By Ryan Kaczmarski
Several local high schools had participants in the state track and field championships last weekend, with two top-three finishes.
Rocky River High School senior Elyse Beirut placed second in the 3200 meter event at the Division I finals with a time of 10:47.36, while the Pirates’ 4×800 girls relay team of Madi Connelly, Ellen Corcoran, Maddy McDonough and Beirut placed eleventh with a time of 9:27.08.
Bay High School senior Marek Mutch finished second in the pole vault at the Division II state championships with his vault of 14 feet, 4inches. Bay shot-putter Amelia Strickler took fifth place for the Rockets’ girls team with her throw of 42 feet, 2 inches.
“Amelia threw her all-time personal best in the shot put on the last throw of her high school career, which is fitting for all the hard work she put in,” Bay girls head coach Kirsten Millet said.
Strickler will be throwing for the University of Miami (Ohio) next year. Mutch, who is the creator of the new Bay Rocket logo, is attending The Ohio State University this fall.
Westlake High School‘s Alec Cusick finished eighth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.08 seconds, and Carl Laux finished ninth in the shot put with his distance of 55 feet, 5 inches.
“I was very pleased with both of their performances,” Demons head coach Jacob Schober said. “When young athletes make it to state for the first time, sometimes it can be overwhelming and they do not perform that well, but both the boys responded to the excitement with very strong performances.”
Magnificat High School senior Rachel Hlatky finished third in the 200 meter event in the Division I finals with a time of 24.87 seconds. The Blue Streaks’ 4×800 relay team of Victoria Meyer, Elise Horning, Katie Kerr and Abbie Marquard finished in tenth-place with a time of 9:26.22. Marquard also finished 15th in the 800 meter event with her time of 2:19.36.
Fairview High School senior Rory Juhn finished tied for sixth-place in the high jump at the Division II finals with his jump of 6 feet, 4 inches.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more than for Rory to finish his season and career strong and on a good note,” Fairview head coach Rich Friel said.
Juhn was asked to apply for the Midwest of Champions track and field meet this weekend. If he is chosen, he will represent Team Ohio in Indianapolis.