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The Suburbanite
  • LCCS track goes toe-to-toe with Stark County’s best and finds success

  • The field was brutal at the Stark County Championships track meet.


    For the Div. III Lake Center Christian Tigers, success against the likes of Canton McKinley, Louisville, Jackson and Perry was measured not by racking up points and scaling the overall leader board at the meet, but by individual successes and personal triumphs.

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  • The field was brutal at the Stark County Championships track meet.
    For the Div. III Lake Center Christian Tigers, success against the likes of Canton McKinley, Louisville, Jackson and Perry was measured not by racking up points and scaling the overall leader board at the meet, but by individual successes and         personal triumphs.
    The Tigers racked up several victories in individual heats, but with schools from across the county in all three divisions, every event featured a half-dozen or more heats and placing was a tall order.
    The one competitor who stood tallest for LCCS was 5-foot-5 discus and shot put specialist Jenae Linville, who towered over her small-school competition at the meet to rack up wins in both of her signature events.
    Linville threw 129'10” in the discus and 37'11” in the shot put to earn 20 total points for her team, 10 for each event victory.
    The 4x200 relay team also won its heat, even though it did not place in the meet.
    Although none of the other LCCS girls' competitors tallied points at the meet, first-year head coach Wayne Schultz was pleased with what he saw and applauded the effort from his athletes.
    "Overall, the kids did really well. They represented themselves well and competed in every heat," Schultz said.
    "Time-wise, it was difficult to beat all of the competition and the leaders at the met, but we still managed a lot of firsts and seconds in individual heats."
    On the boys side of the meet, the 4x400 team of Denver Coblentz, Aaron Schultz, Wade Kyser and Trevor Rainieri continued their strong season and improvement as a group by winning their heat with a time of 3:41.
    Although it wasn't enough to win at the meet, the time offers plenty of hope for their prospects against Div. III competition once the postseason rolls around.
    Overall, the boys team scored 19 points to place 10th in the Div. II-III portion of the meet.
    A total of 29 boys teams and 31 girls teams competed at the meet. Canton McKinley and Tuslaw won the Div. I and II-III portions of the meet, while Perry and Canton Central Catholic won on the girls' side of the competition.
    "The kids still ran really well and gave a great effort," Schultz said of his team's performance.
    Following the All-Stark meet, the Tigers returned to action in a quad meet at Columbiana and although their small roster left them at a disadvantage once again, a series of strong individual performances led the way on what turned out to be a relatively decent spring day. With temperatures rising above 50 degrees one day after a few snow flurries flew through the skies in Northeast Ohio, the day was almost ideal.
    Page 2 of 2 - Linville was on a roll once again, keeping her unbeaten streak alive by winning both the shot put and discus, including a throw of 141'9” in the discus to easily outdistance the competition and won the shot put with a throw of 37'1”.
    The boys' 4x400 relay team turned in another strong effort, matching their time from the All-Stark meet and finishing second at the quad meet.
    Schultz also praised Adi Fulmer, well-known for her exploits on the volleyball court for LCCS, for a strong effort in her first attempt to run the 400 meters.
    "Adi Fulmer really stood out in the 400," Schultz observed. "It was actually her first time running the 400 and she did really well."
    Bethany Schroll placed second in the long jump with a leap of 14'1”.
    The individual (and relay) success have been building up in the early season for the Tigers and with a goal of continual improvement and competing against bigger schools and teams on a weekly basis, LCCS is meeting the challenge so far.
    However, there are still a few laps to go in this race and the district meet is looming in the not-so-distant future, leaving a few weeks to build toward a push for Columbus.
     Their progress so far has sent up a hopeful forecast for the remainder of the season.