London boys’ track team nabs another league title

London High School’s boys’ track team celebrates their first-place finish in the Kenton Trail division of the Central Buckeye Conference.

(Posted May 15, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

They’ve done it again.

For the third time in four years, London High School’s boys’ track team has won the league title for the Kenton Trail division of the Central Buckeye Conference (CBC).

The conference championships took place on May 8 and May 10 at Benjamin Logan High School. London scored 155 points to take first place, followed by Jonathan Alder with 125 points for second place, and Bellefontaine with 105 points. The division also includes Kenton Ridge, Tecumseh, and Urbana.

“We came into it with an underdog mindset,” said London track coach Joe Montoya, who ran the numbers ahead of time. “We were projected to finish second. So, we set a number of goals and made a game plan for each individual event.”

The team came up with a mantra which they repeated throughout the championships: “Job’s not finished.”

“Even when we took the lead, they kept that mindset until the 4×400 relay (the last event),” Montoya said.

He credited the team’s performance in field events for playing a big part in the victory. Sophomore Blake Reay leapt 21 feet to take first place in the long jump, a personal best for him by more than a foot. Senior Hunter Canney cleared 5 feet 8 inches to win the high jump and hit 20-10 in the long jump for second place. Filling in for a teammate who couldn’t compete, senior Zach Jones competed in the high hump for the first time in over a month; he went 5-6 for third place. Jones also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet 7 inches, a new personal best by over two feet.

Junior Ben Pridemore nabbed second place in the discus with a throw of 118 feet 11 inches. He also placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 40-6. Senior Michael Pollock and sophomore Brody Neal both recorded marks of 11 feet for the pole vault, good for second place and third place, respectively.

Mark Tremayne (center) congratulates local athletes who broke school records in the 1600-meter run at the Central Buckeye Conference meet, Kenton Trail Division. His son, Brady (left), ran a time of 4:23.98 to set a new school record for Jonathan Alder High School. Cameron Carn (right) ran 4:22.58, a new school record for London High School. Mark Tremayne held the previous record for London–4:24.5 set in 1995.

One of the many highlights in the running events came in the 1600-meter run. London sophomore Cameron Carn took first place with a time of 4:22.58, a new school record. The previous record of 4:24.5 was set by Mark Tremayne in 1995. Tremayne’s son, Brady, a senior at Jonathan Alder this year, came in third place with a time of 4:23.98, a new school record at Jonathan Alder. Tremayne was on hand to congratulate his son and Carn.

London sophomore Stevie Gravely pulled off a surprise victory in the 400-meter dash (51.52) and placed second in the 200-meter dash (22.48) behind Jonathan Alder’s Cameron Jewell who was named CBC Athlete of the Meet.

London’s 4×200-meter relay team took first place with a time of 1:32.54. The team includes Gravely, junior June Turner, senior Damian Roby, and senior George Weese. The 4×100-meter relay team placed second with a time of 44.87. The team includes Roby, Turner, freshman Dreux Prince, and senior Nick Perigo.

Other second-place finishers included Carn in the 800-meter run (1:58.13) and Junior Justin Jackman in the 300-meter hurdles (43.44).

Junior Marquise McFarlane came in third in the 110-meter hurdles (16.17). Also coming in third was the 4×400-meter relay team (3:32.77)). The team includes Carn, Turner, Weese, and sophomore Latrell Jackson.

London girls

The girls’ team celebrated a third-place overall finish, the highest finish they’ve had at the conference championships in about 10 years. They set some records in the process.

London’s 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relay teams set Kenton Trail conference records with their winning times of 1:49 and 4:09.67, respectively. The same four runners comprised both teams: junior Andria Pollazek, sophomore Katelyn Duvall, and freshmen Cora Markley and Cameron Markley.

London’s 4×800-meter relay team placed second with a time of 10:19 and included junior Lily Patterson, sophomore Bailey Colestock, senior Riley Colestock, and senior Molly Weese. The 4×100-meter relay team placed third with a time of 51.55 and included Duvall, Pollazek, Cora Markley, and senior Carly Ramey.

Pollazek also won the high jump for the third straight year with a mark of 5-3. Junior Lillian Finke won the pole vault with a mark of 11-3.

Cameron Markley placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.98. Freshmen Lilly Lohrer took third place in the 100-meter hurdles (16.05).

Bellefontaine finished first in the team competition with 172 points, followed by Jonathan Alder with 160 points, and London with 91 points.

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