The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 7, 2008

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Hamilton’s second in the 1600 leads big day for county in C-Bus

COLUMBUS — Coming into the Division III portion of the 101st annual boys state track and field championships, Pymatuning Valley boys coach Kevin Brown felt the Lakers had a chance to finish somewhere in the top 10 in the team standings, even with just two state qualifiers.

Thanks to the efforts of distance runner Landon Hamilton and sprinter Brandon Barrett, that prediction came to fruition Saturday morning at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadiumas the Lakers finished ninth with 16 points. Hamilton produced 11 of those points by finishing second in the 1600-meter run in 4:23.53 and sixth in the 3200-meter run in 9:47.72. Barrett supplied the rest with a fourth place in the 100-meter dash in 11.43.

There production put the PV boys squarely in 10th place. Bluffton was the Division III boys team champion with 54 points.

Barrett and Hamilton were not the only Ashtabula County athletes to earn places at the state meet Saturday. For the second straight year, SS. John and Paul sprinter Mary Mahoney placed fifth in the Division III 400-meter dash, finishing in 58.74.

Edgewood distance runner Mallory Kreider also came through in the Division II 3200-meter run in her first shot at the state track meet in the afternoon. The sophomore finished fifth in that event in 11:22.61.

Geneva senior Heather Combs wasn’t as fortunate in the Division I pole vault. She cleared 10-0, but that was off the Ashtabula County record she set at the regional meet at 10-3 and netted her a tie for 15th place.

Barrett got the ball rolling for the PV boys with his fourth in the 100 meters. Running from the third lane, he ran shoulder to shoulder with the leaders, but couldn’t overtake champion Cameron Hermiller of Delphos St. John, who finished in 11.01.

PV’s senior sprinter seemed to have mixed emotions about his performance.

“It just wasn’t good enough,” the Army-bound Laker said in explaining the finish to his high school career. “Fourth in the state isn’t bad, but I’m a little upset. I definitely felt I could have run better.”

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