Track & Field: 34 teams lining up Saturday for annual Dexter April Showers Relays

The world is coming to Dexter on Saturday? Well, not really (and where would everyone park?). How about the track world is coming to Dexter on Saturday? Getting closer. How about 31 high school track teams are coming to Dexter? EXACTLY!

The Dexter High School track and field team hosts the 27th annual April Showers Relays on Saturday. The first event will take off around 9:30 a.m. with the event “running” well into the late afternoon hours.

This year’s event features a slight change in direction.

“It changed this year from less of a relay-event meet to a more traditional track and field meet based on a decision that more teams are looking for individual times rather than relay times,” said Dexter head coach Alex Heidtke.  “With 34 teams, most of the events will be incredibly competitive. It’ll be a fun meet, but it looks like it might be a bit cold and rainy.”

The weather doesn’t look good at the moment with a predicted high of 48 degrees with a “steady” rain starting in the morning. But this is Michigan, and the weather can change on a dime. This meet is a “rain or snow or shine” event. Hopefully, snow will not make an appearance.

“This meet is happening regardless of the weather,” says Heidtke.

Among the area teams that will be making an appearance are strong teams Chelsea and Ann Arbor Pioneer. Both teams field strong boys and girls teams. Pioneer features two-time state cross country champion Nick Foster and a dominant distant relay team. Ann Arbor Huron, Adrian, Canton, Detroit Country Day, Monroe, Pinckney, Salem, Saline and South Lyon East also will be lining up on Saturday.

With all these teams parking could be an issue (see map below). Heidtke recommends parking at one of the other schools and walking down to the stadium. Bates and Wylie tend to be solid options. The only entrance will be the main one, all other gates will be locked.

Full list of teams

ADRIAN MAPLES
MONROE MILERS
ALGONAC MUSKRATS
NEW BALTIMORE
ANCHOR BAY TARS
ANN ARBOR HURON RIVER RATS
OAK PARK KNIGHTS
ANN ARBOR PIONEER PIONEERS
OTSEGO BULLDOGS
CANTON CHIEFS
PINCKNEY PIRATES
CHELSEA BULLDOGS
PLYMOUTH WILDCATS
DETROIT COUNTRY DAY YELLOWJACKETS
ROMEO BULLDOGS
DEXTER DREADNAUGHTS
SALEM ROCKS
FENTON TIGERS
SALINE HORNETS
FERNDALE EAGLES
SANDWICH ONTARIO SABRES
FRASER RAMBLERS
SHEPHERD BLUEJAYS
GRAND BLANC BOBCATS
SOUTH LYON EAST COUGARS
LAKE ORION DRAGONS
UTICA CHIEFTAINS
LIVONIA CHURCHILL CHARGERS
WALLED LAKE WESTERN WARRIORS
MACOMB DAKOTA COUGARS
WATERFORD MOTT CORSAIRS
WAYNE MEMORIAL ZEBRAS

 

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