DODDS-Europe track highlights - Day 1
Stars and Stripes will post highlights from the first day of the DODDS-Europe Track and Field Championships at Russelsheim, Germany, as they become avaialble:
Relay recordBlack Forest Academy shattered the school's own DODDS-Europe record in the boys 4x800 relays, with a time of 8 minutes, 9.56 seconds. The team of Anthony Purpero, Ben Kronk, David Grano and Trevor Hope bettered the mark of 8:13.20 set in 2002. Ramstein, which entered the race with the best time of the year, finished second in 8:12.18 - also better than the old mark. Heidelberg, Vilseck and Patch rounded out the top five.
Ramstein runJunior Jessica Kafer captured first place in the girls 1,500 meter run in a time of 4 minutes, 50.19 seconds, as Ramstein took three of the top four places in the event. Patch sophomore Morgan Mahlock was second in 4:56.85, followed by Royal runners Anna Priddy and Jordan Thompson.
Good tossNaples senior Brennan Goodnature, who entered the discus with the top throw this year in Europe, took first with a throw of 135 feet, 11 inches. Ramstein's Justin Dickey was second (128-4.5) and Bitburg's Darian Billups third (127-4.5).
Warrior winnerWiesbaden's Alexcia Hodge triumphed in the girls shot put with a toss of 31 feet, 2 inches. That was just better than teammate Daija Barnett, awarded second with a throw of 31 feet even, and Ramstein's Deja Chappell, who was third.
Leon's leapSenior Leon Atkins of Hohenfels took first in the triple jump by traveling 43 feet, 9.25 inches. That was enough to top Heidelberg junior Wayne Dawkins (43-6) and Aviano's Darien Cornett (43-0.5).
Take a bowRamstein senior Tara Lookabaugh fell an inch shy of tying the DODDS-Europe record, but cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win the girls high jump. Patch junior Alayna Hubner was second and Wiesbaden senior Kelley Colbert third. Both cleared five feet.
Walker: Take 1Lakenheath senior Jasmin Walker won the first of several events she's expected to capture, leaping 18 feet, 8.75 inches in the girls long jump. Walker, who won three titles a year ago, is set to compete in several other events Saturday. Ramstein's Tara Lookabaugh was second in 17 feet, 0.75 inches and Kaiserslautern's Jada Perry was third in 16 feet, 8.5 inches.
Rio repeatsKaiserslautern senior Rio Harris defended her girls 800 meters title, winning a time of 2 minutes, 17.89 seconds. Teammate Ashely Santos, a sophomore, was second in 2:21.98. SHAPE junior Mishal Cotugno was third in 2:22.33.
Royals forge aheadAfter all five girls' finals held Friday, Ramstein totaled 49 points, almost twice as many as second-place Kaiserslautern (25). Wiesbaden was close behind with 24, followed by Patch (19) and Lakenheath (10).
Lengthy victoryRamstein sophomore Jack Scranton won the boys 3,000 meters in 9 minutes, 4.05 seconds, not too far in front of junior teammate Carl Lewenhaupt, who finished in 9:12.27. Vilseck senior Zane Kennedy was third in 9:17.16.
Ramstein on topAfter all four boys finals on Friday, Ramstein had 34 points. Heidelberg was next with 16, followed by Naples with 12 and three schools - Black Forest Academy, Hohenfels and Vilseck - with 10.
Look for more highlights from Saturday's action.