MT. PLEASANT– The Solon boy’s track team won the District Meet held last Thursday, May 12, over host school Mount Pleasant by the closest of margins, winning the team title by one point.
The Spartans used team balance to win, scoring in all but one event, and placing in the top four in 14 of the 18 contested events.
Senior standout Nick Day claimed four district titles on the night, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 8 inches, and adding a title in the long jump with an effort of 21 feet 8 inches. He also ran on the victorious 4x100 (43.0), and 4x200 (1:32.2) relay teams. Fellow senior Colin Bream continued his winning ways, claiming titles in both the 3200 (10:01) and 1600 meter run (4:34). Andy Klouda, Derek Loveless, and Pat Parysz joined Day on the champion 4x100 team, while Jonah Kuntz, Colton Dall, and Loveless rounded out the 4x200. These events earned an automatic birth in this week’s state tournament by virtue of their first place finish at district.
Other place winners included the following: (state qualifiers as determined by both place, and time /distance are in bold print)
100: Derek Loveless, third, 11.29; and Pat Parysz, fifth, 11.43.
200: Loveless, second, 22.4; and Parysz, third, 22.76.
400: Paryz, third, 49.72.
800: Kyle Keinholz, sixth, 2:13.31; and Paul Pisarik, eighth, 2:13.99.
3200: Lucas Tener, fifth, 10:53.
110 hurdles: Nick Henry, eighth, 16.43.
400 hurdles: Colton Dall, fourth, 56.23.
4x400 relay: Dall, Parysz, Kuntz, Jordan Wymer, fourth, 3:30.
Medley relay: Wymer, Dall, Kuntz, Bream, second, 3:40.
Shuttle Hurdle relay: Henry, Chris McNutt, Austin Holub, Jake Morris, fourth, 1:04.
Shot Put: Conner Mebus, fifth, 45’11”; Austin B irely, sixth, 42’6”.
Discus: Jordan Wymer, third, 143’2”; Mebus, seventh, 129’ 7”.
All totaled, the Spartans qualified 13 events for the state meet, which puts them in position to be one of several contenders for an overall state title. This is the first year of competition for the team in class 3A, having won the state title last year in 2A. Competition begins at Drake Stadium Thursday morning and concludes late Saturday afternoon.
The district title was particularly rewarding for the team, with so many different people scoring points. The one-point margin of victory is a testament to the importance of everyone who contributed.