CUYAHOGA FALLS: The big postseason track and field meets are just around the corner.
Athletes and coaches know it, and showed it Saturday in the fourth annual Woodridge Wrap-Up on Mercer Track.
Stow won the girls championship in a 14-team field with 126.53 points and Copley won the boys title in an 11-team field with 120 points.
“This is a real good setup for us going into our conference meet,” Stow track coach Aaron Morris said. “Cuyahoga Falls was here, and they are one of our biggest competitors in the River Division of the Northeast Ohio Conference. It is nice having the girls go out and do similar to some of the events that they will be doing at that.”
Stow’s Abbie Lawson won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, the 300-meter hurdles in 45.91 seconds and ran a leg on the victorious 1,600 relay that included Ashley Pryce, Jessie Stout and Tiffany Pryce and clocked a 4:12.52.
Sam Shaver of Stow won the 100 in 12.51 and the 200 in 26.01.
“Ashley Pryce and Tiffany Pryce also had nice meets today,” Morris said. “We did OK in the throws, too. Natalie Winters threw well in the discus.”
The Copley boys had two first-place performances: Austin Burton (800, 1:59.6) and Oliver Johnson (discus, 148-07).
“We are getting deeper,” Copley coach Johnnie Legrair said. “Some of my fourth-place guys are now going third and our third-place guys are now going second, so we have been getting better every week. We only have about 12 seniors. About five of them score frequently. The juniors and sophomores and a few freshmen have really been stepping up and doing what we need to do to get ready for the Suburban League meet next week.”
Legrair also praised Chris Onyak, Quinn Harnett, Douglas Moorer Jr., Milton Greer and Aregeros Turner II for their efforts Saturday.
“We have a range of guys that are getting better every week and peaking for the next few weeks, which is championship season,” Legrair said.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy placed second on the boys side with 113 points. Woodridge (83.33), Cuyahoga Falls (81) and Stow (78.66) rounded out the top five.
Cuyahoga Falls took second on the girls side with 90.2 points. Brecksville (78.33), Walsh Jesuit (72) and CVCA (68.5) rounded out the top five.
Other first-place boys
Cuyahoga Falls senior Chris Harris won three individual events, the 100 (11.32), the 300 hurdles (40.24) and the 200 (22.60).
“I am very happy with my day,” Harris said. “I went out there and just ran hard.”
Cuyahoga Falls also won the 800 relay with Cameron Leymon, Thomas Breiding, D’Varis Hamilton and Colton Lewis finishing in 1:32.76.
CVCA had two individual winners: Evan Carroscia (110 hurdles, 15.0) and Ryan Adams (1,600, 4:27.42). Adams joined Benny Schwarz, Noah LeBay and Sherman Kortze to win the 1,600 relay in 3:27.63.
Stow’s Keith Philpot won the 400 in 51.49. The Bulldogs also won the 3,200 relay in 8:09.0 with Vince Horning, Faris Ahmed, Jack Bauman and Paul Lovell.
Woodridge’s Alex Jenkins (long jump, 19-6¼), Nordonia’s Charlie Korodi (3,200, 9:50.15) and Walsh’s Cole Francetic (pole vault, 13-0) each won one event.
Other first-place girls
Cuyahoga Falls got 18 points in the pole vault from Nicole Rozsa and Nicole Waibel, who both went 11-6. Erica King won the discus with a throw of 121-06.
Buchtel’s Raven Green won the 100 hurdles (15.98) and ran on two winning relays, the 800 relay (1:47.97) and 400 relay (50.34). Dana Oliver and Simone Green ran on both relays. Brittany Tate-Lockett was on the 800 relay. Ashaunte Dent was on the 400 relay.
Sammy Bockoven of CVCA won the 1,600 (5:08.29) and the 800 (2:23.33), and teammate Katie Hess won the long jump (16-2¾).
Nordonia’s Dana Risley took first in the 3,200 (11:37.96). Melinda Renuart anchored Walsh’s first place 3,200 relay unit that crossed in 9:49.29, and included Jaclyn Audino, Renee Mirka and Molly Onders.
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