by Steve Batko
"We are looking for one more good week of competition and strong efforts in order to advance some athletes to Columbus for the state championships," said Twinsburg head boys track coach Mike Martin, regarding the Austintown Fitch Division I regional meet, May 23 and May 25.
Martin's squad took third place with 77 points at the Austintown Fitch District Meet, which concluded May 18. The Fitch Regional Meet was scheduled to begin May 23. The action resumes at 5 p.m. May 25.
The top four finishers in each event at districts advanced to the regionals, where the top four athletes in each event moves onto the June 1 and 2 state championships. Twinsburg finished fourth at districts last year.
"I thought the boys ran well at the Fitch district," said Martin.
Boardman won the district title at Fitch, 133.5-96 over last year's runner-up, Warren Harding. Twinsburg finished ahead of Canfield (57), last year's champ, Fitch (56), plus Youngstown Rayen (53).
Twinsburg shined in the 1,600-meter race. Senior George Stevenson won with a clocking of 4 minutes, 25.57 seconds. He beat Fitch senior Ross Lenehan by 25 seconds. Twinsburg sophomore Chris Kelly ran third with a personal-best clocking of 4:29.58.
"Stevenson ran a personal best and did a great job," said Martin. "Kelly beat his best time by nine seconds."
Sophomore Stuart Edmonds captured the 3,200 with a time of 9:52.07.
Senior Brad Moermand finished second overall in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches. Also a runner-up, the Tigers' 3,200 relay had a time of 8:14.16 behind Boardman's record-setting 7:56.43. Twinsburg's relay included senior Randy Henderson, Kelly, sophomore Nate Tarach and Stevenson.
Henderson also advanced to regionals in the open 800 as did Tarach. The duo ran third and fourth, respectively. Henderson's time was 1:59.04 and Tarach was timed at 2:00.79.
Martin's 1,600 relay also placed in the top four to advance with a time of 3:29.33. This cast included Henderson, junior Shawn Barker, Tarach and Stevenson.
"The 3,200 relay is one of six teams that have run under eight minutes and have a good shot to advance to the state meet along with the 1,600 relay, Stevenson in the 1,600, Edmonds in the 3,200 and both Tarach and Henderson have a chance in the 800," Martin said.
Just missing regionals was junior Dominic Surace, who was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 47-7.75.
Sophomore Eric Cooper just missed in two events -- the 200 (23.7) and the 400 relay (44.71). Those were fifth-place efforts. The relay was comprised of Cooper, juniors Shawn Rall and Maurice Chambers and senior Evan Epps.
Also scoring was junior Nico Sharp in the discus (sixth, 135-9) and junior Matt Sutter, who was sixth in the 3,200 (10:24.85). Junior Evan Hunter ran eighth in the 400.