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Avon sweeps team titles at WSC meet

North Ridgeville's Demario McCall won both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash events, along with anchoring the winning Rangers 4x100 Relay team, gave him three victories on the day at the West Shore Conference championships. Photo – Daniel Ondercin

Track & Field

By Dan Gilles

Avon dominated the West Shore Conference Track and Field Championships, which concluded this past Thursday at Rocky River High School, on both the boys and the girls side.

And both teams took home the team trophies in similar fashion – not relying on one or two dominating individual performances, but a various smattering of well-rounded success.

However, one individual – Bay sophomore Olivia Bechtel – put on a show, winning all four events she competed in.

The Avon boys wrapped up its fourth-straight WSC championship with 195.5 points, outscoring runner-up North Ridgeville (116) and third-place Vermilion (85). The runner-up Rangers did have eight individual champions compared to seven for the Eagles.

“I expect them to really well, and I’m really proud of them,” Avon boys coach Scott Lanham said. “This is a great team and a great bunch of individuals. These boys are great to coach. Their work ethic has been strong all year, and with all the hard work they’ve put in, this is well deserved.

“I’m also so happy for the girls. It’s a well-deserved win by them and Coach (Sam) Ulery, I’m very happy for him. I hired him as an assistant years ago and I’m just so happy for him and the girls. They’ve done an outstanding job this year and it’s been a great team effort by everybody. We’ve all worked together to get this track program to where it’s at.”

The Eagle girls claimed the team trophy with 147.5 points, outscoring host Rocky River (130.5) by 17 points and third-place Bay (125.5) by 22. Making it more remarkable is that the girls only had three individual champions – two of which were relay teams.

“It’s still pretty surreal, actually,” Ulery said. “I’m just so happy for all the girls. I challenged at the beginning and told them, if they do their best – not necessarily going above and beyond but just simply doing their best – we would have a chance. And they came in and performed at their peak levels, all of them.

“It was a total team effort, from our field events to our running events, from our distance to our hurdlers – everybody performed today and Tuesday, and they did a great job.”

Bay's Amanda Cusimano, left, and Rocky River's Chloe Beirut took first and second place, respectively, in the 1,600 meter run at the West Shore Conference championships at Rocky River High School on Thursday. Photo – Daniel Ondercin

The Avon boys won three of the four relay events – the 4×800, 4×200 and 4×400 – and finished second in the 4×100. Corey Herman (800), John DeMarco (400) and Austin Fasciana (1600) were individual winners in the running events, and all three factored in two of those winning relay teams.

“Conference brings the best out of people,” said Fasciana, who won the 1600 in 4:27.56 and ran the second leg behind DeMarco and before Sean Kane and Corey Herman in the winning 3200 relay. “We had lots of PRs today, and it’s cool to see how all the teams’ progress throughout the year. With our conference, we have a lot of Division I and II teams here, so it’s good to see what they all have to offer.

“As far as my performance, I think I had a pretty solid day. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches. There was great competition here and I think it brought the best out of me.”

DeMarco won the 400 in 50.76 seconds and ran the anchor leg in the meet-ending 1600 relay, leading Michael Nose, Corey Herman and Kyle Herman to a winning 3:31.05 performance.

Also for Avon, Jordan Lawrence won the high jump with a leap of six feet.

“You have Austin and Sean in the mile and two-mile, you have Corey Herman in the 800, and those three guys, along with John DeMarco, who won the 400, won the 4×8 together,” Lanham said. “My sprinters Logan Juhl, Zach Torbert and Nose all did an outstanding job with high finishes.

“It was just a great all-around effort. We finished second and third in the pole vault with (Kyle) Longrich and (Josh) Brown, and Torbert took second in the long jump. It definitely wasn’t just one guy for us today. Everybody played a part in this, and every finish counted.”

The girls only had one individual winner in Mikayla Pierce, who won the shot put with a throw of 33-foot-9. But Hailey Acosta and Sarah Greer each helped Avon win the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, and Acosta combined with Regan Betts, Anne Bowen and Allison Clark to finish second in the 4×400 relay.

“I’m just so proud of our team right now,” said Acosta, who also took third in the 100. “We worked so hard for this and we really deserve it. We scored so well in our 4×1 and our 4×2 and our 4×4 just came in second. And everyone else on the team just did awesome.

“It’s definitely due to a lot of chemistry. Everyone’s been together for a while. But we always work hard and we wanted to show everyone what we could do today.”

There were several other standout individual performances Thursday. But none more impressive than Bechtel’s.

Bechtel set the WSC record in the long jump with a leap of 18-2, which was 3/4ths better than Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome’s own personal and record-setting leap of her own. She also win the 100 (12.98 seconds), 200 (26.49) and 400 (57.06) dashes.

“It was a surprise and I’m excited about it,” said Bechtel on her 4-for-4 performance. “It’s not all the events I normally do. I usually run in some of the relays. But we changed it up a bit for this week so. It’s tiring, but it was great. It helped that one of them was a field event so that wasn’t too overly strenuous on my body.

“I don’t think Hannah and I have ever competed in long jump. This is my first year competing in the long jump. I made that jump in the prelims, and I didn’t think that would carry over. Once I knew it did, I was excited.”

North Ridgeville had three two-time individual winners in Jonah Bowden (shot put, discus), Demario McCall (100, 200, 4×100 relay) and Jason Lucas (both hurdles, 4×100).

“I think I did very well, even though it was kind of windy and raining today,” McCall said. “I had to fight through it and do the best job I could. My goal was to finish in first place in every event I did, so to do that, I did a good job.”

Rocky River’s Laura DeVito set the meet record when she won the 800 run in 2:16.48. She broke the old record, set by former teammate Madi Connelly last year, by almost two seconds.

Lakewood’s Nick Boatman set the meet record by winning the 3200 run in 9:47.61, which broke the mark set by Avon’s Blake Pecoraro last year by .10 seconds.

 

West Shore Conference Track Championships

Boys

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Avon 195.5, 2. North Ridgeville 116, 3. Vermilion 85, 4. Rocky River 77.5, 5. Lakewood 61, 6. Bay 60, 7. Elyria Catholic 35, 8. Midview 24.

Individual Results

SHOT PUT – 1. Johan Bowden (North Ridgeville) 53-1.75, 2. Joe Karres (Vermilion) 49-0, 3. Sobhi Awadallah (Lakewood) 46-1.75, 4. Paul Sturm (Avon) 45-10.75, 5. Colbert Bartlett (Vermilion) 45-4.75.

DISCUS – 1. Jonah Bowden (North Ridgeville) 162-4, 2. Paul Sturm (Avon) 160-3, 3. Ted Achladis (Elyria Catholic) 158-0, 4. Sobhi Awadallah (Lakewood) 146-11, 5. Peter Sullivan (Bay) 139-4.

HIGH JUMP – 1. Jordan Lawrence (Avon) 6-0, 2. Corbin Zanick (North Ridgeville) 5-10, 3. (tie)Justin Carlson (Vermilion), Alec White (Bay) 5-6, 5. Elliot Nagy (Midview) 5-6.

LONG JUMP – 1. Bailey Gannon (North Ridgeville) 20-5.50, 2. Zach Torbert (Avon) 20-3, 3. Aaron Dawson (Vermilion) 20-1, 4. Michael Johnson (Lakewood) 19-5.5, 5. Chris Maxwell (Avon) 19-5.25.

POLE VAULT – 1. Lucas Ball (Elyria Catholic) 15-1 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 14-7 set by Bay’s Marek Mutch in 2011), 2. Kyle Longrich (Avon) 13-0, 3. Josh Brown (Avon) 12-6, 4. (tie) Josh Barr (Bay), Colin Donovan (Vermilion) 10-6.

3200 RELAY – 1. Avon (John DeMarco, Austin Fasciana, Sean Kane, Corey Herman) 8:24.36, 2. Bay 8:25.81, 3. Lakewood 8:32.07, 4. Rocky River 8:33.44, 5. Vermilion 8:50.11.

110 HURDLES – 1. Jason Lucas (North Ridgeville) :15.61, 2. Brandon Cole (Vermilion) :15.97, 3. Chad Allen (Avon) :16.33, 4. Will Sharer (Avon) :17.32, 5. John Cupple (Rocky River) :17.68.

100 DASH – 1. Demario McCall (North Ridgeville) :11.29, 2. Dante Redwood (Midview) :11.61, 3. Evan Nugent (Rocky River) :11.73, 4. Zach Torbert (Avon) :11.94, 5. Logan Juhl (Avon) :12.00.

800 RELAY – 1. Avon (Zayd Albakri, Antonio Orr, Logan Juhl, Michael Nose) 1:33.07, 2. Vermilion 1:33.68, 3. Rocky River 1:35.72, 4. Bay 1:37.72, 5. Midview 1:43.03.

1600 RUN – 1. Austin Fasciana (Avon) 4:27.56, 2. Sean Kane (Avon) 4:31.00, 3. Austin Buchwald (Bay) 4:32.93, 4. Jack Hautz (Bay) 4:33.67, 5. Justin Reynolds (Rocky River) 4:34.72.

400 RELAY – 1. North Ridgeville (Jason Lucas, Bailey Gannon, Billy Dwulat, Demario McCall) :44.36, 2. Avon :45.18, 3. Rocky River :46.65, 4. Elyria Catholic :46.82, 5. Bay :47.35.

400 DASH – 1. John DeMarco (Avon) :50.76, 2. Evan Nugent (Rocky River) :50.81, 3. Michael Nose (Avon) :51.72, 4. Ian Hoerig (Vermilion) :52.28, 5. Bailey Gannon (North Ridgeville) :53.36.

300 HURDLES – 1. Jason Lucas (North Ridgeville) :40.70, 2. Brandon Cole (Vermilion) :41.59, 3. Chad Allen (Avon) :41.86, 4. Michael Johnston (Lakewood) :41.96, 5. Andrew Foye (Avon) :42.82.

800 RUN – 1. Corey Herman (Avon) 2:03.18, 2. Matt Orr (Bay) 2:03.41, 3. Riley Gannon (North Ridgeville) 2:05.27, 4. Tudor Sandu (Rocky River) 2:05.68, 5. Austin Carlson (Vermilion) 2:06.86.

200 DASH – 1. Demario McCall (North Ridgeville) :22.87, 2. Logan Juhl (Avon) :24.08, 3. Michael Nose (Avon) :24.15, 4. Kole Johnson (Vermilion) :24.18, 5. Billy Dwulat (North Ridgeville) :25.36.

3200 RUN – 1. Nick Boatman (Lakewood) 9:47.61 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 9:47.71 set by Avon’s Blake Pecoraro in 2013), 2. Sean Kane (Avon) 9:53.26, 3. Austin Fasciana (Avon) 9:57.02, 4. Brandon Williams (Rocky River) 9:58.25, 5. Kyle MacMillan (Bay) 10:05.82.

1600 RELAY – 1. Avon (Michael Nose, Corey Herman, Kyle Herman, John DeMarco) 3:31.05, 2. Rocky River 3:31.40, 3. Vermilion 3:36.22, 4. Lakewood 3:37.41, 5. North Ridgeville 3:42.47.

Girls

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Avon 147.5, 2. Rocky River 130.5, 3. Bay 125.5, 4. Lakewood 94, 5. Vermilion 69, 6. North Ridgeville 46, 7. Elyria Catholic 40, 8. Midview 8.5.

Individual Results

SHOT PUT – 1. Mikayla Pierce (Avon) 33-9, 2. Shannon Kane (Avon) 30-10.25, 3. Trinity Nail (Lakewood) 30-0.75, 4. Emma Adkins (Elyria Catholic) 29-7.25, 5. Violet Yeager (Rocky River) 29-3.75.

DISCUS – 1. Emma Adkins (Elyria Catholic) 110-96, 2. Brynne LaRiccia (Bay) 96-6, 3. Violet Yeager (Rocky River) 93-0, 4. Mikayla Pierce (Avon) 91-4, 5. Megan Hogya (Lakewood) 89-1.

HIGH JUMP – 1. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 5-2, 2. Meriden Oster (Bay) 5-0, 3. Jillian Krebs (Rocky River) 4-10, 4. Katie Bobbitt (Rocky River) 4-10, 5. Alyssa Hasman (Lakewood) 4-10.

LONG JUMP – 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 18-2 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 16-10.75 set by Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome in 2012), 2. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 18-1.25, 3. Ryan Greenfield (Lakewood) 16-5, 4. Jessica Yurkovich (Avon) 15-11.5, 5. Abbey DeCrane (Rocky River) 15-7.

POLE VAULT – 1. Clare Toole (Lakewood) 10-0, 2. Nicole Scarberry (Avon) 9-0, 3. Taylor Mitchell (Avon) 8-6, 4. (tie) Shilo Snavely (Rocky River), Kaylie Harden (Bay) 8-6.

3200 RELAY – 1. Rocky River (Chloe Bierut, Ellen Corcoran, Anna Brandt, Laura DeVito) 9:42.17, 2. Bay 9:54.50, 3. Lakewood 10:10.44, 4. Avon 10:19.29, 5. North Ridgeville 11:03.26.

100 HURDLES – 1. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) :16.66, 2. Anna Brandt (Rocky River) :17.06, 3. Emily Welch (Avon):17.15, 4. Monica McDonough (Rocky River) :17.48, 5. Abbey Bodeker (Vermilion) :17.50.

100 DASH – 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) :12.98, 2. Morgan Dwulat (North Ridgeville) :13.42, 3. Hailey Acosta (Avon) ::13.60, 4. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) :13.66, 5. Emily Joyce (Avon) :13.71.

800 RELAY – 1. Avon (Hailey Acosta, Sierra Greer, Regan Betts, Emily Joyce) 1:47.66, 2. North Ridgeville 1:51.25, 3. Vermilion 1:51.27, 4. Rocky River 1:51.40, 5. Bay 1:52.18.

1600 RUN – 1. Amanda Cusimano (Bay) 5;15.90, 2. Chloe Bierut (Rocky River) 5:16.32, 3. Mallory Shaw (Lakewood) 5:21.25, 4. Ellen Corcoran (Rocky River) 5:21.63, 4. Alyssa Hasman (Lakewood) 5:28.72.

400 RELAY – 1. Avon (Hailey Acosta, Sierra Greer, Jasmin Ortiz, Jessica Yurkovich) :52.17, 2. Rocky River :52.19, 3. North Ridgeville :52.58, 4. Bay :54.16, 5. Lakewood :54.38.

400 DASH – 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) :57.06, 2. Anna Brandt (Rocky River) :58.02, 3. Emily Joyce (Avon) :59.61, 4. Sara Lehman (Elyria Catholic) :59.87, 5. Laura Banks (Rocky River) 1:02.64.

300 HURDLES – 1. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) :48.00, 2. Danielle Blogojevic (North Ridgeville) :49.64, 3. Emily Welch (Avon) :50.09, 4. Morgan Kelly (Rocky River) :50.95, 5. Payton Mitchell (Avon) :51.18.

800 RUN – 1. Laura DeVito (Rocky River) 2:16.48 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 2:18.88 set by Rocky River’s Madi Connelly in 2013), 2. Hallie Bechtel (Bay) 2:20.07, 3. Maeve Christie (Lakewood) 2L25.89, 4. Sarah Christel (Bay) 2:26.67, 5. Anne Bowen (Avon) 2:28.50.

200 DASH – 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) :26.49, 2. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) :27.41, 3. Emily Joyce (Avon) 27.66, 4. Morgan Dwulat (North Ridgeville) :27.92, 5. Sierra Greer (Avon) :27.95.

3200 RUN – 1. Grace Latham (Lakewood) 11:38.96, 2. Erin Laird (Avon) 11:43.49, 3. Mallory Shaw (Lakewood) 11:48.69, 4. Amanda Cusimano (Bay) 11:52.64, 5. Chloe Bierut (Rocky River) 12:17.46.

1600 RELAY – 1. Rocky River (Laura Banks, Emily Holcomb, Anna Brandt, Laura DeVito) 4:05.28, 2. Avon 4:15.51, 3. Bay 4:16.97, 4. North Ridgeville 4:25.97, 5. Lakewood 4:31.30.

 

 

 

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