CLINTON — Sparked by it performances in the field events, the Central DeWitt girls track team opened its outdoor season with a fifth-place finish at Tuesday’s Clinton Early Bird Invitational.
The Sabers scored 18 of their 29 team points in the four field events, coming up with top-three finishes in three of them.
That included runner-up finishes for a pair of seniors.
Morgan Machovec was one of three competitors to clear 15 feet in the long jump, clinching second with a leap of 15-6. Fellow senior Savanah Meyne was fifth in the event with her best jump of 13-11.25.
Talbot Kinney, meanwhile, had a second-place throw of 101-2 in the discus and added a fifth-place toss of 31-9 in the shot put for good measure.
Sophomore Soren Maricle rounded out the Sabers’ field event success, clearing 4-6 in the high jump.
Maricle and junior Ava Morris also found individual success on the track, finishing back-to-back in the 100-meter hurdles. Morris was fourth overall with her clocking of 18.74, while Maricle was fifth in 19.79.
Freshman Hannah Peters added a top-eight finish in the 800-meter run, taking eighth in 2:52.87.
The rest of the Sabers’ points came in the relays.
The shuttle hurdle team led the way with the quartet of Lynden Zevenbergen, Kennady Donovan, Laura Sutton and Grace Mosier taking second in 1:28.46.
The 4x100 team of Colleen Klostermann, Morris, Machovec and Meyne was fourth in 54.62, while three relay teams finished fifth.
The sprint medley foursome of Klostermann, Allie Meadows, Morris and Peters earned the first in 2:04.63 and they were quickly followed by the 4x800 team of Zoey Tiefenthaler, Reagan Hofer, Shea Denahy and Alexis VanZee, which picked up their own fifth in 12:44.21.
The 4x200 team of Klostermann, Machovec, Meadows and Meyne claimed a final fifth in 2:02.23, while the 4x400 team of Maricle, Peters, Taylor Huff and Haley Guldner closed the meet with a sixth-place time of 5:14.12.