DeShante Allen can find herself competing in any number of events at a given track meet. At times, the East senior might enter an event she hasn’t even tried in a good while all under the guise it will help the team.
Somebody knew exactly what they were doing at the Mahoning County Track and Field Championships at Greenwood Falcon Stadium on Saturday. Allen and Mitchel Dunham of Boardman were named the Rob Ruan Award winners.
Allen won the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump while helping the 800-meter relay team that included Iyana Dixon, Laniya Lewis and Kyndia Matlock to victory. She was also third in the 300-meter hurdles.
“It means a whole lot,” Allen said. “People say I’m the most athletic on the team so they throw me into so many different events. I guess somebody picked the perfect four events today. I haven’t run the 300 in a long time, like last year long time.”
Dunham was victorious in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and aided the 3,200-meter relay team of Jonah Bacho, Frank Bero and Alan Cuevas in crossing the line first.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.