Howland, McDonald take Trumbull County Meet
Howland’s Mauri, LaBrae’s Ervin named meet MVPs
By BOB ETTINGER
Vincent Mauri crossed the start/finish line 16 times at the Trumbull County Track and Field Meet at Don Richards Memorial Stadium on Thursday. And each time the Howland junior did so, he was smiling, as he had every right to do as a three-time winner.
Mauri won the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs to earn the boys MVP award.
“The weather was just outstanding,” Mauri said. “Though it was a little windy, it was the best running weather we’ve had by far. I wanted to take advantage of the day. I just really wanted to help the team and give us a chance to win a third county championship.”
The junior set a school record in the 1600 with a 4:22.43 and cruised to wins in the 800 and 3200 in 1:58.05 and 10:06.6, respectively. He was also part of the second-place 3200-meter relay team on Tuesday.
“I know I’ve done a ton of workouts, fast tempos,” Mauri said. “I know I’ve done the work. This is where I can reflect.”
Dynesty Ervin of LaBrae won the girls MVP with victories in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.
“It takes a lot of energy,” Ervin said. “I just have to keep my mind set on the finish. Around the 400, I just want a good time. I just try and push through. I’ve come super far. In the 400 — even though I hate it — people say it’s my best race.”
Ervin won the 100 in 12.45, the 200 in 26.00 and the 400 in 58.92.
The Tigers won the team event with 92 points. Lakeview was second with 79 and Warren G. Harding was third with 67.
“We really do have the ultimate team,” Howland coach Logan Sheptock said. “I know track is set up to be an individual sport, but these guys rally around each other. They always ask what they can do to help the team.”
Malina Mitchell of McDonald was the girls running MVP with wins in the 1600 and 3200 in 5:20.76 and 11:48.64, respectively. She was also a member of the winning 3200-meter relay team.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure,” Mitchell said. “I already have the (1,600) record from my sophomore year. Doing the double, you have to be smart. Between races, we go to the tent and put our feet up and rest. It’s important to get adequate rest between races. Sometimes it’s difficult. Sometimes I doubt myself, then I think of all the times I got up early and did workouts before school. I’ve worked really hard for this. I’m glad I could contribute to what the team did.”
The Blue Devils were the girls champions with 135points. Lakeview was second with 104 and Niles McKinley was third with 58.
“I’m so proud of what the team did,” McDonald junior Jessica Stamp said. “We’re so supportive of each other. We encourage each other. That’s what motivates us to do good. We also have really supportive coaches and that motivates us, too.”