The 21st annual Charger Invitational was held Saturday at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights.
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17 other schools joined the host Chargers, including boys’ and girls’ teams from Allen Park, Melvindale, Southgate Anderson and Wyandotte Roosevelt.
On the boys’ side, Roosevelt led the local teams with a fourth-place finish. The Bears walked away with 67 points while Allen Park (39) finished seventh, Melvindale (24) finished 10th and Anderson (6) rounded out the 17-team field.
The best men’s team on the day was Dearborn High (92), who edged out Orchard Lake St Mary’s (90.5) for first place on the day. Lutheran Westland (84) was not far behind in third place.
Roosevelt finished first in several events, including the discus where Lukas Ray (120-4) and Demarrio Roetherford (119-4) finished 1-2 overall out of 27 competitors. Then it was a pair of pitchers from Melvindale in Alan Rocha (110-4) and Donovyn Baker (110′-1) placing third and fourth.
Ray also finished fourth overall in the shot put (41′) behind lone lead Baker (44′-4) and Bears teammate Connor Haynes (41′-3), who finished third overall. Edsel Ford’s Julian Espinal (42′-9) was sandwiched between that zone group in second place.
On the track side, Roosevelt’s other first place finish came in the 4x400m relay, thanks to Justin Kanaziz, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Chase Cline and Sam Rankine (3:41). The Allen Park quartet of Owen Alvarez, Drake Steele, Jeremy Whoolery and Miles Dewberry (3:44) finished in fourth place.
The Bears not only clinched those top two spots overall, they were first among a handful of Downriver-area clubs in several events on Saturday.
Cline and Kanaziz teamed up with Joseph Rawls and Easton Mendenhall to place seventh in the 4x100m relay (46.38). They were followed by Anderson’s group of Trevor Crites, Russell Hughes, DeAngelo Stewart and Malik Fadhl (49.54) in 11th and Jacob Bohlender of Allen Park, Cameron Morningstar, Connor Brown and Anthony Castenada (52.90 ) in 13th.
In the 4x200m relay, Gonzalez, Cline, Mendenhall and Kanaziz (1:36) placed fourth overall. Anderson again finished second locally with the team of Andrew Shields, Antonio Ruiz, Jackson Sage and Seth Bodary (1:39) in ninth place. Allen Park’s Alvarez, Bohlender, Miles Dewberry and Nick Kilburg finished the field in 16th place.
Roosevelt and Allen Park finished among the top six teams in the 4x800m relay. The Bears field of Mendenhall, Rankine, Ethan Johnson and Blake Roberts (9:07) combined for fourth place while the Jags’ Steele, Blake Caswell, Brady Boroniec and Caleb DeLaGarza (9:09) finished just a little behind in sixth place. Anderson’s Alex Jewell, Joe Rodriguez, Chris Wrona and Cameron Jewell (9:47) finished 11th.
Alvarez of Allen Park took first place in the 300m hurdles (42.05) and Gonzalez of Roosevelt (43.06) was fourth. Anderson’s Shields (45.39) finished ninth overall to cap a strong local performance in the longer hurdle race.
Only three athletes from the region made it through the 110m hurdles semi-finals and took part in the finals. Cline (17.45) placed sixth overall with Anderson’s Stewart (17.87) and Allen Park’s Castenada (18.13) placing eighth and 10th respectively.
Gonzalez also competed in the long jump and placed 12th overall (16′-10). Whoolery of Allen Park (17-5) finished in ninth place with Ali Aldulaimi of Melvindale (17-0.25) in 10th place.
Alexander Emory finished ninth overall in the high jump (5-8) and second locally. Allen Park’s Alex Alvarez (6-0) placed fifth overall and had the best result among local jumpers. Jeffrey Snipes of Melvindale (5-6) finished third locally and 10th overall.
In the pole vault, Matthew Mizzi of the Jags (9-6) finished second overall while teammate Dominic Walker (8-6) finished seventh and Joe Valentine of Roosevelt (7-0) tied in the 10th rank.
In the 400m, Dewberry for Allen Park finished fifth overall (54.73). Aldulaimi of Melvindale (58.43) and Emory of Roosevelt (58.52) in 20th and 21st.
In the 800m, Roberts of Roosevelt (2:11) was fourth, followed locally by teammates Allen Park Steele (2:13) in seventh and DeLaGarza (2:17) in 10th.
The Jags’ Brady Boroniec finished ninth in the 1600m (4:58), a solid first among area teams, followed locally by Anderson’s Rodriguez (5:09) in 11th and Roosevelt’s Christian Mendez (5:12) in 12th.
In the 3200m, Boroniec (11:21) finished 11th overall while Roosevelt’s Johnson (10:56) was sixth and Mendez (11:38) placed 12th.