AUSTINTOWN: Woodridge junior Jacob Mally saw the weather forecasts called for warm temperatures this weekend in Austintown.
Instead of complaining, he embraced the sunshine and led Woodridge to a Division II boys track and field regional team title Saturday at Fitch High School.
“I knew coming out here this week and today that it was going to be warm,” Mally said. “I knew my times were going to drop, and I ran a PR time in both hurdle events on Thursday and came back this morning and ran a PR time in both of them.”
Mally finished first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.33 seconds, second in the 300 hurdles in 39.29 seconds and was third in the high jump at 6-2.
The top four in each event advanced to next week’s state championship meet at Ohio State.
“I know the distance races are kind of tougher because of the sun, but those guys came out and performed well,” Mally said.
Woodridge was also second in the 3,200 relay with juniors Max Starvaggi and Ryan Palm, senior Seth Conard and sophomore Noah Perrin joining forces to run a 8:12.99. Perrin also crossed second in the 3,200 in 9:46.4.
Woodridge’s 58 points topped the 45-team boys field. St. V-M (48), Streetsboro (38), Poland Seminary (37), CVCA (36) and Garrettsville (35) rounded out the top six.
“I am proud of the guys,” Woodridge boys coach Les Carney said. “As the postseason has gone on we keep getting better and better. We knew coming in to today that Jake was going to have to have a big day for us, and he came through for us once again.”
Elsewhere in the boys meet, Buchtel senior Ronald Henderson won the high jump (6-3) and CVCA teammates went 1-2 in the long jump with freshman Tre Tucker winning at 22-7¼ and senior Marcus Womack second at 21-1.
Streetsboro junior Dakari Carter also had a big day, winning the boys 100 in 10.5, the 200 in 21.66 and joining junior Myron Jones, senior Jonte’ Florence and junior Malik Johnson to win the 800 relay in 1:28.46. Jones was also second in the 400 in 50.17.
St. V-M junior DeAmonte’ King won the boys 400 in 48.16. King also contributed to the first-place 1,600 relay (3:23.29) that included seniors Vincent Diago, Brian Heller and Daniel Long, and the second-place 800 relay (1:28.61) with sophomore Leonard Younger, senior Gonzolo Diago and junior Malik Wooldridge.
“Last year was my first year at state and I was a little nervous and ran some bad times, but this year I think I will be ready to go,” King said.
Coventry sophomore Treon Sibley was second in the boys high jump, and was a member of the Comets’ second-place 400 relay that clocked a 43.36 and included juniors Dusty Burkhart, Tyler Porter and Daniel Fassnacht.
CVCA’s quartet of senior Cody Boerema, sophomores Sam Bush and Jonathan Solomon and junior Trey Carlisle was second in the 1,600 relay in 3:26.87.
Garrettsville won three throwing events, two of which came on the boys side.
“This is an awesome day,” said G-Men senior Chandler Bee, who won the boys discus (175-8) and was third in the shot put (53-2½). “The weather definitely did help. We were at districts last week [at Cortland Lakeview] and it was miserable, cold and rainy.
“Being out here in the heat just makes it a better day to throw.”
Senior Matt Ryser won the boys shot put (54-9½), and junior Lauren Jones was first in the girls discus with a regional meet-record (160-11) and second in the shot put (41-5).
“I am so excited,” Jones said. “I just want to keep the ball rolling. I want to keep building and improve. From districts to regionals, I got better in both of the events.”
The top five girls teams, out of 38, were Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (61), Cleveland Heights Beaumont (52), Woodridge (45½), Chagrin Falls (40) and Beachwood (39).
Manchester junior Alyssa Matheny won the girls high jump with a school-record 5-7¼. She said her sister, Christina, held the previous record at 5-7. Panthers senior Grier Cowles took second in the 400 with a school-record 57.73.
“It was weird to come here from cold and snowy two weekends ago to now it is hot,” Cowles said. “I heard people say it was 130 [degrees] on the track.”
St. V-M junior Olivia Flesher (long jump, 16-9) and Tuslaw freshman Ke’Aijhan Strong (400, 57.38) also won an event. Buchtel’s 800 relay was second in 1:43.63 with freshmen Dyamond Myers, London Green and Rayannah Torrence and junior Deztani Roberts.
Woodridge junior Nicole Fleming took second in the 1,600 in 5:14.69, and joined juniors Katie Kearns, Natalie Fleming and sophomore Molly Howard on the Bulldogs’ second-place 3,200 relay (9:34.5).
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