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The Woodridge boys track and field team had a solid showing in its own invitational: the Woodridge Wrap Up.
As Woodridge prepares for the league meet and the post season, head coach Les Carney saw some strong efforts in the final regular season meet. Woodridge competed in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Championships May 10 and 12 at Crestwood, but final results weren't available as of press time.
With sound showing, the Bulldogs placed fourth overall out of 13 teams in the eighth annual Woodridge Wrap Up at Mercer Track May 6.
Akron Firestone captured the team crown 98.50-98 over Brecksville in a strong field that included the likes of Hudson (94), Woodridge (80), Chardon (68), and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (60).
"We battled the elements Saturday as the Bulldogs closed out the regular season and grabbed a 4th-place finish in their home invitational," said Carney, alluding to the inclement weather conditions.
Senior workhorse Max Starvaggi ran a strong 800-meter race and won with a strong time of 1:59.33 to beat CVCA runners Sam Bush (2:01.65) and Colin Gaines (2:04.29).
Starvaggi and fellow versatile classmate Jacob Mally scored in a host of events.
Mally won the 110-meter short hurdles with a time of 14.71 seconds, edging Akron North standout Dominic Jones (14.87).
In a tough race, Mally also captured the 300-meter long hurdles with a time of 40.54 seconds over a pair of gifted Firestone hurdlers in Kevon Louis (41.34) and Darshun Williams (41.53).
The Bulldogs' 800-meter relay won with a strong time of 1:33.41 over strong crews from Firestone (1:33.52) and Akron Buchtel (1:37.98).
Making up the 800 relay was King Alfred Sanders, De'Andre Smith, Dijon White, and Starvaggi.
Carney was thrilled with all of the winners, but points came from other spots.
Aaron Richardson had an eye-opening runner up finish in the long jump. He placed second at 19-feet, 1.75 inches.
With a time of 9:53.27, Ryan Palm placed fourth in the 3,200-meter race.
Woodridge placed third in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:38.46. This group had Zach Conroy, Mally, White, and Starvaggi.
Jiah Bowers had a solid meet in the throws. He was sixth in the shot put as he reached 40-feet, 10.0 inches. He was seventh in the discus at 109-11 feet.
"In the field, Jiah scored well in both throwing events and Aaron (Richardson) grabbed a second-place in the long jump," said Carney.
"The Dogs also received solid performances from Leo Ramsey, Palm, Noah Perrin, Conroy, Berkley Upton and Evan Wagner," said the coach.
Running sixth in the in the 1,600-meter race was Perrin with a solid time of 4:43.58 while freshman Micah Blair had a strong race as he was seventh at 4:44.41. Andy Muha ran 12th with a strong time of 4:51.52.
Perrin and veteran senior Yousef Elkurd ran eighth and ninth in the 3,200 race. Perrin crossed in 10:05.16 and Elkurd had a strong clocking of 10:16.36.
Woodridge placed fourth in the 400-meter relay in 46.89 seconds with Smith, Richardson, White, and Sanders.
The locals ran fifth in the 3,200 relay (8:36.50) with Palm, Perrin, Elkurd, and Starvaggi.
Ramsey also scored in the 800 with a time of 2:08.46, which was good for eighth. Wagner posted a strong time of 45.45 in the 300 long hurdles and Upton had a solid long jump of 17-0.50 feet.