TIPP CITY — The Wayne Track team opened up their season this past Saturday at the Tipp City Relays. Both boys and girls squad took top honors, and won the combined team trophy. The boys edged Division 2 defending state champion Dayton Dunbar 118.31 to 110.99. The girls had a little easier time, scoring 115.98 points to Springfield Shawnee, which accumulated 91 points.
Senior Jared Wamsley anchored the winning distance medley relay team 11:30.73 (1200-400-800-1600), running his 1600 meter leg in 4:48. Running with Wamsley were Henry Jones (400), Jacob Miller (1200) and Lucas Houk (800). Wamsley also popped of the 2nd place 4×1600 meter relay team. Miller, Houk and Noah McGeorge teamed with Wamsley.
“I think Jared is going to have a strong senior year,” said Head coach Mike Fernandez. “He’s had a solid cross country season, and a pretty good indoor season, too. He’s going to be our leader out of our distance team.”
First year senior Roman Sneed helped contribute 19 points towards the team title. In the 4×200 meter relay, he teamed with Elijah Hill, Justin Harris and Joe Collins to take 4th, in 1:34.26. In the 4×100 meter relay, he teamed with Hill, Harris and Michael Brown to take 3rd in 44.35. Finally, in the sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400), he teamed with Steve Victoria, Collins and Hill to take 2nd in 1:38.58. “Roman has been such a pleasant surprise for us this year. He’s running like a veteran, even though it’s his first year out for track. He’s going to be a big contributer for us this year.”
Sophomore Joel Crain had a breakthrough meet, throwing a personal best of 48 feet in the shot put, and helped win the 3 person total. Teaming with Crain were Mazon Walker (44-7) and Ben Jackson (39-1.75). Senior Alex Otto (122-4) teamed with Crain (121-00) and Jardon Omolo (115-5) to sweep the top 3 places in the discus, and win the 3 person total. “Coach Findlay did a great job getting these kids prepared for the first meet. I’m real pleased with the production of our throwers, which contributed 20 points towards the team title.”
Senior Treyvion Higgins leaped 5 feet 6 inches, teaming with Michael Brown (5-6) and Brian Hill (5-3) to win the high jump competition. Higgins also leaped (18-7.75) in the long jump. Brown (18-3.75) and JT Dozier (17-4.25) combined with Higgins to win the long jump relay. Higgins also ran on the 2nd place shuttle hurdle team, running with Justin Harris, Brian Hill and Santiago Rozas Traystoy, running 69.91. Lastly, Higgins teamed with JT Dozier, Joe Collins and Rozas Trastoy to take 2nd in the 4×400, running 3:39.58.
The Mixed medley relay (200-200-400-800) of Rozas Trastoy, Dozier, Henry Jones and Jalil Pollard took 3rd in 3:55.77. The Middle Medley relay (800-400-400-800) team of Mackey, Brown, Davonte Jackson and Steve McCollum took 5th, in 7:02.92).
Also competing and placing were:
4×800 relay team, 7th in 10:06.72 – Brian Mackey, Steve McCollum, Chevez Lyons and Daniel Brown.
In the girls competition, senior Madison Doss anchored three relays to victory and was part of the lady trio that won the long jump relay.
In the 4×200, Amani Westry, Kiara Herring, Aisha Griffin and Doss won the event in 1:52.11. The 4×100 meter relay team of Herring, Ashley Richardson, Akaila Howard and Doss won in 51.88. The Sprint medley relay team (100-100-200-400) or Howard, Richardson, Westry and Doss crushed the field (Doss anchoring in 60.9 seconds in her 400 meter leg) 1:54.72, beating 2nd place Springfield Shawnee by over 6 seconds. Lastly, Doss teamed with Richardson and Taylor Robertson to win the long jump relay.
“It’s the start expected out of our senior leader and state placer from 2015, Madi Doss. She helped contribute 40 points towards our team championship. Madi has competed in some big time meets, and she will be a great mentor towards our younger athletes. She had a great first meet.”
Taylor Robertson helped score 38 points, anchoring the winning shuttle hurdle team (splitting 16.5) consisting of Kayle Willis,Diamond Jones and Herring in 72.43. Taylor was the individual champion in the pole vault, clearing 9-6 (teaming with Graysen Simmons and Mackenzie Bertke to take 2nd).
Senior Akaila Howard (5-0), Simmons (5-0) and Robertson (4-9) teamed to win the high jump. Simmons also teamed with Audrie Goffinet and Jada Wamsley to take 5th place in the discus relay. Simmons also teamed with Aleecia Graysen and Ciarah Johnson to take 4th place.
The 4×400 relay team of Brittany Prater, Aisha Griffin, Kayle Willis and Brooklyn Cassidy took 3rd in 4:25.97. The Mixed Medley relay (200-200-400-800) team of Amaya Howard, Makayla Portis, Prater and Chantelle Clark took 2nd in 5:15.18. The 4×800 meter relay team of Sierra Sprungl, Rebecca Reese, Chantelle Clark and Ashley Conley took 4th in 12:48.94. The Mixed medley relay (800-400-400-800) team of Ashley Conley, Cayla Crace, Brooklyn Cassidy and Clark took 2nd in 7:59.06.
The 4×1600 meter relay team of Natalie Austin, Conley, Jacqueline Thomas and Kristen Hoelscher took
6th in 26:57.99. The Distance Medley team (1200-400-800-1600) of Austin, Crace, Thomas and Hoelscher took 4th in 15:31.9.
“Overall, I’m pleased with how we performed and competed. We have a blend of youth, first year runners and veterans, that we will see times drop as the season progresses. I think it’s a nice team win for our program. It also shows our depth, as we weren’t at full strength (Team wise) due to spring break. A lot of younger kids had to step up early this season and they didn’t let us down.”
The Warriors compete this Saturday at the Jack Lintz Invitational at Northmont HS.