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Boys track takes fifth at Impson

The Yellow Springs High School distance runners dominated the Impson Cedarville Invitational on Saturday, April 11, by capturing first place in four events to help the team win 66 points overall for a fifth place finish.

With Alexis Onfroy-Curley rushing back from college visits in Chicago on the overnight Greyhound, the Bulldog squad of Onfroy-Curley, Birch Robinson-Hubbuch, Brock GunderKline and Jake GunderKline took the 4×800 in a season leading 8:38.89 after Brock broke the race wide open on the third leg with a split of 2:06 for the 800-meter distance.

Onfroy-Curley finished the metric mile with a last minute kick in 4:42.59. Brock GunderKline then used the same lethal tactic in the 800 meters to run down Greeneview’s Eddie Bock for the win in 2:04.13. Jake GunderKline faced the stiffest challenger of the day, defending state cross country champion Isaiah Bragg in the 3200-meter run, but he finally moved easily away in the final stretch to win by five seconds in 10:03.10.

The Bulldogs also excelled in the sprints with Mario Cosey placing fourth in the 100-meter dash in 12.23 on the very windy day. In the 400-meter dash, Anthony Pettiford placed sixth in 55.50. Josh Meadows and Pettiford then teamed with Onfroy-Curley and Brock GunderKline to finish second to Dixie in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:38.54.

The relay squad of Tony Parker, Sam Morrison, Mario Cosey and Raphael Allen also earned points for the Bulldogs in both the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relays. In the men’s long jump, Allen soared 18’4″ to place seventh, with Chris Johnson just out of the money in ninth. Ernest Johnson was eighth in the men’s discus in 106′ 2″.

Girls track finishes eighth

YSHS senior Melody Wright scored points in all four of her events to lead the Yellow Springs girls track team to an eighth-place finish at Saturday’s Impson Invitational. The Bulldogs finished in an eighth-place tie with Mechanicsburg with 35 points.

On a windy day, Wright anchored the 4×200 relay team into the teeth of the gusts, teaming with Brenda Jones, Reini Brickson and Ryder Comstock to slice through the biting cold and take the Bulldogs home to an unexpected runner-up finish in 2:00.74. The three seniors and junior reunited to place third in the 4×400-meter relay. In between the two relays Wright added a third place in the 200-meter dash in 30.05 seconds, and then placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 74’3.”

Adding points to the women’s team were Jones with a sixth-place finish in the 100 high hurdles and a fifth-place finish in the 100 dash. Brickson snagged a 24-second personal record for a fifth-place finish in the 3200-meter run.

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