KETTERING — Due to construction of a new stadium the Miamisburg Invitational was moved to Fairmont High School last Thursday. Northmont girls placed 2nd while the boys placed 4th overall.
The girls scored 106.5 points, second only to Miamisburg’s total of 132.83. The boys scored 76.5 points behind Cincinnati Sycamore (169), Miamisburg (123), and Fairmont (85.5). A total of eight teams competed in both the boys and girls events.
Northmont Coach Tony Broering feels his girls team is a prime contender to capture the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) championship this year. The team is deep in talent and Thursday’s warm weather helped the team perform up to its potential.
“This was really the first meet that we’ve had this year where the weather was conducive to actually getting some things accomplished,” Broering noted. “The boys actually had a full-strength team. We’ve been injured with some keys guys out and with spring break coming late this year we did not have a full team until this meet, so we did really well.”
Broering said that having everyone back gave the team the chance to see if it could compete at the bigger meets in the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. The 4×100 team of Ervin Besingi, Donavin Wallace, Kameron Gover and Jabari Perkins placed 2nd with a time of 44.68 seconds. The 4×200 team ended up disqualified.
The 4×400 team of Xavier Marable, Kameron Gover, Drake Hickman and Christian Champen placed 4th in 3:45.09.
“Our 4×400 team is shaping up as well, so we are expecting this Friday at the Dayton Edwin Moses Relays to be very competitive and where we will have a chance to shoot for the title against the top competition in the area,” Broering said.
In addition to all of the Dayton Public Schools, teams such as Wayne, Troy, Centerville, Beavercreek and Miamisburg from the GWOC will also be competing.
“Miamisburg is really good this year,” Broering commented.
Other Northmont athletes that did well at the Miamisburg Invitational were Drake Hickman placing 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles in 16.38 seconds while Joe Sexton placed 5th in 17.12.
Gage Beireis placed 5th in the 1600 meter run in 4:47.62 with Shawn Richards 9th in 4:50.53.
Gover took 3rd in the 200 meter dash (23.01) while Amari Spears took 6th (24.09).
Sexton placed 4th in the 300 hurdles in 43.11 seconds. Ethan Shade placed 5th in the 3200 meter run (10:28.88) while John Pierron took 9th (10:50.99). Marable placed 3rd in the 400 meter dash in 52.55 seconds.
Ifeani Nwanoro placed 7th in the discus with a distance of 111-feet, 6-inches. Champen placed 2nd in the long jump at 20-feet, 9.25-inches with Spears 9th at 19-feet, 0.5-inches. Champen was also 2nd in the pole vault at a height of 13-feet, 6-inches. Nwanoro took 10th in the shot put at 37-feet, 3-inches.
The girls team did even better. Broering pointed out that the girls have been at full-strength all season.
“We have some girls that when they were freshmen were running in these big meets, and now they are juniors and seniors,” Broering said. “When they were freshmen and sophomores they kind of had a tough time, but now they are upperclassmen and are winning all the races.”
Broering said at least 10 girls are competing at an ultra-high level right now.
“They are all doing really well and you mix that with a couple of really good freshmen girls who are adding to that extensive mix of experience and the girls team is loaded,” Broering said. “Another big benefit that the girls have is that they have an outstanding distance side. Coach Jack Lintz has worked with the same girls for three or four years, and again, when they were younger it was very difficult for them to compete. That is not the case now.“
Leila Hill placed 2nd in the 100 meter hurdles (16.33) while Naomi Baker placed 4th (17.10).
Jayla Tarver placed 7th in the 100 meter dash (13.26) while Lauren Christian was 12th (13.80).
The 4×200 relay team of Britney Amin, Mattea Parker, Hunter Renner, and Jayla Tarver placed 3rd in 1:50.91.
Kimea Lawrence placed 4th in the 1600 meter run (5:41.88) while Taylor Evans was 10th (6:03.29).
The 4×100 relay team of Lauren Christian, Jaylin Biggs, Allison Moede, and Jayla Tarver placed 2nd in 52.06 seconds.
Mattea Parker placed 3rd in the 400 meter dash (1:03.50) and Britney Amin placed 4th (1:04.09).
Leila Hill placed 5th in the 300 hurdles (52.30) while Bethany Thompson was 8th (53.80).
Aubrey Kosak placed 5th in the 800 meter run (2:36).
Hunter Renner finished 9th in the 200 meter dash (28.22) and Jayla Tarver 10th (28.31).
Clara Leedy finished 9th in the 3200 meter run (12:44.84) and Jordan Rife was 10th (12:51.23).
The 4×400 relay team of Mattea Parker, Leila Hill, Kennedy Simmons, and Britney Amin placed 3rd in 4:17.41.
Jasmine Hooks placed 5th in the shot put (30-feet, 9-inches) while Taylor Selman was 9th (28-feet, 11-inches). Hooks also placed 7th in the discus (88-feet) while Selman was 8th (86-feet, 8-inches).
Claire Pilgrim placed 2nd in the long jump (15-feet, 9-inches) while Naomi Baker was 3rd (15-feet, 2-inches).
Allison Moede placed 4th in the high jump (4-feet, 6-inches) while Hunter Renner was 12th (4-feet).
The track teams will compete in the Edwin C. Moses Relays this Friday at Welcome Stadium starting at 4:30 p.m.