The 2018 Triway High School Invite at Triway High School on Saturday, April 21 saw a huge challenge for supremacy and plenty of fine individual efforts.
When the smoke had finally cleared and the path was paved to determine a champion in the day’s final race of the 4-by-400 relay, it would be the Smithville Smithies who would race to victory in that race, edging runner-up Shelby by just over one second in the race to top Shelby in the overall boys team standings at 104 points to 101. Had those spots been reversed in the 4-by-400, it would have been Shelby celebrating a title, showed just how close the competition was for gold.
Triway placed third with 85 points with North Royalton fourth (63), West Holmes fifth (55), Orrville seventh (40.5), Norwayne eighth (36), Dalton 11th and Waynedale 13th in the field of 15 teams.
In the 100 meters, Norwayne’s Trevor Alford blistered the field with an 11.07 while Triway’s Dylan Eshler placed third in 11.48. Orrville’s Tommy Hayes placed fourth in 11.54, and a pair of Knights, Brayden Chaney and Michael Taylor, earned fifth and sixth in 11.84 and 11.85, respectively.
Alford doubled down in the 200, winning in a time of 22.86. He snuck past runner-up Justin Canedy of Buckeye, who placed second in 23.19.
Knights’ senior sensation Brayden Chaney picked up a win in the 400, cruising to victory in 49.10 to win the event with ease. Zach Antonio of North Royalton was second in 51.40 while Triway’s Austin Davis placed fourth in 51.83.
The 800 wasn’t any closer as Smithville All-Ohioan Lucas Clark cruised to a big win in a time of 1:57.67. West Holmes’ Jonathan Kandel earned third place in a time of 2:02.44.
However, the chase was on in the 1600, where a trio of runners made the finish interesting. Eventually the race went to Shelby’s Samuel Logan, who crossed the line in 4:31.67, edging out Triway’s Nich Michels’ time of 4:32.66 and third-place finisher Justin McKeal of Smithville, who ran a 4:33.50.
Michels and McKeal went at it again in the 3200, where they placed third and fourth, respectively, in 9:38.93 and 9:39.29. The victor in the race was Woodridge’s Noah Perrin, who ran a fine time of 9:18.98 to win by 19 seconds over Caleb Brown of Shelby.
In the hurdles Cole Smith proved his dominance to no one’s surprise. Smith charged to victory lane in the 110 hurdles in 14.47, stomping the field including runner-up Jonah Eisaman of North Royalton, who ran a 15.68. Waynedale’s Jared Geiser placed fourth in 16.67 while Triway’s Tony Lang and Stanley Hostetler placed sixth and seventh. Orrville’s Wyatt Zimmerman was eighth.
If Smith dominated the 110s, he was unbelievable in the 300-meter hurdles, where his winning time of 39.72 put the field far, far behind him. Runner-up Mathew Casey of North Royalton was next at 42.99 while Smithville’s Kaleb Tineson was third in 43.20 and Ethan Kinsey of West Holmes fourth in 43.32. Waynedale’s Derek Reber earned fifth in 43.77, Tony Lang of Triway was seventh and James Billups placed eighth. Kinsey’s time was a PR as the senior continues to carve time off each race.
Triway ran an inspirational race in the 4-by-100 relay with teammates Luke Myers, Kyle Sturgin, Austin Davis and Dylan Eshler firing off a winning time of 44.49 to edge runner-up Fredericktown. Orrville’s team of Cameron Good, Wyatt Zimmerman, Tommy Hayes and Shelton Smothers placed third in 45.85; Dalton’s crew of Spencer Horst, Nathan Nussbaum, Brayden Miller and Adam Knetzer was fourth at 46.23; Smithville’s team of Casey Tipple, Cody Hackworth, Bryce Ullman and Trent Kauffman earned fifth; and West Holmes’ quartet of Kinsey, Cale Ogi, Travett Boughman and Brady Taylor ended up sixth.
The 4-by-200 turned into a demonstration of how talented the Knights foursome of Jonathan Kandel, Michael Taylor, Brayden Chaney and Brady Taylor are. West Holmes cruised to victory in a time of 1:31.79; Triway’s quartet of Myers, Eshler, Sturgin and Davis placed second in 1:33.14; Smithville’s Tipple, Kauffman, Shane and Clark was third in 1:33.57; and Dalton’s Austin Troyer, Brayden Miller, Dominic Dalessandro and Knetzer placed fifth. The Knights’ winning time was a new standard for West Holmes.
Smithville took charge in the 4-by-400 relay, where the team of Trent Shane, Clark, Tilton and Smith churned out an impressive 3:31.18 to knock off runner-up Shelby’s time of 3:32.76. Norwayne’s team of Owen Sullivan, Garrison Murray, MacCoy Stika and Traevon Alford ran a 3:35.41 to place fourth while West Holmes’ Kandel, Brady Taylor, Joshua Mellor and Boughman finished sixth in 3:39.89. Triway’s group of Lang, Myers, Alex Gilmor and Tyler Davis ran a 3:41.87 to place eighth.
Smithville looked every bit as good in the 4-by-800 relay, where the quartet of McKeal, Owen McNally, Simon Yochheim and Clark sped to a win in 8:22.80, one second ahead of Woodridge. Triway paced fourth in 8:36.26, getting a good effort from Michels, Clay Miller, Ian Speicher and Joseph Bernadine.
In the field events, Smithville’s David Massaro tossed a 148-10 to capture gold in the discus throw. That effort was eight inches ahead of Triway’s Mason Phillips’ throw of 148-02. Dalton’s Brendan Good was fourth with a throw of 139-09.
Orrville’s Jason Suppan was fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-00, while Cole Smith of Smithville was fifth and Jared Geiser was sixth, both clearing 6-00 but dropping on misses. West Holmes’ Jacob Goudy cleared 5-10 to earn eighth.
Northwestern’s Tyler Carlson won the shot with a heave of 49-00.5 with Dalton’s Nathan Basinger coming in second at 48-01. Triway’s Tyler Fleming placed fourth at 47-03.75, and Sam Auble of Orrville was fifth, one-quarter inch behind Fleming at 47-03.50. Triway’s Mason Phillips was sixth, and Tyler Matter of Waynedale was seventh with throws of 46-10.75 and 46-05.5, respectively.
While Buckeye’s Canedy won the long jump event with a leap of 20-10, Michael Taylor of West Holmes threw out a PR effort of 20-07 to place third, one-quarter inch out of second.
The pole vault saw two competitors clear 12-06, but it would be Orrville’s Wyatt Zimmerman winning on misses, edging Buckeye’s Logan Steppenbacker. Smithville’s Kaufman was third at 12-00, getting past Orrville’s Austin St. Clair, who cleared 12-00 as well. West Holmes’ Grady Hay placed sixth at 11-06, where he defeated two other competitors on misses.