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High school track: Emily Cunningham part of four wins, leads Vermilion to second at Division II district meet

EATON TWP. — It was just the first step of a three-step process, but Emily Cunningham and the Vermilion High girls track team are feeling pretty upbeat after Saturday’s performance at the Midview Division II district meet.

Cunningham won two individual events and anchored two winning relays to lead the Sailors, who matched their best-ever district performance of two years ago with a second-place finish behind Wooster Triway, 129-118.

Cunningham, a senior, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the fourth year in a row, the latter in a meet-record time of 25.17. Her time in the 100 was 12.53. She also anchored meet-record performances by the 800 and 400 relays in times of 1:43.85 and 49.73.

It was the third year in a row Cunningham anchored the two sprint relays to district championships, giving her 14 district titles for her career.

“I was telling my teammates right before the 200 that I wasn’t feeling it in my legs,” Cunningham said. “To whip that out is just amazing. Obviously, I was wrong. I didn’t get out of the blocks very well, but when I hit the first part of the turn I knew I had good stuff.”

Cunningham teamed with junior AuBree LaForce, sophomore Hannah Bartlome and junior Mallory Morris in the 800 relay, and with Bartlome, Morris and sophomore Abbey Bodeker in the 400 relay.

“It was a great accomplishment for the team to do so well,” Cunningham said. “We work on our baton exchanges all the time. We don’t want anything like what happened to us in the 400 relay at regionals my sophomore year. We definitely work on it every day. We’re working toward regionals, we’re working towards state. We’re looking at the big picture.We take it one meet at a time, but, obviously, we want to get down to Columbus again.”

Unlike the last three years when the team advanced to Ravenna, the Sailors head to Bedford’s Bearcat Stadium for regionals this year.

“I don’t think the track is going to matter,” Cunningham said. “I just know our chemistry and all of our hard work is going to pay off.”

In addition to two relays, Morris qualified in the 200 and the long jump. She missed the outdoor season last year with an injured meniscus in her knee.

“Emily’s a really great runner,” Morris said. “It’s a privilege to be in a relay with her.”

Vermilion girls coach Kristy Edmison was understandably feeling very good about her team, which advanced athletes in 12 of 17 events.

“Our 800 relay is so much stronger this year than it’s ever been,” Edmison said. “We destroyed our school record by over two seconds at conference (1:43.71) and we were able to match that time again today. We have AuBree leading off the 800 relay and Abbey leading off the 400 relay, so that kind of allows fresher legs for each one. Plus it frees them up to run their own individual events.

“Taking second today means a lot more than it did two years ago. I think our district is a lot tougher than it’s been the last couple of years. I embrace it and I keep telling my kids that because it allows them to get a good push getting ready for regionals. I think our regional is one of the toughest in the state.”

Black River (64½) and Firelands (53½) were the top local finishers on the boys side, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively.

Junior Austin Phillips, who hadn’t run varsity track before this season, was a big reason Black River did so well, taking second in the 100 (11.38) and fourth as a member of the 800 relay (1:34.43).

“The season has gone well,” Phillips said. “I’m quicker out of the blocks. My starts are faster.”

Brothers Seth and Brady Jeffers led Firelands. Seth, a senior, was second to Norwayne’s Jordan Bauman in the 800, 2:00.48 to 2:00.55. Brady, a junior, was second to Buckeye junior Ryan Gallagher in the 1,600, 4:28.25 to 4:31.18.

“My brother and I both go over to Amherst in the offseason and train with them,” Seth said. “Coach (Rob) Glatz is very good to us. He treats us like we’re one of his athletes. Putting in mileage this winter really helped both of us to do extremely well.”

Brookside’s Josh Amburgey won the shot put with a toss of 50-3 to become the first Cardinals track athlete to win a district title since Errol Jackson won the high jump at the 2007 Midview District.

“The mission was to come out and win. I didn’t want anything below first,” said Amburgey, a senior who is out for track for the first time since eighth grade. “Even though I didn’t compete for four years, I could feel a lot of what I learned earlier in my career start to come back. It’s definitely starting to come all together.”

Keystone sophomore Emily Peters advanced to regionals in three events for the second straight year, qualifying second in the 200 (25.78) and as a member of the 800- (1:50.01) and 400-meter (52.58) relays.

“Today feels really great because we’ve been working hard all season,” Peters said. “I had a PR (personal record) today (in the 200) and it might be a school record.”

Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Orrville, 121½; 2. Creston Norwayne, 80; 3. Buckeye, 79½; 4. Black River, 64½; 5. West Salem Northwestern, 55; 6. Firelands, 53½; 7. Wooster Triway, 44; 8. Holy Name, 42½; 9. Elyria Catholic, 31; 10. Vermilion, 24; 11. Clearview, 23½; 12. Brookside, 20; 13. Wellington, 6; T14. Doylestown Chippewa and Lutheran West, 5; 16. Keystone, 4

Individual results

Top 4 finishers advance to Lexington Regional, May 24 and 26

100 meters: 1. Dan Yoder (Northwestern), 11.24; 2. Austin Phillips (Black River), 11.38; 3. Brandon Johnson (Orrville), 11.42; 4. Caleb Kupetz (Buckeye), 11.45; 5. Stewart Turner (Orrville), 11.67; 6. Jarek  Beltkowski (Black River), 11.73

200: 1. Andre Husain (Holy Name), 22.53; 2. Yoder (Northwestern), 22.81; 3. Cody Weaver (Orrville), 22.85; 4. Joel Zook (Orrville), 23.28; 5. Kupetz (Buckeye), 23.59; 6. Cory Smith (Firelands), 23.81

400: 1. Trevahn Berry (Norwayne), 50.80; 2. Elijah Coleman (Orrville), 51.39; 3. Alex Bacisin (Black River), 51.78; 4. Dave Elwer (Elyria Catholic), 51.87; 5. Brandon Grieve (Keystone), 51.89; 6. Kyle Kearney (Triway), 52.07

800: 1. Jordan Bauman (Norwayne), 2:00.48; 2. Seth Jeffers (Firelands), 2:00.55; 3. Brian DePauw (Holy Name), 2:03.53; 4. Forrest Boyd (Vermilion), 2:04.99; 5. Brandon Hendrix (Black River), 2:06.25; 6. Wesley Dehorta (Triway), 2:06.76

1,600: 1. Ryan Gallagher (Buckeye), 4:28.25; 2. Brady Jeffers (Firelands), 4:31.18; 3. Nick Dowdell (Wellington), 4:33.71; 4. J.J. Grzincic (Buckeye), 4:34.12; 5. Jason Widmer (Norwayne), 4:36.0; 6. Shane Berger (Northwestern), 4:47.01

3,200: 1. Gallagher (Buckeye), 10:07.96; 2. Gus Kazek (Black River), 10:18.84; 3. Grzincic (Buckeye), 10:20.42; 4. Berger (Northwestern), 10:25.29; 5. Jacob Amato (Elyria Catholic), 10:25.54; 6. Craig Stout (Chippewa), 10:38.68

110 hurdles: 1. Drew Brenner (Orrville), 15.51; 2. Kevin Lyons (Triway), 15.90; 3. Jon Maibach (Norwayne), 16.35; 4. Neal Willbur (Black River), 16.44; 5. Dakota Dodge (Firelands), 16.56; 6. Chase Infield (Orrville), 16.59

300 hurdles: 1. Brenner (Orrville), 39.52; 2. Maibach (Norwayne), 41.16; 3. Paul Schwensen (Vermilion), 41.21; 4. Marcus Correa (Clearview), 41.80; 5. Dodge (Firelands), 42.81; 6. Willbur (Black River), 43.13

400 relay: 1. Buckeye (Lee Mandacini, Curtis Kinney, Tyler Yurik, Kupetz), 44.54; 2. Norwayne, 44.57; 3. Holy Name, 44.80; 4. Lutheran West, 45.33; 5. Firelands, 45.91; 6. Triway, 45.96

800 relay: 1. Orrville (Joel Zook, Elijah Coleman, Cody Weaver, Drew Brenner), 1:30.43 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:31.09 set in 2010 by Akron Hoban); 2. Norwayne, 1:31.95; 3. Buckeye, 1:33.34; 4. Black River, 1:34.43; 5. Holy Name, 1:34.70; 6. Vermilion, 1:35.90

1,600 relay: 1. Norwayne (Austin Wilson, Christian Wertz, Kaleb Harris, Beery), 3:28.67; 2. Orrville, 3:30.38; 3. Triway, 3:32.64; 4. Elyria Catholic, 3:37.01; 5. Black River, 3:38.03; 6. Buckeye, 3:39.24

3,200 relay: 1. Norwayne (Christian Wertz, Logan Bauman, Jason Widmer, Jordon Bauman), 8:21.25; 2. Buckeye, 8:28.28; 3. Elyria Catholic, 8:34.20; 4. Firelands, 8:35.07; 5. Northwestern, 8:37.86; 6. Triway, 8:38.58

Shot put: 1. Josh Amburgey (Brookside), 50-3; 2. Ronnie Lehtomaki (Orrville), 48-5½; 3. Brandon Lockhart (Orrville), 47-1; 4. Jake DeWitt (Firelands), 45-10½; 5. Jeff Burkholder (Northwestern), 45-8¾; 6. Matt Duplega (Buckeye), 44-10 1/4

Discus: 1. John Guilford (Black River), 153-11; 2. Frank Shaffer (Holy Name), 138-7; 3. Austin Seigrist (Orrville), 136-5; 4. Lockhart (Orrville), 135-11; 5. Joe DeWitt (Firelands), 132-10; 6. Bo Nelson (Vermilion), 129-11

High jump: 1. Mark Stair (Triway), 6-5; 2. Gerrell Williams (Clearview), 6-4; 3. Keyonte Francis (Brookside), 6-4; 4. Jay Duncan (Northwestern), 6-2; T5. Infield (Orrville) and Will Davis (Holy Name), 6-0

Long jump: 1. Turner (Orrville), 20-6½; 2. Malachi Nolletti (Northwestern), 19-4; 3. Kinney (Buckeye), 19-2; 4. Williams (Clearview), 19-2; 5. Guilford (Black River), 18-6¾; 6. Kaleb Harris (Norwayne), 18-4 1/4

Pole vault: 1. Lucas Ball (Elyria Catholic), 15-0; 2. Brandon Johnson (Orrville), 14-0; 3. Nate Danko (Firelands), 14-0; 4. Nico Veemara (Orrville), 13-6; 5. Jozsef Fekete (Northwestern), 13-0; T6. Damien Sanders (Black River) and Yurik (Buckeye), 12-0

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Wooster Triway, 129; 2. Vermilion, 118; 3. Orrville, 85; T4. Keystone and Laurel School, 68; 6. West Salem Northwestern, 44; 7. Doylestown Chippewa, 32; 8. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, 23; 9. Brookside, 19; 10. Akron Coventry, 17; 11. Buckeye, 14; 12. Holy Name, 13; 13. Lutheran West, 10; 14. Firelands, 8; 15. Clearview and Wellington, 5; 17. Black River, 3

Individual results

Top 4 finishers advance to Bedford Regional, May 24 and 26

100 meters: 1. Emily Cunningham (Vermilion), 12.53; 2. Abby Strock (Triway), 12.89; 3. AuBree LaForce (Vermilion), 12.99; 4. Tyller Holley (Brookside), 13.12; 5. Abrea Gibson (Orrville), 13.12; 6. Emily Peters (Keystone), 13.25

200: 1. Cunningham (Vermilion), 25.17 (MEET RECORD, old record 25.20 set in 1985 by Oberlin’s Marnele Jackson); 2. Peters (Keystone), 25.78; 3. Strock (Triway), 26.22; 4. Mallory Morris (Vermilion), 26.78; 5. Holley (Brookside), 27.15; 6. Leslie Rosner (Triway), 27.24

400: 1. Strock (Triway), 58.64; 2. Rhyanna Wroblesky (Buckeye), 59.90; 3. LaForce (Vermilion), 1:00.23; 4. Breoni Turner (Laurel School), 1:00.29; 5. Hannah Plybon (Orrville), 1:02.39; 6. Colleen Lavelle (Hathaway Brown), 1:02.69

800: 1. Harron Young (Laurel School), 2:19.88; 2. Jennifer Muhlenkamp (Triway), 2:26.34; 3. Grace Robbins (Laurel School), 2:27.03; 4. Marissa Nuto (Lutheran West), 2:28.48; 5. Rhema Nicoll (Vermilion), 2:30.69; 6. Ashton Lowe (Chippewa), 2:32.69

1,600: 1. Ellen Kuerbitz (Laurel School), 5:24.43; 2. Muhlenkamp (Triway), 5:28.18; 3. Leah Neroni (Laurel School), 5:29.46; 4. Ashton Lowe (Chippewa), 5:29.80; 5. Haley Woodruff (Orrville), 5:46.28; 6. Shannon Garrison (Northwestern), 5:48.33

3,200: 1. Anna Orlando (Laurel School), 12:31.08; 2. Woodruff (Orrville), 12:35.27; 3. Muhlenkamp (Triway), 12:38.28; 4. Therese Thomason (Holy Name), 12:51.81; 5. Caitlin Clapacs (Hathaway Brown), 13:06.08; 6. Maegen Mickley (Triway), 13:12.63

100 hurdles: 1. Nicole Gregor (Orrville), 15.62; 2. Jenna Quillen (Keystone), 15.89; 3. Rylee Scott (Orrville), 16.01; 4. Rachel Mahr (Northwestern), 16.59; 5. Amanda Richmond (Chippewa), 16.62; 6. Abbey Bodeker (Vermilion), 16.77

300 hurdles: 1. Tessa Brooks (Triway), 44.71; 2. Bodeker (Vermilion), 46.35; 3. Gregor (Orrville), 46.55; 4. Quillen (Keystone), 47.27; 5. Richmond (Chippewa), 47.71; 6. Rachel Holowecky (Firelands), 49.13

400 relay: 1. Vermilion (Bodeker, Bartlome, Morris, Cunningham), 49.73 (MEET RECORD, old record 49.98 set in Thursday’s semifinal); 2. Orrville, 51.44; 3. Keystone, 52.58; 4. Hathaway Brown, 52.90; 5. Triway, 53.44; 6. Wellington, 53.91

800 relay: 1. Vermilion (LaForce, Bartlome, Morris, Cunningham), 1:43.85 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:44.70 set in 1989 by Revere); 2. Orrville, 1:48.25; 3. Coventry, 1:49.98; 4. Keystone, 1:50.01; 5. Northwestern, 1:50.31; 6. Brookside, 1:51.46

1,600 relay: 1. Triway (Rosner, Muhlenkamp, Brooks, Strock), 4:07.25; 2. Laurel School, 4:10.32; 3. Chippewa, 4:11.44; 4. Vermilion, 4:18.77; 5. Orrville, 4:21.32; 6. Coventry, 4:21.35

3,200-meter relay: 1. Laurel School (Anna Orlando, Grace Robbins, Ellen Kuerbitz, Harron Young), 9:54.60; 2. Doylestown Chippewa, 10:22.38; 3. Hatthaway Brown, 10:26.85; 4. West Salem Northwestern, 10:35.77; 5. Akron Coventry, 10:36.60; 6. Vermilion, 10:46.98

Shot put: 1. Mariah Cruise (Triway), 37-1½; 2. Emily Nagy (Keystone), 35-0¼; 3. Savannah Moore (Northwestern), 34-6½; 4. Tori Plough (Orrville), 34-4; 5. Savannah Mowry (Vermilion), 34-2 ½; 6. Johanna Ragland (Lutheran West), 33-8½

Discus: 1. Moore (Northwestern), 126-11; 2. Cruise (Triway), 113-0; 3. Mowry (Vermilion), 106-1; 4. Marissa Engle (Brookside), 101-4; 5. Madison Prost (Triway), 97-11; 6. Becca Leasure (Northwestern), 96-4

High jump: 1. Victoria Gimben (Vermilion), 5-4; 2. Bartlome (Vermilion), 5-2; 3. Kaitlyn Crean (Holy Name), 5-0; 4. Sydney Wright (Clearview), 5-0; 5. Shirley Stafford (Coventry), 6-0; 6. tie – Quillen (Keystone), Nicole Swanson (Vermilion) and Sara Gardner (Chippewa), 4-10

Long jump: 1. Brooks (Triway), 15-10½; 2. Brittany Gates (Keystone), 15-9½; 3. McKaylee Schmid (Triway), 15-6½; 4. Morris (Vermilion), 15-3; 5. Wroblesky (Buckeye), 14-11¼; 6. Bartlome (Vermilion), 14-9

Pole vault: 1. Alexa Jarrett (Orrville), 11-1 (MEET RECORD, old record 11-0 set in 2007 by Rocky River’s Megan Grey); 2. Tessa Brooks (Triway), 10-0; 3. Lauren Kingsboro (Keystone), 9-6; 4. Plybon (Orrville), 9-6; 5. Schmid (Triway), 8-3; 6. Mindy Schmidt (Keystone), 8-3