Boys Track and Field Postseason Highlights in Rochester and Auburn Hills

400 METERS: TREVON SALTER, Auburn Hills Avondale: Few athletes had the type of senior season like Salter, who is headed to Division II Saginaw Valley State next season for track and field. He recently competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions, where he placed third in the long jump (23-5 ¾), sixth in the 200 (22.4 FAT) and second as part of Team Michigan’s 400 relay (41.58). Competing for Avondale, he was the Division 2 state champion in the 400 (48.7) and placed second at both the county and Bloomfield Hills Lahser regional in the same event. In the 200, he was OAA Gold Division champion and placed third at the regional. He also ran on the state champion 400 relay and 800 relays units that set school records and had numerous top-five finishes throughout season and occasionally ran on the 1,600 relay that won a league title this season and state title last season.

“He had as good of day at the state meet as anybody in the history of the Division 2 state meet,” said Rennels. “He won the 400 and ran on two state champion relays and few kids can have that kind of day. He was great for us all season long.”

800 METERS: BRIAN BEECHER, Rochester: Beecher improved leaps and bounds throughout his career and had a fine senior campaign where he qualified for the state meet in the 800. He was the OAA Red Division (1:57.2) and West Bloomfield regional champion, placed 11th at the county meet and 17th at the Division 1 state finals. In the 1,600, he was the league champion (4:29.6). As anchor of the Falcons’ 1,600 relay, he helped that foursome finish third at the regional (3:29.2), fourth at the league meet and fifth at the county meet.

1,600 METERS: WILLIAM YAU, Troy: Yau became the Colts’ distance ace this season as a junior and he missed the Division 1 state meet by just a tenth of a second, running third at the Warren Mott regional in 4:27.0. He was also second at the Shumake Relays, fifth at both the OAA Red Division league meet and Sterling Heights Invitational and eighth at the county. Yau ran a leg on the Colts’ 3,200 relay that finished third at the league meet, seventh at the regional and ninth at the county (8:25.0).

UP-AND-COMING: Rochester’s Blake Pozolo is the sole sophomore on the All-AreaFirst Team and already one of the are’as top distance aces. File Photos.

3,200 METERS: BLAKE POZOLO, Rochester: The lone sophomore to earn first-team status in an open event, Pozolo had a fine season running the 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay for the Falcons. In the his best event, the 3,200, Pozolo was the OAA Red Division and West Bloomfield regional champion, placed fifth at the county (9:44.55), eighth at the West Bloomfield Invitational and gutted out a 12th place finish in the blistering heat at the Division 1 state finals (9:47.64 FAT), an event where the pace was slower due to the heat index. In the 1,600, he was third at the league meet and 10th at the county (4:31.55). Pozolo also ran on the Falcons’ 3,200 relay that placed fifth at the regional. (8:41.7) and sixth at the league meet.

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