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J-D track sides sweep to Freedom meet titles

Fairbanks, Sterriker, Peters each win twice for Red Rams

Nina Zesky, clearing 5’1” with fewer misses than Fulton’s Anna McKay, prevailed in the high jump, while in the 3,000-meter run Gabby Pallotta prevailed in 11:13.03 and Wengert (12:31.62) was third.

J-D countered by seeing Sierra Vasiliou win the shot put, tossing it 32’11 ¼”as, for ESM, Jessica Drumm (28’2 ½”) took fourth place. In the discus, Tangela Hightower threw it 95’6”, with Drumm again fourth (83’9”) and the Rams’ Brooke DeRoberts in fifth place.

On the boys side at the Freedom meet, J-D had 180 points, nearly double the total of runner-up Mexico, who had 91 points. ESM also was third here, finishing with 71 points.

Will Sterriker led the way, as he tore to first place in the 110 high hurdles in 15.91 seconds and added a victory in the 400 hurdles in 58.16 seconds, the only time under a minute. Taumeras Howard (11.63 seconds) and Navale Taylor (11.68 seconds) went 1-2 in the 100 sprint.

Sterriker, Taylor, Howard and Marquis Drummond won the 4x100 in 45.51 seconds, where ESM, with the quartet of Jeff McDuffie, Mark Castro, Jayme Patrick and Tom Grayer, finished second in 46.28 seconds. J-D got to second in the 4x800 in 8:45.60.

In the 4x400, J-D’s quartet of Taylor, Zach Liebmann, Dylan Volk and Samuel Dye won with 3:39.51 as ESM’s quartet of Jacob Barker, DeShaun Gorman, Cody Todd and Matt Hoalcraft were second in 3:45.74. Liebmann added a second-place time of 53.04 seconds in the 400 sprint.

Nick Harron gained first place in the 3,200-meter run in 10:25.89. Howard needed 24.26 seconds for the runner-up spot in the 200 sprint as teammate Jaquan Tearney was fifth. Dye was second in the 800 in 2:07.33.

Ryan Peters swept the throwing events for J-D, as he heaved the shot put 43’9 ¼” to beat teammate David Barletta (42’ 7 ¾”) as Peters had a top discus throw of 128’8”, with Charlie Scheftic in fifth place. Nate Sturgeon piled up 2,735 points to easily win the five-event pentathlon.

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