On May 11, rain delayed the Jesse Owens City Meet. It happened two days later on May 13, 2014.
Glenville ran away with the boys division as usual (208 points). John Hay girls won again in the girls division — this makes fours years in a row. Collinwood girls made it competitive with 158 points. John Hay had 170.
Glenville did well in the districts and sent six boys in eight events to the regionals. Glenville scored 53 points to win the regionals for the first time since 2010. Collinwood had three girls who qualified for regionals in three events: Cayla Napolen, Shanique Simpson and Al’dricgua Marshall — the only one to advance to Columbus.
Glenville boys advanced to state in five events with six runners: Demarious Goodwin, Kelvin Spates, Darren Hickman, Falonte Jackson, Adam Lett and Davon Anderson. This reminds me of the old days with Bump Taylor minus the station wagon. Ted did wear his fishing hat though!
Glenville won their events in grand style. Ted Ginn sent out the Marines. The 4 x 4 relay team sealed the deal in true Glenville fashion. They surprised everyone.
Nordonia was the favorite. When Glenville took first place in the 4 x 100 relay, track fans started taking notice. Davon Anderson won the 100 hurdles and even though Glenville took seventh in the 4 x 200 relay, they were off to a running start.
Davon Anderson later came in second place in the 300 hurdles giving Glenville 30 points.
The 4 x 400 was the last event. Pickerton North won it last year and this year three of their runners were back. Glenville had three runners from last year, also. Some people expected Glenville to maybe take second place, but with Davon Anderson anchoring? No way!
Vintage Glenville — whether you go back seven years or this year to regionals. Glenville lives for this and the fans in Columbus got a good treat! 313.75?! The state record for the 4 x 400 relay is 313.05.
Glenville boys are state champs once again!
Collinwood sent Al’dricgua Marshall to Columbus in 100 and 200 meters. She didn’t make the final because of sinus problems, but she gave it her all. She sacrificed going to graduation to go to the meet. She’s a champion with a lot of heart! She’s headed to Kentucky University.
~ By Calvin Marshall, a University Circle resident, chess player and poet