Spring weather is always hit-and-miss as to what teams might face, and Mother Nature unleashed a torrential downpour on the West Holmes Knights and the rest of the teams competing on Saturday, March 30 in the Fairless Invitational.
The West Holmes boys track team finish third at the Fairless Invitational as they kicked off a season that is filled with high hopes. The Knights had a strong showing in the field events, where they racked up 77.5 points, allowing them to topple 10 of the 13 teams at the Fairless Invitational.
Leading the way for the Knights was senior Jonathan Kandel, who zipped off a terrific time of 52.89 in the 400 meters to claim the gold. Grady Hay cleared 12-00 on his way to grabbing the top honor in the boys pole vault. Jacob Goudy cleared 5-10 in the high jump to claim first place there while Lane Graham’s throw of 48-02 in the shot was good enough for him to earn a victory.
Graham also placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 118-06 and talked about facing not only the field but Mother Nature, which unleashed a torrential downpour during the day.
“On my last throw, it just broke loose and absolutely poured,” Graham said.
Brady Taylor roared to a third-place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 23.81. Emmet Myers finished fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 11-00. Goudy took sixth place in the discus with a throw of 113-10, and seventh place went to Gavin Freeman in the long jump, where he let fly with a leap of 17-09.
The boys relay teams also had a decent day. The 4-by-200 team of Travett Boughman, Hay, Myers and Taylor finished the day in fourth place in 1:37.22. The team of Boughman, Hay, Kandel and Sawyer Pritt took home a third-place finish in the 4-by-400 in 3:47.7. The 4-by-800 team of Kandel, Caiden Carter, Caden Zeigler and Cade Wagers finished seventh in 9:13.49 while the 4-by-100 team of Freeman, Graham, Pritt and Zach Snow claimed eighth in 50.02.
West Holmes’ 77.5 points trailed only champion Akron Hoban’s 101 and runner-up East Canton’s 95. Fourth place went to Claymont with 61 points.
On the girls side, West Holmes had just two athletes compete, but the two-headed monster of Kaylin Martin and Katie Sprang made plenty of noise on the day, enough so that the two of them fought their way to a ninth-place finish in the team scoring in the field of 14 teams.
Martin emerged victorious in the long jump with an effort of 16-03. That length was more than 1 foot beyond the rest of the field. She also earned fourth-place finishes in the 100 meters, where she ran a 13.3, and in the 400 meters, where she posted a time of 1:03.58.
Sprang took home a silver medal in the 400 meters by posting a time of 1:03.27 and also grabbed a third place in the 200 meters in 28.5.