I went to the NBC tournament to take a look at Troy Pascley and Devon Torrence in action. I was told Pascley was injured and wouldn't compete but looking at the rest of the roster of events, I noticed that Scott Weber of Northwest High School would be there.
Weber throws the shot and plays running back and linebacker on the gridiron.
I caught up with Torrence and met him in person for the first time. He competed in the 100 and 4X100 but I actually left before he even raced.
Just a sophomore right now, Torrence passed the look test with flying colors. He's one of the top talents on the football field in his class and he's a big Ohio State fan.
Torrence introduce me to J'Keem Waters who plays running back at Northwest along with Devon.
Waters was the favorite to win the shot but unfortunately I left before that competition ended.
Off to Canton I went.
As soon as I get there I find Brian Hartline engaged in conversation with his brother Mike. Notice closely and you'll see Brian with a Minnesota Vikings cap on. Minnesota is now the new home to fellow GlenOak alum and former Buckeye, Dustin Fox.
Mike finished second in his preliminary race in the 110 hurdles.
Brian cruised to victory in his preliminary.
Just prior to running in the 110 finals against against each other, Brian made light of the fact that his younger brother is so much taller than him in this photo.
Mike ran in lane 3 in the 110 finals and Brian had lane 4.
The race was over before they hit the first hurdle. Brian finished first in the race at a time of 14.54 seconds. Mike took third at 15.20 seconds.
Brian Williams of Canton McKinley finished second with a time of 15.14 seconds. Williams plays defensive back and will likely take over for Ryan Brinson at running back next year for the football Bulldogs.
Williams' teammate, Mike Kirksey, finished third in the shot earlier in the afternoon with a toss of 50'-11.50". Kirksey returns at linebacker for his senior season next year.
Next it was over to the high jump to watch Mike Hartline perform.
He was successful at 5'8" but to everyone's surprise...
...even after stretching in this manner before his third attempt at 5'10", Hartline defaulted and was eliminated from the competition. Needless to say he wasn't very happy about it!
Next up, Brian would run in the 4X100 relay.
Brian ran the second leg as did Joe Morgan of Canton McKinley. Morgan, who plays wide receiver and defensive back for the football team, had finished in second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.20 seconds. Morgan also won the long jump with a leap of 21'4".
Hartline helped his relay team get out to an early lead...
...and they held on for a first place finish in that event at a time of 42.43 seconds.
Both of the Hartline brothers then raced in the 300 hurdles and Brian cruised out to an early lead...
...and won it going away.
He ran what was believed to be the state's fastest time in the event this year thus far in a Ted Ginn like time of 37.15 seconds.
Williams also followed Hartline in second in this event with a time of 39.58 seconds while Mike Hartline again finished third at a time of 40.59 seconds.
Right before the event's very last race, the skies opened up and rain and lightening inundated the area. The boys 4X400 event was postponed and likely cancelled. I left before a final decision was handed down. It wasn't a pretty sight out there. A hail storm even hit the area.
If completed, Mike Hartline would have run the third leg of the 4X400 for GlenOak while Brian was the anchor. Brian Hartline is obviously better now than ever after sustaining the unfortunate leg injury during football season.