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Sweet Home's Luton tops in nation in pentathlon

Sweet Home senior Tiana Luton has the top performance in the pentathlon in the country, according  to MileSplit USA.

Luton, the future Michigan Wolverine, posted a score of 3,529 points Thursday at the Depew Steeplechase and Pentathlon Invitational. Luton, who placed third at nationals last March, compiled 910 points in the 100 hurdles, 712 in the high jump and 700 in the long jump. She also had 695 in the 800 and 512 points in the shot.

“She had a great hurdle race. Didn’t do as well or should have in the high jump,” Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo said. “It’s a sign of her maturity. Three years ago … that would have doomed her. She walked over to me and told me what she needed to do.

“It was nice to see that the one-time things didn’t go well, how she was going to recover to win the event.”

Luton, who took second at states in pentathlon last year, won the state title in the hurdles during the indoor season. The pentathlon is not an event at states during the indoor season.

Alden’s Hailey Rospierski, last year’s state Division II 100 meter champion, took second in the pentathlon with 2,802 points.

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