Detroit — It was another banner day for Cass Tech as it took home the Detroit Public School League team championships in boys and girls track and field for the second consecutive year Saturday afternoon.
For the Cass Tech boys, it was a fifth straight conference championship. They finished with 127 points, compared to 62 for Cody and 55 for third-place Western International.
Savalas Morgan was a big part of what went right for Cass Tech.
The senior runner cruised to a time of 15.49 in the 110-meter hurdles finals, besting the second-place finisher by more than three seconds. Morgan didn't stop there, however, as he ran a 41.79 in the 300-meter finals, nearly four seconds faster than silver medalist Kelvin Brantly from Osborn.
"I was nervous because we haven't done a lot of block work this year," Morgan said. "I was hoping to get off to a good start and keep it going. I hate losing."
Morgan was also part of the Cass Tech team that won the 4x100 relay in 42.78 seconds.
Brandon Mitchell of Southeastern won the day's closest race with a time of 11.08 in the 100 dash. He was able to nip Donovan Peoples-Jones at the finish line, who ran an 11.12.
"It was neck and neck toward the end," Mitchell said. "I was expecting to win because of all the hard work I put in, but it was a good race."
Cass Tech girls get it done
Senior Simonae Dismuke finished her PSL career in style, and she did it knowing that it meant another conference championship for her and her teammates.
"It means that we're champions again. It feels great," Dismuke said. "I'm very happy that I got to finish out my senior year with a bang."
Dismuke won the 200 dash with a time of 26.61, finishing just ahead of teammate Jazmen Evans (29.96). She also won the 400 dash and was part of the winning 4x200 relay team.
"It's all love," she said of the friendly competition between her and her younger teammates. "They can keep running when I'm gone, and I can come back and watch them be great."
Cass Tech finished with 186 points, while Renaissance came in second with 148, and King finished third with 103.
Catera Watts of Denby pulled off one of the day's more surprising wins in the 300 hurdles.
King's Ladarrah Johnson had a big lead coming around the last turn, and down the stretch she simply ran out of gas as a hard-charging Watts took home the gold.
"That's my first time doing the 300 hurdles in two years," Watts said. "I just thought I couldn't do it anymore. I didn't think I had it in me. I was tired, but I just gave it my all."
Marysville 5-4, Novi 3-12: Jason Schroeder had two hits and an RBI for Marysville in the opener. Joey Carn had three hits and an RBI for Novi (12-22-1) in the second game.
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer.
Detroit News staff contributed.