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Grand Blanc's Fisher blazes new 1,600 record at D1 boys finals

Geoff Robinson, Special to The Detroit News

Rockford —The weather wasn't ideal for the Division 1 MHSAA state championships on Saturday afternoon, but that didn't stop Grand Blanc's Grant Fisher from putting on a performance that brought an entire football stadium to its feet.

As Fisher completed his third lap of the 1,600-meter run, the crowd realized that the defending state champ was on pace for a state record.

"I heard the noise," a tired Fisher said. "I had my teammates cheering me on, so I wasn't alone out there."

As Fisher came around the final turn, it was clear that the state record was probably going to be his. The question now became whether or not he could come in under four minutes.

He fell just short, finishing with a time of 4:00.28, a new Michigan state record by more than seven seconds.

"Today was a great run," he said. "I came out here and didn't know what to expect. It was not perfect weather, but very rarely are you going to get something good. I had to fight through."

Fisher, who will be running at Stanford next fall, also won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 8:53.41.

Early on during Saturday's finals, Jaron Flournoy of Westland John Glenn took home the gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.56, coming in just ahead of Cedric Boswell (10.72) of Birmingham Groves.

"When the gun shot off, my box start wasn't that good," Flournoy said. "I love the feeling of catching people, though. It felt normal for me to catch up when everyone's in front of me."

Flournoy, who will run at LSU next year, says that the extra practice he put in at Rockford this week helped his performance.

"I came down here for a couple days and the weather was like this," he said. "I was kind of used to it."

On the team side , Saline dethroned two-time defending champion East Kentwood for the boy's team championship.

Saline won with 71 points, East Kentwood had 52.5, and Monroe finished third with 36.

"It means the world to us," Al Leslie said of his team's performance Saturday. "I just kept looking at us saying 'if we just do what we did all year long, we'll be fine,' and it played out that way."

The title is Saline's second in school history (2006).

Division 2

Orchard Lake St. Mary's won with 52 points, bettering Zeeland East (44) and Mason (39.5). Richard Bowens led the way for St. Mary's with a first place in the 300 hurdles, and St. Mary's also won the 800 and 400 relays.

Division 3

Jackson Lumen Christi was first with 44 points, while Hillsdale was second with 37 and Clinton was third with 30. Lumen Christi's Patrick Ludlow contributed first-place points in the 800 meters (1:55.30).

Division 4

Saugatuck and Concord tied for the title with 40 points, one point ahead of third-place Muskegon West Michigan Christian. Luke Anderson of Harbor Beach won the 800 meters (1:57.31) and the 1,600 meters (4:17.77). Aaron Watson of Union City won the 200 meters (22.33) and the 100 meters (10.96).