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Copley boys track team ready for districts

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

COPLEY — The Copley High School boys track team finished the Suburban League regular season with a 4-3 record in dual meets — good for fourth place in the league.

“This season, we’re about where I thought we’d be,” said head coach John Legrair. “I definitely saw improvement as we went along. There aren’t many seniors on the squad, so there are a lot of 11th- and 10th-graders scoring this year, as well as a few freshmen.”

During the Suburban League tournament May 18, senior Aaron Boles won the 110-meter hurdles for Springfield.

“Aaron is a multi-athlete for us,” Legrair said. “He runs the 100 hurdles. He can run the 300 hurdles; he can run the 100, the 200, the 4x100, the 4x200, the 4x400, the pole vault and the long jump. He can do just about anything on the track, as well as the field.”

According to Legrair, other standouts among this year’s senior class (with comments on each by the coach) include:

  • Thrower Doug Moorer: “Doug just set a school record about three weeks ago in the discus. He’s had a fantastic year. He threw better and better after the weather warmed up a bit.”
  • Hurdler Quinn Harnett: “He’s also a 4x400 athlete. He’s a great kid and a great athlete, and he has a great [grade point average]. He’s a hard worker, and he just kept getting better and better as the season rolled on.”
  • Sprinter Aregeros Turner: “He’s also improved every week. He finished second in the Suburban League in the 100 [on May 18] and in the long jump. He’s another athlete who pretty much can do anything on the track or field. He’s going to play football next year at Northern Illinois [University].”

Another upperclassman who Legrair cited as showing major improvement this season was junior Oliver Johnson.

“Oliver has been continuing to improve week after week in the discus,” the coach said. “A couple of weeks ago, he went from about a 130 to 135, then 140 the next week and then 150. He was up to 155 a couple of weeks ago.”

Other key members of the team this season, Legrair said, include: junior high jumper Jean Montgomery, junior vaulter Dawson Mancabelli, senior pole vaulter David Kahwaji, senior high jumper Damon Hickman, senior thrower Alonzo Burt, junior runner Chris Onyak and junior hurdler Kyle Harple.

“This is a group of athletes that is getting better each week,” the coach said. “They’ve been doing the things it takes to improve. These guys have really stepped up.”

This week, the boys track team is taking part in the district tournament (May 22 and 24 at Nordonia High School).

“It’s a very tough region, so we’ll be looking to go out and give our very peak performance. I told the kids we’ll have to get off the porch and run with the big dogs this week,” Legrair said. “We just have to try to improve a little more and execute a little better in some areas. That’s what it will take for us to advance. We’re getting better, and we just have to hope we don’t run out of season.”

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