|Perkins edges Eastwood boys for district track title (5-25-13)|
|Written by By KEVIN GORDON, Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Friday, 24 May 2013 23:37|
The Eagles performed well overall, but still fell 2 1/2 points shy of their third straight district championship.
Eastwood won four events and totaled 109 points to finish as the runnerup to Sandusky Bay Conference champion Sandusky Perkins with 111 1/2.
Eagle senior Isaiah Conkle won the 100, was second in the 200 and ran a leg on the school’s winning 800 and 1,600 relays.
Rossford senior Ryan Clay also won a district championship, finishing first in the 800. SEE MORE PHOTOS
“It’s a little bittersweet and seeing the looks on the guys faces, I know they’re passionate and they wanted to win,” Eastwood coach Brian Sabo said. “We have some guys who are disappointed. But overall, we had some really good performances. Perkins is a heck of a team. They were loaded in.”
The Eagles qualified in 11 events for next week’s regional at Lexington High School, but they failed to qualify for the regional in the high jump where it had two jumpers capable of winning.
Eastwood also didn’t run well in the 300 hurdles, even though both of its athletes qualified for the regional.
The top four finishers in the district advanced to Lexington.
Eastwood also was bidding for its eighth district title in the last nine years.
“We had some really amazing things happen and we’re doing some really good things in terms dropping times and where our times are state-wide,” Sabo said. “We’re taking a lot of events to the regional and we’re sitting pretty well. We just have to get a little better.”
Conkle was impressive in winning the 100 in 11.00.
“Each week, I keep getting better and better,” Conkle said. “Tonight, I felt really good and my times keep dropping. That’s probably the best I’ve felt all year. I keep striving for step by step improvement. Hopefully, I can keep that going next week.”
In the 200, Conkle was edged at the finish by Archbold sophomore Levi Wyse. Wyse won in 22.51, while Conkle’s time was 22.56.
“It’s bittersweet, but I’m running next week,” Conkle said. “I wanted to win, but I can’t change it and I just have to come back stronger next week. At least I’m running next week.”
Conkle qualified for state in both events last year, finishing ninth in the 100. He didn’t make the 200 final.
“I feel pretty confident going into regionals,” Conkle said.
Eastwood’s 800 relay team of junior Joey Salinas, senior Derek Snowden, sophomore Brennan Seifert and Conkle won in 1:31.20.
The Eagles’ 400 relay team of Conkle, sophomore Devin Snowden, Seifert and Steven Bruning won in 43.99.
Eastwood’s 1,600 relay team of junior Gabe Fredericks, Salinas, Derek Snowden and Devin Snowden won in 3:25.07.
“The relays ran well,” Conkle said. “We’re looking forward to see what we can do in those races.”
“We ask (Conkle) to do a lot and it was tough for him,” Sabo said. “To almost win four races at the district level is pretty impressive. He had a very nice day for us.”
Clay also was outstanding, winning his event in a personal-best 1:56.73. Eastwood sophomore Tim Hoodlebrink was second in 1:57.57.
Clay took the lead coming out of the second turn on the second lap and was never challenged after that.
“I was right where I wanted to be, so I made my move as planned,” Clay said. “I’ve been running well and I knew I’d have the kick to finish because of my strength and stamina. With my speed and the way I’ve been running, I’ve been building a lot of confidence the last couple weeks. I know I can finish a race.”
Clay is one of the favorites to win the state title this season after finishing 13th last year.
“I’m trusting myself to put myself in position to win races,” Clay said. “I’ve been going out faster and that’s helped, too.
“I like the way I’m running and I’m looking to do great things. At this point of the season, I’m way ahead of where I was last season. My goal next week is to drop more time and qualify for state. I’m happy where I’m at heading into the regional.”
Also qualifying for the regional were:
• 110 hurdles: Eastwood senior Blake Kohring, fourth, 15.32.
• 1,600: Otsego sophomore Brandon Avers, third, 4:30.46.
• 400: Eastwood junior Jake Hoodlebrink, third, 52.15
• 300 hurdles: Devin Snowden, third, 40.15; and Salinas, fourth, 40.44.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:23|
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