by Steve Batko | Correspondent
It was another big week for the Streetsboro boys track and field squad, paced by a fleet-footed sprint corps.
Head coach Tom Fesemyer had a few athletes compete at the coveted 34th annual Optimist Meet May 3 at Austintown Fitch High School.
The Rockets' brass also had to compete in the Mogadore Invitational the day before so duties were split up on the squad.
The partial team resulted in a solid 17th-place finish among 38 schools at the coveted Optimist.
Freshman Dakari Carter ran fifth in the 200-meter dash in 21.86 seconds. He ran sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.74 seconds.
Carter was the No. 1 freshman finisher in both events at Fitch, but more importantly, he broke two school records in the process.
In the 100, Carter's time broke the old school mark of 11 seconds set in 2009 by Cory Lanterman. In the 200, Carter's record time broke the previous mark of 21.9 set by Lanterman in 2007.
"It was a great week for us and Dakari really had a pretty good meet," Fesemyer said. "We talked as team about this time of the year is when we should start to see the best times. These kids are getting it done."
The Rockets' 800 relay team ran second overall with a time of 1:32.06. Solon (1:31.8) was the lone team to beat Streetsboro, which was led by freshman Myron Jones, Carter, junior Prince Franklin and senior Daniel Sapp.
Franklin placed 20th in the 100 in 11.62 seconds.
Most of Fesemyer's club ran in the 13th annual Mogadore Wildcat Invitational May 2. The Rockets won the team championship with 100 points, just edging a surprising host Mogadore club (96).
Jake Gould grabbed sixth-place in the 3,200 to net a point and tie the Wildcats.
Streetsboro clinched the crown on the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. The Rockets were fifth in the 1,600 relay at Mogadore with a strong time of 3:46.90. Mogadore ran eighth at 3:52.
Making up the 1,600 relay was the team of Malik Todd, Dante Tamburro, Paul Jenkins, and Reggie Dublin.
Rootstown was a distant third in the team standings with 63 points.
Jenkins had a big meet as he also ran one of his best races ever in the 110-meter high hurdles to claim a title at Mogadore. He was timed at 16 seconds to beat top seed Justin Tokes (16.1) of Norton. He was sixth in the 300 hurdles (46.3).
"Paul [Jenkins] had a pretty good week for us," Fesemyer said.
Franklin captured the 200 in 23.1 seconds, while Carter won the 100 (11 seconds).
The 800 relay raced to a title with a time of 1:30.1. This cast had the likes of Jones, Carter, Franklin and Sapp.
Streetsboro's 400 relay also was victorious with a time of 44.6 seconds. Making up the crew was Victor Glass, Jones, Franklin and senior Parris Burton.
Glass also triumphed in the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 42.5.
The 3,200 relay finished second to Springfield (8:52) with a time of 8:53. This foursome included Tyler Garman, Alec Bindus, Jake Suttell and Todd. Garman ran third in the 800 with a time of 2:11.
"Our distance crew probably had one of their best performances at Mogadore that they have had in quite some time," Fesemyer said.
Senior Nick Fazio recorded a fourth in the discus with a throw of 127 feet, 2 inches, to edge junior teammate Thomas Benson, who was fifth at 122-6. In the shot put, Fazio had a toss of 46-8 to place fifth.
"Our shot and discus guys are really coming on strong and they are competing with each other as well as complimenting each other," Fesemyer said.
Dublin placed fourth in the high jump, scoring with a leap of 5-6. Dublin also scored by going sixth in the long jump at 18 feet.
Sapp ran fourth in the open 400 (53.6), while Jonte Florence placed fifth in the 110 hurdles at 17.6. Garman ran sixth in the 1,600 in 5:00, while Burton was sixth in the 200 (24.8). Benson also had a strong shot put toss of 40-9.
Streetsboro pushed its mark to 4-1 with two victories on April 29 at Field High in a Portage Trail Conference County Division dual meet against Southeast and Rootstown.
The Rockets (6-1 overall) defeated the Pirates 84-44 and the Rovers 68-60. Southeast edged Rootstown 65-63.
Carter was used in the 400 to increase points, while Sapp was plugged into the 200.
It was a move that produced first- and second-place finishes in both the 200 and 400 races, to couple with the expected one-two finish in the 100.
Franklin took first in the 100 (11.6) and in the 200 (23.1). Carter and Sapp took first and second in the 400, respectively. Carter, who was timed at 52.9, has ran the 400 leg in relays for the Rockets.
William Morgan did all he could to make the Rootstown score tight. Morgan won the 1,600, 800 and 3,200 races and ran the anchor leg of the Rovers' 3,200 relay.
Jenkins won the 110 hurdles in 16.7 seconds and was second in the 300 hurdles behind Glass, who had a time of 44.8. Florence ran second in the 110 highs.
The Rockets were set to compete against County Division foe James A. Garfield May 6 in Ravenna. Results were not available at press time.
They are scheduled to compete at the Twilight Meet May 9 at Jackson High School in Massillon. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.