April 17, 2014

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H.S. Track: Avon boys, Amherst girls victorious at LCAAA Invitational

EATON TWP. — The Avon boys and Amherst girls teams battled through some wicked, cold,
25 mph winds Friday evening to capture titles at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Track Invitational.
The win was especially special for the Avon boys, who won the county meet for the first time since 1961. The Eagles won the Lorain County event six times in seven years (1955-59, ’61), but hadn’t won it since.
For the Amherst girls, it was their second straight win.
The Avon boys won eight of
17 events to overcome second-place Amherst, 149-106.
The Amherst girls overcame Avon 136-121½ on the strength of seven wins. The Avon girls were within 10 points nearly the entire way despite not winning an event.
Seniors Brentten Wiley and Blake Pecoraro and junior John DeMarco keyed the efforts for the Avon boys as multiple winners.
Wiley edged Avon Lake junior Dave Winkel in the 110-meter hurdles (15.29 to 15.34) and 300-meter hurdles (41.67 to 42.41). Winkel defeated Wiley, 15.29 to 15.44, in last year’s county final in the 100 hurdles.
“We picked it today for all our sprint, hurdle and relay races,” Wiley said. “We kept focused on what we had to do. We were able to pull off a great win. DeMarco did fantastic in his 400 and 200. I’m proud of our distance runners, too.
“The hurdle races didn’t come easy. Dave Winkel works hard all the time. He’s a very good hurdler. We enjoy battling each other back and forth.”
DeMarco edged defending champ Paul Sonego, 51.56 to 51.61, to win the 400 against the North Ridgeville senior for the first time in DeMarco’s career. He came back later to win the 200 (23.82) over Lorain’s Shaquille Hildreth (24.14). Last year, DeMarco was fourth in the 400 and sixth in the 200.
“Whenever I go out especially against Sonego, I go 110 percent,” DeMarco said. “I usually get sick afterwards (like Friday night). It’s something we try to work on. I put my all into it. Sonego’s a great runner. He pushes me to be my best.”
DeMarco and Sonego were 2012 Division I regional qualifiers for the open 400.
Wiley and DeMarco also teamed with Antonio Orr and Jake Bitter for another Avon win in the 800 relay (1:32.86).
“Today sends a statement,” DeMarco said. “We’re going after conference. From now on, we’re going after everything. We really got everything clicking on all cylinders today.”
Pecoraro led the Avon boys in the distance events with wins in the 1,600 (4:40.81) and 3,200 (10:00.28).
Senior Sara Moore and junior Sher Champe were the catalysts for the Amherst girls.
Moore swept the 100- (16.14) and 300-meter (48.19) hurdles.
“The wind was pretty bad but at least we all ran good times today,” she said. “When the weather finally turns for the better we’re going to really be able to turn things on.
“Today’s performance means a lot. It’s pretty big. We’re very excited for the Comet Relays (April 27). Hopefully, the weather is better by then.”
Champe led off the victorious 1,600-meter relay that set a meet record (4:10.34). The relay included Alexis Szivan, Lindsay Sands and Brianna Shagovac.
Earlier, Champe led off the winning 800-meter relay (1:47.69) that included Sands, Becki Stuckart and Shagovac. She also teamed with Bakita Hill, Kaitlyn Given and Shagovac for a second place in the 400 relay (50.62). Champe also contributed a third in the 200 (27.77).
In total, the Amherst girls won three of four relays and were second in the other.
“The weather was tough, but the relays pulled together, the single events were good and we pulled it off,” Champe said. “We definitely needed a lot of layers and blankets to stay warm today. We had a spot under the bleachers for staying warm, but the main thing we did was to keep moving to stay warm.
“Today was only our second meet of the season so we still have plenty to go and plenty of things to work on. Many of the teams here have had more meets than us so doing well here today was big.”
Five meet records were broken despite the high winds. Four of the five came in the field events.
Avon Lake senior Christine Bohan threw the discus a career-record 132 feet, 8 inches. It shattered not only the meet record of 123-5 set in 2011 by Midview’s Grace Demyan but broke the Shoregals’ 1988 school record of 129-1 set by Lisa Meier. Bohan defended her meet titles in discus and shot.
“I’ve been throwing well at practice,” Bohan said. “I’ve had throws in practice over 130 so it felt good to finally transfer over at a meet.”
Two-time state qualifier Brittany Gates of Keystone won long jump in a meet-record 16-5, edging Amherst senior Erin Kasper (16-4) who jumped in a different flight. Gates broke Alicia Arnold’s 2010 record of 16-2½.
“I’m very surprised,” Gates said. “I was running so many events I had no clue how I had done. I was very consistent. That’s what I was looking for, especially in this type of weather. It’s extremely hard. We had quite a big tailwind. I was really worried about fouling because of how much it was pushing me.”
Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.
Boys
Team scores
1. Avon (AV), 149; 2. Amherst (AM), 106; 3. Avon Lake (AL), 85; 4. tie – Lorain (L) and North Ridgeville (NR), 51; 6. Firelands (F), 47; 7. Elyria Catholic (EC), 45; 8. Elyria (E), 44; 9. Clearview (CL), 37 ½; 10. Midview (M), 31 ½; 11. Oberlin (O), 10. Columbia and Lake Ridge didn’t score.
Individual results
100 meters: 1. Justin Rankin (EC), 11.41; 2. Dante Redwood (M), 11.58; 3. Dave Winkel (AL), 11.63; 4. Jake Bitter (AV), 11.67; 5. Shaquille Hildreth (L), 11.72; 6. Paul Sonego (NR), 11.76
200: 1. DeMarco (AV), 23.82; 2. Hildreth (L), 24.14; 3. Jake Bitter (AV), 24.49; 4. Bernard Pettway (L), 25.17; 5. Tom Wesley (AM), 25.78
400: 1. DeMarco (AV), 51.56; 2. Sonego (NR), 51.61; 3. Nick Glowacki (AM), 53.74; 4. Jordan Ruffner (F), 54.77; 5. Max Seipel (AL), 55.43; 6. Adam Prechtl (M), 56.62
800: 1. Mike Kardos (AM), 2:06.03; 2. James Darkow (AL), 2:08.23; 3. Corey Herman (AV), 2:09.21; 4. Kevin Burgett (AM), 2:09.46; 5. Ben Smith (AV), 2:11.86; 6. Nick Ferancy (E), 2:13.99
1,600: 1. Blake Pecoraro (AV), 4:40.81; 2. Brady Jeffers (F), 4:45.97; 3. Mike Hollingsworth (CL), 4:49.26; 4. Simon Perales (O), 4:49.55; 5. James Hawks (E), 4:57.26; 6. Andre Del Valle (AM), 4:59.71
3,200: 1. Pecoraro (AV), 10:00.28; 2. Sean Kane (AV), 10:06.81; 3. Joe Colon (AM), 10:22.78; 4. Perales (O), 10:34.93; 5. Brennen Crawford (F), 10:54.55; 6. Mike Sekerak (AM), 10:54.93
110 hurdles: 1. Brentten Wiley (AV), 15.29; 2. Dave Winkel (AL), 15.34; 3. Jason Lucas (NR), 16.99; 4. Dakota Dodge (F), 17.13; 5. Noah Katrinchak (E), 17.27; 6. Pat Wynne (M), 17.84
300 hurdles: 1. Wiley (AV), 41.67; 2. Winkel (AL), 42.41; 3. Lucas (NR), 42.68; 4. Chase Klingshirn (AM), 43.66; 5. Dodge (AM), 44.35; 6. Alexander (F), 45.18
400 relay: 1. Avon (Nick Telidis, Jake Bitter, Chris Maxwell, Orr), 46.13; 2. Elyria, 46.16; 3. Lorain, 46.27; 4. Elyria Catholic, 46.73; 5. North Ridgeville, 47.24; 6. Clearview, 47.81
800 relay: 1. Avon (Wiley, Antonio Orr, Bitter, DeMarco), 1:32.86; 2. Elyria Catholic, 1:35.45; 3. Elyria, 1:36.56; 4. Amherst, 1:36.85; 5. Lorain, 1:39.85; 6. Firelands, 1:40.29
1,600 relay: 1. Amherst (Gula, Klingshirn, Nick Glowacki, Kardos), 3:34.40; 2. Avon Lake, 3:45.21; 3. Firelands, 3:47.00; 4. Elyria, 3:47.25; 5. Lorain, 3:57.12; 6. North Ridgeville, 3:57.75
3,200 relay: 1. Amherst (Nick Glowacki, Kevin Burgett, Tay Gillam, Mike Kardos), 8:33.71; 2. Avon Lake, 8:49.31; 3. Avon, 8:52.29; 4. Elyria, 9:06.06; 5. Firelands, 9:06.14; 6. Clearview, 9:10.14
Shot put: 1. Max Seipel (AL), 50-7; 2. Collin Lucas (AL), 49-9 ¼; 3. Jonah Bowden (NR), 47-10; 4. Isiah Pinto (AV), 45-6 ¾; 5. Jake Bruder (AM), 41-3; 6. Gino Cioffi (AM), 39-9
Discus: 1. Max Seipel (AL), 139-0; 2. Ted Achladis (EC), 128-9; 3. Jonah Bowden (NR), 126-0; 4. Cioffi (AM), 124-9; 5. Paul Sturm (AV), 123-3; 6. Lucas (AL), 121-4
High jump: 1. Williams (CL), 6-2; 2. Jeff Ondo (M), 6-2; 3. Session Buchanan (L), 6-0; 4. Jordan Lawrence (AV), 5-10; 5. Zac Glowacki (AM), 5-10; 6. Connor Mencke (M), 5-8
Long jump: 1. Williams (CL), 21-1 (MEET RECORD, old record 20-8 set in 2011 by Lorain’s Christian Nogueras); 2. Chris Penny (L), 20-2; 3. Session Buchanan (L), 19-1 ½; 4. Tom Gula (AM), 18-11; 5. Noah Larson (F), 18-5 ½; 6. Conrad Doehne (M), 18-6
Pole vault: 1. Lucas Ball (EC), 12-6; 2. Dakota Walker (AM), 12-0; 3. Sam Bitter (AM), 11-6; 4. Josh Brown (AV), 11-0; 5. Brandon Velasquez (AM), 10-6; 6. tie – Doehne (M) and Sean Kegg (NR), 10-0
Girls
Team scores
1. Amherst Steele, 136 ½; 2. Avon, 121; 3. Avon Lake, 85; 4. Lorain, 83; 5. Keystone, 77; 6. Elyria Catholic, 33; 7. Firelands, 32 ½; 8. Elyria Catholic, 32; 9. tie – Midview, Lake Ridge Academy and North Ridgeville, 18; 12. Clearview, 5. Columbia didn’t score.
Individual results
100 meters: 1. Jocelynn Rogers (L), 12.89; 2. Andresja De’Armas (L), 12.95; 3. Brianna Shagovac (AM), 13.40; 4. Brittany Gates (K), 13.57; 5. Emily Peters (K), 13.67; 6. Morgan Dwulat (NR), 13.70
200: 1. De’Armas (L), 27.12; 2. Rogers (L), 27.13; 3. Champe (AM), 27.77; 4. Peters (K), 28.72; 5. Emily Joyce (AV), 28.80; 6. Morgan Dwulat (NR), 28.85
400: 1. Kaci Gregory (LRA), 1:00.61 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:01.78 set in 2009 by Southview’s Alicia Arnold); 2. Julia Jantz (AL), 1:03.01; 3. Emily Joyce (AV), 1:03.48; 4. Sarah Wildenheim (M), 1:04.26; 5. Lauren Sturgeon (AM), 1:06.27; 6. Bickley (AV), 1:06.51;
800: 1. Alexis Szivan (AM), 2:25.96; 2. Gregory (LRA), 2:28.55; 3. Michaela Foisy (EC), 2:29.91; 4. Erin Laird (AV), 2:32.57; 5. Linda Morales (AV), 2:33.35; 6. Erin Mariner (E), 2:35.68
1,600: 1. Foisy (EC), 5:29.02; 2. Morales (AV), 5:37.82; 3. Mariner (E), 5:39.49; 4. Annie Bowen (AV), 5:43.83; 5. Esther Killius (AL), 5:49.68; 6. Audrey Spensley (AL), 6:21.80
3,200: 1. Cassie Vince (AM), 11:58.04; 2. Allison Clark (AV), 12:27.04; 3. Jessica Lambert (AL), 13:12.57; 4. Megan Parker (AL), 13:17.07; 5. Allie Spensley (AL), 13:34.61; 6. Maddy McSweeny (AV), 13:35.40
100 hurdles: 1. Sara Moore (AM), 16.14; 2. Destiny Wilson (L), 17.16; 3. Jenna Quillen (K), 17.30; 4. Erin Kasper (AM), 17.38; 5. Payton Mitchell (AV), 17.57; 6. Alicia Senuart (NR), 17.61
300 hurdles: 1. Moore (AM), 48.19; 2. Holowecky (F), 50.0; 4. Gaby Northeim (AM), 50.15; 5. Mitchell (AV), 50.29; 6. Talena Thomas (E), 52.03
400 relay: 1. Lorain (De’Armas, Rogers, Scott, Goodman), 50.19; 2. Amherst, 50.62; 3. Keystone, 50.78; 4. Elyria, 52.23; 5. Avon, 53.23; 6. Clearview, 53.95
800 relay: 1. Amherst (Champe, Lindsay Sands, Becki Stuckart, Shagovac), 1:47.69; 2. Lorain, 1:51.09; 3. Avon, 1:53.04; 4. Keystone, 1:53.68; 5. North Ridgeville, 1:56.80; 6. Avon Lake, 1:58.29
1,600 relay: 1. Amherst (Champe, Szivan, Sands, Shagovac), 4:10.34 (MEET RECORD, old record 4:13.71 set in 2012 by Avon); 2. Avon, 4:28.24; 3. Avon Lake, 4:30.01; 4. Firelands, 4:35.10; 5. Midview, 4:42.90; 6. Keystone, 4:58.53
3,200 relay: 1. Amherst (Riley Schenk, Lauren Sturgeon, Cassie Vince, Alexis Szivan), 10:05.78; 2. Avon, 10:12.63; 3. Avon Lake, 10:37.11; 4. Midview, 11:49.66; 6. Keystone, 12:07.79
Shot put: 1. Bohan (AL), 40-5 ½; 2. Shannon Kane (AV), 32-0; 3. Abby Schwartz (AV), 29-2 ½; 4. tie – Emma Adkins (EC) and Arica Schiely (AL), 28-4; 6. Precious Boone (E), 27-9 1/2
Discus: 1. Christine Bohan (AL), 132-8 (MEET RECORD, old record 123-5 set in 2011 by Midview’s Grace Demyan); 2. Jacque Watkins (L), 89-0; 3. Sierra White (E), 87-8; 4. Alexandria Figueroa (E), 86-3; 5. Summer Adkins (F), 80-10; 6. Jennifer Avampato (AL), 80-3
High jump: 1. Erin Kasper (AM), 5-2; 2. Madison Cooper (AV), 5-0; 3. tie – Rachel Holowecky (F) and Jenna Quillen (K), 4-10; 5. Amber Slavik (AM), 4-8; 6. Karissa McGrath (EC), 4-8
Long jump: 1. Brittany Gates (K), 16-5 (MEET RECORD, old record 16-2 ½ set in 2010 by Southview’s Alicia Arnold); 2. Kasper (AM), 16-4; 3. Lamia Scott (L), 15-6; 4. Sarah Winkel (AL), 15-2 1/2l 5. Jessica Yurkovich (AV), 14-11; 6. Monica Bickley (AV), 14-6
Pole vault: 1. Lauren Kingsboro (K), 8-6; 2. Bohan (AL), 8-0; 3. Savi Soulas (AV), 7-0; 4. tie – Mindy Schmitt (K), Becky Myers (F), Alexandra Forneris (AM) and Rachel Holowecky (F), 7-0.