Area's top football recruits to stay busy in track season

Lovers of track and field will have lots to savor this spring, and there should be plenty to keep followers of central Ohio's top football players busy as well.

Gahanna's Jake Blankenship (Tennessee), Reynoldsburg's Destinee Gause (Florida) and Faith Washington (Vanderbilt) all will have a chance to shine on the track for the final time spring before heading out to compete collegiately in track. Reynoldsburg's Tsehaye Hiluf, the defending champion in the 3,200 meters, is undecided but should help provide memories as well.

Then there are the numerous football recruits from the 2012 and 2013 classes who should be standouts despite track not even being their best sport.

Olentangy's Joshua Perry was an early enrollee at Ohio State after finishing fifth in the long jump at state last season, but some of his future teammates will be competing in track for the respective high school teams. Among those include Pickerington North's Pat Elflein, Upper Arlington's Frank Epitropoulos and DeSales'  Warren Ball.

Last season, Elflein was a regional qualifier in the shot put, Epitropoulos was a regional qualifier in the long jump and 400 and Ball ran on the 800 relay at the state meet.

Other football recruits from the 2012 class hoping to run to track glory during their final prep endeavors include Thomas Worthington's Nana Kyeremeh (West Virginia) and Pickerington Central's Sebastian Smith (Ohio University). Kyeremeh might just be the best track athlete of all of the seniors, considering he's already helped the Cardinals' 1,600 relay to an indoor state title and the 800 relay to the outdoor state title last June.

Two of the top recruits from the 2013 class, Hilliard Darby's Caleb Day and Pickerington North's Godwin Igwebuike, are competing in track this spring as well.

Wake Forest recently offered Igwebuike, giving him 14 Division I offers to sift through over the coming months.

Day, who was 14th in the state in the 300 hurdles last season, has been offered by Ohio State.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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