MANSFIELD — He sat out last season to focus on his future, but Alamar Grose’s full attention is on the here and now this spring.
The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, Grose finished second in the 110 meter hurdles and helped Mansfield Senior’s 4x100 relay team to a gold medal at last week’s Galion Kiwanis Invitational.
A senior, Grose sat out last track season to focus on football. The decision paid off in February when the defensive back signed a letter of intent to play at Division II heavyweight Ashland University. The safety was an All-Ohio special mention selection in Division III last fall after piling up 89 tackles and breaking up 12 passes.
With his future squared away, Grose was free to return to track this spring.
“I didn’t run last year just because I was concentrating on football and getting a scholarship,” Grose said. “I came back out this year to get more speed and to run my last year with my friends.”
The decision turned out to be a good one. Grose owns the area’s second best time this season in the 110 hurdles after finishing in 15.28 seconds on a cold night at Galion on Friday. Grose’s cousin, Angelo, has the top time in the area (14.7) and won gold Friday at Galion.
Alamar and Angelo are joined on Senior High’s 4x100 relay team by Cyrus Ellerbe and Armon Huguely. That foursome posted a winning time of 43.87 at Galion on Friday and ran an area-best 43.6 earlier this season.
“We’re still not where we want to be yet,” Alamar Grose said. “We’ve still got work to do on our handoffs, but we’re getting better.”
The opportunity to run with his cousin this spring was one of the reasons Alamar returned to track. Angelo Grose is a Division I college football prospect and one of the top long jumpers in the state.
“Handing off (the baton) to my cousin is something special,” Alamar said.
Angelo Grose agreed.
“It’s good to have him back,” Angelo Grose said.
The Tygers return to action Friday at the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet at Ashland University. Alamar said he is still fine-tuning things in preparation for the postseason.
“I’m still hitting a lot of hurdles,” Alamar Grose said. “It’s something I’ve got to improve on going forward.”
The 4x100 team has work to do, too.
“Our time is not where we want it to be yet,” Alamar Grose said. “We’re waiting for it to all come together.”