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by Steve Batko | Correspondent
The Streetsboro track and field teams continue to make strides after both teams placed seventh at the 14-team Lakeview Invitational.
Head coach Tom Fesemyer was pleased with his teams' showing at the April 11 meet in Cortland, which will be the site of this year's Division II district meet.
Because of that fact, the coaching staff found the annual early-season meet to be very important.
The boys scored 38.5 points. Warren Howland won the competition with 88.5 points and Jefferson Area (68) and Akron Coventry (66) placed second and third, respectively.
The girls finished with 37 points. Richfield Revere won with 76 points, followed by Howland (69) and Youngstown Ursuline (51).
"There were a lot of Division I schools there and it was a big meet because we can prepare for the upcoming district meet," Fesemyer said.
Streetsboro was dominant in the boys' sprint relays and at the same time had a learning experience -- one that may help when districts come around.
Fesemyer saw his 400-meter relay team win (44.33 seconds) over Howland as well as the sprint medley (1:38.67) and thought he had a crown in a new-look 800-meter relay.
However, the 800 relay was disqualified due to a baton exchange out of the exchange zone.
"It happens, but I'm glad we ran here because we want to be certain of the markings and the zone with our kids competing at districts down the line," Fesemyer said. "It was a heartbreaker."
It was a heartbreaker because the staff wanted to look at this specific team in the 800 relay and did so for the first time in live action. This cast included Prince Franklin, Dakari Carter, Daniel Sapp and Myron Jones.
"It was a phenomenal time that they had, somewhere in the low 1:30s," Fesemyer said. "This was a group that we had wanted to take a look at and we will do it again. Our sprint medley did really well and our 400 relay had a season best."
Making up the 400 relay was Victor Glass, Carter, Prince Franklin and senior anchor Parris Burton. The sprint medley had Franklin, Burton, Carter and Sapp.
Pacing the girls were Destiny King and Marra Woods. King won the long jump with a season best of 15 feet, 11.25 inches. Woods captured the high-jump title at 5-2.
They both ran in the 400 relay (51.36) that finished second to Ursuline, which posted a meet record time of 50.69 seconds. The relay also included Delisha McMiller and Kailyn Williams.
"Marra had pretty good jumps and it was getting cold by the time she went," Fesemyer said. "We changed her steps for the second approach at 5-2 and she got it."
The 800 relay also took third with a season best of 1:50.54 behind Williams, McMiller, Savannah Nevels and Woods.
"Having both the 400 and 800 girls relays get season bests is great to see this early in the season," Fesemyer said. "We are really pleased as a staff."
The boys' shuttle hurdles crew of Jonte Florence, Paul Jenkins, George Redding and Glass placed third (1:07.41).
In the high jump, Reggie Dublin tied for third (5-8) and Jenkins and Carter, tied for sixth (5-6).
Nick Fazio placed fifth in the shot put (39-2.5) and also posted a personal-record discus throw (121-5). In the discus, Thomas Benson led with a seventh-place effort of 124-9.
The 400 relay throwers placed eighth (55.7) with Benson, Landon Robinette, Fazio and Ve'Shaun Glover.
Also running eighth (21:40.17) was the 6,400 relay of Tyler Garman, Jake Gould, Alec Bindus and Jake Suttell.
In girls' action, the shot-put competition saw Samantha Diltz place fifth (29-.5) and Autumn Meek finish sixth (28-6.25).
The 6,400 relay of Madison Westerh, Alexa Brace, Ewelina Siwik, and Megan Melice placed seventh (27:46.81), while the distance medley team of Siwik, Shamia Mitchell, Melice, and Madison Westerh finished eighth (15:42.69).
Mitchell took sixth in the high jump (4-4), while the sprint medley team of Nevels, Williams, Woods and Aajah Chapman ran eighth (2:03.48).
On April 8, Streetsboro visited Ravenna for a double dual meet against Portage Trail Conference rivals Waterloo and Ravenna.
The girls (1-1) lost 67-60 to Ravenna and won 94-34 over County Division foe Waterloo. Melice amassed 11.25 points overall.
Meek won both the discus (89 feet) and shot put (28-6).
"Autumn is working really hard, especially on the discus," Fesemyer said. "There's a big learning curve coming from middle school and she is doing well. The other day, she told me she wanted to lift more and work more and that's great to see."
King won the 100 hurdles at 15.6 seconds and long jump at 16-6.5. Woods won the 200 in 27.7 and also was second in the high jump at 4-10.
The 800 relay McMiller, Nevels, Jayana Taylor and Woods won in 1:52.8. The winning 400 relay (51 seconds) featured King, McMiller, Woods and Williams.
The boys moved to 2-0 with a 100-28 win over Ravenna and a 110-17 win over Waterloo.
"It was the first time for us to see Daniel Sapp and Paul Jenkins on the track and it was nice to see them," Fesemyer said.
In the 100, the Rockets got a first-place effort from Franklin (11.3), who edged out Carter (11.3) at the line. The 400 relay (44.7) won with Burton, Carter, Franklin and Glass. The 800 crossed first in 1:35 with Glass, Jones, Sapp and Dante Tamburro.
Benson won the discus (121-10) and Dublin reached 18-6 to placed first in the long jump. Also winning was the 3,200 relay (9:25) of Bindus, Garman, Suttell and Malik Todd.
Garman was a double winner in the 1,600 (5.13) and 800 (2:16), while Carter won the 200 (22.8). Sapp placed first in the 400 (55.3) and Suttell won the 3,200 (12:00).
The 1,600 relay was timed at 3:47.3 with Carter, Jones, Sapp and Tamburro. Glass also won the 300 hurdles in 45.9.
Both teams were scheduled to visit Woodridge for a County Division tri-meet that also featured Waterloo April 15. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to participate in the Aurora Invitational April 17 at 4 p.m. before heading to Mogadore for a County Division showdown April 22 at 4:30 p.m.