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LIMA — At 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Lima Senior’s Darren Bass will not usually be the largest man in the shot put circle.But, there’s a good chance he’s probably going to be the most determined.Bass had to settle for third place at Saturday’s Lima Senior Spartan Invitational. However, Bass said his focus this spring is to continue to improve and hopefully peak during the postseason tournament.Last season, as a junior, Bass finished eighth at the state meet with a toss of 54 feet, 9 3/4 inches.Bass’s best toss on Saturday was 52-9. Brunswick’s Zach Marinucci won with a heave of 55-1 1/2. Andy Hills from Toledo St. John’s Jesuit was second with a mark of 53-9 1/2.Bass said he was not too concerned with his third-place performance on Saturday.“It was my last home meet … of course, I would’ve liked to have won,” Bass said. “But, it’s O.K. I have eight or nine weeks until I need to be where I need to be.”As a team, the Lima Senior boys finished seventh out of 10 teams. On the girls side, the Spartans placed seventh in a field of nine teams. Toledo St. John’s Jesuit won the boys title while Toledo Central Catholic won the team title in the girls competition.Bass will be competing for the University of Cincinnati track and field team next year. He said that right now, his main focus is to get better, so he can make an impact on the UC program right away.“I have not signed (a letter of intent) yet,” Bass said. “’I’m trying to improve my throws so I can possibly get more money.”Bass said choosing UC was not a difficult decision. He said there were many variables that came into play with his decision.“Their engineering (department) is top-ranked,” Bass said. “Plus, I will be able to co-op and be able to work to earn some money.“The team is very close, too. It’s not like some of the other bigger schools where they don’t know everyone on the team. It’s (UC) like my team here at Lima Senior … I like that.”Bass went head-to-head Saturday with several of his regional competitors. He said Saturday’s meet was a preview of what lies ahead of him.“Our regional (Amherst) is stacked,” Bass said. “The Brunswick kid (Marinucci) is pretty good … he’s a junior. And the Toledo St. John’s guys are good, too. Whoever wins our regional could possibly win at state.”Bass has the school record with a toss of 56-11. He actually bettered the school mark at an AAU meet last summer with a throw of 57-4, which does not qualify as a school record.“During indoor (track season) I was (throwing) right around 56-8,” he said. “Sixty feet seems to be the mark to shoot for. No one in the state has done that yet this season.”Lima Senior coach Stephen Carter agreed with Bass on how important it was to get better as the season progresses.“He’s beaten most of these guys before,” Carter said. “Sure, he would have liked to have won this meet. But, it comes down to what you do when it really counts. That’s what people are going to remember.”Lima Senior freshman David Desenberg cleared 5-10 in the high jump to place third on Saturday. Sophomore Marc Johnson finished third in the 400 dash (53.37). Carter said he was pleased at the way his underclassmen performed Saturday.“I was impressed with the younger guys,” Carter said. “The boys’ team is pretty much dominated by freshmen and sophomores. And they’re getting better.”For the girls, Lima Senior’s Shanice McLellan finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.43.

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