Xavier Preston showed how capable he is of propelling a strong Stow Athletics team to second place honors in the annual Walsh Jesuit John Hasenstab Warrior Relays.

Preston also showed why the ultra-talented Bulldog sprinter is one of the best runners in all of Ohio.

The 400-meter relay field at the Warrior Relays felt more like a regional meet, which made Stow’s record victory even more impressive.

Led by Preston, Stow’s 400 meter cast won the championship from Walsh with a new meet record of 42.76 seconds.

The Bulldogs’ busy 400-yard relay included junior Brian Turner, senior Vance Sheppert, senior Dustin Horner and Preston.

Stow easily beat Solon (43.50), Cleveland Benedictine (43.60), Streetsboro (43.93), University School (44.01), Bedford (44.13) and Massillon Perry (44.20).

Despite the rain, the new mark broke a 22-year record set by Canton McKinley of 42.84 seconds.

Preston won the 100-meter championship from Walsh with a time of 10.92 seconds, easily beating varsity school senior Rich Clark, who crossed in 11.58 seconds and secured a preliminary second place with Preston in 11 .47 ticks. Preston’s time in the preliminaries was 11.01.

“This year Xavier will focus on the 100 meters, 200 meters and especially the 800 meters relay at this time,” Stow head coach JK LeSeure said.

Senior Jack Morgan is having a big spring for the Bulldogs as he won the 300-meter hurdles championship with a time of 42.67 seconds.

Another headline for Stow came from Turner in the 200 meters as he cleared the first in 22.33 seconds!

Turner beat junior Solon star Joel Kpassou (22.64), a football star who was clocked as fast as 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard sprint!

Stow took the crown from Walsh in the 800-meter medley sprint with a solid time of 1:35.45 with Turner, Sheppert, Preston and Horner.

In the 17-team Warrior Relays team standings, many strong clubs participated and Stow clinched second place overall.

The mighty Solon won the Tag Team Championship with 131 points to outrun the second-placed Bulldogs (102).

Stow finished ahead of area strongholds like Walsh (95), University School (77), Perry (65), Nordonia (63), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (50.5), Bedford (45) and Streetsboro (42) .

Competing in a busy event, Stow’s 800-metre relay took third place in 1:31.16, just behind Streetsboro (1:31.15) and champion Bedford (1:30.77).

The Bulldog 800 meter relay consisted of Horner, second Alex Roberts-Kiraly, junior Ben Weber and Preston.

Showing just how strong the field was, Stow’s time is the ninth fastest ever recorded in the competition’s history books!

LeSeure is enjoying all of his stints this spring and will eventually focus on the two or three stints where his group of athletes could make the most noise – both in the league and in post-season competition.

Senior Bryce Turner placed third individually in the high jump to help Stow finish third in the relay. Turner reached 5-8 feet with help from second Austin Evans (5-0 feet).

Bryce Turner also climbed to a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 52.10 seconds.

Micah Bentley also shone for Stow placing fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:48.90.

In a strong group of hurdlers, junior Brayden Gabele ran fifth overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.99 seconds.

Gabele also helped the crew of the 440 meter shuttle to third place (1:09.31). Morgan, second Aaron Hawes and junior Jason Pockl joined Gabele.

The 6,400 meter relay ran third with a time of 18:48.41 with the all-junior cast of Bentley, Connor Scarberry, Zach Richards and Zach Shawala also taking fifth in the 1,600 meter open race in 4:32.41.

LeSeure, entering his fourth season as head coach, has solid depth in the distance and middle distance events this season.

Also, the Bulldog distance mix finished third in 11:36.70 with junior Trystan Cline, rookie Rob Confer, junior Trent Macura and rookie Gavin Rossman.

Stow’s long jump relay scored at Walsh, led by rookie Jason Seal, who jumped 18-8.25 feet (ninth), Evans (17-7.25) and senior Cameron Quinn (16- 6.75).

Senior Darius Collier paced Stow individually in both throwing events. Collier shot 39 feet to 4.25 feet, which puts him in ninth place. His discus throw traveled 102-4 feet.

Stow recently picked up an easy victory in the National Suburban League Conference against North Royalton. It was a 91-46 double victory in hot and windy conditions.

Horner ran a 50.77-second 400-meter run to win while Shawala took a victory in the 1,600-meter open in 4; 29.4. Brian Turner cleared the first of the 200m in 22.43 seconds. Preston took a victory in the 100 (11.05) and Gabele won the 110 high hurdles in 17.61 ticks.

Bryce Turner jumped 6ft 2 to win the high jump and Luke Cimera won the pole vault at 10ft 0.

Morgan took a big win in the 300 hurdles clocking 43.06 seconds. Macura won the 800 meters open in 2:03.5.

With a time of 1:32.10, the 800 meter relay won with Horner, Preston, Roberts-Kiraly and Seal also performing a stunning winning long jump from 19 to 7.75 feet. Bentley won the 3,200 meter race in 9:58.1.


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