Behind some quality teamwork, the Woodridge boys track and field squad followed a regular season team championship with a spirited title in the Portage Trail Conference Championship Meet.

The Bulldogs captured PTC Metro Division Championships May 10 and 12 at Crestwood.

"Our team used a total team effort to withstand tough challenges from Streetsboro, Coventry, and Norton to win the PTC Metro Track and Field Championship Meet," said Woodridge head coach Les Carney.

Carney and his staff got points from all over the place in the field and running events at Crestwood.

"The win, along with their regular season title, secures the outright 2017 PTC Metro Track and Field Championship for the Dogs after finishing as co-champs with Coventry last season," he pointed out.

Woodridge bested Streetsboro 124-109 and Coventry (101) in the Metro team standings.

The Bulldogs were set to run at the Bedford Division II District Championships May 18 and 20, but results were not available at press time.

Seniors played a big role for Woodridge in the PTC title chase and in the meet, but the locals had contributions all over the place in the league meet.

"Jacob Mally defended both of his 2016 hurdle titles on his way to scoring 30 points for the meet," said Carney.

Mally captured the 110-meter high hurdles again with a time of 14.71 seconds. He also won the 300 hurdles in 41.13 seconds.

Carney also stressed that Mally also was the league runner-up in the high jump and ran in the second-place 1,600-meter relay team.

In the 3,200-meter race, Woodridge snagged the first two spots with senior Ryan Palm and junior Noah Perrin. Palm won in 9 minutes, 59.95 seconds. Perrin was timed at 10:03.18.

Another senior, Max Starvaggi, won the 800-meter championship in impressive fashion. He was timed at 1:58.26.

Palm also was a runner-up in the 1,600-meter finals at Crestwood. Palm crossed in 4:39.09.

The second-place 1,600-meter relay team was made up of junior Zach Conroy, Mally, junior Dijon White, and Starvaggi as the anchor. Their time was 3:33.23.

White, a veteran sprinter, also ran in the team's third and fourth-place 400 and 800-meter relay teams, respectively.

In the 400 relay, the Bulldogs were clocked at 44.73 seconds for third.

Tested junior De'Andre Smith led off and was followed by junior Aaron Richardson, White, and senior anchor King Alfred Sanders.

Perrin had a strong race in the open 1,600-meter competition. He placed fourth in a solid field with a time of 4:40.10.

Making up the 800 relay was junior King Alcardon Sanders, Smith, White, and Starvaggi. They crossed in 1:33.12.

It was exciting to see Evan Wagner make a splash in his debut league championship meet. The Bulldog freshman ran fifth with a 44.47-second finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

In the 200-meter dash, Woodridge scored with Smith and King Alfred Sanders running sixth and seventh, respectively. Smith crossed in 23.41 ticks and Sanders at 23.47.

Conroy was an individual placer with a fine run in the 400-meter race. His time was 56.63 seconds. Smith scored well and was eighth, at 56.92 seconds.

Junior Leo Ramsey had an outstanding showing in the 800-meter race at Crestwood. The veteran ran a blazing time of 2:07.23, which was good for seventh-place.

"Leo continued the outstanding day for the distance crew, running a season best time to take seventh in the 800 meters," stressed the head coach.

King Alfred Sanders finished eighth in the 1000-meter dash with a time of 11.61 seconds.

Carney had plenty of praise for Starvaggi and the relay crews.

The top four finishers at the Bedford District will qualify and advance to the Austintown Fitch Division II Regional Championships May 25 and May 27.


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