LIMA — It’s early, but all indications point to a promising track and field season for Lima Senior.
At Saturday’s Lima Spartan Invitational, the Lima Senior boys squad finished third, while the girls team came in fourth.
Toledo Central Catholic won the boys team title with 117.50 points. Hilliard Darby finished second (115).
In the girls standings, Notre Dame Academy ran away with the team title, scoring 191 points. Mansfield Senior finished second (90), while Toledo Start was third (83). There were 10 schools at the invitational.
Freshman Bryan Mays led the Lima Senior boys squad with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash (54.46 seconds) and fourth-place performances in both the 100 (11.89) and 200 (24.24).
Lima Senior’s Cory Jackson finished first in the 300-meter hurdles (43.58 seconds) and third in the 110 hurdles (16.50).
Also scoring well for Lima Senior were Jalen Glenn (second in the 800); Swancey Daniel (second in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump) and Marquis Graham (third in long jump).
On the girls side for Lima Senior, Brianna Griffin won the 300 hurdles (50.99) and took second in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches). In the 800, Lima Senior’s Asia Wilson and Danaja Houston finished third and fourth, respectively.
Lima Senior was solid in the throwing events. In the shot put, London Williams and Ameyla Upthegrove went one-two, respectively. Williams’ best toss was 34-09, while Upthegrove’s best was 32-07. In the discus, Ryan Crockett took second (89-03).
Lima Senior’s Schuylar Holland came in third in the long jump (12-11 Ľ).
“In the last couple of weeks Bryan Mays has really been the sprinting sensational so far,” Lima Senior coach Stephen Carter said. “There is a lot to come with him, yet. Cory Jackson did well in the hurdles and the long jump, and he’s just a sophomore.
“There’s a lot of young talent that is starting to excel for us. And once the weather breaks, I think it’s going to really get on track.”
Lima Central Catholic was the only other local school to compete at the Spartan Invite.
For the boys, LCC was without the services of standout Mykale Rogers, who was out with a minor injury. Rogers is expected to be back in action by next weekend. The Thunderbirds were also missing a couple key relay members.
The LCC boys finished eighth in the final team scores, while the girls team came in sixth.
Scott Willeke led the LCC boys distance runners with a third-place finish in the 1,600 (4:52.45). He also was part of the 3,200 relay team that came in third (9:16). Ben Stechschulte, Sean Currens and Alex Rigg joined Willeke in the 3,200 relay.
Eric Bennett was strong in the discus for the T-Birds, finishing third (127-1 ˝).
On the girls side, Sydney Mohler led LCC, finishing second in both the 1,600 (5:53.26) and 3,200 (12:48.93).
Mohler also competes in volleyball, basketball and cross country. The four-sport standout finds herself balancing her time between all seasons.
“I try to run as much as I can by myself, when I’m not having practices for volleyball or basketball,” Mohler said. “I kind of go on long runs by myself and hopefully that helps.”
When it comes to track, Mohler favors the longer races.
“I’m mainly focusing on my 2-mile (3,200), because it seems easier to get my times down in that,” Mohler said. “I have really good endurance, so it’s easier to run the 2-mile. So, hopefully I will do well this season.”