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East Canton was the heavy favorite at the 2017 Inter-Valley Conference Track and Field Championships, and it did not disappoint.
The boys were a perfect 8-0 in league duals heading into Friday night's meet at Newcomerstown, and almost lapped the field as they claimed the conference title with 217.5 points.
Ridgewood was second with 125, and were followed by Garaway with 93.5, Hiland with 66, Newcomerstown with 51, Sandy Valley with 50, Malvern with 29, Strasburg with 12 and Tusky Central with 12.
How dominate were the Hornets?
Of the 17 events held, East Canton claimed 14 titles.
IVC champions are:
The 4x800 (8:35.18) consisting of Demetrius Snellenberger, Colt Hemphill, James McCullough and Josh Conrad.
Zach McClaskey in the 110 hurdles (15.59) and 300 hurdles (40.33).
Mitch Mitchell in the 100 (11.36), 200 (22.71) and long jump (19'4).
The 4x200 (1:32.32) consisting of Wyatt Deutschman, Cody Vacco, Nathaniel Sundheimer and McClaskey.
Josh Conrad in the 1600 (4:42.08), 800 (2:02.8) and high jump (6').
The 4x100 (meet record 43.85) consisting of Travis Nelson, Vacco, Mitchell and Deutschman.
Snellenberger in the 3200 (10:18.17).
The 4x400 (meet record 3:29.16) consisting of McClaskey, Sundheimer, McCullough and Conrad.
Cody Johnson in the shot (43'7).
Seconds went to Joel Berger in the 110 hurdles (15.75), Hemphill in the 800 (2:06.75), Johnson in the discus (121'6), and Vacco in the long jump (18'6.5).
Finishing third were Deutschman in the 100 (11.65), Sundheimer in the 400 (52.58), Berger in the 300 hurdles (43.23), and Hemphill in the high jump (5'8).
Placing fourth were McCullough in the 400 (53.51), Vacco in the 200 (24.27), Tony Cappillo in the 3200 (10:40.78), and Berger in the pole vault (11'6).
Mason Cain was seventh in the 1600 (5:05.94).
"It was a total team effort as every athlete wearing the blue and gold contributed to the cause," commented Head Coach Tom Loy. "We set a record by scoring 217.5 points and another record by winning 14 of the 17 events.
"The guys stayed consistent and did what they needed to do. Winning the IVC for the second time in a row was a goal and scoring over 200 points is something that they wanted to do. We stress accumulating points for the team and these guys understand that track is a team sport.
"From here on, advancing to the next level becomes just as important as scoring points."
East Canton will take part in the district meet on Wednesday and Friday, May 17 and 19, at Norwayne High School.
Teams competing are Canton Central, Columbia, Dalton, Heritage Christian, Hillsdale, Lake Center, Lake Ridge, Loudonville, Mapleton, Mogadore, Norwayne, Oberlin, Open Door, Rittman, Rootstown, Smithville, St. Thomas, Waterloo, Waynedale and Windham.
The top four in each event will advance to the regional meet at Perry High School on May 24 and May 26.