After going 7-0 in the dual meet season, the Woodridge boys track and field team was looking to finish at the Portage Trail Conference Championships at Crestwood.
Woodridge was expected to fare well in the PTC Metro Division Championships at Crestwood, which was set to conclude Friday.
Head coach Les Carney saw his club produce some solid points in key events as the regular season came to a close when the Bulldogs hosted the Woodridge Wrap-Up last Saturday at Mercer Track.
Woodridge scored 49 points to place sixth out of 12 schools in a rugged field that was topped by two potent Division I clubs in Brecksville (132 points) and Hudson (105).
Berkley Upton and Rich Fisher each posted strong third-place finishes to lead the Bulldogs.
Upton had a long jump of 19 feet, 4.25 inches to finish third at the Wrap-Up.
Fisher finished third overall in the shot put with a throw of 44-5 feet.
"In the field, Angelo Regec had a personal best in the discus, and Rich (Fisher) and Berkley (Upton) grabbed third places in the shot put and long jump, respectively," said a pleased Carney.
Regec triumphed his previous best in the discus as the freshman had a heave of 107-0 feet, which was 13th overall in the loaded Wrap-Up field.
Placing fourth was the 3,200-meter relay team that was timed at 8:35.57, which was good for fourth place.
Always a threat in the league and post season, the Woodridge 3,200-meter relay included sophomore Micah Blair, senior Leo Ramsey, senior Jack Willett, and sophomore Riley Galehouse.
"Micah Blair scored in the 1,600-meter race and in two relays," said Carney. "Jaylin Clark returned from an injury to place in the 110-meter high hurdles."
Clark raced to a fourth-place in the 110 highs as the senior had a strong clocking of 15.18 seconds. De'Andre Smith also had a solid fifth-place in the 100-meter race in 11.82 seconds.
Blair ran sixth in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 4:40.91.
"On the track, DeAndre Smith scored in both sprints and anchored both sprint relays to top eight finishes," explained Carney.
Woodridge placed fifth in the 800-meter relay (1:35.20) that included Montrell Jamison, Carson Lehrer, Zach Conroy, and the experienced Smith.
The Bulldogs' 1,600-meter relay also took fifth, with a time of 3:40.47. This group had Marvin Montgomery, Ryan Kiley, Elliott Defrange, and Conroy.
Montgomery, a sophomore, raced to a sixth-place in the 400-meter race with a clocking of 53.29 ticks and Smith ran seventh in the 200 (24.03).
Sophomore Josh Mally had a very strong pole vault of 9-6 feet to finish seventh at the Wrap-Up.
Aamir Abdullah-Thomas, Jamison, Lehrer, and Dayshawn Garr made up the seventh-place 400-meter relay in 47.36 seconds.
Conroy and Mally finished seventh and eighth in the high jump with efforts of 5-6 feet.
Kiley crossed eighth overall in the open 800 with strong time of 2:06.11. Reece Mercer also had a pole vault of 8 feet in the meet.
Woodridge is looking to score well at the Bedford Division II District Championships May 17 and May 19 with qualifiers going to the Austintown Fitch Regional Championships May 24 and May 26.
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