Kent State HS Meet #2 - Feb. 3rd
If you wanted to see speed this weekend all you had to do was go to Kent State's Indoor track. The three fastest times in the state were all set here this weekend. Carlin Isles (Massillon-Jackson) set the pace, runnning a blazing 6.34 seconds in the 55m dash to open the meet. Isles was followed closely by Sophomore stud, Blake Heriot (Gahanna Lincoln), who came in with a time of 6.37, and also Anthony Chandler (Zanesville) who crossed the line in 6.48 seconds.
Heriot also took home the silver in the 200m, trailing only Mike Shaw (Trotwood-Madison), 21.89 to 22.08 seconds. These two times, plus Kendall Gregory's ( Strongsville) thrid place finish of 22.21 seconds are the three top times in he state currently. Shaw's time is the current U.S. #5 time in the 200m.
Gregory had the most impressive performance of the day, clocking a 47.99 400m dash. Gregory has the current U.S. #1 400m time in the nation, let alone in the state. Gregory also previously held the U.S. #1 in the 500m dash.
As if the 55m dash, the 200m times and Gregory's 47.99 400m weren't impressive or fast enough, the top four marks in the state in the 400m were all set at Kent State this weekend, and three guys ran sub 50 second 400's in the first weekend of February! Following Gregory accross the line was another Sophomore stud in William Henry (Trotwood-Madision) with a time of 49.06. Dontave Cowsette (Cleveland Heights) also broke the 50 second barrier by running a 49.86 second 400m. In fifth place was Robin Baisden (Watkins Memorial) with a time of 51.49.
To top off all of the great sprinting performances, three of the top five marks in the state in the 800m were set at this meet. Jared Hall (Cleveland Heights) led the way by running a 1:53.89 to top the state and take the US #2 spot. Hall is just a second off of the U.S. #1 time set by Isaih Ward of Mumford High School in Michigan. Sam Maynard (Medina) came in second with a time of 1:57.30, while Sylvester Watts (Cleveland Heights) finished fourth with a time of 1:58.37.
2007 Division I Cross Country State Champion Donny Roys opened up his indoor season on the right foot. While Roys finished second in the 3200m Pennsylvania's Dave Adley, Roys still managed to run the Ohio leading time of 9:46.93. Landon Hamilton (Pymatuning Valley) was hot on Roys heels and took home the bronze with a time of 9:47.30.
The men's 4x200m relay had its share of excitement also, the top three teams from this meet have the top three fastest times in the state, with Trotwood Madision running the current U.S. #2 time of 1:29.02. Warren G. Harding and Cleveland Heights went two-three with times of 1:3134 and 1:32.40 respectively.
Cleveland Heights ran the U.S. #1 time in the 4x400m relay with a 3:18.41, (Trotwood Madison had held the same spot earlier in the year).
Cleveland Heights also ran the fastest 4x800m relay in the state by going 8:01.10, while Medina ran the number two time in the state by finishing in 8:06.05.
In the field events, Ruben Belen (Medina) cleared 6'8" in the high jump to move into a tie for the second best jump in the state. Derek Hopkins (Whitmer) vaulted to the state lead by clearing 15'0". Four Ohioans went over the 50' mark in the shot put, with Drew Ebersole (Midview) taking the lead in the state with a throw of 56'4".
Super Sophomore KaChay Hullum (Firestone) had a remarkable meet. KaChay took home golds in the 55m, the 200m and the 400m. Hullum's time in the 55m dash finals of 7.16 seconds is the second fastest time ran in the state so far this year, just .01 seconds off of Mahagony Jones (Rhodes) state leading time.
Hullum also ran the second fastest time in the state in the 200m, winning the Kent State with a time of 25.77 sedonds, this time a mere. 03 seconds off of state leader Candace Thomas' (Gilmour Academy) time of 25.74. In the 400m, Hullum ran a state leading time of 57.85 seconds, leading the rest of the field by 2.5 seconds.
In the 3200m, Carly Seymour (Central Cambria, Pennsylvania) ran an unchallenged US #1 time of 10:47.16. The top three runners were all from Pennsylvania, but the top Ohio runner, Katie Gillespie (CVCA) did run the second fastest time in the state with a 11:35.43.
In the field events, Ashley Galbraith (Struthers) took the lead in the state by getting over 5'8" in the high jump, the current US #5 mark, beating the rest of the field by a full half foot. Jade Riebold (Olentangy Liberty) and Kayla Caldwell (Indian Valley) both vaulted 12'0", Chelsey Detweiler (Dalton) went 11'6". These three ladies lead the state in the pole vault, with Caldwell's previous vault of 12'6" topping the state. Bridget Jacobs (Normandy) soared 17'6" to win the long jump and also take over the third spot in the state. Kaitlyn Griffith (Orrville) took over the state lead in the shot put when she won the event with a heave of 42'6".
Case Western HS Open Meet - Feb. 3rd
Terrance Somerville (Buchtel) ran the season's fastest time in the 55m hurdles, with a speedy time of 7.65, beating the rest of the field by over a quarter of a second. Somerville also easily won the long jump, soaring 22'1.5" to top the state leader boards and beating runner up Randy Greenwood (Mentor Lake) by nine inches. Greenwood would go on to win the high jump by clearing 6'2".
Arnez Hardnick (JFK Cleve.) was a two time winner, firs tin the 55m dash with a time of 6.59 to Greenwood's time of 6.64 seconds. Hardnick's second win came in the 200m when he beat Thomas Hallal (Gilmour Academy) 23.06 to 23.12 seconds.
The 400m also had a close finish, with Jalonte Johnson (Collinwood) hanging on to beat Leon Bederman (Solon) 51.59 to 52.22. These two time are good enough to move Johnson and Bederman into the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, on the state leaderboards.
The 3200m was dominated by Solon, who took the top four spots. Jeremy Schiele broke the ten minute mark, running a 9:59.22.
Collinwood won all three relays, blowing away the 4x400m relay by nearly three seconds and moving into the number four spot on the state leader boards.
Lucas Ferguson (Mount Vernon) was a two time winner in the throws, going 47'3" in the shot and 45'7" in the weight throw.
Emily Infeld (Beaumont) opened her 2008 indoor track and field season with a bang, going 5:01.1 in the 1600m. Infeld's time is 19 seconds faster than any other female in the state and is the current US #3 this year in the 1600m.
Amber Smith (Collinwood) won the 55m hurdles in 8.55, but followed across the line by Paris Campbell (Euclid) in 8.66 seconds. Campbell's time is the current number two time in the state, while Smith's earlier performance of 8.51 seconds in January still stands as the top mark in the state.
Christy Campbell (Buchtel) won the 55m dash in 7.31 to move into the third spot on the state leaderboards by edging out Candace Thomas (Gilmour Academy) by a mere .06 seconds. Thomas would come back in the 200m to take the top spot in the state with a time of 25.74 seconds.
Two ladies ran sub 60 in the 400m to take the second and third spots on the state leader boards. Shaniqua McGinnis (Shaker Heights) won the 400m in a time of 58.90 to runner up Angelique Lykes' (Warrensville Heights) 59.92 seconds.
Like on the boys side, Collinwood won all three of the relays, blazing to a 1:45.14 in the 4x200m relay, and the fastest time in the state this year.
Erin Busbee (Collinwood) flew by her competition in the long jump, setting a seasonal best of 18'0.5", taking the top spot on the state leader boards and the gold in the meet. Korrey Willis (Lake Catholic) continued her dominating performance in the shot put by winning the meet with a toss of 37'8", beating runner up Destinee Canyon (Warrensville Heights) by a full foot.