CORTLAND — It’s hard enough to consistently win events game after game, but removing that factor and shooting straight for a school record? It’s an uphill climb.
He may have missed a few seconds off the Indians 1600 school record, but it was still all smiles for Girard’s senior Ricky Marsico, who established himself as one of the most successful middle-distance runners. talent from the Mahoning Valley.
Marisco picked up victories in the 800m and 1600m races on Thursday night to help the Girard boys claim the Trumbull County Championships meet title with 110 points. Howland won the women’s team with 99 team points overall.
“It was my first time trying to do something like this, so it’s definitely something a little more difficult than I thought, especially doing the semis on Wednesday, the legs were a a little more tired than usual, but I’m pretty happy with how I did,” said Marsico after completing the mile in a time of 4:29.36. “You will probably be on your own most of the time when you pick up a school record, but having those kids with you makes it a lot easier.
Marsico has already carved his name into Girard’s record books as he holds the 800m record with a time of 1:55 – he ran a 1:58.60 on Thursday night at Lakeview. After placing second at the state meet last spring, Marsico made the choice to focus solely on the 800 to add the 1600.
“Doing two laps every encounter gets a bit monotonous at times.” Marsico said with a huge laugh.
FIRST YEAR DOMINATION
Prior to this season, Warren John F. Kennedy’s senior Antwan Brown didn’t consider the race track, a sport most top racers start in seventh grade, or first grade at worst.
For Brown, that means nothing.
He adapted for the Eagles his last spring in high school and became a key member of Kennedy’s core sprinters, winning the 200 (22.56 seconds), while competing as the final leg in their 4×100 ( 43.86) and 4×200 (1:29.88) win Thursday night. He also added a third-place finish in the 100m (11.34).
His first time on the track for a competition was just over a month ago – despite being running back and defensive back on the gridiron.
“It felt good to run and compete” said Brown. “I thought I wasn’t going to do well, but I came in first. But it is the coaches who make us work every day.
Above all, putting wins and times aside, Brown took something even bigger out of his first season on the track – the bond with his fellow Eagles, like Antonio Smith, Thomas Easton and Donovan McCoy.
“It’s fun to hang out with the team and the coaches, they make it fun, but it’s work, you have to make sure you do the work to celebrate later,” Brown explained. “It’s a lot of fun, it’s intense, everyone’s in your ear, so you’re just running. When you run you get kicked out, but once you’re done you can hear the crowd and stuff, it’s fun.
COOKING AT HOME
Rachel Campolito isn’t one to be afraid of the fact that she’s been in a rut at times this season. After missing the podium by a place last spring at the regionals, his senior season was an opportunity to try his luck one last time.
When Campolito crossed the finish line on Thursday, a huge smile spread from ear to ear and a group of thunderous cheers followed from outside the fence. Along with defending her own turf and earning a victory for the Bulldogs, she also won something arguably more vital. Her confidence.
“I was about four seconds slower than me, but I got my personal best today, so that’s really good.” Camplito said after running a 2:25.98. “It’s good to see all the familiar faces cheering you on. For us it’s probably our biggest meeting of the whole year, so overall it’s good to see what we can get out there and To do.
“It was definitely an emotional release, it will definitely give me more confidence for my next big competition, because seeing what I can do, this year is really going to inspire me more.”
She may only be a sophomore, but with every encounter, Caleigh Richards just keeps repeating that she’s one of the most talented track and field athletes in the Mahoning Valley.
Richards has already earned Maplewood a pair of cross country state titles and a 3200 outdoor title. Tack on the Don Richards Memorial Stadium record and meet record of a 10:58.62 for the 3200, in addition to the facility record of a 5:01.19 for the mile, Richards stood out.
“It was great, I was just going out and seeing what kind of times I could spend both and it was pretty good,” said Richards. “I’ve definitely been anticipating this (meeting) a lot more than the others, just to see what I can do and how I can rank up with the other competition in the county, because there are a lot of great competitions, like Megan Hipple from McDonald’s.”
Richards finished her 1600 nearly 12.9 seconds faster than Hipple, who in turn finished 16.36 seconds faster than third place Maddy Gassman of Girard.
It was the same trio at the top for the 3200, but with a differential of 28 seconds between her and Hipple, and a staggering minute and 27 seconds before Gassman crossed the finish line.
NOTES: McDonald senior Ryan Henry broke his previous stadium record by over six feet with a 66-11.50….Girard junior Sieasia Triplett continued his tear, taking the 100 (12.56), 200 (25.85) and 400 (58.92) ….McDonald’s Caleb Domitrovich (9:58.65) and Carson Klase (9:59.84) went 1-2 in the 3200….Girard won the boys (3.32.68) and girls (4:16.84) 4×400… ..Girard siblings Dom and Mia Malito both won field events, with Dom winning the long jump title (22-04.50) and Mia winning the high jump crown (5-00)… The Lexus Howland’s Solarz won the disc with a 117-11.