Rebels leave their mark with runner-up

COLUMBUS — The Crestview boys track team made a good run at the Division III team title Saturday.

The Rebels and East Canton were tied going into the last event and the Hornets finished third to capture their third straight state track title.

“We were shooting for first,” Crestview senior Dylan Huff said. “We were shooting to get quality points all around. Still getting second is good.”

East Canton won with 42 points, while Crestview took the state runner-up trophy with 36 points.

“You look at some of the names of teams that have won,” Crestview coach Greg Woolman said. “We got second with five kids. That in itself is amazing.”

Seniors Jayce Meredith and Dylan Huff and sophomores Ethan Powell and Brandon Yanssens won state titles in the 400- and 800-meter relays on Saturday, while senior Dominic Perry repeated as the state champion in the shot put Friday.

“It means a lot to us,” Perry said. “For five guys to get that many points. We needed another six points.”

Huff finished off the day with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

“The community deserves something like this,” Woolman said. “They’ve supported us and this program.

“It’s the first time (Crestview) had finished in the top two in anything.”

Not many people knew about the Crestview track team before the season.

“We went to a big meet at GlenOak and were the only Division III team there,” Woolman said. “Then we get second in the 4×2 and do well in the 4×1. People asked, ‘What is the CR for?’ When we said Crestview, they said, ‘Where is Crestview?’ Now they know.”

“It’s a amazing, you look at us from a small town with fields all around and no one knows where we are at,” Huff said. “When people ask where we are from and we say Columbiana County, no one knows where that is.

“I hope they do now. We left our mark.”

The Rebels followed their senior leaders all the way to a state runner-up team finish thanks to three state titles.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” Woolman said. “Dominic, Jayce and Dylan are laving big shoes to fill. No one is going to touch Dominic’s records.”

The Rebels were looking forward to making an addition to the school trophy case.

“Hopefully we can put our pictures on it,” Perry said. “So people know who did it.”

State notes

¯ Former Crestview athletic director Andris Baltputnis is in his 18th year as the public address announcer. You can bet it was no coincidence he announced all of the events the Rebels climbed the podium.