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Multiple Teams · A look at Livingston County girls track and field athlete of the year candidates


Hartland and Pinckney high schools have some work to be done on their girls track and field record boards – and some of those records may need to be penciled in.

The two Hartland and two Pinckney girls among the five candidates for track and field athlete of the year were responsible for breaking six school records this spring.

Two of those record-breakers have at least two more years to lower those marks or take down records in other events.

But that’s the future. For the season that was just completed, these are the five candidates for girls track and field athlete of the year, to be chosen by the Press & Argus.

 

Isabella Garcia, Pinckney

A four-year varsity performer in cross country and track, Garcia had an outstanding senior year. She was the No. 1 runner on a Pinckney cross country team that took fifth in the state, earning runner of the year in that sport.

In track and field, she helped Pinckney smash the county record in the 3,200-meter relay with a fourth-place time of 9 minutes, 15.28 seconds in the Division 1 state meet. She qualified for the state meet in the 3,200 with an area-best time of 11:01.18, a school record, after missing by three-hundredths of a second the previous year.

Shannon McGrath, Brighton

McGrath was the top sprinter and long jumper in Livingston County. The Grand Valley State University recruit had times of 12.84 in the 100 and 25.84 in the 200. She was the county’s top finisher in all three events in the Lakes Conference and regional meets, her best finish being second place in the conference in the 200.

She advanced to the state meet in the long jump by meeting the additional qualifying standard with a sixth-place leap of 16 feet, 11½ inches at regionals. Her best jump was 17-1¾. On an off day, she took 29th in the state meet.

Michelle Moraitis, Hartland

Moraitis had a hand in three school records falling in the final two weeks of the season. She anchored the 800 relay team to a winning time of 1:45.83 in the Lakes Conference meet and the 1,600 relay team to an 18th-place time of 4:03.88 in the Division 1 state meet.

Her most impressive performance came in the 400 at the state meet, where she broke the county record in the 400 with a time of 57.64.

Moraitis’ range allowed her to hand-time 12.6 seconds in the 100 and 26.4 in the 200 and be a three-time individual state qualifier in cross country.

Erika Rapp, Pinckney

One of the bright young stars in county track and field, Rapp took down two school records as a sophomore this spring.

Her 11th-place time of 2:16.70 in the 800 at the state meet set a school record and is 1.1 seconds off the county mark of 2:15.6 set by Hartland’s Avery Evenson in 2012. She ran the lead leg on a fourth-place 3,200 relay unit that ran a county-record 9:15.28 in the Division 1 state meet. Although they aren’t her main events, she ran impressive times of 1:01.15 in the 400 and 5:12.82 in the 1,600. She’s been to the state finals in cross country twice.

Lindsey Strutz, Hartland

Only a freshman, Strutz’s name will go on the Hartland record board in the 800 relay (1:45.83) and 1,600 relay (4:03.88). Before she’s done, she may go up for some solo performances, as well.

Her county-best high jump of 5-2 is only one inch off the school record set in 1993. Her long jump of 16-3¼ is 13¼ inches off a school mark set in 1979.