Sylvester sets record to lead St. Ignatius to first title

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 3, 2001

The Associated Press

DAYTON – Mark Sylvester set a state record while helping Cleveland St.

Sunday, June 03, 2001

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DAYTON – Mark Sylvester set a state record while helping Cleveland St. Ignatius win its first Division I boys championship Saturday at the state track and field tournament at Welcome Stadium.

Sylvester won the 800 meter run with a record time of one minute and 48.93 seconds. He also anchored the school’s winning 4X800 meter rely on Friday and the 4X400 relay Saturday. Ignatius won the championship with 48 points.

Lima Senior’s Kendall Stevens was a double winner in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and Middletown’s 4X100 meter relay team set a state record with a time of 41.36.

In Division I girls, Cleveland Collinwood and Cleveland Hts. Beaumont tied for the championship with 40 points apiece.

Collinwood, which won its fifth straight title was led by Kandace Stone who won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and anchored the Railroaders’ winning 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams.

Beaumont’s title was their 13th overall which ties them with Cleveland East Tech boy’s team for the most state track titles in Ohio.

In Division II boys, Cleveland Benedictine won the championship with 41 points. It was the third title for the Bengals since 1997. The school was led by Papis Joh who won the 800 meter dash, was on the winning 4X100 meter relay team, and clinched the championship for the Bengals when he ran the last leg in the winning 4X400 meter relay.

In Division II girls, Upper Sandusky defended its championship with 31 points. The Lady Rams only champion was Meghan Horn who won the shot put on Friday.

Orrville’s DeAnna Caldwell defended her championships in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Barnesville’s Jenny Castle set a state record in winning the 800 with a time of 2:12.05.

In Division III boys, Lorain Clearview won its fourth championship and first since 1979 when it totaled 40 points. Winners for the Clippers were Dan Davis in the 100 meter dash and 110 meter hurdles and Jarrod Murphy in the 200 meter dash.

Amanda Clearcreek’s Todd Helber set a state record in the 800 with a time of 1:53.76.

In Division III girls, Minster captured the championship with 53 points. It was the Wildcats’ ninth title and their first since 1989. First place finishes for Minster came from Sunni Olding in the 1,600 meter run and 4X200 meter relay team.

Newcomerstown’s Jamie Welch defended her championship in the 100 meter dash.