by Steve Batko | Correspondent
It was a chase and Woodridge won its sixth straight Portage Trail Conference County Division Championships, but the Streetsboro boys track and field team gave the Bulldogs a run for their money.
Woodridge won the seven-team crown 166-140 over Streetsboro at the County Division meet, which concluded May 16 at Ravenna Stadium. James A. Garfield placed third with 78 points.
"It was a great competition against Woodridge and we were chasing them," Rockets head coach Tom Fesemyer said. "I thought we did better than we thought in some cases, but we were hoping to get a sweep in the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints [with the top two finishers in each event]. We were able to do that and it was big."
"Then, we win the sprint relays with meet records and we got points all over. We scored a 140 points in a league meet and that is huge."
Streetsboro had a one-two finish in the 100-meter dash with freshman sensation Dakari Carter and junior Prince Franklin. Carter ran an 11.11 to win over Franklin, who crossed in 11.47 seconds.
The Rockets' 800 relay set a meet record with a first-place time of 1:29.82. That cocking also is a school record as the relay set it the week prior.
This 800 relay had freshman in Myron Jones, plus Franklin, Carter and senior anchor Daniel Sapp.
"That's a really good sign to have the 800 relay keep setting [school records]," Fesemyer said.
The Rockets' 400 relay followed suit with a meet-record time of 43.83 seconds to win. This relay had junior Victor Glass, Jones, Franklin and Carter.
Senior Parris Burton usually runs in the 400 relay and had to sit due to illness as Jones stepped in.
"I thought we ran well and Jones ran well," Fesemyer said. "It was a shame that Parris was ill."
Streetsboro also had a huge one-two finish in the 400 with a pair of first-year standouts in Carter and Sapp, who were new to the race.
Carter was inserted in the 400 about midway through the year and captured a County Division crown with a lifetime-best clocking of 51.02 seconds.
Sapp finished second at 51.37 seconds.
Fesemyer also saw a one-two finish in the 200. Sapp won in 23.02 seconds and Franklin placed second at 23.12.
Nick Fazio threw a season-best of 50 feet, 1 inch as the senior placed third in the shot put.
"Nick's throw was a huge boost for us and that's his first time over 50 feet, it was great," Fesemyer said.
Senior Paul Jenkins raced to a third in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.63 seconds.
Glass and Jenkins finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 300 hurdles. Glass took third at 43.16 ticks and Jenkins placed fourth at 44.16 seconds.
Also placing fourth was junior Thomas Benson (130-09).
Junior Tyler Garman finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:46.32). That time was more than 14 seconds faster than the seed time.
"Tyler got us some big points with great race and everyone stepped up for us," Fesemyer said.
The 1,600 relay ran third (3:36.62) with Jones, junior Malik Todd, Glass and Sapp. The 3,200 relay placed fourth overall with a time of 8:45.76 with Garman, freshmen Alec Bindus and Jake Suttell and Todd.
Sophomore Jonte Florence ran fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 16.86 ticks. Fazio recorded a season best with a seventh-place discus toss of 129-5.
Another senior, Reggie Dublin, finished sixth in the high jump (5-8). Glass (17-8.5) and Dublin (17-4) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the long jump.
Junior Jake Gould was sixth in the 3,200 (10:56.65) while Bindus also scored in the 1,600 race (eighth at 5:06.28) as did Garman (seventh at 2:10.83) and Todd (2:11.75, which was eighth) in the open 800, plus Jenkins in the high jump (eighth at 5-6).
Streetsboro is scheduled to compete in the Cortland Lakeview Division II District meet May 22 (4 p.m.) and 24 (10 a.m.).
"We have some areas where we think we can move onto regionals in and hopefully, we can get as many kids as possible to regionals," Fesemyer said.