Wayne wins Warrior Relays


Staff Report



Michael Brown competes in the long jump during the 18th annual Warrior Relays.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Roman Sneed hands off to Justin Harris.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Sabryna Creech runs in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Damon Roberts (right) and Travis Colton run in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

HUBER HEIGHTS — The men’s and women’s track team competed Tuesday, April 5 at the 18th annual Warrior Relays. There were over 18 teams competing, as well as the defending Division II state champions, Dayton Dunbar.

The men’s squad edged the defending state champs, accumulating 97 points, while the Dunbar Wolverines scored 96 points.

The distance medley team, led by seniors Jared Wamsely and JT Dozier, teamed with junior Jacob Miller and freshman Lucas Houk to win the event in 11:25.58. It was the only running event the Warriors were victorious in that night.

“Senior Jared Wamsley continues to be a catalyst on our distance team. He was amped up for our meet, running at our home field and contributing in three events that night,” said Wayne Coach Michael Fernandez.

Wamsley also teamed with Houk, Miller and Noah McGeorge to take third in the 4×1600 meter relay, running a season’s best time of 19:41.36. Wamsley wasn’t done, as he teamed with fellow senior Treyvion Higgins, sophomore Henry Jones and Houk to take third in the Middle Medley (800-400-400-800) in 6:17.66.

In the field events, the throwers combined for 28 points. Senior Alex Otto (175-feet, 10-inches) and junior Jardon Omolo (137-feet, 5-inches) combined to win the hammer throw. Earlier in the year, Otto threw 185-feet, 4-inches, which is the 8th best toss in Ohio so far this season. Otto (132-feet, 5-inches) and Joel Crain (118-feet, 11-inches) combined for a second place finish. In the shot put, junior Mazon Walker (45-feet, 8.75-inches) and Crain (45-feet, 8.75-inches) combined to take first. Both have thrown over 48 feet this season. Another notable, first year thrower, junior Ben Jackson threw a personal best of 43-feet, 8.5-inches on the B team that placed 6th.

The long jump duo of Treyvion Higgins (19-feet, 3-inches) and Michael Brown, a freshman (19-feet, 9.5-inches) combined to take 3rd. Higgins (37-feet, 10-inches) teamed with freshman Brian Hill (38-feet, his personal best) to also place third. Brown (5-feet, 6-inches) teamed with Zarik Brown (5-feet, 3-inches) to take 6th in the high jump. Kristin Liljuson (10-feet) teamed with Z. Brown (9-feet) to take third in the pole vault.

The field events combined to score 49 of the 97 points.

Other running event results: the shuttle hurdle relay team of Jalil Pollard, Justin Harris, Santiago Roza-Trastoy and Terrion Mcghee ran a season’s best 64.17 to take second.

“I thought these four ran extremely well. We have the ability to run faster, too,” Fernandez.

The Mixed medley relay (200-200-400-800) team of Roza-Trastoy, Diante Lesperance, Dozier and Pollard took 3rd. The 4×800 relay team of Damon Roberts, Jacob Miller, Henry Jones and Terrion Mcghee was 6th. The sprint medley (100-100-200-400) relay team of Jacob Selby, Roman Sneed, Joe Collins and Elijah Hill was 4th in 1:38.91. The 4×400 meter relay team of Pollard, Higgins, Roza-Trastoy and Hill was 4th in 3:40.43.

There were some early season miscues as the 4×100 and 4×200 relays were both disqualified on different infractions, but the squad was able to overcome those issues and rally to still get the team championships.

“That speaks volume of our depth, our competitiveness, and our team’s ability to keep their composure and still compete,” Fernandez commented.

The girls were nipped by champion Lima Senior 95.34 to 92.34. The Warriors were led by senior Madi Doss, who anchored a blistering 57.0 leg in her 400 of the sprint medley relay, to bring back her team from 5th to 1st.

“Madi showed why she was a state placer last year in the 400. That was the best competitive race I’ve seen her so far this year. It definitely sparked out team, as well as give her some extra confidence going into the middle of the season,” Fernandez noted.

Doss teamed with senior Akaila Howard, Ashley Richardson and junior Amani Westry in the relay. Doss also anchored the 3rd place 4×100 relay in 51.54, their best time of the year, running with the same foursome as her sprint medley relay.

Doss then anchored the 4×200 relay to 7th in 1:50.26, our best time of the year. She teamed with Aisha Griffin, Westry and Kiarra Herring. A botched exchanged affected the race and place for the lady Warriors.

“Like the boys, we had some untimely relay exchange issues,” Fernandez said. “There’s no excuse for it, but if it’s going to happen, it’s better to happen no instead of later in the season.”

Taylor Robertson, a sophomore, anchored the shuttle hurdle relay to a second place finish in 69.17. Teaming with Taylor were Diamond Jones, Herring and senior Kayle Willis. Taylor (16-feet, 1.5-inches) with senior Ashley Richardson (16-feet, 3.5-inches) teamed up to win the long jump competition. The “B” team of Amaya Howard (14-feet, 2.75-inches) and Makayla Portis (15-feet, 1.25-inches) combined to take 2nd. Taylor (9-feet, 6-inches) finally teamed with junior Graysen Simmons (10-feet) to win the pole vault.

“I think Taylor showed you how valuable she is with her ability to contribute in so many events. She’s really coming on this year as someone that’s going to continue to get better,” Fernandez stated.

The mixed medley relay of Amaya Howard, Makayla Portis, Aisha Griffin and Ashley Conley took 2nd in 4:40.27. Conley ran a personal best 800 anchor leg of 2:40.0.

In the triple jump, both Wayne squads swept the competition, going 1-2. The “B” team of Amaya Howard (32-feet, 5.75-inches, individual winner) and Makayla Portis (31-feet, 6.75-inches) won the event, while the “A” team of Richardson and Akaila Howard were second.

The high jump duo of Simmons and Howard tied for 3rd. The shot put duo of Simmons and Bri Wooten was 6th, while the discus duo of Wooten and Audrie Goffinet was 6th as well. In the hammer throw competition, Wooten and Aleecia Graysen took 1st.

Also placing were the 4×1600 meter relay team (6th place) of Natalie Austin, Kristen Hoelscher, Jackie Thomas and Chantelle Clarke. The Distance Medley relay of Thomas, Hoelscher, Cayla Crace and Brittany Prater placed 6th in 15:15.67, while the 4×800 team of Natalie Austin, Clarke, Sabryna Creech and Hoelscher placed 7th.

“I think our girls showed some promise, as many of our younger kids stepped up and competed,” Fernandez added. “We’re still not at our best, as we have several things to work on and improve, but we are competing at a high level. We have a nice mix of veterans and young kids, and with some guidance, we can be a player for the conference title later in the year.”

The Warriors traveled down to Seiverville, Tennessee to compete at the first ever Smoky Mountain Classic, held at Sevier County HS. The men’s squad won the meet, accumulating 228.5 points, outdistancing second place Morristown HS of Tennessee. The girls were second, scoring 164 points, behind champion Morristown HS, which had 176.

“It’s nice to go out of state and come back with a team title and runner-up,” said Fernandez. “I preach to our athletes, that we’re going out of state to compete to see other competition. The kids never lost composure and ran exceptional. It wasn’t our full squad, as we had to travel with a small crew, so many of the kids had to double and triple events they normally never would in any other meet. The kids represented our school and community with pride and sportsmanship.”

1st place finishers were:

Santiago Roza-Trastoy 110H, Taylor Robertson 100h, Girls 4×100 relay of Westry, Richardson, Howard, Doss, Boys 4×100 relay team of Selby, Sneed, Harris, Hill; Damon Roberts 400 m, Graysen Simmons pole vault, Ashley Richardson long jump, Amaya Howard triple Jump, Treyvion Higgins triple jump, Jared Wamsley 2 mile, 4×800 relay of Miller, Roberts, Houk, Wamsley, Joel Crain in shot put and Alex Otto in discus.

The Warriors compete Friday at the Centerville Elk Relays.

Michael Brown competes in the long jump during the 18th annual Warrior Relays.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/04/web1_10.jpgMichael Brown competes in the long jump during the 18th annual Warrior Relays. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Roman Sneed hands off to Justin Harris.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/04/web1_24.jpgRoman Sneed hands off to Justin Harris. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Sabryna Creech runs in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/04/web1_38.jpgSabryna Creech runs in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Damon Roberts (right) and Travis Colton run in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/04/web1_55.jpgDamon Roberts (right) and Travis Colton run in the 18th Annual Warrior Relays. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

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