Sunday, May 28, 2000

La Salle has shot at state track championship

Lancers qualify in four events

By Dave Schutte and John Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Elder's Jim Ramstetter (front), Lebanon's Mike Mount and Meadowdale's Andre English in the 110 hurdles.
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        The La Salle track team is positioned to make a run at the Division I state championship.

        Although the Lancers finished fourth in the regional meet Saturday at Welcome Stadium, coach Frank Russo's team will take pole vaulters Kelly Tenbrink and Brian Pieron, distance runners Allen Bader (1600) and Steve Padgett (1600, 3200) and the 3200 relay team to state.

        In Division I, it usually takes 30 to 35 points to win the championship, which is a possibility if the pole vaulters both score and Padgett scores in both the 1600 and 3200 meters.

        “If the vaulters do well on Friday and we're in position to win state, I'll run both events on Saturday,” said Padgett, who won the 3200-meter regional championship and took third in the 1600.

        “I'd sacrifice winning an individual event for the team, but if the team doesn't have a chance, I prefer running only the 3200.”

        In the 3200 on Saturday, Padgett trailed the first 800 meters but quickly spurted into the lead.

        In the 1600 meters, Padgett led the first 800 meters but was overtaken by defending state champion Mason Ward from Colerain and Lakota East's Jerry Claunch.

        NOT THE SHOES: Moeller senior Bob Paffe had a hard time smiling while accepting the gold medal for winning the long jump.

        “They told me before the long jump I was wearing illegal shoes,” Paffe said. “I had to jump in my running shoes. Next week at state I'm not sure if I'll jump in these shoes.”

        Paffe's leap of 22-7 was a personal best and a Moeller school record.

        UNDEFEATED: St. Xavier senior Kyle Schreiner, who will run at Marquette University next season, remained undefeated in the 800 meters by using the same strategy.

        “I go out hard and hope I have enough left at the end,” Schreiner said. “I don't plan on changing anything at state next week.”

        Schreiner also qualified to state as a member of the Bombers 3200 and 1600 meter relay teams.

        GOOD SHOT: Finney town senior Travis Veser qualified to state for the third consecutive season in the shot put, winning the Division II regional with a throw of 53-11/4.

        “I didn't do very well my first two times to state,” Veser said, “This year the pressure won't be as much of a factor. I'm going to have an effect and finish in the top three.”

        NEW BEST: Jake Richards of Ross turned in a personal-best time of 1:57.90 to finish second in the 800. Richards shaved two seconds off his previous personal-best.

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