The margins were thin, but the results were huge for the Avon boys and girls track and field teams last week at a Division I district meet at Amherst.
The Eagle girls team scored 87 points to claim first place over second-place Westlake (86), and the boys scored 128 points to nip St. Ignatius (120) in the team standings.
For the girls team, it was the fourth consecutive district championship. Bay (60 points), Amherst (57), Avon Lake (54), Olmsted Falls (51), Midview (48), Lorain (43), Rocky River (41), Elyria (36), Magnificat (31), North Ridgeville (30), St. Joseph Academy (28) and Lakewood (9) rounded out the 14-team field.
The top four in each event qualified for the Division I regional meet, which will also take place starting today at Amherst, and wrap up on Friday, beginning with field event finals at 2:30 p.m.
Avon qualifiers included Gaby Enourato, who took second in the 200-meter dash (26.05 seconds), Alexis Titas in the 300 hurdles (47.67, third), Ally Rennette in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches), Kaylee Maxey and Tia Miller in the pole vault (third and fourth place, respectively) and Molly Radcliffe, who won the discus throw with a meet record distance of 148-11 and was runner-up in the shot put at 44-08.5. The 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also advanced.
Westlake continued to show its prowess in distance events. Sarah Peer won the 800 (2:15.47) to advance, Ellie Irwin was third in the 1,600 (5:20), Stephanie Nivellini was third in the 3,200 (11:30.88) and the 4x800 relay team finished first (9:29.78). Sophia Kontak was third in the 200 (26.81), Sarah Colman second in the 400 (59.11), Emma Hennessey second in the 300 hurdles (47.44), and the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams also advanced. In the field, Macy Brennan took fourth in the discus (113-02).
Other regional qualifiers from the West Life coverage area included:
Avon Lake: Emma Knick in the 400 (1:00.14, third), Rachel Sheehan in the 800 (2:18.30, second), Elizabeth Manley in the 100 hurdles (16.24), Brooke Lumpkin (46-06.75, first) and Bree Lumpkin (39-01, third) in the shot put.
Bay: Chloe Rickson in the 100 (12.75, third), 200 (26.0, first) and long jump (17-09.75, first), the 4x400 relay team of Lexie Bechtel, Norah Hamil, Molly Rodgers and Maeve Ransom (4:05.20, fourth), the 4x800 team of Bechtel, Hamil, Rodgers and Kendall Sirignano (9:34.11, second), Maeve Milligan in the high jump (10-06, second) and Kenna Johnston in the discus (114-02).
Lakewood: Kaydence Doxley in the long jump (16-08.5, third).
Magnificat: Gracie Palamara in the 100 (12.77, fourth), the 4x800 team of Ella Kuhlman, Mariella Mayer, Shia Vargo and Charlotte Harter (9:41.19, fourth) and Maggie Karabatsos in the discus (120-10, second).
North Ridgeville: Gemma Kilgore in the 400 (58.40, first), the 4x400 team of Kilgore, Reilly Elbert, Kylie Cope and Ruby Mitchell (4:02.61, first) and Veronica Waugaman in the pole vault (11-0, first).
Rocky River: Sarah Mazzei in the 200 (27.07, fourth), Keira Vesy in the 800 (2:19.91, third) and Sam Coleman in the 1,600 (5:06.58, second).
St. Joseph Academy: Elizabeth McGuire in the 800 (2:20.65, fourth), Erin Hvizdos in the 3,200 (11:34.71), the 4x800 team of McGuire, Hvizdos, Carlee Blankenship and Anna Duesenberg (9:40.94, third) and Caherine Dial in the shot put (38-06.75, fourth).
Following Avon and St. Ignatius in the boys standings were Westlake (79 points), St. Edward (69), Avon Lake (57), Elyria (41), North Olmsted (30), Bay (24), Midview (23.5), Amherst, Olmsted Falls and Rocky River (23), Lorain (11), Lakewood (6.5) and North Ridgeville (4).
The Eagles advanced athletes in 12 events, including Colin Kaufmann in the 100 (10.97, second) and 200 (22.97, fourth), Jett Wieber in the 800 (1:55.22, first) and 1,600 (4:20.81, first), the 4x100 team of Kaufmann, Cole Roberts, Tim Conwell and Joe Weatherspoon (43.67, fourth), the 4x200 team of Kaufmann, Roberts, Conwell and Alex Heinrich (1:30.36, first), the 4x400 team of Wieber, Heinrich, Nate Ferguson and Johnny Love (3:25.67, third) and the 4x800 team of Wieber, Ferguson, Ryan Hammerschmidt and Cole Emerine (8:01.70, second). In the field, Mike Yeager qualified for the regional in the high jump (5-10, fourth), Hunter Maxey (14-00, first) and Emerine (13-03, third) in the pole vault, Luke Hamilton (49-09.75, second) and Evan Schakel (49-04.25, third) in the shot put and in the discus (159-0, first).
Regional qualifiers around the West Life coverage area included:
Avon Lake: Cole Patton in the 110 hurdles (15.74, fourth) and 300 hurdles (40.64, third), Quinn Kroneker in the pole vault (13-06, second), Ryan Kemer in the long jump (21-03, first) and Seth Wimmer in the shot put (51-03.5, first).
Bay: Will Warren in the 3,200 (9:35.04, first) and the 4x800 relay team of Warren, Jude Ault, Brendan Spellman and Michael Muccio (8:07.28, fourth).
Lakewood: Aidyn Zingale in the 800 (1:58.23, fourth).
North Olmsted: Bobby Perkins in the 800 (1:57.78, third), the 4x400 relay team of Perkins, Aidan Fox, Ryan Sanborn and Taedon Beasley (3:29.04, fourth) and Sanborn in the high jump (6-0, third).
Rocky River: Chase DeClerck in the 1,600 (4:21.86, third) and Luke Kishna in the 3,200 (9:38.12).
St. Edward: Carlton Landingham in the 100 (10.96, first) and 200 (22.22, first), Thomas Hoffman in the 1,600 (4:22.36, fourth), Evan Bork in the 3,200 (9:35.25), the 4x200 relay team of Landingham, Josh Kerekes, Michael Bissler and Jayson Morris (43.18, second) and the 4x800 relay team of Hoffman, Ian Harrington, Jayden Williams and Evan Typpo (8:06.24, third),
Westlake: Sam Zanotti in the 400 (51.80, fourth), Austin Norris in the 110 hurdles (14.99, first), 300 hurdles (39.21, first) and high jump (6-01, first), Daniel Park (15.30, second) in the 110 hurdles, the 4x200 relay team of Liam Shields, Basheer Alramahi, Adonis Shelby and Joe Del Priore (1:32.38, third) and the 4x400 relay team of Norris, Zanotti, Alramahi and David Daniel (3:25.24, second).
Athletes advance out of Division II district
A host of West Life coverage area athletes placed in the top four at a Division II track and field meet at Orrville High School on May 22.
In the girls team standings, Creston Norwayne won the meet with 161 points. Brookside finished fourth with 48, Fairview eighth with 40.5 and Lutheran West 11th with 32. The field consisted of 13 teams.
Local regional qualifiers included:
Brookside: Madison Palmer in the 3,200 (12:21.43, second), Jessica Gower in the 300 hurdles (46.34, first), the 4x200 relay team of Gower, Ava Miller, Zuriah Radeff Koonce and Heaven Vanzant (1:50.90, third) and the 4x800 relay team of Gower, Palmer, Alicia Fike and Cameron Haffner (10:39.43).
Fairview: Eva Koczur in the 400 (1:02.94, third), Lily Palisin (2:32.34, third) and Lacey McQuate (2:35.49, fourth) in the 800, the 4x400 relay team of Koczur, Palisin, McQuate and Hannah Akel (4:29.70, fourth), the 4x800 relay team of Koczur, McQuate, Palisin and Alice Chambers (10:50.76, fourth) and Akel in the long jump (15-09.25, fourth),
Lutheran West: Madison Groppe in the 200 (27.18, second), the 4x100 relay team of Groppe, Evelyn Albers, Emily Atkins and Hope Kiraly (52.52, second) and Albers in the high jump (5-02, second) and the long jump (15-11.5, third).
In the boys meet, Firelands scored 85 points to nip second-place Keystone (84) for the team title. Fairview finished sixth (45), Brookside seventh (44) and Lutheran West 13th (27) out of a 15-team field.
Regional qualifiers included:
Brookside: The 4x100 relay team of Justin Fraam, Julian Bogdan, Andre Gardner and Michael Gomes (46.04, third), Jaycob Kolleda in the high jump (6-0, first), Andre Gardner in the long jump (20-04.75, third) and Drw Pospisil in the discus (147-08, second).
Fairview: Nolan Krumhansl in the 800 (2:03.77, second) and 1,600 (4:34.8, second), Tyson Crandall in the 800 (2:04.12, third), the 4x400 relay team of Crandall, Dylan Carson, Ethan McQuate and Ben Myers (3:39.01, third), the 4x800 relay team of Crandall, Myers, Krumhansl and Owen Darnell (8:30.74, second) and McQuate in the long jump (20-0, fourth).
Lutheran West: The 4x200 relay team of Emanuel Francys-Diaz, Zachary Kuhrt, Brandon Southgate and Alexander Vangelos (1:34.7, third) and Jack Jedick in the shot put (45-08.5, second).
District tennis concludes
The Division I district tennis tournament wrapped up on May 22 with no West Life coverage area athletes advancing to state.
Both Avon and Westlake sent singles players and doubles pairings to district, contested over two days at the Springside Raquet Club in Akron against some talented competition. Between the two schools, which recently battled for the Southwestern Conference championship – won by Avon – only Eagles sophomore Logan DeHaven was able to win a match. He beat Michael Ulrich of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit in the first round, 6-0, 6-1.
The state tournament for Division I and II will take place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason beginning on Friday and concluding on Saturday.
Rockets claim GLC tennis title
Untimely rain postponed the playing of the Great Lakes Conference boys tennis tournament by a full week, but the teams were able to fit it in on May 14 in Parma. Bay won championships on four of five courts to claim the league crown.
The Rockets’ 24 team points edged second-place Normandy (20). They were followed by Rocky River (15), Valley Forge (11), Parma (2) and Lakewood (0).
Leading the Rockets were league champions Adam Zeidler at first singles, Russ Henrich at third singles, Cam Grealis and Charles Baron at first doubles and Jordan Puterbaugh and Gus Priemer at second doubles. The Pirates’ top finish of the day came from the second doubles pairing of Will Latham and Nathan Claypoole, who finished second to Puterbaugh and Priemer by a 6-1, 6-2 decision.
Following the tourney, Zeidler was named GLC Player of the Year, while Rockets coach Ryan Haley and Normandy’s David Droes shared GLC Coach of the Year honors.
All-county softball teams
The Cuyahoga County Softball Coaches Association released its All-County awards lists last week. The Coaching Staff of the Year award was given to North Royalton.
Area athletes making the All-County First Team included Maya Johnson of St. Joseph Academy, Chloe Howlett of Westlake, Summer Solitaria of Magnificat and teammates Kelsey Murphy and Katie Mommers of Rocky River.
The Second Team included Sarah Harper (St. Joes) and Izzy Reich (North Olmsted). Sara Gilley and Sydney Sukenik (North Olmsted), Inga Wilhelmy (Lakewood), Olivia Lopez (St. Joes), Makenna Maxey (Magnificat) and Jessica Bernath (Westlake) made the Third Team.
In Lorain County, Cassidy Kettleman and Kate Kastelic were named the Division I Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while North Ridgeville’s Mike Mease was named Coach of the Year.
The Division I First Team included Katie Barnhart, Rachel Mease and Emily Lime of North Ridgeville, Emma Ody, Taylor Graham, Amanda Demmerle and Jessie Dean of Avon and Mallory McClellan of Avon Lake. The Second Team included Autumn Behlke, Jenna Jaffee and Daylan Baker (North Ridgeville), Kayla Dykin, Elaina Rodriguez and Liz Berki (Avon) and Allison Peachman and Kaylee Kuwalu (Avon Lake).
In Division III-IV, Annika Bredel of Elyria Catholic and Payton Regal of Wellington were named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Wellington’s Duane Sunagel was named Coach of the Year.
Locally, Leah Musall, Alexis Bartlome and Lindsey Nader of Brookside were named to the First Team, while teammates Faye Clark, Savannah Dixon and Sarah Torres made the Second Team.
Last week, Avon Lake senior Kevin McKinley announced he’d be continuing his baseball career at the college level for Ashland University. McKinley is a four-year varsity player for the Shoremen, used primarily as a pitcher. He went 4-1 this season, and was a key part of a pitching staff that helped win 20 games and a Southwestern Conference title.