ANDOVER - Liberty senior Fitzgerald Toussaint has been nursing an hamstring injury the past couple of weeks.
May 23, he won the 100 and finished second in the 200 to Streetsboro's Cory Lanterman at the Division II Andover District track and field meet.
Toussaint knows he wants more than to get past district. He said he wants top four at state.
And, along the way, he may get a visit from someone on the University of Michigan football coaching staff. Toussaint signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Wolverines.
"Hopefully. Michigan, they like to be surprising people. They might show up," Toussaint said.
Liberty's Antonio Kinard won the boys long jump with a leap of 21-0, he had less misses than Streetsboro's Cory Lanterman, who also jumped 21-0. Lakeview's Ben Moody (20-3) and Seth Gambone (20-2) were third and fourth, respectively.
Results from the Division II Ravenna Regional were not done prior to press time.
The LaBrae junior usually rushes past her competition in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, both of which she won.
But, the 200 was special as she finished in a time of 24.86 seconds. The district record she broke was not just an ordinary mark. It shattered the 25.10 set by Cachet Murray in 2005.
Murray, a former Girard standout, won 10 Division II state championships over her tenure - one of the most decorated girls in state meet history. She also holds the Division II state records for the 100 and 200.
"I didn't even realize I was moving so fast. I got it, 24.8. It feels so good," Horne said. "I knew she was really good. I didn't think I could compare up to her. She's amazing. She runs 11s in the 100. I'm only at 12.3.
"I didn't think I could do it, but I got it."
Horne hoped to do better the Ravenna Regional. The top four in each event advanced to regionals. Running this fast will help her next week.
"Especially since I'll be running with faster girls, that'll push me more. Me knowing my time, hopefully I can run faster," Horne said.
And, who knows, she might lower her times even further next season.
"I can just get better."
"It was really tragic. Honestly, it was," said Walker, who ran 39.17. "It really motivated me to work even harder. If I race him again, he wouldn't be so lucky."
He's hoping to get into the 38s next week.
"It's going to take everything I got (to get to state)," Walker said.
LaBrae freshman Gabby Borawiec placed second in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
"Finishing as well as I did, it was pretty exciting," she said.
Borawiec is also a dancer, which helps her with the hurdles.
"I think it does flexibility-wise. It's easier to get over them," she said. "Since I have the speed, it helps along with the dancing."
But running with Walker has helped her the most.
"He'll run behind me to make me catch up with my speed and try to stay with him," Borawiec said. "He really motivates me and that's a big help.
"He's an excellent hurdler, so he's a big help."
His strides were longer than Edgewood's Danny Hare as Jenkins handed the baton to teammate Tyler Ames as he started his leg of the race - two laps around the track.
''I'm happy I had someone to run with,'' Jenkins said. ''I just use that to my advantage. I like catching people. It brings out my speed. Once I knew I got the lead, I knew Heath (Harris) and Ames would keep it and bring home victory for us.''
Ames and Harris, the team's anchor, never surrendered the lead as they were racing against Edgewood's Chris McMellen and Thomas Butryn, respectively. The Bulldogs repeated as district champions in a time of 8 minutes, 12.04 seconds. Edgewood (8:18.55), Garfield (8:23.62) and Berkshire (8:39.57) rounded out the top four.
The top four in each final advance to next week's Ravenna Regional.
Ames received the baton with a lead. It's something he's expected coming from Jenkins.
''I get excited and so pumped when I see Sam coming around that corner because he's got one of the best kicks on the team and he finishes so strong,'' said Ames, whose Bulldog boys team has the team lead with 32 points. Edgewood is second with 30 points.
Harris took the baton with a 20-meter lead.
''I felt like I had a little more left than I've had in the past two weeks,'' he said. ''I'm glad I'm keeping improving so far this year.''
During the first two laps, Aaron Jesse kept the team right up there with Edgewood lead runner Cody Chabola.
''It went out pretty fast and I was just trying to keep up,'' Jesse said.
Next week, Lakeview is well aware they'll have to cut time and keep up with the likes of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Walsh Jesuit and Woodridge to make it to the state meet in Columbus.
''We knew if we'd run well today that would carry over,'' Jenkins said.
The remainder of the finals are Saturday morning, back at Pymatuning Valley High School.
Woodyard advanced to last year's state meet in the discus.
Hubbard's Zach Lord (147-2), Garfield's Caleb Schwan (146-7) and Edgewood's Ed Hall (141-3) rounded out the top four.
Garfield's C.J. Carlisle won the girls shot put with a throw of 37-5.25. Hubbard's Sarah Ryser (34-11), Lakeview's Casey Watson (34-8.5) and Liberty's Nia Brown (33-9) round out the top four.