Action will be held Saturday with 26 teams entered.
EAST PALESTINE -- Several of the area's best throwers, including five who qualified for last year's state meet, will compete Saturday in the Ward Invitational boys track and field meet at Reid Stadium.
Meet director John Daubenspeck has 26 schools entered, including defending champion Canton GlenOak, which out-scored runner-up Massillon Perry, 103-67.
Beaver Local's Dan Kinsey opened the 2005 season by winning the discus (162 feet), long jump (21- 4 3/4) and 110-meter high hurdles (15.2 seconds) at a triangular meet at East Palestine.Defending champ back
John Martin of Wellsville is the defending Ward champ in the long jump (21-4 3/4).
Springfield's Nick Panezich, a senior, returns to defend his titles in the shot put (58-8) and discus (158-10). Austintown Fitch's Sam Cassano (158-10), Leetonia's Aaron Merrill, Lisbon's Dom DeFilippo, and Howland's Rob Holbert and Dustin Rosemake up a veteran field of throwers.
Fitch's Adam Kagarise, who had an outstanding time of 49.9 in the 400 last weekend, will be challenged by defending Ward 1600 champ Vinny Freedman (4:40.3) of Howland.
GlenOak's Brian Hartline will be back to defend both hurdles titles and Chris Hayes of East Cleveland Shaw won both the 100 and 200 last year. Warren Harding was the 4x400 relay champion.
Preliminaries in the dashes and hurdles will start at 9 a.m., with the finals scheduled between 11:30 and noon.
SALEM -- Dierdra Clary of Salem and Allison Krypko of Marlington will be in a field of outstanding 3200-meter runners for today's F.E. Cope Invitational girls meet at Reilly Stadium.
Twenty-five schools are entered, including defending champion Massillon Jackson, with Division I state power Wadsworth entered for the first time.
Jessica Moore of Boardman is the defending 800 (2:26.4) and 1600 (5:29.38) champion. The top five hurdlers return, and Destaine Morgan of Canton McKinley will defend her wins in the 100, 200 and long jump.
North Canton Hoover's Ashley Muffet is back to defend her Cope records in the shot (41-7 3/4) and discus (133-8).