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The goal of the All-American Conference is to athletically and scholastically represent our Valley at the highest level. Furthermore, we strive to provide our athletes, fans and supporters with outstanding facilities and venues while being the best conference in Northeast Ohio and the state.
Area track programs scored victories in a variety of events and are taking solid contingents to the Division II regional track meet this week at Austintown Fitch.
Jefferson’s boys team had a banner district tournament, winning the team title with 103 points for the first time in school history, Lakeview finished second with 90.33 points.
In the girls competition, Edgewood’s girls team checked in second at 77.50.
At Lakeview on Saturday, Jefferson’s Terril Skinner was a double qualifier in the hurdles, running a 15.62 110 for third and 300 in 42.81 for fourth.
Also for the Falcons, Brandon Park took second in the 800 in 2:00.18; Jason Vance (third,100 at 11.68; JJ Henson (fourth, 400, 51.70) and Travis Brandt (fourth, 3200, 10:23.87).
The relays were also beneficial for the Falcons. In the 4X400, Brandon Park, Colton Sinkko, J.J. Henson and Daniel Bruckman took first in 3:29.96. The 4X200 team of Sinkko, Skinner, Vance and Bruckman finished second at 1:33.50 and the 4X100 quartet of Skinner, Blake Burns, Bruckman and Vance checked in fourth at 45.51.
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.
CORTLAND — Vincent Mauri looked around as he finished each lap, some races being shorter than others for the Howland standout.
The Tigers junior distance runner couldn’t help but smile each time he passed the finish line.
He raised up one finger as he won the 1,600-meter run, two for the 800. Then came the 3,200-meter run, the next-to-last running final of Thursday’s Trumbull County Track and Field Meet. Another win all but secured the Tigers third-straight County title.
He didn’t smile as much during these eight laps. It was all business — and all about his team as he amassed 32 points with the ironman effort to win the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. He was part of the second-place 4×800 relay team Tuesday — which accounted for the other two points. His 4:22.43 in the 1,600 broke the school record set by Youngstown State’s Ryan Sullivan.
Considering it was overcast, muggy and warm — not cold and crappy — it boded well for Mauri on Thursday.