TROY – The Wayne boys track team placed 2nd in the National Division and the girls team 6th at the Greater Western Ohio Conference Track and Field meet at Troy High School.
“Boys came up short . We had our chances, but made too many critical mistakes and it caught up with us,” said Wayne Coach Michael Fernandez. “Our Performance wasn’t indicative of what we’re capable of doing, but the events that we competed and we competed well at. Zarik Brown, for instance had an awesome meet, winning the 100 meter dash and anchoring our 4 x 2.”
In the 4×800 relay the Wayne boys team of Henry Jones IV, Deontae Brown, JoMarre Young and William Stephens placed 9th in 9:05.27. The girls team of Brooklyn Cassidy, Kristen Hoelscher, Sabryna Creech and Bailey Koss placed 8th (12:10.96).
Taylor Robertson won the girls 100 meter hurdles in 15.30 seconds. Terrion McGhee placed 6th in the boys 110 hurdles in 15.63 seconds.
Amani Westry placed 2nd in the girls 100 dash in 13.24 seconds while Kevin Wright placed 7th for the boys in 11.60.
The girls 4×200 relay team of Ka’Niya McGowan, Amani Westry, Amaya Howard and Makayla Portis placed 2nd in 1:48.14. The boys team of Zarik Brown, Kevin Wright, Joseph Collins and Elijah Hill took 1st place in 1:30.23.
The boys 4×100 relay team of Devonte Jackson, Kevin Wright, Raymond James and Zarik Brown placed 2nd in 43.38 seconds.
In the boys 400 dash Elijah Hill placed 6th (51.88) and Joseph Collins 7th (51.90).
In the boys 300 hurdles Justin Harris took 6th (41.77) and Terrion McGhee 7th (41.87).
Lucas Houk placed 6th in the 800 meter run in 1:57.74.
“Lucas ran an awesome 1600 and 800 race as well,” Fernandez commented.
Ka’Niya McGowan placed 8th in the girls 200 dash in 27.87 seconds and Zarik Brown placed 5th for the boys in 23.06.
The team of Brooklyn Cassidy, Brittany Prater, Kaya Stargel and Ka’Niya McGowan placed 6th in the girls 4×400.
The boys 4×400 team of Joseph Collins, Terrion McGhee, Justin Harris and Henry Jones IV took 1st place in 3:29.91.
“Our 4×400 team ran well, running our best time of the year. Justin Harris ran a blistering leg of 49.8 seconds,” Fernandez noted.
Graysen Simmons placed 5th in the girls high jump at 4-feet, 9-inches.
Taylor Robertson won the girls long jump at 16-feet, .75-inches and Makayla Portis was 7th at 14-feet, 7.5-inches. For the boys James Page placed 7th at 19-feet, 11-inches.
The girls were led by Taylor Robertson, who was Beaudion Field Event Athlete of the Year for GWOC National division. Robertson defended her GWOC 100 hurdles and long jump title.
Joel Crain placed 2nd in the boys discus 156-feet, 11-inches and Ben Jackson was 4th at 139-feet, 2-inches.
Brooke Starret placed 8th in the girls shot put at 29-feet, 8.25 inches.
Joel Crain won the shot put at 52-feet, 6-inches and Ben Jackson placed 2nd at 50-feet, 4.75 inches.
“Joel Crain has been awesome all year in the shot put and his 56 feet throw was a new personal best for him,” Fernandez said. “Also, Ben Jackson threw well in both events. Kristin Liljuson is starting to improve in the pole vault.”
Crain was also voted Field Event Athlete of the Year.
Graysen Simmons won the girls pole vault with a new meet record of 12-feet and Taylor Robertson was 3rd at 10-feet, 9-inches. For the boys Kristin Liljuson placed 7th at 12-feet, 9-inches.
Entering the 3200 meter race the Wayne boys were still four points ahead of Beavercreek.
“We will bounce back as a team this week at our district meet,” Fernandez added. “The goal is to advance as many as we can to the regional and state meet. A district championship team would be nice but our first goal is to try to qualify as many as we can.”
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