HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne Warrior Track teams competed at the 19th Wayne Warrior Relays last Tuesday, April 4th, at Good Samaritan Field at Heidkamp Stadium. The men’s squad took top honors, scoring 106.5, outdistancing 2nd place Dunbar, which scored 81 points. There were 17 boys’ teams participating in the meet.
Junior Joel Crain contributed 28 points in the throws. Crain (50-10.5) teamed with Ben Jackson (48-09) to win the shot put competition. All field events were a two person combination total. In the hammer throw, Crain (159-0) and Jardon Omolo (156-8) were also victorious. Crain (148-4) and Jackson (134-08) placed second in the discus. “Joel has been outstanding for us. He’s so strong, but is also learning technique, which will only make him better,” said Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez.
The middle medley relay (800400-400-800) team of Jalil Pollard (2:07), Terrion McGhee (53.2), Davonta Jackson (53.2) and Lane Vukovic (2:10.1) won in 6:14.94. It was the only running event relay that the Warriors won. “I thought they all ran well, it was a nice win for us,” Fernandez said.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Elijah Hill, Pollard, Kevin Wright and Justin Harris ran a season best time of 3:27.58 to place second. “Kevin Wright had a great leg, running 51.1 on his split.” The mixed medley (200-200-400-800) relay team of Zarik Brown, Harris, Joe Collins and Lucas Houk also placed second, running 3:44.90. The 4×200 meter relay team of Brown, Wright, Brian Hill and Eli Hill also ran a season best time of 1:30.36 to place 2nd. “Our sprint team has some depth this year, and we will continue to run different members to maximize our best chance to run faster,” Fernandez said.
The 4×100 meter relay team of Zarik Brown, Kevin Wright, Ray James and Eli Hill ran their season best time of 43.71 to place 3rd. “The exchanges were shaky, and it may have cost us some valuable time. It’s still early in the season, so we can still fix that. But I can see us dropping even more time,” Fernandez commented.
The Sprint Medley Relay team (100-100-200-400) of Alijah Fleming, Kevin Wright, Joe Collins and Zarik Brown placed 4th in 1:358.16. The 4×1600 meter relay team of Houk, Vukovic, Vincent Statzer, and Noah McGeorge placed 5th in 20:45.16. The Distance Medley relay (1200-400-800-1600) team of Houk, Caleb Butcher, Cole Conover, and Lane Vukovic placed 6th. The 4×800 of Conover, William Stephens, McGeorge, Jomarre Young placed 7th in 9:28.19.
In the pole vault, Kristin Liljuson (12 feet personal best) and Trace Kinnel (10 feet) combined to place 4th. Brian Hill (5-11) and L ‘Christian Smith (5-6) tied for 4th. Hill (20-2.25) and Demorea Benson (18-10.5) placed third in the long jump. Hill (39-4.5) and Butcher (38-3.25) combined to place second in the triple jump.
The B team also had some nice performances. The 4×100 relay team of Smith, Rashad McKee, Davonte McKee and Alijah Fleming was 7th in 45.77. The 4×400 team of Collins, McGhee, Benson and Davonte Jackson was 4th in 3:33.17. Ishalla Hill (33-6.25) and Benson (32-0.25) placed 7th. Jardon Omolo (138-7) and Devin Bean (110-6) placed 4th. Dylan Beaird (147-10) and Ben Jackson (135-1) combined to place 2nd. Mazon Walker (47-2.75) and Beaird (39-7) combined to take 3rd. Overall, the B team placed 10th with 30 points.
“What we can take away from this meet were several things. We overcame some adversity (shuttle hurdle team falling, then later getting disqualified, b team as well), continued to use our team depth to mix and match relays, and relied on our team strengths to pull together a true team effort win,” Fernandez said. “As the weather warms up, I think we will continue to see improvement and drops in time. It’s always good to win at home; our men’s squad has not lost a Warrior Relays since its revival in 1999.”
The lady Warriors placed second, scoring 69.5 points, edging GWOC rival Northmont (68.5). Lima Senior won the meet for a second straight year, scoring 91 points. The lady Warriors won the first 17 meets, with the lady Spartans winning the last two.
Senior Graysen Simmons tied and individual meet record in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet. She tied Mackenzie Wills of Troy Christian, who established that mark in 2008. Teaming with Simmons was Codi Scogin, who cleared 9 feet, to win the event. “Graysen is vaulting well right now. Her confidence is a byproduct of the hard work she’s put in this season,” Fernandez said.
The 4×100 shuttle hurdle team of Kaya Stargel (17.1), Maliya Drew (17.2), Diamond Jones (17.2) and Taylor Robertson (15.4) were victorious with a season’s best time of 67.88. “I’m so excited for this relay; it’s our 4 best runners so far this season. I think we can go faster,” Fernandez said.
Robertson (15-7) and Drew (14-8) combined to win the long jump. Robertson (4-6) and Simmons (4-9) tied for 4th in the high jump.
The Mixed Medley Relay team of Kaniya McGowan, Charity Miller, Brittany Prater and Brooklyn Cassidy took third in 4:34.32. Prater ran a personal best of 62.2 in her 400 split. “Brittany has been running great this season,” Fernandez noted.
The 4×200 team of Kaniya McGowan, Diamond Jones, Charity Miller and Amani Miller took 8th in 1:51.06. McGowan, Miller, Amaya Howard and Westry took 6th with their season best time of 51.61. “Like the boys relay, our girls had a few shaky exchanges. It’s something we will continue to work on but I believe this relay can run faster as well,” Fernandez said.
The Distance Medley relay of Kristen Hoelscher, Cayla Crace, Sabryna Creech and Ashley Conley placed 7th in 15:25.48. The Sprint medley relay of Graysen Simmons, Deja Scott, McGowan and Stargel was 7th in 2:02.14. The middle medley relay of Creech, Crace, La’Deja Nelson and Conley placed 8th in 8:12.17.
The 4×1600 relay team of Hoelscher, Muskan Chander, Rebecca Reece and Sierra Sprungl placed 6th. The 4×800 team of Hoelscher, Conley, Madi Cochren and Creech placed 5th in 11:31.21. Jenna Hedges (75-11) and Audrie Goffinet (74-3) placed 7th in the discus. Leecie Graysen (80-10) and Haley Delawder (69-7) placed 3rd in the hammer throw. In the triple jump, Taylor Robertson leaped the furthest at 35 feet 1.5 inches, but her teammate failed to make a legal mark, so they placed 5th overall.
The B team also scored some points. In the pole vault, Mackenzie Bertke and Kloe Muntz both cleared 7 feet to place 5th. The c team of Bailey Koss and Mya Beaudion both cleared 6 feet to place 7th. Maria Brightman (14-4) and Amaya Howard (13-8) placed 8th in the long jump. In the hammer throw, Megan Posey (57-6) and Goffinet (51-9) placed 8th. Amaya Howard and Codi Scogin placed 6th in the triple jump, while Shaniece Jones and Muntz placed 3rd.
“I think the girl’s squad ran okay, but there are some things that we need to continue improving on,” Fernandez added. “It’s early in the season, and I think we are on the right path on correcting some things and we will start seeing our times drop.”
This past weekend the Wayne track teams travelled down to Johnson City, Tennessee for the Tri-Cities Track Classic. Of the 29 teams from neighboring states, the Wayne boys team placed 1st and the Wayne girls team placed 2nd.
The Warriors compete this Friday at the 42nd Centerville Elk Relays.