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Seniors looking to create history for Firestone boys track team

4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — Head coach Tim Carroll said this year’s Firestone boys track team is trying to do something it has never done before.

“We are looking to win our fourth City Series championship in a row, which will be historic,” he said. “Before this run, Firestone had only two City [Series] titles in school history, 2004 and 2012.”

Last year, Carroll said, Firestone was undefeated in the City Series on the way to winning a third consecutive City Series title. Taking home a league title this season, the coach said, would create a lasting legacy, especially for the seniors.

“That’s something where they can be the first group of kids at Firestone to say they won a City Series championship [in track] in all four years of high school,” he said. “Before, it was just one year here or there, so it’s a big thing for these guys to have already done it three straight years. Some of these seniors were on varsity as freshmen, and for them to have a chance for four City titles and to win four letters would be a significant contribution to the school’s history.”

Carroll, who has been head coach of the Firestone boys track team since 2013, said this group of seniors has done a good job of advancing the school’s track program.

“They’ve really helped to set things up,” he said. “Each year, we’re getting better and they helped to start the trend of us winning the City Series championship.”

Carroll described this year’s squad as “an older team.”

“We usually have some freshmen on the varsity, but this year the varsity is grades 10 to 12,” he said. “David Herr and Sam Michael are returning regional qualifiers in the 4x800 relay, where they combined with fellow senior Carlos Figueroa to set our school record in that event. Kay-el Floyd is a veteran sprinter on our 4x100 relay that we hope to get through to state this year. Garrett Satow is running well in the 3200, around 11 minutes. Jordan Jones is jumping well in his first year with a [personal record] of 5-foot-8 in the high jump.”

Additionally, Carroll said, three juniors and a sophomore are playing key roles for this year’s squad.

“Junior Kevon Louis was the first athlete I have coached that qualified to the regional meet in four events. He recently won the best sprinter award at the Big Ox Invitational at St. Thomas Aquinas High School after winning the 110 and 300 hurdles and being on our winning 4x400 relay team,” the coach said. “Junior Darshun Williams also qualified in multiple events last year and was our top point-scorer. Along with junior Justin Moore, I expect these three juniors to do a lot of damage this season. Sophomore Josh Mitchell qualified to the regional meet on our 4x200 last year and looks to help bring our 4x200 and 4x400 to state this season.”

Other noteworthy contributors this season, Carroll said, include “throwers Jaylen Johnson and Anthony Humphrey, Taylor Mack in the jumps, sprinters Grant Turner, Ryan Allison, Camden Davis, Davier Garrett and Kendale Smith, and Michael Scantling and Luke Shaheen in distance.”

“We’re just looking for these guys to keep improving and to make a solid contribution,” he said. “We have a lot of depth, and we are hoping that at every meet that depth is going to help us win and also keep our guys healthy. These are pretty good athletes that are going to contribute to our team being successful at every meet they can.”

Through April 17, Firestone was out to a 7-0-1 overall record, Carroll said.

“We are competing well and are undefeated other than a tie with Hoban,” he noted.

Last year, Carroll said, Firestone got all four relay teams to the regional meet and returned nine regional qualifiers this season.

“We plan to get more kids to regionals this year and break through to the state meet with several individuals and relays,” the coach said. “That’s not easy in Division I and Northeast Ohio is one of the tougher regions, but we have the talent to compete and we are hoping to get through and make some noise.”

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