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| Saturday, March 21, 2009

MONESSEN -- Ramont Small wasn't sure this day would ever come. And even though his Monessen track team was swept by Ringgold Friday, he didn't seem to mind.

That's because Small was happy that the Monessen program, starting its fourth year, finally hosted a meet.

"This has been a long time coming," smiled Small. "We've been building for this and it sure was nice to have a meet at our place. It gets old having every meet on the road."

Ringgold won the boys' meet, 96-53, and the girls', 99-47.

"We didn't win but everything takes time," Small said. "Five years ago, we didn't have a team. We have 38 kids and now we have the facilities at home.

"There's no doubt we have the athletes, we just need some time to put it all together. We're building a program."

For Monessen, Terrell Irwin had a huge day. He won the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of the Greyhounds' 100-meter relay team along with Trae Cook, ShelDon Miller and Emmanuel Nwabougo.

Along with Irwin, Small had high praise for Miller, who finished second behind Irwin in both the 100 and 200 meters.

"He ran well enough to win most events," Small said.

Kevin Suber had the Greyhounds' other first, as he won the 110 hurdles.

For the Lady Greyhounds, T'aneshia Anderson won three events as she took the 100 and 200 meters and was on the team's winning 1600 relay team along with Shaniqua Hall, Passion Harrison and Molly Carter.

For Ringgold, Jackie Barner led the Lady Rams by winning the 1600 and 3200 runs.

Ringgold coach Scott Frederick also praised freshman Georgia Kennedy, who won the high jump.

"She jumped a 4-10 and for a freshman, that's pretty good," Frederick said.

On the boys side for Ringgold, Tom Brletich won the shot put and discus and John Sendek won the 800 and 1600 runs and was also a member of the 1600 and 3200 relay teams that won.

Joining Sendek on the 1600 relay team were Matt Myers, Keith Doleno and Rick Douglas. He teamed up with Doleno, Adam Kerin and Brian Johnson to win in the 3200.

Frederick also singled out Douglas, a senior, who won the long jump in his first meet.

"He jumped 19-8 and for the first time, that's pretty good," Frederick said.

Monessen resumes action Tuesday at home against Bishop Canevin while Ringgold is off until April 2 when the Rams host section rival Trinity.

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