McDonald claims titles for boys and girls at Inter-Tri County meet
By Jon Moffett
There isn’t a whole lot that can slow down Miles Dunlap.
The McDonald High senior seemed to be in every race of the Inter-Tri County championship meet at Western Reserve on Wednesday. So in order to kind of make it fair, the meet officials awarded him four heavy, gold medals to try and weigh him down.
And if that didn’t work, that big, cumbersome MVP trophy may have.
Dunlap scored a whopping 32.5 individual points, basically putting his McDonald team on his back. And he carried them to a team title in the meet. And though he had nothing to do with it, he probably had some type of mental affect on the girls team, which also earned a team title.
Maybe most impressive, Dunlap won the 110-meter high hurdles and 100-meter dash in back-to-back events. Only the girls 100 separated the two races. Later in the meet, Dunlap won the boys 200-meter dash.
He wasn’t even scheduled to run it.
When asked if the work load has ever become too much, Dunlap said he probably would have run more events if he was allowed.
“Today was kind of like a judgement day for districts,” he said. “You’re just trying to run your fastest times so your coach will let you run that specific event at the district meet.
“I’m kind of going full-go, all-out today,” he added.
Dunlap was also the anchor on the championship 4x100 relay team. He was joined by Zach Tura, Stephen Mohamed and James Kane.
The Blue Devils also got first-place finishes out of 11 other events. Juggernaut athlete Matthias Tayala grabbed the boys shot put and discus crowns, Patrick Kunkel and Sarah Jones won the boys and girls 1600s, Maddie Lobaugh earned the high-jump title, Bobby Johnson placed first in the 3200 and Mollie Golden —the girls MVP — won the long jump and 100-meter dash titles. The boys won the 4x800 and both teams earned the gold in the 4x400 relays.
The McDonald boys finished with 153 points — 79 points more than second-place Southern Local. The girls scored 177, which was 80 more than runner-up Lowellville.
The Rockets were led by junior Emily Carlson, who like Dunlap dominated every race she was in. She too won an event she wasn’t scheduled for (the 400) and was part of a second-place 4x400 relay, and won the gold in the 4x800.
Carlson and teammates Ashley Moore, Rachel Durbin and Natalie Frank broke their own record in the event by almost 10 seconds. Their time of 10:07.52 shattered their previous mark of 10:17.50.
The Rockets knew they had a strong chance of breaking the record. They approached the race with the mentality that it was them against only the clock. And maybe McDonald.
Moore started the race by shooting out of the block like a bullet. The former sprinter said she is still learning how to approach the race.
“This is actually my first year running distance. I’m usually a sprinter, and I’m used to short distances,” she said.
And when she handed off the baton to Carlson, the Rockets had a substantial lead. So it was up to Carlson to make sure they kept the lead.
“I pretty much just feed off of the people cheering and telling me to go,” she said. “I listen to my coach and that’s what keeps me going.
But, her focus wasn’t only on the crowd. She peeked at the clock a couple of times just to make sure.
“Right at the end I looked,” she admitted. “I was trying to calculate it in my head, but I decided to just sprint and find out later.”