Salem: St. Vincent St. Mary junior Parris Campbell and senior Chelsea Laury each placed in four events, playing a major role in the Irish securing both the boys and girls titles at a Division II track and field meet at Salem High School.
The Irish took the boys rankings with a score of 119.5 and the girls rankings with 128 points, each time over Poland Seminary, which took second place. It’s the second year in a row St. V-M swept the Salem district.
“This is round one and this district was a whole lot more difficult than in years past,” St. V-M coach Dan Lancianese said. “This district was very strong, so they made us prepare well for next week’s regional and that’s always the big one. That’s the one we have to have.”
Campbell took first place in all four races he ran, three of which he had to run in a span of about 30 minutes. Campbell won the 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds), the 200 (22.38) and anchored both the 400 relay (43.31 seconds) and the 800 (1:29.18).
Campbell, an Ohio State football recruit, didn’t get off to a great start in the 100-meter dash and didn’t separate himself until the final 10 or 15 meters.
“My start was nowhere near as I expected it to be, which means I just gotta work hard for the next week of practice, get my start ready and I should be fine,” Campbell said.
He later drew more praise when Lancianese called him “Bolt” and said he wasn’t close to reaching his potential yet.
Laury took first place in three events and advanced onto the regional meet in a fourth. She won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.68 seconds and was the only one to come in under a minute. She also anchored the 800 and 1,600 relays, which won with times of 1:45.96 and 4:06.28, respectively. In her main event, the 400, Laury entered with only the second-fastest qualifying time, behind Akron North senior Keishawnna Burts. The two ran right next to each other.
“I was kinda nervous about the 400, having the fastest girl being in lane 4 and me being in lane 5,” she said after she took first and Burts came in second. “I had a strategy with it. I knew if I just got out quick and held on strong she’d try to stay with me and it worked.”
Laury also placed fourth in the long jump with 16 feet, 5 inches, a poorer showing than what she had hoped. But advancing to the regional meet is a strong effort for Laury, considering she hadn’t done much with the event before late April.
“That’s a phenomenal talent, she put it together really well,” Lancianese said. “We’re just gonna start working on specific mechanics this week, so what she’s done is really impressive.”
On the girls side for St. V-M, sophomore Imani Davis took first with a 25.24 200-meter dash. Senior Marissa Rossetti won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:16.15 and ran one of the legs in the 3,200 relay. The Irish girls finished first/second in the 800-meter run as junior Julia Mendiola (2:17.19) and sophomore Cynthia Haas (2:21.44) took the top two places. Rounding out St. V-M’s titles on the girls side was freshman Rachel Iacofano, who won the 3,200-meter run in 11:26.32.
For the boys, Mick Iacofano’s 4:24.44 in the 1,600-meter run was enough to take first place and sophomore Nick Campbell took second place with a 4:27.52. Each was a part of the winning 3,200 relay (8:12.98). Iacofano later won the 3,200-meter run by over 16 seconds with a time of 9:42.65.
Fennell wins three
Northwest junior Meredith Fennell had a strong day as well. She took first in the day’s opening event, the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.97 and was the only runner to beat the 15-second mark. That’s especially impressive considering she first started running the hurdles this past winter. She also anchored the 400 relay team that took first place with a time of 50.13 seconds. Fennell also won the long jump with the only jump better than 17 feet, beating that mark by 3 inches and the competition by 7 inches. .
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