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Firestone boys track making ‘solid progress’

5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — Tim Carroll said he is pleased with the progress the Firestone High School boys track team has made during his first year as head coach, but added the Falcons will have to find another gear if they want to take home the City Series title May 17.

“We’ve made solid progress, but we’re going to really need to get it together in the next two weeks to have a shot at competing with Buchtel and Ellet,” he said. “I think we have a bright future, but we’re hoping to have a shot at that title.”

Through May 5, the team’s dual meet record was 4-2 in league play and 4-4 overall.

“I expected us to perform a little bit better than we have, but that’s not a knock on them. We just have a really young team this year,” Carroll said. “But we have been strong in some areas, like the long and high jump. Our throwers do a nice job and our distance runners and hurdles are doing great. We just haven’t been able to put points up in every event, and we are struggling in some areas. Overall, I think the kids are doing well and getting better. We still have a shot to compete for a City [Series] title this year.”

The team captains this season are senior Richard Cook and sophomore Johnte Colvin.

“Richard will try any event where he thinks he can help the team. He’s a good leader for us,” Carroll said. “Johnte shows up every day, works hard and has been real helpful with the team. He really helps the team make sure they’re doing what they need to do.”

Carroll said the “best all-around athlete” on this year’s team has been sophomore Kamar Majid.

“He scored the most points for us at the invitationals, and he often is winning either the long jump or high jump at the invitationals, or both,” the coach said. “He also scores a lot of points in the hurdles, sometimes putting up 20-some points by himself in the invitationals. He’s a real hard worker, and he’s often the last to leave practice. He does a great job for us.”

A pair of underclassmen that has shown a lot of improvement for the Falcons this season, Carroll said, are Jeremy Thomas and Jovahn Fair.

“Jeremy worked hard over the winter, and he has really excelled more than I expected. I’m expecting big things from him. He’s just a sophomore, but he’s doing a great job for us. I think he’s got a bright future,” the coach stated. “Jovahn is a sophomore who throws the shot and discus for us. He’s a nice kid, he works hard and he shows up for practice every day. He’s improved drastically as the season’s gone on. He’s progressed well for us, and I attribute that to his work ethic.”

Other key athletes this season, Carroll said, are juniors Rae’Kwon Smith, Stephen Dubetz, Jacob Petry, Nathan Herr and Quinn Gilbert, and sophomores Robert Bell, Harley Moyer and Bryce Harris.

“They have helped us this season, and I expect they will make a big impact at the City Series to help us compete for a title,” the coach said.

Carroll said the team has improved during the season.

“As a whole, the team has gotten faster and performed a lot better as the season’s gone along,” he said. “There are a few areas where our kids are lagging behind, but that’s more of a work ethic issue. The ones who are improving the most are the ones who are showing up every day and working hard.”

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