelsea
Ryan Wawrzaszek (sr.), Father Gabriel Richard