Track teams compete in Mason Invitational

MASON — The track and field teams from Northmont and Wayne High School competed Friday in the Mason Rod Russell Invitational.

The Wayne boys placed 6th and Northmont boys 7th in the 30 team field while the Wayne girls team placed 8th and the Northmont girls 21st in the field of 30 teams.

Wayne Coach Michael Fernandez and both Northmont coaches Tony Broering and Joe Barnes were more interested in preparing for the upcoming Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) meet in Troy this week than in placing at the top of the heap at Mason.

“We did great. It was the best night we’ve had all year by far,” said Northmont Boys Coach Tony Broering. “Everyone set personal records. All the guys set personal bests, so I was very proud and very happy for them. Christian Champen re-broke the school record that he had just broken in the pole vault a couple of weeks ago by clearing 15-feet, 9-inches at Mason. He also made the finals in the long jump so he had a great night.”

Fernandez said he used the Mason meet to fine tune a few things.

“It’s one of those meets that we were kind of working out some things, trying little things to prepare for the conference meet,” Fernandez said. “Our 4×200 relay team ran its fastest time (1:30.76 – Collins, Lesperance, Higgins and Hill) to place 4th and we ran a good 4×400 (3rd place – 3:28.17) cutting about 10 seconds off. We were just trying to do a few things in order to prepare for GWOC. We worked some things with our relays and ran Madison Doss in the open 200 (3rd place – 25.81 seconds) and put her in the 4×100, so we just kind of worked out some things to kind of set us up for success at the GWOC meet.”

The Northmont girls team, which has been on fire this year, finished much lower than some expected but Coach Joe Barnes was still pleased with the outcome.

“We scored more points this year than we did the previous year, but there was a lot of good competition out there,” Barnes noted. “Gahanna Lincoln was there, last year’s state champions, so on the girls side there was a lot of good competition. But that was expected and I was just out there to see if the girls could get personal records for GWOC and district. We are looking forward to the GWOC. So far, week after week the girls continue to impress me with all of the hard work that they’ve done and hopefully in these next two to three weeks that hard work throughout the season is going to show.”

Fernandez was pleased with how well both his boys and girls teams placed at Mason.

“We placed well considering we went into that meet thinking that we aren’t trying to win it,” Fernandez said. “It’s one of the last pieces to try to get ready for the conference meet, so that’s how I kind of went into that meet for both the boys and the girls.”

Graysen Simmons, a junior, cleared the bar at even 11-feet in the pole vault.

“She has had two great meets where she has jumped well,” Fernandez said.

Ben Jackson placed 4th in the shot put with a toss of 48-feet.

“That was Jackson’s first true varsity meet and he did well.”

Wayne girls took 12th in the 4×800 and the boys took 8th, which Fernandez felt good about.

“The girls 4×800 took about 30 seconds off their previous best time,” he noted. “So what did we get from going to Mason? We get to see some Cincinnati schools that we wouldn’t normally see until the regional meet.”

Fernandez was hoping to do better in the annual Warrior-Elk Duals but Centerville pulled away in the point standings in the distance events.

“We put a lot of effort into that and we were in it for a while until the last couple of distance races when they kind of pulled away from us, but it will all work out at GWOC,” Fernandez stated. “I will tell you this, this is probably the most open GWOC there has been in a long time. Centerville is probably a favorite, but there is no clear favorite. Anyone could win it from Beavercreek to Wayne and Northmont could win it and Springfield could win it. Anyone in our division could win GWOC on the boys side. The girls side Centerville could probably win it, but we have some pieces too and so does Beavercreek.”

In the 3200 relay Wayne boys placed 8th (Pollard, Roberts, Dozier, Houk) at 8:27.23 and Northmont placed 3rd in 8:20.72. Northmont girls were 10th in 10:19.49 and Wayne 12th in 10:29.98 (Conley, Hoelscher, Thomas, Creech).

Wayne freshman Justin Harris placed 4th in the 100 hurdles (15.40 seconds) while Northmont freshman Drake Hickman was 10th (16.24). Wayne sophomore Taylor Robertson was 4th in the girls 100 hurdles at 15.90 and Northmont freshman Leila Hill placed 6th in 16.05.

In the 100 meter dash Wayne junior Jacob Selby finished 10th in 11.48 seconds and senior Roman Sneed finished 16th in 11.653. Northmont sophomore Donavin Wallace was 18th in 11.674 seconds. On the girls side Madison Doss finished 14th for Wayne in 13.24 while Elisha Cooper was 13th for Northmont in 13.28.

In the boys 400 relay Wayne’s team of Hill, Sneed, Harris, Selby placed 4th in 43.60 seconds while the Wayne girls team of Portis, Richardson, Howard, Doss placed 5th in 50.21.

Northmont freshman Xavier Marable placed 8th in the 400 dash in 51.81 while Wayne junior Elijah Hill was 11th in 52.16 and Northmont junior Kameron Gover took 13th in 52.59. On the girls side Northmont senior Elisha Cooper took 14th place in 1:02.66 while junior Kennedy Simmons was 27th in 1:06.64. Wayne freshman Brooklyn Cassidy was 29th (1:06.79) and sophomore Brittany Prater was 31st (1:08.27).

Hickman (Northmont) placed 5th in the 300 hurdles in 40 seconds while Wayne senior Damon Roberts was 6th in 40.17, senior Santiago Rozas Trastoy was 8th in 40.99 and Northmont senior Joe Sexton 11th in 41.25.

Northmont junior Ethan Shade placed 7th in the 800 meter run (2:00.92) while senior Shawn Richards was 18th (2:04.90). Northmont junior Melissa Barrett placed 7th in 2:21.45.

Northmont’s Kameron Gover placed 3rd in the 200 meter dash in 22.70 seconds and Wayne sophomore Joseph Collins took 13 in 23.44 and Diante Lesperance 16th in 23.68. Madison Doss (Wayne) placed 3rd in 25.81 while Elisha Cooper (Northmont) was 9th in 26.48.

Wayne freshman Lucas Houk was 16th in the 3200 meter run (10:05.84) with Northmont sophomore Gage Beireis 24th (10:20.94). Kristen Hoelscher (Wayne) took 18th in 12:37.76 and Aubrey Kosak (Northmont) took 22nd in 12:56.83.

Treyvion Higgins (Wayne) placed 5ht in the high jump at 5-feet, 8-inches.

Christian Champen (Northmont) placed 7th in the long jump at 19-feet, 11-inches while Trew Davis (Wayne) was13th at 19-feet, 6-inches). Madison Doss (Wayne) placed 4th at 17-feet and one-quarter inch and teammate Ashley Richardson was 5th at 16-feet, 1.5-inches.

Mason Rod

Russell Invitational

Boys Scoring

1. Lincoln 102

2. Mason 83

3. Glenville 60

4. Centerville 56

5. New Albany 46

6. Wayne 37

7. Northmont 31

8. Sycamore 30

9. Miamisburg 25

10. Wester. South 23

11. Lak. East 22

12. Springboro 21

12. Granville 21

14. Western Brown 18

15. Madeira 17

16. Lak. West 16

17. Troy 14

18. St. Xavier 11

18. Lebanon 11

20. Tippecanoe 10

21. Peebles 7

21. Wester. North 7

23. Beavercreek 6

24. Winton Woods 5

25. Princeton 4

26. Logan 2

26. Mason 2

26. Walnut Hills 2

26. Sard. Eastern 2

30. Turpin 1

30. Fairfield 1

Girls Scoring

1. Lincoln 105

2. Mason 71

3. Centerville 50

4. Walnut Hills 41

5. Winton Woods 37

6. Wester. South 32

7. Granville 31

8. Wayne 30

9. Lak. East 25

9. Lak. West 25

9. Turpin 25

9. Lebanon 25

13. Hil. Davidson 21

14. Western Brown 17.5

15. Troy 17

16. Alter 15

17. New Albany 13

18. Sycamore 11.5

19. Ursuline Academy 10

19. Miamisburg 10

21. Northmont 8

21. St. Henry (KY) 8

21. Springboro 8

24. Chardon 6

24. Sum. Co. Day 6

26. Beavercreek 4

26. Princeton 4

28. Wester. North 3

29. Amelia 2

29. Sard. Eastern 2

By Ron Nunnari

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