COACH CHUCK KYLE'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM WILL SEND A SOLID CONTINGENT TO THE STATE MEET.
On the strength of a first-place finish by the 4x100-meter relay team and second-place efforts in both the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays, the Saint Ignatius Wildcats edged Medina, 62-59, for the men's championship after Friday night's finals of the Amherst Division I Regional Track and Field Meet.
Joining those three relay teams in next weekend's state-championship competition will be Kevin Johnson, who finished third in the 100-meter dash and also played key roles on the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and Evan Baum, who placed fourth in the 800-meter run and was part of the 4x800 team.
The top four in each event at Amherst qualified for the June 4-5 state meet in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at the Ohio State University.
As the corner reported on Wednesday night, the 'Cats' 4x800-meter relay team qualified for Columbus during Wednesday's first evening of competition at Amherst. Again, congratulations to Lamar Kemp, Nick Kobunski, Drew Galang and Evan Baum for their efforts in the 4x800.
Friday night, Coach Chuck Kyle '69 watched his 4x100-meter relay team edge St. Edward, 42.29- 42.36, in bringing home first place. The team consisted of Anthony Mascia, Tim McVey, Bobby Grebenc and Kevin Johnson. Ah, you have to love that football flavor. And yes, Tim McVey is the freshman brother of Wildcats two-time All-Ohio linebacker Scott McVey, who is bound for Ohio State this summer.
During Wednesday's prelims, the 4x100 team placed third.
The 4x400-meter relay team, which also improved two spots from Wednesday's prelims, featured Nick D'Amico, Lamar Kemp, Ryan Kray and the anchor man, Kevin Johnson.
To sum up their efforts at Amherst, "K.J.," as Johnson is known to his friends and teammates, qualified for the state meet in three events and Evan Baum and Lamar Kemp are two-event qualifiers.
All of the best to Coach Kyle and his district and regional champions next weekend.
- EDDIE DWYER