KENT: The top track and field teams in each gender Friday night at Kent Roosevelt High School both hailed from Summit County.
The Cuyahoga Falls girls and the Archbishop Hoban boys won team titles in the 44th annual Rough Rider Invitational on a cold and rainy evening.
Falls won the 10-team girls event with 126 points. Crestwood was second with 112.
Hoban won the 11-team boys event with 112 points. Green was second with 89.
Hoban senior James Axson won the 800 meters in 2:03.7 and also ran on the victorious 3,200 relay, which included senior Dan Lloyd, senior Justin Spear and junior Jake Tersigni and clocked a 8:32.9.
The Knights also won the 1,600 relay in 3:34.1 with senior Dominick Orsini, junior Tyler Lyren, senior Osahar Latson and Tersigni.
Knights senior Christian O’Neal won the 400 in 52.6.
“Our kids really ran some gutsy races,” Hoban coach Tom O’Neil said. “You look at James Axson and Dan Lloyd, who ran the 4x800 and then came back and ran the mile and took a second and a third, and then they scored more. James didn’t even know he was going to run the 800. I came up to him after the mile and said: ‘James, I think you can win this 800.’ He was scheduled to go in the 200. He and Dan then went in the 800 and went first and fourth. Those two races with James and Dan were pivotal.”
Falls coach Dan Scourfield put freshman Maddie Johnston, junior Emily Gall, senior Nicole Waibel and sophomore Ashley Krieger together in the 800 relay, and the unit was first in 1:52.2.
Falls senior Erica King won the discus (107-1), and Krieger won the 200 (27.4 seconds).
Cuyahoga Falls senior Chris Harris was the high-point scorer for the boys with 24 points. He won the 110 hurdles in 14.67 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 39.10 seconds. Harris also anchored the 400 relay that won in 44.8 seconds. Junior Cameron Leymon, junior D’Varis Hamilton and senior Thomas Breiding ran the first three legs.
“It was cold, but I couldn’t do it without my coach [Keith Nelman] and my teammates, they helped push me to do very well today,” Harris said. “I wasn’t supposed to do the 4x400 relay, but I got into it and ran because my teammates needed me and we got third.”
Southeast senior Katelyn McCullough was the high-point girls scorer with 22 points. She won the 100 hurdles (16.33 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (47.90 seconds), and took a second when she ran a leg on the 400 relay.
“Katelyn is just a true competitor,” Southeast coach Cindy Fesemyer said. “Last year she just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 300 hurdles with a fifth place. This year, wins like this help her realize that she belongs there. Her goals are high and she is making a run. She is very hungry.”
Rootstown senior David Paliscak won the shot put (58 feet, 6 inches) and the discus (140-0). Rover senior Dawn Freeland set a meet record in the girls shot put with a toss of 40-5. The mark is also a school record.
Firestone junior Amari Johnson won the girls long jump (15-7), and sophomore Kamar Majid won the boys high jump (6-0).
Green senior Seth Wieland won the 100 in 10.93 and anchored the 800 relay to first in 1:32.23. Freshman Amir Joya, freshman James Angel and junior Blair Thompson also ran on the relay.
Green also had two girls place first: freshman Olga Branney (high jump, 5-2) and senior Erika Rector (800, 2:24.6).
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