CENTERVILLE — The Wayne Warrior Track team accomplished a program first this past Friday. At the 41st annual Centerville Elk Relays, the Warriors took top honors, scoring 100.36 points, outdistancing second place Mason (88.49) and host Centerville (85.99). It marked the first time in school history the Warriors have ever won that meet.
“I’ve been going to this meet every year since 1986 (as an athlete, assistant coach and head coach) and to finally win this meet is huge for our program,” said head coach Mike Fernandez. “You look back at some of our teams of the past, some of the great teams that won state team titles even, and never won this meet. I’m so proud of how each of our young and veteran kids stepped up and performed.”
The Warriors won only one event the whole night, the 4×300 meter hurdle relay. The quartet of senior Damon Roberts (42.1), junior Jalil Pollard (39.1, personal best), senior Treyvion Higgins (43.1) and junior Santiago Roza-Trastoy (39.9) shocked a strong field by running 2:41.89.
“This was a solid performance by these four,” said Fernandez. “I knew we were going to be competitive, but to go out and dominate the race from the beginning, it was really the race that put us in the drivers seat for a team title at the end.”
The 4×110 shuttle hurdle team of Pollard (16.1), Terrion McGhee (15.7, personal best), Roza-Trastoy (15.6) and freshman Justin Harris (14.9, personal best) took 2nd in a season’s best time of 62.57.
“Justin, only a freshman, is running phenomenal. He gets better every time he competes,” said Fernandez.
The 4×100 meter relay team continues to improve, as they ran a season’s best time of 43.59, to take 2nd,behind Mason. The foursome of Elijah Hill, Roman Sneed, Harris and Jacob Selby continue to get better each time out.
“I told these guys that we have to continue to work on things and improve, just like we have been,” said Fernandez. “We’ve cut over two seconds in two weeks. We are ready to drop even more time here in a few weeks.”
The 4×200 relay of Selby, Joseph Collins, Roman Sneed and Elijah Hill ran a season’s best time of 1:32.43, good enough for 4th place. The 4×400 relay team of Collins, Henry Jones, Terrion McGhee and Roza-Trastoy ran a season’s best time of 3:31.74 to take 4th. The 4×400 steeple chase relay of Pollard, Roza-Trastoy, Higgins and Harris took 2nd in 3:58.30. The Sprint Medley relay (100-100-200-400) team of Selby, Sneed, Diante Lesperance and Elijah Hill took 4th in 1:36.75.
Senior Jared Wamsley ran a personal best split of 4:34 in the 1600 leg of the 4×1600 relay. Wamsley teamed with Lucas Houk, Jacob Miller and Noah McGeorge to take 8th in 19:35.86. The Distance Medley relay of Wamsley, JT Dozier, Miller and Houk took 6th with a season’s best time of 11:20.16. Finally, the 4×800 relay team of Roberts, Miller, Houk and Wamsley took 8th with a season’ s best time of 8:37.15.
In the field event, senior Alex Otto threw 171-11 in the hammer throw, teaming with Jardon Omolo (143-6) and Dylan Beaird (105-10) to take 3rd. In the discus, Otto (124-2), Beaird (124-1) and Joel Crain (122-4) tied for 4th. In the shot put, Crain (46-10.25), Mazon Walker (48-4.25) and Ben Jackson (44-10) took 2nd place.
The triple jump trio of Damon Roberts (42-4.75), Brian Hill (39-8, personal best) and Treyvion Higgins (38-4) took 2nd. The long jump trio of Michael Brown (20-5, personal best), Higgins (19-9.75) and Diante Lesperance (19-10.25) took 3rd. Trew Davis, competing on the b team, leaped a personal best of 20-3.5.
In the high jump, Michael Brown (5-11), Trew Davis (5-9) and Zarik Brown (5-7) tied for 3rd. The pole vault trio of Kristin Liljuson (9-3), Alex Showers (9-3) and Brown (8-3) took 6th.
“We placed in every event except the 2000 steeplechase, and that’s only because we didn’t enter anyone in the event,” said Fernandez. “I think we opened up some eyes, not only on our team, but also around the league. Winning this meet doesn’t mean we are content, but it did give us a boost and some confidence heading into the tough meets upcoming.”
The ladies took fourth overall, scoring 67.49 points. Defending Division I state champion Gahanna Lincoln won the meet, scoring 105.01 points. Mason was second with 101.49, while host Centerville was third with 98.01.
“This was a very loaded girls side of the meet, and placing in the top five was a good showing for any team,” said Fernandez.
The sprint medley relay team of Akaila Howard, Ashley Richardson, Amani Westry and Madi Doss took 2nd, running 1:53.10. The 4×100 meter relay team consisting of the same foursome ran a season’ s best time of 50.58 to take 4th. Doss and Westry teamed with Makayla Portis and Amaya Howard to run a season’s best time of 1:49.43 to take 5th.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Kiarra Herring, Kayle Willis, Diamond Jones and Taylor Robertson took 4th in 69.29. Robertson had a 15.2 split on her anchor leg. The 4×300 shuttle relay team of Willis, Herring, Jones and Jalee Jones took 6th in 3:35.34. The 4×400 steeple chase relay of Willis, Jones, Jones and Herring took 8th in 5:46.25.
The long jump trio of Ashley Richardson, Madi Doss and Taylor Robertson took 1st place. The triple jump trio of Amaya Howard, Richardson and Akaila Howard also won. The Pole Vault trio of Graysen Simmons (9-9), Codi Scogins (9-9) and Taylor Robertson (8-9) took 2nd place. In the high jump, Simmons, Howard and Robertson all cleared 4-9 took tie for 3rd.
In the hammer throw, Bri Wooten, Aleecia Graysen and Audrie Goffinet took 6th
“Overall, our girls ran competitively and were able to see some tough competition,” Coach Fernandez said. “This meet is not sprinter friendly, so many of the events didn’t have much time to recover. That being said, I think our girls will be ready to compete this Friday at the Dayton Relays.”