Field events lead Pemberville Eastwood boys to first D-II state track title

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Pemberville Eastwood won its first state track title Saturday. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

When people hear “track” championships they often forget about the
“field” part. Pemberville Eastwood is taking home a huge reminder. After finishing runner-up last year, the Eagles captured their first
Division II boys state track and field title Saturday by besting second
place Cortland Lakeview 47-38. The Eagles accumulated nearly 75-percent of their points in the field events.


When people hear “track” championships they often forget about the “field” part. Pemberville Eastwood is taking home a huge reminder.

After finishing runner-up last year, the Eagles captured their first Division II boys state track and field title Saturday by besting second place Cortland Lakeview 47-38 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Eastwood was also runner-up in 2003.

The Eagles accumulated nearly 75-percent of their points in the field events.

Junior thrower Justin Welch defended his discus title with a stadium record heave of (196-1). He was also third in the shot put.

Senior Crosby Schemenauer won the pole vault (15-4), while senior Josh Hoodlebrink was second in the long jump (22-9.25).

On the track, the Eagles got fifth place finishes from the 400 relay and Schemenauer (110 hurdles). The 1,600 relay finished fourth.

DOUBLE-DIP
If there was an MVP award for the D-II state meet, Cortland Lakeview’s Ben Moody would get it. The senior sprinter pulled off a rare double by winning both the 110 hurdles (14.19) and 100 (10.97). The events are back-to-back.

Moody also anchored Lakeview to a third place finish in the 400 relay and took fourth in the long jump on Friday.

JUMP FOR JOY
Dayton Stivers senior Nate Davis captured the high jump title and in doing so is believed to be the first individual and/or team state champion from the school. The last Stivers team to finish this high at state was the 1975 basketball squad that was runner-up in Class AA.

Davis’s winning jump was 6-7. He cleared 6-10 last year. Davis, who will play basketball and jump at Heidelberg, was third in the event at state last year.

WE’LL BE BACK
The Salem quartet of Ben Eisel, Dustin Matak, Dustin Huffman and Zack Penick captured the 800 relay title with a time of 1:28.37. Expect a similar outcome next year. Eisel, Matak and Huffman are juniors. Penick is a freshman.

OUT OF NOWHERE
Last year Alliance Marlington’s Jarrod Eick wasn’t in the 1,600 field at the state meet. This year he led it across the finish line. Eick captured the 1,600 state title with a time of 4:16.43.

WE CAN RUN TOO
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney has long been known for its football. Looks like the Cardinals can run a little too. The 400 relay foursome of seniors Scott Johnson and Matt Mcwilson and juniors Braylon Heard and Ray Vinopal escaped a competitive field with a state title time of 42.67. A total of 0.3 seconds separated first through fourth.

DOUBLING UP
Creston Norwayne senior Cody Miller and London senior Ethan Fleet both successfully defended their 2008 titles in the 400 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

Miller beat the field in the 400 with a time of 47.48, while Fleet turned in a time of 37.92. Fleet was eighth in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore.

NOT THIS TIME
Last year Caledonia River Valley’s Zach Lathrop had to watch from the second step of the podium as Sandusky Perkins’ Cory Leslie was recognized as the state champion in the 800. This year, Lathrop stood in the top spot.

Nearly besting the field by two full seconds, Lathrop crossed the line first in 1:51.44.

HAWKS FLY
Columbus Bishop Hartley finished with 33 points and was third in the team standings. Headlining a very productive meet was senior Rufus Walls and the 1,600 relay team.
Walls took first in the 200 (21.57), while the quartet of seniors Luke Evans, Carwin Hill and Domonic Colvin and freshman Isaiah Walls was first in the 1,600 relay (3:20.43).

UP FRONT
Last year Circleville’s Brad Liston made the state 3,200 field but drifted to the back at the end of the race and finished 10th. This year the junior pressed on and bested the field with a time of 9:18.30. That mark was 37 seconds better than what he ran at state last year.

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