Each member of the Nordonia 800-meter relay unit raised one finger in the air Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Indeed, these Knights are Division I state champions as the quartet of junior Dylan Mabin and seniors Brandon Truett, Sterling Brabson and Jordan Nobles clocked a 1:26.40.
“We knew that coming out here we probably had the hardest region,” Brabson said. “Three out of the top four teams are from our region.
“Coming into this we all knew what we had to run and we went out and did it. This feels pretty good.”
Austintown Fitch placed second in 1:26.75 and Berea-Midpark was third at 1:26.81.
“Coming into this season, I never imagined that I would be in this stadium and in this atmosphere running on this elite squad,” Mabin said. “I never thought I could be here, but it is a great feeling to be here.”
The Knights followed up the first on a sunny Saturday in Columbus with a second in the 400 relay. Junior Brandon Wilson, Truett, junior Denzel Ward and Nobles combined to finish in 41.58 seconds. Cleveland Glenville won the event in 41.47.
“These are both school record times that we put up today,” Nobles said. “I am very proud of the times. I wish we could have gotten first in the 4x1 too, but that was a good team we took second too.
“We were moving really fast in the 4x2. I was confident the whole way. When we got into that last leg and it looked like we were tied at that last turn, I was pretty confident that I could kick it in and get the win for us.”
Nordonia coach Scott Barwidi shouted words of encouragement as his relays competed.
“This feels amazing to know that all of our hard work and dedication got us this far and it paid off because we have a state championship title right now,” Truett said.
Elsewhere in the Division I meet, Perry sophomore Lucas Kelley earned the pole vault title at 15-10 and Akron native Harry “Butch” Reynolds helped hand out awards near the podium. Reynolds, an Archbishop Hoban graduate, said he turns 50 Sunday.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Ryan Adams won the 1,600 (4:18.44) and 800 (1:52.59) in Division II. He also helped CVCA’s 1,600 relay place fifth in 3:22.64.
“I am pretty excited,” Adams said. “It was a long day and a long weekend, actually, I remember going through the day like ‘Alright, 1,600, 800 and 4x4.’ After the 1,600, I’m like ‘Alright two more races left.’ After the 800, I’m like ‘One left and then I’m done.”
Streetsboro freshman Dakari Carter won the Division II 100 title in 10.83 and finished third in the 200 in 22.16.
Fairless senior Tyler Neff won the Division II 400 crown in 47.88 and Norwayne senior Trevahn Beery placed second in 47.95.
Norwayne senior Kaleb Harris, a Marshall University football recruit, won the 300 hurdles in 37.25.
“This is my last race,” Harris said. “It feels amazing to go out on top. That is a personal best time. I broke our school record in the regional final and then I broke it again today.”
The boys Wheelchair Division featured two victories by Wooster junior Casey Followay (800, 2:01.74 and 100, 17.1) and one by Kent Roosevelt sophomore Randy McMullen (shot put, 23-6¾).
Hudson junior Kyle Mau (Div. I, 3,200, 9:03.07) and West Branch junior Zach Robbins (Div. II, high jump, 6-9) also placed second in an event Saturday.
Dayton Dunbar won the Division II meet with 47 points and CVCA was second with 46 points. Lima Central Catholic won the Division III title with 52 points.
Glenville won the Division I meet with 40 points and Pickerington North was second with 34 points. Cincinnati St. Xavier (32) and Lakewood St. Edward (31) were third and fourth, respectively.
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