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Prep Track: Gahanna Lincoln Takes Gold at 58th Bellaire Relays

April 29, 2012
By SETH STASKEY , Ogden Newspapers

BELLAIRE - It's time for track and field's attention to shift to the OVAC meet.

Area boys' teams got their final tuneup Saturday at chilly and overcast Nelson Field with the 58th installment of the Bellaire Relays where temperatures hovered in the upper 40s.

Despite the conditions more suited for late March than late April, 17 squads went to work for 18 events and Gahanna Lincoln - from suburban Columbus - cruised back to Franklin County with the hardware.

The Lions, who feature the nation's top pole vaulter in Jacob Blankenship and many other impressive athletes, tallied 155.5 points.

This marks the second victory in the Ohio Valley in three weeks for Lincoln, which won the Dick Dei Invitational at Wheeling Park two weekends ago.

Steubenville finished second overall thanks to a runner-up finish in the 1,600 relay.

Fact Box

58th Annual Bellaire Relays

(At Nelson Field)

Team Scores

Gahanna Lincoln, 155.5; Steubenville, 67; Dayton Dunbar,66; Whitehall-Yearling, 56; Martins Ferry, 38; Cleveland Rhodes, 37.5; Harrison Central, 22; Buckeye Trail, 21; Barnesville, 20; Bridgeport, 16; Jonathan Alder, 15; Bellaire, 12; St. John, 9; Shadyside, 8; River, 6; Steubenville Central, 6; Wheeling

Central, 2.

100M - 1, Riak Reese, Lincoln, 10.70. 2, Aaron Roberson, Lincoln, 11.20. 3, Robert Hayden, Steubenville, 11.30. 4, Quinton Smith, Steubenville, 11.40. 5, Jonah Moore, Harrison Cen, 11.50. 6, Chanse James-McDuffie, Whitehall-Ye, 11.60.

200M - 1, Riak Reese, Lincoln, 21.50. 2, Ernest Levert, Rhodes, 21.60. 3, LaTrell Turner, Dunbar, 22.80. 4, Aaron Roberson, Lincoln, 22.90. 5, Tayari Lavender, Steubenville, 23.30. 6, Jeremiah Crouthers, Whitehall-Ye, 23.60.

400M - 1, LaTrell Turner, Dunbar, 49.90. 2, Lakeith Walls, Rhodes, 50.10. 3, Julian Cottrill-Lowe, Lincoln, 52.20. 4, Brenton Spencer, Harrison Cen, 52.40. 5, Jaquan Lavender, Steubenville, 52.50. 6, Garrett Holubeck, St. John Cen, 53.90.

800M - 1, Michael Ohiembor, Dunbar, 2:01.30. 2, Abiel Kiflu, Whitehall-Ye, 2:03.80. 3, Eusavius Howard, Rhodes, 2:04.30. 4, Chris Blakely, Lincoln, 2:07.00. 5, Trever Pontius, Buckeye Trai, 2:08.60. 6, Jontey Hammock, Whitehall-Ye, 2:09.10.

1600M - 1, Jason McDonald, Lincoln, 4:34.70. 2, Corey Leasure, St. John Cen, 4:38.80. 3, Matt Ridinger, Lincoln, 4:51.00. 4, Katlin Grimes, Barnesville, 4:52.30. 5, Theron Ellis, Dunbar, 4:57.50. 6, Samson Edessa, Whitehall-Ye, 5:00.80.

3200M - 1, Jason McDonald, Lincoln, 10:06.00. 2, Nahom Hailu, Whitehall-Ye, 10:19.50. 3, Conner Roll, Lincoln, 10:46.50. 4, Anthony Peeples, Dunbar, 10:46.80. 5, Robert Tipton, Harrison Cen, 10:47.60. 6, Austin Evans, Buckeye Trai, 11:25.00.

110M HH - 1, Ifa Abduljelil, Whitehall-Ye, 14.40. 2, Richie Padyjasek, Martins Ferr, 14.60. 3, Cody Frey, Bridgeport, 14.70. 4, Adam Davis, Lincoln, 15.90. 5, Jacob Anderson, Barnesville, 17.00.

300M LH - 1, Cody Frey, Bridgeport, 39.70. 2, Jake Dull, Shadyside, 40.20. 3, Justin Picklesimon, Jonathan Ald, 41.10. 4, Jacob Anderson, Barnesville, 42.00. 5, Lorenzo Harper, Rhodes, 43.60. 5, Ruan Butler, Lincoln, 43.60.

4x100 - 1, Lincoln 44.00. 2, Steubenville 44.90. 3, Dunbar 45.80. 4, Whitehall-Yearling 46.40. 5, Harrison Central 46.50. 6, Bellaire 46.60.

4x200 -1, Steubenville 1:32.10. 2, Whitehall-Yearling 1:33.40. 3, Lincoln 1:34.20. 4, Rhodes 1:34.70. 5, Martins Ferry 1:39.40. 6, Buckeye Trail 1:42.20.

4x400 - 1, Rhodes 3:27.00. 2, Steubenville 3:33.20. 3, Harrison Central 3:33.90. 4, Lincoln 3:35.20. 5, Dunbar 3:40.70. 6, Buckeye Trail 3:44.50.

4x800 - 1, Dunbar 8:29.10. 2, Whitehall-Yearling 8:30.00. 3, Barnesville 8:45.40. 4, Buckeye Trail 8:54.00. 5, Harrison Central 9:04.60. 6, Catholic Central 9:19.00.

Shuttles - 1, Martins Ferry 1:01.60. 2, Lincoln 1:02.10. 3, Dunbar 1:02.20. 4 Whitehall-Yearling 1:04.20. 5, Harrison Central 1:05.70. 6, Buckeye Trail 1:05.90.

HIGH JUMP - 1, Austin Carleton, Buckeye Trai, 6-00. 2, Michaelis Forster, Steubenville, 5-10. 3, Kevin Pullen, Lincoln, 5-08. 4, Donta White, Dunbar, 5-08. 5, Jeremiah Crouthers, Whitehall-Ye, 5-08. 6, John Paul Dombrowski, Catholic Cen, 5-02.

POLE VAULT - 1, Jacob Blankenship, Lincoln, 15-00. 2, Travis Jenkins, Martins Ferr, 12-06. 3, Josh Davis, Bellaire, 11-06. 4, Dylan Frizzi, Bellaire, 11-06. 5, Daniel Scott, Wheeling Cen, 11-00. 6, Tyler VanDyne, Buckeye Trai, 11-00.

LONG JUMP - 1, Eric Buckner, Lincoln, 20-05.75. 2, Malik Richmond, Steubenville, 19-10.25. 3, Donta White, Dunbar, 18-11.25. 4, Doug Maslowski, Catholic Cen, 18-10. 5, Chris Hyde, Harrison Cen, 18-08.25. 6, Quinton Smith, Steubenville, 17-05.75.

SHOT PUT - 1, Sean McGee, Martins Ferr, 53-07. 2, Leshawn Luke, Steubenville, 46-05. 3, Granyl Smith Jordan, Lincoln, 45-10.50. 4, Jared Hinkle, River, 45-10. 5, Dashon Redman, Steubenville, 45-04. 6, Zac Snively, Jonathan Ald, 45-03.

DISCUS - 1, Luke Mokma, Lincoln, 141-00. 2, Zac Snively, Jonathan Ald, 138-03. 3, Granyl Smith Jordan, Lincoln, 130-11. 4, Chris Baldridge, Barnesville, 128-06. 5, Thomas Tharp, River, 121-03. 6, Cody LaRoche, Bellaire, 119-08.

Those eight points pushed Big Red past Dayton Dunbar for the runner-up trophy. Jason Kernahan's speed unit finished with 67 points.

Big Red was fueled to the runner-up trophy by a victory in the 800 relay. The foursome of Jaquan Lavender, Robert Hayden, Tayari Lavender and Najee Murray posted a 1:32.1 to win the two-lap relay.

Individually, Steubenville did not produce a champion, but it did manage three runner-up finishes in the field. Michaelis Forster (high jump), Malik Richmond (long jump) and Leshawn Luke (shot put) all headed for Jefferson County with silver medals.

Big Red was also second in the 800 and 1,600 relay with times of 44.9 and 3:33.2, respectively.

Martins Ferry finished a strong fifth with 38 points.

The Purple Riders were led by junior strongman Sean McGee and senior standout Richie Padyjasek along with a crisp effort in the shuttle relay.

The Riders' hurding team of Padyjasek, Jack Fitch, Brian Styles and Travis Jenkins ran a 61.6 for the title.

McGee won the Riders' only individual title. He marked his shot put in the sand at 53-feet, 7-inches for the title.

Padyjasek was second in the high hurdles, posting a season-best time of 14.6. Jenkins was second in the pole vault with a 12-6 clearance.

Bridgeport senior Cody Frey continued his fine early season in the two hurdling events. After battling injuries as a junior, Frey has been on a mission through April. He won the 300 meter hurdle crown in a blistering time of 39.7. He was also third in the highs with a 14.6.

Shadyside's only eight points in the meet came when senior Jake Dull finished second to Frey in the intermediate hurdles with a 40.2.

St. John Central's Corey Leasure was second in the 1600 meter run, posting a 4:38.8 for the silver medal.

Buckeye Trail's Austin Carelton claimed the title in the high jump by soaring over 6-foot.

Blankenship took just two vaults on the day. He entered the competition at 15-feet and cleared it on his first attempt. He then asked for the bar to be raised to 16-7 where he failed on his first attempt.

Citing a tight muscle in his leg, Blankenship, who is bound for the University of Tennessee and is the defending Division I state champion, called it an afternoon.

Gahanna's Riak Reese was also impressive for the Lions, winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 10.7 and 21.5, respectively.

The OVAC Championship qualifying rounds begin Monday with the 3A and 5A schools vying at St. Clairsville and Shadyside hosts the 1A members. The 2A and 4A schools crank it up on Tuesday at Red Devil Stadium. The championship races are slated for Saturday.

 
 

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