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Divine Child boys and girls teams win first place at Dearborn All-Area Championships – Press and Guide

Divine Child’s Kirsten Koss leads Dearborn High’s Batoul Hamka during the girls’ 1600 meter race of the Dearborn All-Area Track & Field Championships on April 20, 2024. Koss was responsible for three event victories as both the boys and girls teams for DC took first place. (ALEXANDER MULLER — MediaNews group)

DEARBORN — It was a long, busy and cold day of track and field festivities on Saturday at Divine Child High School, which hosted the Dearborn All-Area Track and Field Championships.

In the first meeting since 2012, eight schools from the region took part in the day-long meeting. Joining Divine Child were fellow Dearborn schools Advanced Tech Academy, Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, Fordson and Henry Ford Academy, as well as Dearborn Heights-based schools Annapolis and Crestwood.

At the end of the day, it was a clean sweep for the hosts as both the Divine Child boys and girls teams claimed the titles.

PHOTO GALLERY: Track and Field – Dearborn All-Area Championships

The day started at about 10am with various field events. The track portion of the race started about half an hour later with the 4x800m relay and qualifying heats in three events.

All but one event was held at Divine Child High School, while the pole vault was at nearby Crestwood High School.

In terms of final scores, the boys’ team saw Divine Child (217 points) defeat second-place Dearborn (139.5), followed by Edsel (77) in third and Fordson (59.5) in fourth. Then it was Advanced Tech (59) in fifth, Crestwood (42) in sixth, Henry Ford (18) in seventh and Annapolis (17) in eighth.

The girls side of the ledger saw the top the same way, with Divine Child (175.5), Dearborn (115), Edsel (86.5) and Fordson (57) taking the top four spots. Annapolis (57) tied for fourth place with the Tractors, then it was Henry Ford (51), Advanced Tech (50) and Crestwood (47) who rounded out the field of eight.

Boys

The hosts put in strong work across the board, finishing first or second in all but two events on the boys’ side on Saturday. That included 10 event wins, including a pair of individual wins from both Colin Murray and Theodore Ciarelli.

Murray was the winner in both the 1600m (4:53) and 3200m (10:59), winning the former by 0.35 seconds from Henry Ford’s Matthew Hall, before beating Dearborn’s Williams Schook by more than 14 seconds in the last.

Hall was responsible for Henry Ford’s lone first-place finish on the boys’ side on Saturday, winning the 800-meter race (2:08)

Murray was also part of two winning relays for the Falcons. He first anchored the first-place 4x400m team of Conor Morrow, Robert Modrzejewski and Julian Hicks (3:51). He then led the winning 4×800-meter relay, which also included Mordzewjewski, Tamer Zahr and Nicholas Nakic (9:04).

Competitors clear the third row of obstacles during the boys 110-meter hurdles final at the Dearborn All-Area Track & Field Championships hosted by Divine Child High School on April 20, 2024. (ALEXANDER MULLER - MediaNews Group)
Competitors clear the third row of obstacles during the boys 110-meter hurdles final at the Dearborn All-Area Track & Field Championships hosted by Divine Child High School on April 20, 2024. (ALEXANDER MULLER – MediaNews Group)

Ciarelli, meanwhile, was the best player in the throwing pits, winning both the shot put (46′-7.5) and the discus throw (126′-6). The sophomore defeated Crestwood’s Hussain Krayem in both events.

Elsewhere for DC, both Modrzejewski and Morrow earned individual titles of their own. Modrzejewski was the 400-meter champion (55.27), while Morrow narrowly defeated Dearborn’s Bilal Ilayan in the 300-meter hurdles. The two went head-to-head in the 110-meter hurdles race, with Ilayan beating Morrow by a hundredth of a second.

The last two first-place finishes for the Falcons came on the field side of the ledger.

Liam Godin and Gabriel Lencioni tied for first place in the pole vault (7′-6), with both clearing it on their first attempt. At the 7′ marker in front, Godin scored on his second attempt, while Lencioni did so on his third and final attempt. And then it was Bryce Borgus who defeated the field of 20 competitors in the long jump (20′-11).

Ilayan’s victory in the 110-meter hurdles was one of three first-place finishes for Dearborn. They also saw Tayshawn Crosby top the high jumper field (6′), while the team of Adam Sabra Sabra, Karl Wolski, Adam Elsersy and Jacob Elhasan won the 4x200m relay (1:37).

Advanced Tech scored a pair of event wins, both in the form of Cobey Cureton. The standout junior for the Lakers was champion in both the 100m (11.73) and 200m (24.66) races).

Fordson, meanwhile, saw their only first-place finish on the boys’ side in the 4x100m relay. It was a thrilling finish with the top three separated by just 0.41 seconds, but in the end the Tractors’ foursome of Bobo Diallo, Adam Darwish, Mstafa Aljanaby and Ali Hammoud came out on top (45. 87).

Krayem’s second-place finishes in the shot put and discus were the top finishes for Crestwood on Saturday. In the track events, the Chargers’ best finish was third place thanks to Jaafar Selman in the 400 meters.

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Tayshawn Crosby, one of three event victories for Dearborn High, was the only competitor to clear the 6′ mark during the high jump event of the Dearborn All-Area Championships on April 20, 2024. (ALEXANDER MULLER – MediaNews Group)

Edsel also achieved two second places on Saturday: one individual and one relay. In the 200 meter race, Ubaidullah Abdul-Rahim came second (24.71), while the team of Caleb Wilson, Salman Awin, Abdu Eljahmi and Deveon Morris came second in the 4×400 meters (4:00).

Ultimately, the best finish across the board for Annapolis came in the form of Darrell Brown in the discus. The senior set a new personal best with his top distance of 108′-5, good for fourth place overall.