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Woodridge boys track team wins 2013 league title

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Woodridge High School boys track team captured another league crown this season, and head coach Les Carney said winning Portage Trail Conference titles is something in which he takes great pride.

“Our league is outstanding,” Carney said. “I’m really proud of the fact that we continue to win our league.”

For the season, the team finished undefeated in league play with a 6-0 mark. Overall, Carney said, the season generally unfolded as he expected.

“We had a couple of guys this year do even better than we anticipated, and we had a couple of guys that didn’t do as good as we hoped. But it all evened out,” the coach said. “At the beginning of the season, we thought that [Matt Wojcik] had the best chance of all of our kids to get to Columbus, and that’s the way it worked out.”

At the state meet June 8, Wojcik finished in ninth place, one place away from making it to the podium.

According to Carney, Wojcik’s senior season got “better and better” as it progressed.

“At the beginning of the season, Matt was a little bit up and down and couldn’t seem to find his rhythm in running,” he said. “He went through a little bit of a rough stretch, and right around our big dual meet with Rootstown, his season really picked up. He ran great in the second half of the year.”

Other seniors who had strong seasons, Carney said, included Alex Frederick, Mike McCann and Sam Scourfield.

“Alex is so smart that he got moved up two grades. He should only be a sophomore [age-wise], and he’s competing against 18-year-olds. That’s a big difference between being 16 and 18. He really ran great all season, though,” the coach said. “Mike, as a junior and as a senior, really improved as much as anybody on the track team. He ran awesome for us. Sam also had an outstanding season. He ran really well in the mile for us. He finished fifth at the district.”

At this year’s district meet, Woodridge took home third place as a team.

“It was one of those types of days where we had a lot of [fifth-place finishes],” Carney said. “We also had a lot of guys finish in the top four. We qualified a couple of hurdlers, though, and Matt and Alex both made it in the 2 mile — we went one-two there. We really did have a good day, though.”

Carney said he is happy with how his team finished the season and is optimistic for future success.

“Overall, I think we had a great year and we have something to build on with our young guys,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys coming back for next season. We’ll be strong.”

Two key returnees for next year, the coach said, will be sophomore Anthony Thurman and junior Tim Faken.

“Hopefully, they’ll be able to take that next step next year as upperclassmen,” he said. “Anthony really, really came on — especially in the second half of the season. He’s 5-foot-7 and he is running the high hurdles, but he has great speed. He’s really starting to mature and become a great young man. And it’s the same thing with Tim, who is really developing in a leadership role for us. He’s the kind of guy who always seems to run his best in relays, when he’s running for his teammates. That’s a quality you love to have in an athlete. Both of those guys do a great job, and we expect them to be leaders for us next year.”

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