Leetonia’s Inboden sprints into regionals

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Leetonia sophomore Michael Inboden put everything he had into one race.

Inboden skipped the 1600-meter run and responded with his best 3200 run, gaining the fourth and final regional berth Friday at the Springfield Division III district.

“I kind of rested for the two-mile,” he said. “I wanted to give myself the best chance at getting to regionals.”

His time of 10 minutes, 19.14 seconds was his best by 18 seconds.

“I was kind of disappointed,” Inboden said. “I slowed down in the second half.”

The top four advance to the regional finals in Navarre next Friday.

Inboden has shown steady improvement as his times have dropped throughout the season. Not bad for someone who hasn’t run cross country.

“I’ve hit all the marks I set for myself,” he said.

He didn’t have any competition in Columbiana County this season, but is running up against it now.

“When you go north, you run into schools like McDonald and Mineral Ridge,” Inboden said. “I kind of keep myself within range.”

He finished fourth by less than one second for the final regional spot.

McDonald senior and state cross country champion Bobby Johnson ran away with the 1600 run (a meet-record 4:21.07) and 3200 run (9:50.63).

‘He is something else,” Inboden said. “He’s a gifted runner.”

Meet notes

Individual area regional qualifiers include South Range’s Adam Meloy and Tanner Greene, second (22.93) and third (23.35) in the 200 dash; Western Reserve’s Joe Falasca, second in the 110 hurdles (15.41); Springfield’s Randy Groves was second in the 400 dash (52.13); Columbiana sophomore Dalton Miller, fourth in the 100 dash (11.77); and Crestview junior E.J. Miller, fourth in the 800 run (2:04.26).

The South Range and Western Reserve boys advanced in the three relays Friday.

Western Reserve’s Josh Vuletich, Marc Harper, Brian Sunderman and Joe Falasca were first in the 400 relay (44.31) and third in the 800 relay (1:32.61).

South Range’s Tanner Greene, Caleb Chaffee, Bryce Allen and Adam Meloy were second in the 400 relay (44.54) and 800 relay (1:32.60).

In the 1600 relay, Western Reserve’s Anthony Bolton, Sunderman, Falasca and Harper were third (3:32.86) and South Range’s Colton Hiner, Greene, Chaffee and Meloy were fourth (3:35.06).

Southern Local senior Clayton Cunningham missed his graduation Friday to compete in the district meet. He finished seventh in the shot put for the Indians’ only points.

Warren JFK brothers Chad and Carl Zallow are on track to defend their state titles. Chad Zallow set meet records Friday in winning the 110 hurdles (14.24) and 300 hurdles (38.54), while Carl Zallow won the 100 dash (11.35).

The McDonald boys won their seventh straight district team title with 149 points. Warren JFK was second with 86 points.