Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
May 21, 2014
Tony Lange [CVT Reporter]
The Kenston boys track and field team continued its dynasty in the Chagrin Valley Conference last week, conquering a sixth straight crown at Orange High School.
With more than half of their 132 points coming in the middle-distance and distance events, the Bomber runners, who began putting in mileage during the indoor season, shined the brightest in the team triumph.
Among the 17 events, Kenston’s two victories came in the 3,200-meter run, with senior Tyler Lance clocking a 10:01.97, and in the four-by-800 relay, with Rhys Robbins, Tyler Cooper, Alex Bester and Zach Roshon finishing in 8:03.00.
“If you take a look at those guys, the one thing those kids have in common is they were all part of the indoor track team,” seventh -year head coach Chris Ickes said. “They really bought in and worked hard all winter, and it really paid off for them at CVCs, because they started with a plan in November, and they carried it out.”
Individually, Roshon, a senior, finished as runner-up in the 800 run in 2:02.54, bested only by Chagrin Falls sophomore Joe Bistritz’s performance of 2:00.01.
While the Bombers clocked a triumphant 8:03 in the four-by-800 relay during the first session of the two-day competition, Wednesday’s portion was rain delayed to Thursday, and some less speedy times were posted in the open 800 run because of that, Ickes said.
“I think, if we would have run on Wednesday, emotionally, we were more dialed in,” Ickes said. “I think we kind of lost some energy and came out flat the next day. So when we came back, we did enough to take care of business. For that four-by-800 relay, we have about five other athletes who can all go right around 2-flat right now.”
Chagrin’s Bistritz also won the 1,600 run in 4:34.19, while Kenston sophomores Tyler Cooper, 4:37.74, and Drew Sanders, 4:42.37, were second and third.
While Bistritz was the only champion for the Tigers, they finished as runner-up in the team standings with 98 points, edging third-place Aurora, 95 points. Orange was fourth with 88 points, and West Geauga finished sixth with 75 points.
In the field events, Kenston’s top performer was junior Lovell Spruce, who finished as runner-up after clearing 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump. Spruce also placed third in the 110 high hurdles in 16.18 seconds, but perhaps his most outstanding effort of the day was in the long jump, despite placing fourth. Spruce leaped 21 feet, 2 3/4 inches, a mark that has the potential to win most conference meets throughout Ohio.
“That’s the fifth-best long jump in school history,” Ickes said. “So we were expecting that to hold up, and then all of the sudden there were three other jumpers that bested him. It just shows you how much talent is really in the CVC, because 22 feet, 4 inches won it, and that can be a winning mark in any division, any region.”
Other than Chagrin’s Bistritz, there were only two other double-event champions, both from West Geauga.
Wolverine senior Paedyn Gomes, a Yale recruit, won the 110 hurdles in 14.63 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 39.64 seconds, while fellow senior Josh Ebersbacher won the 200 dash in 23.27 seconds and 400 dash in 51.12 seconds.
With Kenston’s depth, however, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place points added up for the Bombers in their team victory.
“I can’t believe that, after our first one, that we would win five more in a row,” Ickes said about another banner for his program. “It’s just a testament to how hard the kids work, how much they follow the system and how much they believe in each other and the coaching plan. It’s just wonderful that they’ve been able to put together six straight.”
Following are top three finishers from Kenston, Chagrin Falls, Orange and West Geauga:
100 dash: 1. Brandon Brownlee, Orange, senior, 11.18; 3. Edward Hubbard, Orange, senior, 11.64.
200 dash: 1. Josh Ebersbacher, West G, senior, 23.27; 3. Brandon Brownlee, Orange, senior, 23.56.
400 dash: 1. Josh Ebersbacher, West G, senior, 51.12; 2. Tyler Bryant, Chagrin, senior, 52.04; 3. Sam Slezak, Kenston, freshman, 52.06.
800 run: 1. Joe Bistritz, Chagrin, sophomore, 2:00.01; 2. Zach Roshon, Kenston, senior, 2:02.54; 3. Michael Rose, Chagrin, sophomore, 2:03.82.
1,600 run: 1. Joe Bistritz, Chagrin, sophomore, 4:34.19; 2. Tyler Cooper, Kenston, sophomore, 4:37.74; 3. Drew Sanders, Kenston, sophomore, 4:42.37.
3,200 run: 1. Tyler Lance, Kenston, senior, 10:01.97; 2. Eric Sampsel, Chagrin, junior, 10:12.21; 3. Alex Bester, Kenston, senior, 10:13.32.
110 hurdles: 1. Paedyn Gomes, West G, senior, 14.63; 2. William Borden, Chagrin, junior, 16.16; 3. Lovell Spruce, Kenston, junior, 16.18.
300 hurdles: 1. Paedyn Gomes, West G, senior, 39.64; 2. Blake Wynveen, Chagrin, junior, 40.81; 3. Sam Gambatese, Kenston, senior, 41.54.
4×100 relay: 1. Orange (Brandon Brownlee, John Flynn, Edward Hubbard, Rayshawn Watkins) 44.04.
4×200 relay: 1. Aurora, 1:33.29; 2. West Geauga (Zach Suba, Curt Williams, Josh Ebersbacher, Paedyn Gomes) 1:33.57; 3. Orange (Brandon Brownlee, John Flynn, Edward Hubbard, Rayshawn Watkins) 1:35.59.
4×400 relay: 1. Aurora, 3:31.57; 2. Kenston (Kevin Robinson, Charlie Randall, Sam Slezak, Rhys Robbins) 3:31.93; 3. West Geauga (Mark Friedel, Curt Williams, Paedyn Gomes, Josh Ebersbacher) 3:38.30.
4×800 relay: 1. Kenston (Zach Roshon, Tyler Cooper, Alex Bester, Rhys Robbins) 8:03.00; 2. Chagrin (Tyler Bryant, Joe Bistritz, Michael Rose, Eric Sampsel) 8:05.00.
High jump: 2. Lovell Spruce, Kenston, junior, 5-10.
Long jump: 3. Michael Munday, Chagrin, senior, 21-07.0.
Discus throw: 1. Ryan Singer, Orange, sophomore, 145-11.