SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – It’s all about bragging rights.
This spring, the Lima Senior track program has plenty to brag about.
At Friday’s Shawnee Invitational, Lima Senior won both the girls and boys team titles, in what has been tabbed over the years as the unofficial Allen County Track Meet.
The Lima Senior boys slipped past second-place Lima Central Catholic 90-77. Shawnee finished third (70), Bluffton placed fourth (46) and Delphos St. John’s was fifth (45). There were eight teams at the invitational.
On the girls side, it was a battle to the end as the Spartans got by Shawnee for team title 101.25-96.5. St. John’s was a distant third (58.25), Bath finished fourth (46.25) and Elida (42) rounded out the top five teams.
Friday’s invite was primarily relays. The only open running events on Friday were the 100 meter dash; 100 meter hurdles (for girls) and 110 meter hurdles (for boys); and the 1,600 meter run.
“I think it’s great for the community and throughout the county, to have a meet like this,” Lima Senior coach Stephen Carter said. “A lot of these kids know each other from other sports. So, they get pumped up and motivated. They really take a lot of pride in it.”
The Spartans were balanced in both the field events and on the track. However, Friday’s performance in a few of the events came as a pleasant surprise to the Lima Senior coaching staff.
“Devin Colley stepped up and got second place in the shot put (42 feet, ½ inch). We got a first and second in the high jump with Ruben Flowers (6-3) and Rico Stafford (6-feet). In the field events, we kind of capitalized in areas that we normally don’t get. Unfortunately in the 4 x 1 (400 relay), we dropped the baton, and we had a big lead. In the sprint medley, Rico Stafford stepped up and maintained the lead. In the sprints, we did fairly well.”
In the 800 relay, the Lima Senior boys pulled away from a competitive field, en route to a winning time of 1 minute, 31.54 seconds. Jaden Walker, Diamonte Fisher, Stafford and Bryan Mays made up the winning relay for the Spartans.
In the sprint medley, Lima Senior slipped past a very strong Allen East relay, to win in 1:36.63. Marquis Graham, Ilias Wright, Deshawn Hogue and Stafford made up the Lima Senior relay. Graham also won the 110 hurdles (16.91).
For the girls, Lima Senior was strong in the sprint events. In the 800 relay, the tandem of Sha’Tonna Wright, Kamry Brown, J’Zane Egbujor and Jelisa Austin, took first in 1:51.16. The Spartans also won the sprint medley.
In the girls shot put, Lima Senior went one-two. London Williams won with a toss of 38 feet, ½ inch. Teammate Amelya Upthegrove was second with a mark of 34-9 ½.
In the boys 1,600, LCC’s Alex Rigg fought off Perry’s Wesley Godfrey down the stretch to take first in a time of 4:37.44. Godfrey was right on Rigg’s heels in 4:38.56.
“He (Godfrey) took off that third lap and really pushed the pace,” Rigg said. “So, we all went with him. I had to hang with him and see what I could do on the last lap. It worked out well, I guess.”
Rigg’s winning time Friday was his personal best. His PR in the 3,200 this season is 10:10.
“I don’t think it was quite what he expected it to be, but it worked out well for him,” LCC coach Nathan Garlock said about Friday’s 1,600. “He’s going strong in the mile (1,600). He wants to be a two-mile specialist. So, with him running the mile, it’s definitely going to help him with the two-mile.”
Rigg was also part of the winning distance medley for the T-Birds. Tate Lamb, Ben Stechschulte and Nick Frisby teamed up with Rigg in the distance medley.
LCC’s Jamir Coleman and Mykale Rogers went first-second, respectively, in the long jump. Coleman won with a personal-best mark of 22 feet, 11 ¼ inches. Rogers was second with a jump of 21-3. Coleman also took first in the 100 with a personal-best time of 11.26 seconds.
In the girls 100 hurdles, Shawnee’s Jaden Marlowe won in 16.38 and teammate Julia Hardy was second in 17.48.