Defending champions are New London (boys) and St. Paul (girls). New London has the most boys league championships (16) and Western Reserve (14) has the most girls titles.
Below is a look at this year’s field and what to expect this week:
Sprints: Crestview’s Garrett Dudley holds the fastest times in the 200-meter (23.30) and 400 (52.35) events, while teammate Christian Durbin has been best at 100 meters (11.20). Durbin also has the second best time in the 400 (52.47). Other sprint contenders are Max Horner (Monroeville), Joey Catalano (St. Paul), Cam Caizzo (St. Paul) and Aaron Reed (New London).
Hurdles: Crestview’s Cameron Shifflet has dominated both hurdle events. His best times are 15.20 in the 110 hurdles and 40.43 in the 300 hurdles. The 110 time is 1.8 seconds better than any other FC runner and the 300 time is over three seconds faster.
Distance: The 800 event should be closely-contested as only 1.3 seconds separate the top three times in the conference. St. Paul’s Noah Avendano has the best time at 2:04.29, while Crestview’s James Barber and St. Paul’s Jared Arnold are close behind. Mapleton’s Drew Roberts has been the class of the field in the 1600 and 3200.
Relays: Crestview has the fastest time in the 800, 1600 and 3200 relays. Monroeville and Crestview are only separated by 0.42 seconds in the 400 relay.
Throwing: St. Paul’s Davis Hedrick and Crestview’s Lane Fry lead the discus and shot put, respectively.
Jumping: Monroeville’s Chayce Shaub has the leading distance in the long jump and is tied with Crestview’s Shifflet for best height in the high jump. Other contenders in the long jump are Western Reserve’s JJ Weisenberger and South Central’s Josiah Wright. In the high jump, South Central’s Sawyer Schafer is only one inch behind the lead pair.
Pole Vault: New London’s Jacob Allen has a 14-foot vault to lead Alex Wynn’s (13-feet).
Sprints: Crestview’s Autumn Bailey has been fastest in the 100 (12.64) and the 200 (26.95). Other contending sprinters are Kristin Smith (Monroeville), Maryonna Cathey (New London), and Olivia Powers (St. Paul). The 400 dash has 0.47 seconds separating Smith, Cathey and Powers.
Hurdles: New London’s Cathey, South Central's Ellery McKee, and New London’s Taylar Howell are the leading conference hurdlers. Only 0.02 seconds separate the trio in the 100, while Cathey’s 300 time leads the by 3.4 seconds.
Distance: St. Paul’s Lily Dowdell has dominated the distance events. Her leading times in the 800 (2:22.44), 1600 (5:20.17) and 3200 (11:53) are all within four seconds of conference records.
Relays: St. Paul has been very good in relays, and that dominance continues this year as it holds the leading time in all relay events.
Throwing: Western Reserve’s Victoria Ramage looks to repeat as conference champion in both throwing events. She leads the shot put with a throw of 38-feet-0.5. Mapleton’s Natalie Liss has a 124-feet-1 throw in the discus, which leads Ramage and Marisa Molnar (New London).
Jumping: South Central’s Izzy Hauler has been best in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet-7. Trailing her are Mapleton’s Cacie Stalnaker and New London’s Brooklyn Hudson. Monroeville’s Reece Kluding has the leading height in the high jump at 5-feet-2. Trailing by two inches is St. Paul’s Kamryn Maxwell.
Pole Vault: New London’s Emily Collins (8-feet-6) and Mapleton’s Hannah Shadd have identical vaults.