LIMA — An early season track and field invitational will usually give a coach an indication of what his or her team’s strengths are.
In the case of Lima Senior, there seems to be a great deal of potential.
In Saturday’s 30th annual Spartan Invitational at Lima Stadium, the Lima Senior boys finished fourth in a 10-team field, while the Lima Senior girls came in eighth.
For the boys, Toledo Central Catholic edged out Toledo Rogers, 145-143 for the team title. Findlay finished in third place (108), followed by Lima Senior (72).
On the girls side, Notre Dame Academy easily won, scoring 207.5 points, while Toledo Central Catholic was a distant second (111).
David Desenberg had the lone first-place performance for Lima Senior, winning the high jump with a clearance of 6-foot. Desenberg, a senior, said the inclimate weather has made it difficult for him to get enough jumps in during the first couple weeks of the season.
“It’s been a rough start this year with the weather being kind of bad,” Desenberg said. “I went 6-6 last year. I think I can get back to at least that.”
Desenberg’s teammate Adrian Hutchins, who actually jumped higher than Desenberg last season (6-7), finished in fourth with a best mark of 5-10.
Desenberg said he is looking forward to playing football and possibly competing in track, when he goes to college next school year.
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to Mount Union to play football,” Desenberg said. “I would like to do both (football and track), if I can. Their schedules really don’t conflict with one another too much, so we’ll see.”
On the track, Lima Senior’s Drevonte Smith, a sophomore, finished third in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.49 seconds, into a stiff wind. Smith was pleased at his performance in a very competitive field of sprinters Saturday.
“My best time as a freshman was 11 (seconds) flat,” Smith said. “I want to get down into the 10s. I did indoor (track) during the winter. So, I’m hoping I can get my time down.”
Smith also is part of the relays (400, 800, 1,600). He said there is a lot of potential for the relay teams this season.
“We have a lot of talent,” Smith said. “If we work hard at practice, we’ll get a lot better.”
Lima Senior sophomore Jalen Glenn finished second in the 800 on Saturday in 2-minutes, 13.09 seconds. Glenn also was the anchor leg on the 1,600 relay team (finished fifth).
Lima Senior’s Anthony Chustz finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (43.90) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.45).
On the girls side, Lima Senior freshman Indiya Benjamin finished third in the 400 (1:03.98) and fifth in the 200 (27.99).
Lima Senior coach Stephen Carter said he saw some good things at Saturday’s invitational.
“This is a very young girls team,” Carter said. “But, I think as the season goes on, they will get better.
“For the boys, we have a lot of potential. Individually, we had some good performances — Anthony Chustz, Drevonte Smith and Jalen Glenn. In the relays, I think we’ll get those going. It will just take some time.”