Putting together two impressive days of competition, the Saint Ignatius Wildcats used their depth, skill and versatility to outdistance the field in the annual Lakewood Division I District Track and Field Meet.
The Wildcats stood in first place Wednesday and stayed right there after Friday's finals as they totaled 186.50 points. St. Edward was second with 85.50 points and Highland's 70 points were good for third place.
Depth has been the 'Cats' calling card all spring and that was evident in Lakewood Stadium.
Saint Ignatius, which will now gear up for the Amherst Regional on May 26 and May 28, made its mark in almost every event. The top four in each event advance to regional competition.
Although we gave you a recap on Thursday morning of the four events scored on Wednesday and the prelims, here is a summary of the Wildcats' two-day dominance.
First place in the 4 x 800-meter relay – Lamar Kemp, Nick Kobunski, Drew Galang and Evan Baum.
First place in the 110-meter hurdles – Fred Davis.
Second place in the 100-meter dash – Kevin Johnson.
Second place in the 4 x 100-meter relay – Anthony Mascia, Tim McVey, Markus Primes and Kevin Johnson.
Fourth place in the 4 x 200-meter relay – Dan Way, Tim McVey, Adam North and Ryan Kray.
Second (Nick Kobunski) and third (John Sweeney) in the 1600-meter run.
Second place in the 400-meter dash – Nick D'Amico.
Second (Fred Davis) and third (Brandon Nunn) in the 300-meter hurdles.
Second (Evan Baum) and fourth (Drew Galang) in the 800-meter run.
Third place in the 3200-meter run – Jordan Tropf.
First place in the 4 x 400-meter relay – Nick D'Amico, Lamar Kemp, Ryan Kray and Kevin Johnson.
First (Blake Thomas) and second (Ryan Gibbons) in the discus.
Second (Anthony Mascia) and fourth (Adam North) in the long jump.
First (Craig Krcal) and second (Kristian Hill) in the pole vault.
First place in the shot put – Zak Lozar.
Keep in mind that many of the Wildcats' qualifiers are underclassmen, which bodes well for the future. They are names you will become more familiar with once football season is upon us.
Of course Coach Chuck Kyle '69 and his track and field staff will tell you that the competition becomes even more intense at the regional level.
Again, congratulations to the district champs.