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Track off to a good start

March 30, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Fitch track team was in good form on Monday as they perfected their skills following the weekend’s season opener in a quad match against Lakeview, Mooney and Youngstown East. The Falcons easily took home the win and are hoping for a great season.

“Both the boys and the girls won the quad meet by over 100 points,” said relay coach Seth Steiner.

He said it should be a great season for the team. The girls relay runners already proved they have what it takes. At the indoor track state finals last month, the girls placed fifth in the 4-by-200 relay.

In 2010, the girls finished as district runner-ups, placed third at the Federal League meet and ended the season at 6-5 in dual and tri meets. Besides a good bunch of returning letter winners, newcomers to watch this year include Amber Brown, Carissa Jenkins, Gabby Figueroa, Madison Hefner, Alex Mosier, Jayme Ritchie and Micah Vaughn.

On the boys side, the guys finished 2010 at 6-6 and placed third in the Federal League. Top newcomers joining an already talented group includes Nate Bowlen, Gary Gibson, Sam Ortz, Daniel Rivera, William Mellott, Zak Patrick and Mike Cochran.

One event that the Fitch team won’t have a lot of competition in is pole vaulting. Vault coach Jeff Lane said it is part of track and field events that is not the most popular.

“Some schools don’t have pole vaulting, others may have one or two,” Lane said.

For Fitch, Kayla Bailey will be representing the girls as a vaulter. She is a sophomore and returning letter winner.

On the boys side, sophomore Dylan DuPonty, and juniors Anthony Jordon and Andrew Dunn will be trying to post their best in the pole vault. Dunn is a returning letter winner.

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Fitch junior pole vaulter Andrew Dunn catches some air Monday as he perfects his vaulting skills in preparation for the Ward Invitational this weekend.



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