Garfield Heights Trinity adds D-III boys track title to trophy case

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Garfield Heights Trinity won its first boys track state title. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

Garfield Heights Trinity has dominated the North Coast League in boys
track, winning 18 of a possible 24 championships and 10 of the last 12.
Now the Trojans can add the rest of the state to their list of
conquests.


Garfield Heights Trinity has dominated the North Coast League in boys track, winning 18 of a possible 24 championships and 10 of the last 12. Now the Trojans can add the rest of the state to their list of conquests.

Saturday at the 102nd annual boys state track and field championships, Trinity won its first Division III state title by outscoring Pandora-Gilboa 45-38 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The state championship is just the second earned by a boys program at Trinity (also won football in 1980) and the sixth state title in school history. The Trojans also own three girls basketball titles (1990, 1994, 1996) and a softball crown (1991).

Trinity’s rise to the top has been fast.

In 2007 the Trojans didn’t score a point at state and last year managed just nine en route to finishing 22nd.

Things were different this year.

Senior standout Jonathan Bobak captured both the 100 (11.11) and 200 (21.92) titles and anchored the winning 800 relay (1:28.96), which also included junior Brian Smith and seniors Steve Mlinaric and Nick Swanson.

Sophomore Nick Gliha (9:28.16) won the 3,200 title.

Trinity’s lone individual state title before Bobak and Gliha’s on Saturday, came from Lenny Jatsek who won the 2003 state title in shot put.

DEFENDING HIS GROUND
Findlay Liberty-Benton junior Seth Butler captured his second straight 800 title with a time of 1:52.86. Last year Butler was clocked at 1:52.54. He was fifth in the event as a freshman.

WATCH OUT
The Versailles foursome of  sophomore Damian Winner and juniors Tom Gorman, Mitch Pitsenbarger and Keith Schlater not only won the 1,600 relay title, they established themselves as a threat to set anew state record in the event.

Winner, Gorman, Pitsenbarger and Schlater ran 3:22.97 on Saturday. The state and state meet record of 3:21.08 was set in 1994 by Dayton Jefferson Township. Next year it could fall.

OUT OF NOWHERE
Senior Tyler Nichols of Gates Mills Hawken won the 110 hurdles (14.64) despite not qualifying for state last year.

MOVING UP
Junior Carson Britton from North Robinson Colonel Crawford won the 1,600 state title with a time of 4:20.76. Britton was fourth as a sophomore.

FASTEST FOURSOME
The East Palestine quartet of seniors Jeff Farkas and Dalton Cope and juniors Shane Peterson and Travis Patterson wont he 400 relay in 43.11.

STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
Cardington-Lincoln senior Silas Jolliff bettered his state placement from a year ago by seven spots, moving from eighth to first on the podium in the 400. Silas dropped nearly three seconds off his time at state, running 48.43 this spring as opposed to 51.03 at last year’s meet.

RUN AND JUMP   
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy senior Preston Hoge took home the 300 hurdles title in 38.32. Last year Hoge was fourth.

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