TIPP CITY — The men’s and women’s track team began their 2017 season at the Tipp City Relays last Saturday, March 25, at Samaritan North Sports Complex, on the campus of Tipp City Middle School.
The men’s team was victorious, scoring 108.99 points, in a 15 team field. Dunbar was second with 91.01 points. The warriors won only two events, but placed in 15 of the 16 events.
The shot put senior trio of Ben Jackson (52-feet, .75-inches), Mazon Walker (49-feet. .25-inches) and Jardon Omolo (42-feet. .50-inches) combined to win the event.
“That’s Ben personal best (outdoors). He had a great indoor season, and is having a great start to this season. Mazon, a state qualifier from last year, had a solid start as well,” said Coach Mike Fernandez.
The pole vault trio of Kristin Liljuson (11-feet) Trace Kinnel (9-feet, 6-inches) and Evan Fair (8-feet) combined to win the event.
“A surprise win for us in this event, but credit those three for doing a good job,” Fernandez said.
The 4×110 shuttle hurdle team took second, getting edged by Dunbar (1:02.50 to 1:02.84). Running on that relay were Steve McCollum (16.0), James Page (15.8), Jalil Pollard (15.0) and Terrion McGhee (15.4).
“I thought we ran very competitive, and had a shot of winning it. That’s a great time early in the season,” Fernandez commented.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Joe Collins, Pollard, McGhee and Henry Jones also took 2nd, running 3:30.76, getting edged at the line by Columbus Eastmoor Academy.
“We had the lead after the second leg; we just need to learn to hang on at the end. But it’s early in the season, and we will bounce back.”
The sprint medley relay team (100-100-200-400) of Steven Victoria, Kevin Wright, Zarik Brown and Brian Hill took second as well. Wright ran a personal best leg on 10.8 seconds in his second leg of the relay, while Hill anchored his 400 leg with a personal best of 52.1 seconds. The 4×100 relay team of Brown, Wright, Victoria and Davontae Jackson also took second, running 44.31 seconds.
“Both relays ran very well. There’s only one senior here, surrounded by 4 sophomores, so I’m pleased with what the future could hold,” Fernandez stated.
The mixed medley relay (200-200-400-800) team of Jackson, Caleb Butcher, Jalil Pollard (50.5 split on his 400) and Lucas Houk (2:01 800 split) took 2nd place in 3:39.01 seconds, almost catching Dunbar (3:38.82) at the line.
“I thought all four athletes ran well.”
The 4×200 meter relay team of Collins, Wright, Hill and Collins took second place as well, running 1:32.77.
The discus trio of Omolo (134-fet), Jackson (123-feet, 7-inch) and Dylan Beaird (118-feet, 8-inches) took second place, as well. In the long jump, the trio of Brian Hill (20-feet, 11.25-inches), Kaelan Turner (17-feet, 4-inches) and Butcher (18-feet, .25-inches) took third. Hill (5-feet, 9-inches), Turner (5-feet, 3-inches) and Jacob Freeman (5-feet, 6-inches) also took third in the high jump.
This distance team combined for 11 points by placing 3rd in the 4×1600 relay and 4th in the distance medley relay (1200-400-800-1600). Running on the 4×1600 relay were Jacob Miller, Vincent Statzer, Lane Vukovic and Noah McGeorge. Running on the distance medley relay were Miller, Vukovic, Cole Conover and Houk.
The middle medley relay (800-400-400-800) took 3rd in 6:31.21. Running on that relay were Vukovic, McGhee, Jones and Miller.
The men’s Varsity B team also had a good start to the season, placing 11th, scoring 25 points.
The 4×100 meter relay team of Steve McCollum, Alijah Fleming, Joe Collins and Caleb Butcher took third in 44.52 seconds.
The 4×1600 relay team of Daniel Cole, Luke Johnson, Nick Isaacs and Travis Colton took 6th place in 23:40.70.
The 4×200 relay of Demorea Benson, Davontae McKee, Fleming and Jacob Freeman took 7th in 1:36.70.
The middle medley relay team of Jomarre Young, Braeden Koss, Chris Dunn and Luke Johnson took 8th in 7:02.08.
The boys shuttle hurdle team of Butcher, Freeman, Jackson and Liljuson took 5th in 1:13.55. The long jump trio of Benson, Page and Stephyn Montague took 6th place.
The discus trio of Reed Feagle, Devin Bean and Jaden Jones took 5th place. The shot put trio of Beaird, Tyler Williams and Bean took 7th.
The C team 4×100 relay took 6th in 45.66. Running on that relay were Page, Rashad McKee, Jacob Freeman and Davontae McKee.
Both McKee, Freeman and Benson took 6th in the sprint medley relay.
“It was a great start to the season for the men’s squad,” Fernandez said. “To be able to place in all but one event speaks volume for our depth. And having our Varsity B squad place high in events is a pleasant surprise as well. I know we have room to grow, and that excites me as a coach.”
The Warriors will travel to Tennessee this weekend for the Tri-Cities invitational in Johnson City.
The women’s team also won the Tipp Relays, scoring 107.98, outpacing 2nd place Tecumseh, which scored 89 points, in the 14 team field.
Senior Graysen Simmons had a career day in the pole vault. Her clearance of 12 feet, 4 inches broke the school record of 12 feet (held by former Warrior Michelle Eby, who is currently a coach on staff), which was set back in 2008.
“Graysen is riding a great indoor season right into the beginning of outdoor season. It was pretty cool for her to break the record in her first outdoor meet, and to also have Michelle there to witness it,” Fernandez noted.
Teaming with Simmons was Taylor Robertson (10 feet) and Mackenzie Bertke (7-feet, 6-inches).
Simmons and Robertson teamed with Kloe Muntz to tie for 3rd place in the high jump. Robertson then anchored the shuttle hurdle team to victory in 1:08.93. Running on that relay were Jaelee Jones, Diamond Jones and Kierra Herring.
Robertson (16-feet, 10.25-inches), Makayla Portis (15-feet, 3-inches) and Amaya Howard (14-feet, 10.25-inche) combined to win the long jump competition.
“Taylor does so much for us. Her versatility makes her so valuable to our team.”
Portis (12.2) teamed with Amani Westry, Charity Miller and Herring to take second in the 4×100 relay, running 51.50.
“Makayla ran a personal best time in this race. The exchanges were decent, but can still be better,” Fernandez said.
The Sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400) team of Herring, Miller, Westry and Kaniya McGowan won their heat, but took 2nd overall in 1:58.52.
The Mixed medley relay team (200-200-400-800) of McGowan, D. Jones, Brittany Prater, and Brooklyn Cassidy were victorious in 4:40.53.
“Brittany ran her personal best in her 400 leg of 62.1 seconds.”
The 4×1600 relay team of Kristen Hoelscher, Rebecca Reese, Sierra Sprungl and Muskan Chander took third in 28:23.67. The 4×800 relay team of Sabrina Creech, Madi Cochern, Ashley Conley and Cayla Crace took 3rd place in 11:30.64.
The discus trio of Audrie Goffinet (72-feet, 3-inches), Jenna Hedges (69-feet, 2-inches), and Maya Dunson (56-feet, 9-inches) took 4th place, while the shot put trio Leecie Grayson (25-feet, 3.75-inches), Ciarah Johnson (24-feet, 9.75-inches) and Shelby Long (24-feet, 4-inches) took 3rd place.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Brooklyn Cassidy, Brittany Prater, Madi Cochren and Diamond Jones took third as well, running 4:26.22.
The mixed medley relay (800-400-400-800) of Kristen Hoelscher, Cayla Crace, Maria Brightman and Madi Cochren took 5th in 8:17.96.
“What a great start for the women’s team as well,” Fernandez praised. “It’s a great mix of veterans and new runners on this team. We’re a deeper team this year than we’ve been in the past. I’m excited to see how we improve throughout the season.”
The Varsity B team also had a decent showing, scoring 34.99 to place 8th in the meet. The 4×200 relay team of Maria Brightman, Jaelee Jones, Jasmine Jones and Ladasha Nelson placed 6th in 1:56.57. The 4×100 meter relay team of Kierra Herring, Amaya Howard, Deja Scott and Nelson took 7th in 53.96.
The shuttle hurdle relay of Ryanne Hood, Kaya Stargel, Maliya Drew and Shaniece Jones took 5th in 1:15.91. Stargel (17.9) and Drew (17.4) ran personal best times in the race.
The sprint medley relay team of Jones, Howard, Jones and Nelson took 6th in 2:04.86. The 4×400 relay team of Kennedi Smith, Stargel, Drew and Brightman took 7th in 4:54.04. The shot put trio of Megan Posey (24-feet, 8.75-inches), Jayla Gilbert (21-feet, 8-inches) and Kati Soza (19-feet, 2.75-inches) combined to take 6th place. The long jump trio of Maria Brightman (14-feet, 10.5-inches), Shaniece Jones (13-feet, 3-inches) and Maliya Drew (14-feet, 9.5-inches) took 4th place. The high jump trio of Zayneb Moumkine (4-feet), Shaniece Jones (4-feet) and Herring (4-feet, 6-inches) tied for 4th place.
The Varsity Warriors will travel to Tennessee this weekend for the Tri-Cities invitational in Johnson City, while the Varsity B teams will compete at the Tipp City Invitational on April 1st. Both squads will host a meet with Miamisburg, Troy, Beavercreek and Northmont on March 28.
Jacob Miller running anchor leg of 4×1600 meter relay.