By Jay Seaton
The Southwestern Conference track championships took place at Amherst High School last weekend, and Westlake and North Olmsted finished in the top five – but they were unable to surpass the Amherst girls and Berea boys, who both finished at the top.
Although the teams did not win, they had several key contributors.
North Olmsted’s boys and girls both finished in fourth place. Among some of the top finishers was Marc Remy, who finished second in the boys 200-meter with a time of 22.69 seconds, second in the 100-meter and was also a member of the first-place 4×100 relay team, along with teammates V’del Bell, Shamir Tomlinson and Sammy Ibrahim.
The Eagles boys also won the 4×200 relay. The members consisted of Steven Davis, Tomlinson, Ibrahim and Remy. Remy came in second in multiple events behind Donovan Robertson of Berea, who set an SWC record with four first-place finishes on the day.
North Olmsted’s head coach, Michael Ptacek, was proud of Remy and his team’s effort.
“We did some good things,” Ptacek said. “Marc Remy is an excellent runner; it’s just too bad he has to run against one of the best runners in the state in Donovan Robertson.” Ibrahim also earned other honors. He won the long jump and was also a key member on the winning 4×100 team and the 4×200 team.
“Going into districts, we just have to be able to move on,” Ptacek said about the team’s future. “We have to show up because everyone is good at that level.”
Ptacek knows that his team has the capability, but he also knows that he needs people to step up.
“Marc has to run six races on the first day, and that is a hard thing to do,” he said. “We need other people to rally and help us out as well, and I think we have the athletes to do it.”
The Westlake Demons also made their presence known at the conference championships. The boys finished in third place and the girls finished fifth.
Both finishes were a team effort and served as a building block for the future. The boys 4×100 relay came in a close second to North Olmsted. That team was made up of Tyree Wesley, Tyler Zack, Rudy Keppler and Alec Cusick. Hayley Smik came in second in the girls long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 4 inches. Her teammate, Julie Solarz, finished third in the pole vault, and Carl Laux rounded out the top three in the boys shot put. Laux finished in third behind Avon Lake’s Jake Young and T.K. Burk, with a distance of 52 feet, 7 inches.
The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs boys placed eighth, with 26 points, while the girls placed sixth, with 33 points.