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2017 All-Livingston County Girls Track & Field Team Members

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MICHELLE MORAITIS

  • School: Hartland
  • Class: Senior
  • Event: 400
  • Achievements: Set the county record in the 400 with a time of 57.64 in the state meet. Her eighth-place finish put her on the all-state podium. Also anchored Hartland’s school-record performances in the 800 and 1,600 relays. Her range of high school personal bests include 18:48.6 in 5,000-meter cross country, 2:19.20 for the 800, 57.64 for the 400, 26.4 (hand-timed) for the 200 and 12.6 (hand-timed) for the 100.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “Dropping a whole second at the state meet was a fantastic way for her to cap her career and send her out at Hartland. She’s a really hard worker and we will miss her, but her name will be on the board and we can point to her and talk about hard work and effort and team and all those things. It’s a great legacy she’s left at Hartland.

 

NATALIE HAUSWIRTH

  • School: Hartland
  • Class: Senior
  • Event: 100 hurdles
  • Achievements: Ran the fastest 100 hurdles time in the county, posting a time of 16.77 seconds in the regional meet. Placed seventh in the regional and 10th in the conference (17.30). Also had the county’s second-fastest fully automated timing performance in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.73.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “She was the most phenomenal teammate. She would always bring the freshmen along. It didn’t matter how good they were, whether they were stars in the making or 22-second girls; she was right there helping them along. She was always looking for extra coaching. She was staying the latest at practice of almost any girl in the last three or four years.”

 

LINDSEY STRUTZ

  • School: Hartland
  • Class: Freshman
  • Event: High jump
  • Achievements: A potential future star, cleared 5-2 against Grand Blanc for the top high jump in the county. Was second in the Lakes Conference and fifth in the regional, clearing 5-0 each time. Had a long jump of 16-3¼ and helped the 800 and 1,600 relay teams set school records, the latter coming in the state meet.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “Lindsey did whatever we asked of her; she never complained. It was always, ‘Yes, coach.’ She fit in real well in both relays and the high jump. She had a great year long jumping. If we put her in some other individual events, she would’ve found success anywhere on the track.”

 

ELLIE ZIMMERMANN

  • School: Hartland
  • Class: Junior
  • Event: Pole vault
  • Achievements: Set the county record in the pole vault by clearing 11-3 in the Larry Steeb Memorial Meet of Champions May 30 in Dexter. Won the regional (10-0) and took 15th in the state meet (10-9). Was 31st at the state meet as a sophomore (9-6).
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “It felt like she was stuck in the nines, then right there at the end of the season she really got going vertical. As soon as that happened, you could see in practice she was ready for a big day. She’s another young lady who was at practice later than most kids.”

 

 

400 RELAY

  • School: Hartland
  • Runners: Charlie Amenson (Sr.), Anna Kunz (Soph.), Michelle Moraitis (Sr.), Lauren Smith (Soph.)
  • Achievements: This quartet was put together for the Larry Steeb meet the final week of the season and ran a time of 51.42, the fastest by a KLAA West team this season. Hartland was fifth out of 18 teams in that meet. The Eagles didn’t enter a 400 relay team at regionals after taking eighth in the conference to give other relays and individuals a better chance to qualify for the state meet.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “We did that last year at Larry Steeb and they ran a similar time. We knew they could go fast. With that group, it was about getting them some work for the state meet. We had a lot of girls who were able to compete in the 4×1 this year, so it’s an exciting event for us.”

 

800 RELAY

  • School: Hartland
  • Runners: Anna Kunz (Soph.), Michelle Moraitis (Sr.), Lauren Smith (Soph.), Lindsey Strutz (Fr.)
  • Achievements: Broke the school record of 1:46.20 set in 2005 by winning the Lakes Conference meet in 1:45.83. That time was 0.03 seconds faster than the additional-qualifying mark for the state meet, but the Eagles were third in regionals in 1:47.23, missing out by one place.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “I don’t think it was a record that was in our eyes at the moment, so to just pop out there and get it was exciting for the girls. It really set the stage for a lot of other successes we had at the end of the season, because it gave them confidence to go out there and go after some things.”

 

1,600 RELAY

  • School: Hartland
  • Runners: Samantha Fritz (Soph.), Michelle Moraitis (Sr.), Lauren Smith (Soph.), Lindsey Strutz (Fr.)
  • Achievements: Lowered the school record twice. Ran 4:04.57 to place second in the Lakes Conference meet, breaking the mark of 4:04.72 set in 2010. Dropped it a bit more with a time of 4:03.88, placing 18th in the state meet. Took third in the regional in 4:05.07, meeting the additional-qualifying standard.
  • Coach Matt Gutteridge: “Last year, we had the wrong record posted on the record board. I told them they’d broken the record, when it actuality they were still three-tenths off it. That record meant a lot to that team. That was one of the records Michelle really wanted to break before she left.”

 

SECOND TEAM

100: Lauren Smith, Hartland, Soph.

110 hurdles: Ashlyn Shudick, Hartland, Fr.

300 hurdles: Kennedy Smith, Brighton, Soph.

Discus: Olivia Herig, Hartland, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Hartland: Avery Bratt.

 

To see the members from other schools, click below!

 

Meet the 2017 All-Livingston County girls track and field team

The team includes the county record holders in the 400-meter dash (Hartland’s Michelle Moraitis), pole vault (Hartland’s Ellie Zimmermann) and 3,200 relay (Pinckney). It includes future stars who may take down some county records in the future in Pinckney sophomore Erika Rapp and freshmen Lindsey Strutz of Hartland and Emily Endebrock of Howell.

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