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  • Tigers, Spartans, Wildcats duel at chilly track meet

  • The Lake Center Christian Tigers, Springfield Spartans and Mogadore Wildcats battled in a double dual meet, and while LCCS was small in numbers, the Tigers received record-breaking performances from their sprint relay teams.

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  • Both records and rain drops were falling much of the afternoon at Wildcat Stadium in Mogadore.
    The Lake Center Christian Tigers, Springfield Spartans and Mogadore Wildcats battled in a double dual meet, and while LCCS was small in numbers, the Tigers received record-breaking performances from their sprint relay teams.
    The quartet of senior Trevor Rainieri and sophomores Joey Zavarelli, Aaron Schultz and Wade Kyser kicked off the day with a school-record time of 1:38.2 in the 4x200 meter relay, shivering their way around the track on a day when rain and winds combined to drag the temperatures down into the upper 30s at times.
    Clad in plenty of cold-weather gear, the LCCS team managed clean handoffs on all three exchanges and Rainieri, the squad’s lone senior, sprinted home as his coaches and teammates yelled out encouragement from all around the track.
    “It was good to break the record today,” Rainieri said. “It was good to come out and get our personal best for that, dodging some raindrops.”
    “The weather wasn’t very good today. I think when better weather comes, we’ll really starting setting some more school records,” Schultz added, noting that with three sophomores on the relay team, the future looks bright for the Tigers both this season and into the future.
    One record wasn’t enough, however, and within an hour the same quartet was back on the track in the 4x100 relay and posting a second record-breaking effort of 48.1 seconds to win the race and come in three seconds under the previous best time in the short history of LCCS track and field. The Tigers came up on the losing end against both Mogadore and Springfield overall, but won all three sprint relays in both dual meets.
    Rainieri and Schultz also went 1-2 in the 400 meters, giving LCCS one of its seven event wins.
    Senior thrower Mark Slayman also posted wins in the shot put (43-8) and discus (107-11) against Springfield. Mogadore claimed a 78-25 victory overall, with the Spartans besting LCCS 64-41. Mogadore also defeated Springfield 98-30.
    The Spartans, also battling through a tough season with an inexperienced roster, received event wins from Caleb Moye in the 1,600 (5:06).
    Moye also won the 800 against LCCS and placed second against Mogadore with a time of 2:18 and helped paced the 4x800 relay team to a win over LCCS with a time of 9:24.24.
    The Spartans dominated in the sprints and jumping events, allowing them to amass enough points for a comfortable win. Damon Rupert and Russell Powell also tallied event wins, with Powell’s time of 11.7 seconds good enough for wins against both LCCS and Mogadore, and Rupert clocking a 20.7 in the 110 hurdles for a win against LCCS.
    Jenae Linville led the LCCS girls, easily winning the shot put and discus. Her margins of victory in the shot put (more than 5 feet) and discus (more than 22 feet) were a better indicator of her efforts than her distances on a day when a small discus area that may not have contained her better throws, the sort Linville typically uncorks in the postseason. Throws of 117-10 in the discus and 36-0 in the shot put were more than enough to outpace the field.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mogadore claimed wins in both dual meets on the girls side, with senior Jordan Jeter winning the 100, 200 and leading the 4x200 relay team to a triumph with a time of 1:58.4.
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