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Summary of the AAC Boys/Girls Track/Field White/Blue Tier Championships

By Bob Ettinger-The Vindicator, 05/09/18, 12:00PM EDT

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Brookfield sprinter Dionte Colwell was running for something bigger than himself as he took to the track for the All-American Conference Blue Tier Track and Field Meet at Don Richards Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.

“A lot happened this weekend,” Colwell said. “One of my friends [died] on Friday. Everything today was for him. Yesterday was real hard at school. Nobody was talking. Today was a little better, but it’s still hard. His locker is still there and it’s decorated and everything.”

Colwell laid claim to the 100- and 200-meter dash titles in the wake of his grief.

“I don’t [let it go],” he said. “I keep it. It lets me know I have a purpose to run for.”

Running for something bigger than oneself seemed to be the theme of both the Blue Tier and White Tier meets.

Take, for example, the Poland girls team, which won the White Tier.

“A lot of really young kids stepped up,” Poland girls coach Gabby Massey said. “The seniors led the charge. We had a lot [of personal records]. We had people doing events they don’t normally do for the sake of the team. Everyone had a job going in. They did it and we ended up being successful. I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.”

The Crestview boys had a similar type of day in winning the Blue Tier.

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All-American Conference

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.

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