Edgewood boys run

to Lane Invitational win

Edgewood's boys' long-distance runners never have to be lonely.

The success of the Warriors in the long events spelled a second straight championship at the Joe Lane Invitational at Mineral Ridge High School Saturday. Edgewood beat second-place Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 81-74, despite being shut out in five events, four of them field events.

Warriors' distance runner Harrison Markel was selected Most Valuable Player among the runners in the field, winning the 1600-meter in 4:44.6 and the 800 in 2:07 in addition to participating on the winning 3200-meter relay and the fifth-place 1600-meter squad, which gave Edgewood the points it needed to hold off VASJ.

JFK was third in a tightly-packed field with 67 points while Garfield was fourth with 64.

"We had five events we didn't score in and still won it," Warriors boys coach Jim Sanchez said. "The times look horrible, but the wind was brisk and it was very cold.

"To win it again with the teams that were there, the kids did a very, very good job."

The Warriors' 3200-meter relay team, which consisted of Markel, Travis Isenberg, Luigi Gonzales and Jake King, finished in 8:43.

Edgewood had a second and third in the 3200-meter run, with Jeremy Dunn winding up second in 10:51.2 and Luigi Gonzalez third in 10:54.7. Travis Isenberg finished third to Markel in the 1600 in 4:59.8 and fourth in the 800 in 2:14.3; Jake King was fourth in the 400 in 54.4; Todd Wheeler was fourth and Asa Snidor seventh in the 300 hurdles.

The Warriors also got a seventh from Jess Finlaw in the long jump (18-4 1/2) and from the 800-meter relay team. The fifth by Justin Skidmore, Wheeler, Finlaw and Jake King in the 1600-meter relay clinched the victory.

The girls teams at the Joe Lane Invitational didn't fare as well. Conneaut was 12th with 15.5 points, Ledgemont 16th with 7 points and Edgewood 18th with 2.

Ledgemont's Stormi Rankin was the area's top finisher, placing second in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. Conneaut's Tasha Thorr was eighth in the same event with a jump of 4-8.

Conneaut's Leah Stamp was seventh in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, while teammates Amy Spring and Jessica Ronnick were seventh in the 800-meter and 3200-meter respectively. Ronnick was also eighth in the 1600. The Spartans and Warriors were seventh and eighth respectively in the 3200-meter relay.

Longstreth Relays

Lakeside's boys and girls both finished 10th at the Longstreth Relays at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. The Dragons' boys took third in the 400-meter relay in 46.1 (Tracy Orr, Jordan Sandidge, Alex Sturkie and Amos Gildersleeve), fourth in the 800 relay (Orr, Matt Jones, Sturkie and Gildersleeve), sixth in the long jump (Brandon Hanna, Jones and Gildersleeve) in 54-1%BE and sixth in the shuttle hurdles in 1:18.3 (Demonte Orr, Maurice Warren, Kenny Sinclair, Marcus Thomas).

The Lakeside girls placed in three events. The 6400-meter relay team of Mariah Sloan, Karena Sezawich, Brittany Dolinar and Kailey Johnson was fifth; the sprint medley squad of Ashley Green, Shakaria Hunt, Kaitlin Jepson and Brittany Smith) fifth; and the distance medley team of Jepson, Melanie Reams and Johnson was fourth.

Lakeview Relays

Geneva's girls finished third behind Struthers and host Lakewood with 60 points. Jefferson was sixth with 11 and Pymatuning Valley eighth with 6. The Eagles' 3200-meter relay squad of Lara Heinz, Tiffany Cubabuc, Liza Kobelt and Amy Carrier) won that event in 10:43.92.

Jefferson's boys were third with 68 points while Geneva finished seventh with 13 and Pymatuning Valley ninth with 4.

No other individual names from the meet were submitted to the Star Beacon.

- Chris Larick

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