Track & Field
By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Bay High School girls track and field team went to Avon Middle School last week and dominated the competition in the West Shore Conference championship meet.
The Lady Rockets ended the meet with eight first-place finishes, out of 17 events, earning an overall team score of 147, followed by Rocky River in second place with 121 points and Vermilion in third place with 110.3 points.
Bay freshman sensation Olivia Bechtel won the 100m dash (12.21), 200m (25.65) dash and the 400m, breaking the WSC meet record in the 400m, with her time of 58.40 seconds. Bay junior Maddie Britton won the 1600m run (5:09.94) and the 3200m run (11:36.16). Senior Eva Rezek won the 100m hurdles for the Rockets with a time of 15.81 seconds.
Bay also had two winning relays as the team of Rezek, Lydia Barnes, Kristine Johnson and Bechtel won the 4X200m relay (1:46.47) and the team of Britton, Maddie Voiers, Sarah Christel and Hallie Bechtel won the 4X800m relay (9:37.56).
Rocky River had winning performances by Madi Connelly in the 800m run, with her WSC meet record time of 2:18.88, and Monica McDonough in the 300m hurdles, with her time of 45.72 seconds.
The Lakewood girls finished in fifth place with 68 points, behind host Avon, which finished in fourth place with a score of 102 points.
Rocky River finished in third place on the boys side, with a score of 93 points, behind champion Avon with 171.5 points and second place North Ridgeville with 104 points.
The Pirates only won one event, the 4X800m relay team of Justin Reynolds, Charlie Swartz, Ethan Heald and Tudor Sandu, with their time of 8:33.10, but Reynolds took second in the 1600m run (4:35.57) and the 3200m run (9:54.54), and they had a second-place finish by the 4X400m relay team of Jason Lucas, Brad Sundheimer, Isaiah Santiago and Paul Sonego (3:36.86).
Bay took fourth place with a team score of 80. The Rockets had first-place finishes from James Fell, in the 800m run (2:02.41) and the 4X800m relay team of Fell, Isaac Mertic, Matt Orr and Zach Baumgard (8:16.23).
Lakewood finished in seventh place with a team score of 54.5, behind fifth-place Midview and sixth-place Vermilion.
Westlake girls take second, Olmsted Falls boys take third at SWC
The Westlake girls track and field team took second place at the Southwestern Conference championships with a team score of 75.5, behind resounding winner Amherst, that finished with 161 points.
The Demon girls did not have any first-place finishes, but tallied a second place and three third place finishes.
The North Olmsted girls finished in fifth place with a score of 60 points, behind third place Brecksville and fourth place Avon Lake.
The Eagles had first-place finishes from Becky Szabo in the pole vault (11 feet) and the long jump (17 feet, 8 inches) and the 4X100m relay team of Szabo, Myk’a Walker, Naomi Walker and Danielle Yasenchack (50.5).
The Olmsted falls girls finished in sixth place with a team score of 48. The Bulldogs had a winning finish from Allison Duber in the 400m run with a time of 56.04, a new SWC meet record.
The Olmsted Falls boys finished in third place with 66.5 points, behind first-place Berea and second-place Midpark. Sophomore Mike Gib won the 110m hurdles for the Bulldogs, with a time of 15.3 seconds, and the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.63 seconds. The Bulldogs 4X100m relay team of Gib, Derek Meadows, Will Hoyett and Turner Jones won with a time of 43.81 seconds.
The North Olmsted boys took sixth place with 38 points, followed by Westlake in seventh place with 32 points. Eagles senior Jaleel Shabazz won the 200m run with a time of 22.91 seconds, and the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 4.5 inches.
Longhorn girls take second, Fairview boys take fifth at PAC championships
The Lutheran West girls team finished in second place (109 points), behind Patriot Athletic Conference winner Keystone, and had winning performances from Marissa Nuti in the 800m (2:27.52), Johanna Ragland in the shot put (34 feet, 4.25 inches) and discus (115 feet, 5 inches) and the 4X800m relay team of Nuti, Micheala Bierly, Olivia Vasiloff and Lindsay Tomola (10:13.46).
The Fairview girls team finished tied for fourth place with Brookside (81 points), behindthird-place Firelands. The Warriors had a winning performance from Stephanie Miller in the 400m (1:02.81).
The Fairview boys team finished in fifth place (81 points), behind first-place Firelands, second-place Buckeye, third-place Clearview and fourth-place Black River. The Warriors had winning performances from Blake Beard, who won the 800m with a PAC record-breaking time of 1:59.44 and the 4X400m relay team of Beard, Henry Hvizdos, Luke Borsody and John Krabil (3:34.75) and the 4X800m relay team of Beard, John Miles, Kevin Kerchenski and Krabil (8:20.81, a new PAC record).
The Lutheran West boys team finished in seventh place with a score of 40, behind sixth-place Keystone. The Longhorns 4X200m relay team took first place with a time of 1:36.01.
For complete conference championship results, go to www.baumspage.com.