Developing depth and balance, the Woodridge boys track and field team scored a big team victory by winning the Kenston Greg Lusk Relays April 5.
Competing against plenty of Division I talent, Woodridge got points in a slew of events at Kenston, which also has combined team scores.
"The boys combined with the girls to finish third and we had a well-balanced effort from field events to sprints, and in the distance events," commented first-year Bulldog head coach Scott Mercer.
Behind outstanding youth and a mix of veterans, the Bulldogs have a lot of potential this spring.
Outscoring Orange 77-60, Woodridge placed first out of seven clubs, including Green (59), Mayfield (58), Aurora (54), Kenston (52), and Willoughby South (42).
"This was a very strong meet against some strong Division I programs," said Mercer.
With a time of 8 minutes, 39.40 seconds, the Bulldogs won the 3,200-meter relay over Aurora (8:41.48) behind the impressive running of sophomore Caden Hibbs, freshman Aaron Dutt, senior Greg Muha, and senior Andy Muha.
The 6,400-meter relay won a title in 19:03.97 with junior Micah Blair, junior Sam Dutt, sophomore Ryan Champa, and sophomore Zayd Elkurd.
"We won the 6,400-meter race in an exciting finish ahead of host Kenston," said the coach.
"The strong distance crew also won the 3,200 and Ryan Kiley, Christian Jenkins, Brayden Whited and Micah Blair added a first-place finish in the distance medley relay to cap a sweep of the distance events," added Mercer.
A veteran cast of athletes in the winning distance medley, the Bulldogs were clocked at 11:04.01.
Woodridge has an exciting cast of young sprinters that ran well at Kenston.
"Our sprinters added to the win column with a first-place showing in the sprint medley," said Mercer. "Nick Williams, Dohntay Williams, Carson Lehrer and Marvin Montgomery won the event with a time of 1:37.77."
More success came for Woodridge in the throws with exciting underclassmen Richard Fisher III and Angelo Regec.
Fisher is a junior who was second overall at 44-feet, 1.0 inch in the shot-put toss, just ahead of Regec, who was third at 39-5 feet.
"Richard paired with Angelo to start the meet off on a strong note by placing second in the boys shot put relay," said Mercer.
Led by Regec's toss of 111-feet-3 , the Bulldog discus crew also scored.
"The boys also scored with strong efforts in the boys discus, pole vault, long jump, 400-meter relay, and in the shuttle hurdles," said Mercer.
The Bulldogs long jump relay was second as junior Berkeley Upton was third at 19-feet, 6.0 inches. Freshman Danny Batyrbaev was ninth at 17-4 feet.
Placing third (1:08.88) was the Bulldogs' 440-meter shuttle hurdles crew of junior Josh Mally, junior Evan Wagner, sophomore Nic Tafini, and junior Reece Mercer.
Woodridge will compete at the 52nd annual Wooster Triway Invitational April 20. Action starts at 9 a.m.
Schools participating at the Triway meet include Medina Buckeye, Lodi Cloverleaf, Dalton, Medina Highland, Northwestern, Norwayne, Orrville, Rittman, Shelby, Smithville, Tallmadge, Triway, Waynedale, and West Holmes.