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Bulldogs boys score a pair of critical victories

By STEVE BATKOCorrespondent Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM

With defending co-champion Coventry and sprint-heavy Streetsboro, the Woodridge boys track and field team just defeated two of the finest clubs in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

Woodridge easily beat Coventry -- a team the Bulldogs shared the PTC Metro Championship last spring -- by a score of 90-38 and also beat Streetsboro 89-38 in a tri-meet April 11 at Mercer Track.

With the win over Coventry and the Rockets, Woodridge moved to 4-0 in the league this dual season.

"The Dogs continued their march to a PTC Championship with victories over Coventry and Streetsboro at the Mercer Track," said Bulldog head coach Les Carney.

In the Comets, Woodridge beat a balanced club while Streetsboro always has some of the top sprinters in the entire area, including multiple-time state champion Dakari Carter.

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"It was an exciting night as the meet featured several 2016 state qualifiers," said Carney. "Jacob Mally and Ryan Palm both won multiple events to lead the way for the Bulldogs."

A top scorer for several years for the Bulldogs, Mally is having a big senior campaign.

In this meet, Mally won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.3 seconds and impressed in the high jump by winning with an effort of 6-feet, 4 inches. He also captured the 300 hurdles in 40.1 ticks.

Palm is another veteran senior and he crossed first against both foes in the 800-meter race and in the 1,600-meter race.

In the 800, Palm was clocked at 2 minutes, 8.7 seconds. In winning the 1,600, Palm had a strong time of 4:43.9.

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"Micah Blair, Andy Muha, Leo Ramsey, and Greg Muha scored key points for us in the distance races," noted Carney.

Blair, just a freshman, captured the 3,200-meter race with a strong clocking of 10:31.3.

Woodridge also won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. The 1,600 cast won with a time of 3:37.1 while the 3,200-relay had a time of 8:45.8.

"Dijon White, Robert Singletary, King Alfred Sanders, and Max Starvaggi led the way in the sprints," said the mentor.

With Streetsboro's Carter (10.7 in the 100-meter dash) and Keshun Jones (22.4 in the 200), plus Coventry's Dusty Burkhart (11.0 in the 100), there were not a lot of slots open to score in the sprint events, but Woodridge held its own.

The Bulldogs impressed two strong relays by winning the 400 relay in 44.5 seconds to beat Coventry.

Streetsboro edged Woodridge in the 800 relay with a time of 1:31.3. Woodridge was clocked at 1:34.

Starvaggi, a senior, won the open 400 race by registering time of 51 seconds. He also grabbed second in the 200 in 23.4 ticks.

Sanders won the long jump for Woodridge as the senior had an effort of 19-feet-10.5.

Senior Steven Neveadomi placed first in the meet in the pole vault with an 11 foot effort.

"Jiah Bowers and Caz Cleveland had big points in the throws," said Carney of his senior throwers. "The future continues to look promising as freshmen Evan Wagner and Montrell Jamison had solid performances in the hurdles and long jump, respectively."

Coventry edged the Rockets 69-58.

Results of the Perry Gene Kobus Relays April 15 werent available as of press time.

Woodridge competes in a league tri meet with Akron Springfield April 18 at Field.

The Bulldogs will compete at the Wooster Triway Invitational April 22.

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