Keontz Bradley

Mansfield Senior's Keontz Bradley speeds for the finish line during the 4x200 relay at last week's Ohio Cardinal Conference meet.

TOLEDO — Keontz Bradley is just a sophomore. But if Friday’s performance was any indication, it won’t be long before he is a household name in area track and field circles.

Bradley finished second in the 200 meter dash and ran the anchor leg of Mansfield Senior’s third-place 4x200 relay team at the Division I district meet at St. Francis, helping the Tygers to a seventh-place showing.

Senior High finished with 55 points and will send six athletes to next week’s regional meet at Amherst. The top four finishers in each event qualified for regionals.

Bradley raced to a runner-up finish in the 200 in 23.17 seconds. He teamed with Aveon Grose, Maurice Ware and Aaron Thornton to finish third in the 4x200 in 1:32.27.

Ware finished runner-up in the the high jump behind Tyger teammate Ameel Upchurch. Upchurch won with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches while Ware cleared 6-feet.

Grose qualified for regional in the long jump Wednesday, as did Emir Hemphill in the discus. Grose was runner-up with a leap of 20-10.75 while Hemphill finished second with a throw of 143-10.

Division III

The Crestview boys flexed their muscle at the Division III Colonel Crawford district meet Friday afternoon.

The Cougars won the boys team title with 158.5 points, more than twice as many as runner-up Seneca East (75). Colonel Crawford (68) was third, while St. Peter’s (65) was fourth.

On the girls side, Colonel Crawford won with 125 points. Carey (104.5) was second, followed by Crestview (81) and Riverdale (67).

The Crestview boys swept all four relay events and set a pair of meet record along the way. The Cougars kicked things off Wednesday when the 4x800 team of Evan Gibbs, Gabe Smedley, Tommy O’Neill and Ross Kuhn set a meet record with a winning time of 8:08.31.

The 4x200 team of Adison Reymer, Evan Hamilton, Rashaun Barber and Tanner Moore followed suit Friday, winning in a meet-record time of 1:30.88.

Reymer, Hamilton and Moore teamed with Chase Shifflet to win the 4x100 relay in 44.14. Gibbs, Hamilton, Kuhn and Shifflet won the 4x400 in 3:29.82.

Individually, O’Neill won both the 1,600 (4:34.57) and the 3,200 (10:15.95), while Kuhn won the 800 (1:58.50). Moore won the 100 (11.32) and Barber won the 200 (23.57).

Colonel Crawford’s Carter Valentine swept the jumping events, winning the high jump with a leap of 6-2 and taking the long jump with a winning effort of 21-2.5.

South Central’s Mason Kiesel won both the shot put (49.6) and the discus (157.4). Teammate Trey Beverly won the 400 in 51.52.

St. Peter’s Donavon Duncan won the 110 hurdles in 14.67 and took gold in the 300 hurdles in 40.23.

In girls action, Colonel Crawford’s Katie Ruffener won four individual events. She brought home district titles in the 100 hurdles (14.93), the 100 dash (12.73), the 300 hurdles (45.46) and the long jump (17-8.5).

Other local district champs included New London’s Abigail Good in the 800 (2:22.66), Colonel Crawford’s Liv Krasson in the high jump (5-4), South Central’s Onalee Keysor in the pole vault (10-1), New London’s Kaitlyn Gum on the shot put (38-2) and Crestview’s Reagan Garrett in the shot put (125-7).

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