Livonia — It was a day of redemption Wednesday for the Detroit Loyola boys track and field team in the Catholic League C-D Division track and field championships at Ladywood High School.
After finishing a mere 10 points behind first-place finisher Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard in last year's meet, there was no way Loyola coach Sherman Flake's squad was going to come up short again.
Behind sophomore Hunter Harris and a strong outing in the relay events, Loyola won its second title in four years and third in program history with 143 points.
Allen Park Cabrini finished second (108), Riverview Gabriel Richard third (81), Royal Oak Shrine fourth (56) and Madison Heights Bishop Foley fifth (31).
"I thought we should've won last year but we lost by a few points, and it was because one of our guys couldn't run the 200 and 400," Flake said. "But I'm a graduate of Loyola so I'm very happy with the title. And we just lost regional by half a point, so this helps a little bit."
Harris won the 100-meter dash (11.25), defended his titles in the 200 (23.16) and 400 (52.92), and also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay team.
"I felt like (my times) could've been better," Harris said. "It kinda wasn't a good day for me. I slipped out of the blocks in the 100 and I usually run in the 10.8-10.9, but it's good practice for states. We had to redeem ourself and after losing in regional by half a point, we felt we had to win this one."
Yet Harris didn't expect to rack up as many first-place finishes as he did.
Loyola also claimed the top spot in the 4x100 (46.86) and 4x200 relays (1:37.07), while senior Devon Hayes won the shot put (47 feet, 8 inches) and discus (127-9) and senior Corey Hewitt won the 300 hurdles (41.52) to aid its cause.
Allen Park Cabrini junior Joey Trohimczyk and Riverview Gabriel Richard sophomore Nick Hammond also claimed multiple events. Trohimcyzk finished first in the high jump (5-8) and 110 hurdles (15.79) and Hammond took the 800 (2:09.62) and 1,600 (4:51.39).
Waterford Lakes junior Chris Cartier won the long jump (19-4.5), Gabriel Richard freshman Liam Jakovac won the 3,200 (10:58.40) and Gabriel Richard won the 4x800 relay (9:05.21).
Two-time defending C-D Division champ Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard was unable to defend its title after being bumped up to the A-B Division.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer