The preliminary round got under way on Thursday.
Freddie Lenix of Glenville had a starring role on the day.
Hartline got out to a slow start and never recovered. He finished with the fourth fastest qualifying time of 15.08 seconds. Sutton, headed to Northwestern, had the fastest time of all at 14.55 seconds.
In the first heat of the 110 hurdles, Andre Evans of Glenville (center) came in as the favorite overall and after a slow start of his own, he overtook Brian Williams from Canton McKinley (pictured to the right) and finished second overall behind Sutton. Evans qualified in 14.90 seconds while Williams narrowly beat Hartline's time at 15.02 seconds.
Lenix then raced to the fastest time in the 100 at 10.99 seconds which was equaled in the second heat by Benja'Lan Provitt of Warren G. Harding.
Angelo Babbaro of Canfield had the fourth fastest qualifying time of 11.28 seconds in the 100 meters.
Jamario O'Neal of Glenville didn't race in the 100 but he did run the opening leg of the 4X200 relay.
After O'Neal got the Tarblooders off to a fast start he handed the baton to Derek McBryde, then came Lenix, and Evans was the anchor. Glenville had the fastest qualifying time on the day at 1:26.49.
Williams ran the opening leg on his 4X200 relay team in the second heat.
Joe Morgan ran the third leg of the race and McKinley finished with the second fastest time at 1:27.92.
DeLone Carter of Copley ran on the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams but neither of the two qualified for the finals.
Sophomore Kyle Jefferson of Glenville easily won his heat in the 400 coasting home in a time of 49.79 seconds.
Despite winning his race effortlessly, Jefferson finished with just the second fastest qualifying time overall in the 400.
Brian Hartline was the heavy favorite in the 330 Hurdles and he didn't disappoint.
Hartline easily posted the fastest time of 37.95 seconds in the 300 Hurdles.
Lenix recorded the fastest time in the 200 meters as well at 21.87 seconds.
Ray Small (right) qualified with the fourth fastest time of 22.11 in the 200.
Small then ran the second leg of the 4X400 relay...
...Lenix ran the third leg...
...and Jefferson ran the anchor leg...
...and brought home a first place time of 3:19.27.
In the second heat of the 4X400, Mike Hartline ran the third leg for Canton GlenOak.
Brian Hartline ran the anchor for the Golden Eagles.
When Mike came around and handed the baton off to his big brother, Brian was in fourth position in his heat.
Brian made up a lot of ground and eventually stalked the leader...
...but couldn't quite catch him down the stretch run as GlenOak finished second in the heat with the third fastest qualifying time overall of 3:23.46
One personal observation: Glenville had the fastest qualifying time in the 4X100 as well with a time of 42.16. Daven Jones, a Wisconsin verbal, ran the second leg of the 4X100 down the back stretch and he was flying.
The finals of the Fitch Regional begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.