LHS boys unbeaten
Liberty’s boys track and field team finished the regular season undefeated with a 98.5-51.5 victory over Freedom last week at Freedom.
Top finishers included Liberty’s Devon West who broke the school record in the 100 with a time of 10.50 and also won the 200 with a time of 22.60.
Darlyn Fermin, also for Liberty, won the 400 in 54.70.
Freedom’s Alex Heidemann took first place in the 800 in 2:09.00 and the 1600 in 4:36.00.
Liberty’s Cole Frank won the 3200 in 10:20.00.
Christian Tackett, also for Liberty, was first in the 110 hurdles in 14.90 and the 300 hurdles in 40.00.
The Patriots won the 4x1 relay with Gabe Caton, Sebastian Gibbs, Vince Reph, and Thawadah Rock in 44.40.
Dylan Stahl, Christian Jancsarics, Josh Noel, and Matt Parkin won Freedom’s second close 4x8 relay of the season with a time of 8:57.00.
“All that was in my mind was just stay in front of the kid and if he tried to pass me, cut off whatever angle he was getting at,” said Parkin, the anchor. “I was in front of him for most of it. Around the straightaway down there on the second lap he tried to cut it and pass me and I cut it in again to try and close off the angle and I did, and that’s when he tucked in behind me again. In the last 100 meters, I don’t really know where he was. I only heard my own footsteps and looked forward.”
Stahl got the hand off from Noel.
“I think the hand off worked really well. We caught it early. There’s might have been a little later, which I think allowed me to get the positioning that I did,” said Noel. “We were about even at that point and I knew they were going to take us lightly out there so we all wanted to run with a chip on our shoulder so that’s what we did. I figured if I could go out quick, I could maybe catch their guy off guard a little bit and that’s what I did and then I tried to hold it from there.”
Positioning was also key for Jancsarics, who ran second.
“My coach (Bob Thear) told me to go out harder and I did that so I was able to position myself a little bit ahead of [Liberty], and I was able to keep that,” said Jancsarics. “I was able to put Josh in a good position, and I knew once I got it to him, he would be able to keep the pace because that’s usually what Josh does.”
Stahl led off the 4x8 but then had to watch and wait until three more Patriots raced the Hurricanes.
“I didn’t know if we had a chance, to be honest, and I really wanted to stay with [Liberty]. The hand off went really well, actually. I saw all of our hand offs and they went pretty smooth,” Stahl said. “It was really exciting because when I had finished, their runner was still ahead and over time, we slowly came back and at the end, our fourth runner was with the Liberty fourth runner for most of the race and it was exciting to see the finish.”
In jumping events, Liberty’s Elijah Rogers won the high jump with a 5-08.00, Freedom’s Ryan Smizaski took first in the pole vault with a 12-03.00, Liberty’s Javonte Haynes won the long jump with a 23-00.25, and Sander Sahaydak, also from Liberty, won the triple jump with a 41-10.50.
In throwing events, Liberty’s Trevor Harris came in first in the shot out with a 47-04.75, Messiah Johnson was first in the discus with a 130-05, and Nolan Beagell won the javelin with a 161-03.50.