CLAYTON — Brutally strong winds made life miserable for athletes Saturday at the Jack Lintz Invitational Track & Field Meet.
Sunny sky gave way to clouds in early afternoon making the temperature drop and the wind continued to increase with sustained gusts topping 50 miles per hour. The pole vault cross bar was repeatedly blown off its perch with workers having to hold the bar in place with the poles normally used to put the bar on the upright supports.
The weather didn’t deter either the Wayne boys or girls track teams from doing well as both teams secured third place finishes in the overall team scoring. The boys team scored 67 points to finish third in the 18 team field behind Watkins Memorial (132) and Miamisburg (76).
The girls team scored 92 points to finish third out of 17 teams behind Kings (119) and Watkins Memorial (99).
“It’s hard enough to run with cold as a factor, but the wind was at another level,” said Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez. “It was an even playing field as everyone had to compete in it, but it tested the fortitude of each of our athletes. They dug deep down and battled the elements, and for that, I was extremely proud of their efforts.”
Wayne has more than 120 athletes competing in track this year, an increase of about 40 more than last year. As a result, Fernandez was able to send another squad to compete in the Tipp City Invitational.
At Northmont the girls team saw senior Madison Doss takes 1st place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.42 and was 2nd in the 100 dash at 13.01 seconds. Doss also ran the second leg on the 100-meter and 200-meter relay and a leg on the 4×400 relay team. The 4×400 team of Doss, Aisha Griffin, Kayle Wills, and Brooklyn Cassidy finished 3rd in 4:37.32.
“This was a tough test for Doss, running all four events with little rest in between. But the senior sprinter responded with some huge team points accumulating 32 points overall,” Fernandez noted.
Senior Ashley Richardson won the long jump with a distance of 16-feet, 7.5-inches.
“Ashley is already in mid-season form. I think when the weather warms, you’re going to see her in the 17 foot range more consistently,” Fernandez said.
Sophomore Taylor Robinson secured 3rd place with a jump of 15-feet, 6-inches.
Also taking first place was the 4×200 meter relay team of Amani Westry, Aisha Griffin, Akaila Howard and Kiara Herring with a time of 1:54.86.
“Their time wasn’t indicative of what they’re capable of running, and I’m pretty sure the wind had a say in that,” Fernandez commented. “However, they’re gaining confidence as we don’t always have to rely on Madison Doss to be on the relay to be successful. I think they grew confidence as a team, and we can use this as a stepping stone as our season continues.”
Taylor Robertson, a sophomore, placed 6th in the 100 hurdles in 18.01 seconds. Sarah Bruns of Kings took 1st place in 16.06.
Senior Kayle Willis placed 8th in the 300 hurdles in 54.02 seconds.
The 4×100 relay team of Elijah Hill, Roman Sneed, Justin Harris and Jacob Selby took 2nd with a time of 45.20 seconds just getting edged by Trotwood-Madison (Bentley, Bogan, Shaw, and Johnson) at 45.13.
“Jacob had a great anchor leg, almost catching the Trotwood anchor leg at the tape,” Fernandez noted.
Justin Harris placed 5th in the 110 high hurdles finishing in 16.40 seconds.
“Harris won his heat in the 110 hurdles, running his personal best time,” Fernandez said.
Mazon Walker threw a career best of 48 feet, 8.25-inches in the shot put, placing 2nd.
“Mazon continues to improve and I look for him to hit the 50 foot range real soon,” Fernandez stated.
Wayne placed third in the 3200 relay (Pollard, Miller, Wamsley and Houk) in 8:48.01.
Freshman Lucas Houk placed 9th in the 1600 meter run in 4:47.44.
Junior Jalil Pollard placed 4th in the 800 meter run at 2:12.
Sophomore Joseph Collins placed 8th in the 200 meter dash at 25.24 seconds.
Senior Jared Wamsley finished 5th in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:44.86.
In the 1600 relay Wayne placed 4th (Hill, Rozas Trastoy, Dozier and Higgins) in 3:44. 11.
Treyvion Higgins placed 6th in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 6-inches. Higgins also placed 6th in the long jump at 19-feet.
In the discus throw sophomore Joel Crain recorded a distance of 117-feet, 10-inches to finish 9th. Crain also placed 5th in the shot put at 44-feet, 3.5-inches.
“Overall, I’m pleased with how our kids handled the weather,” Fernandez added. “It takes a mentally tough individual to compete in adverse conditions. I know this will make us better as we continue on this season.”
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind