The 12th Annual Dave Clegg Invitational brought together eight teams from Northeast Ohio to compete in an early season invite at Hoover High School.
Mentor and Massillon Jackson were the co-champions on the girls side while Massillon Perry won the boys title. These teams had standout athletes that contributed greatly to their respective programs. Elite performances were also demonstrated by various individuals.
Savannah Dennison has contributed a great amount of success to the Mentor program over the past four years of her high school career. Last track season, she qualified to the state meet in both the 800m and 1600m run. She ran on the winning 4x800m relay team and solidified the top performance in the 3200m run. She was followed by her teammate Madison Clark for a 1-2 sweep.
For Jackson, Leena Patibandla finished first in the discus throw and second in the shot-put. She has been a versatile athlete in the field events as she placed second in both high jump and discus at the 2022 state meet.
Izzy Bernard won the pole vault with a mark of 10-06.00, also contributing to Jackson's scoring in the field events.
Other notable individual performances included Amahrie Harsh from Hoover winning both the 100m and 200m dash and obtaining a second place finish in the 400m race. In her final event of the day, she helped Hoover capture 4x400m relay.
Massillon Perry's Isabelle Perry dominated the shot-put victory by a large margin with a throw of 38-09.50.
On the boys side, Perry had a well-rounded team with point scorers in every event.
Coming off of an All-Ohio performance during the cross country season, Alex Hill from Perry won the 3200m run with a time of 9:52.10.
Perry had a 1-2 sweep in the pole vault with Jagger Foxx and Steve Bossler. Foxx vaulted 14-00.00 and looks towards making another state tournament run where he finished fourth last year. Bossler followed this by solidifying a 12-00.00 jump.
Briar Recktenwalt took the discus title, adding to Perry's depth in the field events.
The hurdle events were also swept by Perry's Garrett Laubacher, winning the 110m hurdles in 14.95 and the 300m in 41.02.
Noah Johnson from Hoover represented another set of elite performances by running a 4:19.21 in the 1600m run and then coming back for a strong 800m run with a time of 1:57.26.
With this meet being concluded, there is no doubt that there will be many more great performances to come throughout the rest of this season.