December 20, 2014

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H.S. Track: Avon sweeps boys, girls titles at LCAAA Invitational

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon High cruised to a sweep Thursday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational.

The Avon boys defended their title with 130 points, outdistancing second-place Amherst (118). The Avon girls won the meet for the first time since 2009, as they topped two-time defending champ Amherst 123-103.

Both Avon wins came through balance and depth. The boys had only two wins, but chalked up six seconds. The girls had only one win and three seconds but won going away.

Junior Sean Kane (10:03.69) and senior Austin Fasciana (10:15.16) sealed the Avon boys’ triumph with a 1-2 sweep in the open 3,200.

“It’s nice winning back-to-back,” Kane said. “Josh Park (of Amherst) is hurt and Tim Villari from Avon Lake dropped out (of the 3,200), which is kind of disappointing because I knew he could run a good race. When I saw the guys that were on the line I knew Austin and I had a good chance for either 1-2 or at least two in the top three.”

The Avon boys’ other win came from Will Sharer in the 300 hurdles (44.58). The Eagles managed to win without the services of senior John DeMarco, their No. 1 sprinter who tweaked his right hamstring Monday at practice. DeMarco was defending meet champ in the 400 and 200.

The Avon girls’ lone win came from Nicole Scarberry in pole vault (9-3). But like the boys, balance and depth carried them.

Junior Emily Joyce was a big reason for the success of the girls. She was second in the 400 (1:01.30), fourth in the 200 (27.55) and a member of second-place finishes for the 800- (1:51.36) and 1,600-meter (4:20.21) relays.

“It feels amazing,” Joyce said. “We didn’t talk about winning today, but we were second here last year so we tried to strive for first. It was tough, but good. We’re just looking for more wins moving forward and to keep improving.”

Multitalented Elyria senior Zachary Robinson just might be the catalyst the Pioneers have been looking for in the sprints.

Robinson anchored Elyria to wins in the 800- (1:34.33) and 400-meter (44.76) relays. He teamed with Maurice Turner, Gerry Tucker and Devante Hougland in the 800 relay. Later he combined talents with Joe Schtscherbak, Mike Church and Marquise Edwards in the 400 relay.

“Our coach (Tony Brown) pulled us together beforehand and told us that we just needed to run with heart,” Robinson said. “It’s in the heart. He told us to run with passion and not just to win. It’s about the intensity on the track.

“Track’s taken on new meaning. It used to be only as a means for conditioning for football. I started off in track only as a thrower. Now, it’s not a hobby. It’s part of my life.”

Robinson also excelled in the field, winning long jump (20-0) and taking third in shot put with a career-record 47-7.

Avon Lake senior Max Seipel defended his title in discus with a meet-record 177-0. He shattered the 2006 mark of 169-3½ set by Avon’s Brandon Krystowski. Seipel also took shot put with a throw of 56-1¾.

“Today’s conditions were so much better than last year,” Seipel said. “Both rings were caked with my mud a year ago. I was only able to use a partial spin. I’ve been hitting a lot of 56s, so my shot toss was on par. I might have got the meet shot record (56-10) if my throw hadn’t rolled off the end of my fingers.

“I’ve been bothered with some shoulder tendinitis the last couple weeks so I haven’t been lifting. I should be able to ease back into it this coming week.”

Lorain senior Jocelyn Rogers had quite a day with four victories. She defended her meet title in the 100 (12.82) and also took the 200 (26.30). In between she anchored the Titans’ two sprint relays to victory.

She teamed with Destiny Wilson, Andresja Dearmas and Lamia Scott for a meet record of 1:46.94 in the 800 relay. She later anchored the 400 relay of the same four athletes as the Titans defended their title in 50.89.

“We were much improved from last year (800 relay, 1:51.09) and our stickwork still could be better. We’ll get it,” Rogers said. “We’re thrilled. It’s great to have such awesome weather.”

Keystone sophomore Shannon Wargo had a stellar day in distance events. She won the 1,600 by more than five seconds in 5:27.98 and then came back to win the 3,200 in 11:52.61. Wargo barely missed Emily Johnson’s meet record of 11:52.35 from 2011.

“Things just felt really, really great today,” Wargo said. “I wasn’t very tired coming off the 1,600 and was very pleased how I managed my pace in the 3,200. When the Amherst girl (Megan Parker) challenged me in the middle of the race I was able to find an answer.”

Amherst junior Alexis Szivan won the 800 meters for the third straight year with a meet-record 2:20.61. She shattered her 2012 record of 2:22.82. Classmate Sher Champe set a meet record in the open 400 (58.75).

There were a total of seven meet records, four girls and three boys.

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

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Boys
Team scores

1. Avon (AV), 130; 2. Amherst (AM), 118; 3. Avon Lake (AL), 86; 4. Elyria (E), 69; 5. Firelands (F), 55; 6. Lorain (L), 43; 7. North Ridgeville (NR), 36; 8. Brookside (B), 28; 9. tie – Clearview (CL), Midview (M) and Elyria Catholic (EC), 21; 12. Keystone (K), 15; 13. Open Door (OD), 14; 14. Oberlin, 5
Individual results
100 meters: 1. Dante Redwood (M), 11.57; 2. Session Buchanan (L), 11.70; 3. Benny Gonzalez (AM), 12.12; 4. Dennis Cruz (CL), 12.16; 5. Amani Crowley (O), 12.20; 6. Kenny Schneider (AL), 12.26
200: 1. Daesean Brooks (L), 23.86; 2. Patrick O’Conner (CL), 23.99; 3. Nose (AV), 24.00; 4. Logan Juhl (AV), 24.18; 5. Perkins (AM), 24.36; 6. Cruz (CL), 24.77
400: 1. Jordan Ruffner (F), 50.77 (MEET RECORD, old record 51.10 set in 2012 by North Ridgeville’s Paul Sonego); 2. Brandon Fernandez (AM), 52.02; 3. James Darkow (AL), 52.41; 4. Mike Nose (AV), 52.52; 5. Scott Kelly (AM), 52.83; 6. Bailey Gannon (NR), 53.75
800: 1. Mike Kardos (AM), 2:04.82; 2. Corey Herman (AV), 2:05.21; 3. Noah Haramia (AM), 2:06.07; 4. Derek Reynolds (F), 2:06.21; 5. Ryan Becker (AL), 2:10.09; 6. Chip Connolly (AL), 2:10.25
1,600: 1. Ian Korney (AL), 4:36.09; 2. James Hawks (E), 4:38.10; 3. Sean Kane (AV), 4:42.06; 4. Joseph Colon (AM), 4:49.43; 5. Connolly (AM), 4:56.53; 6. Patrick Brightbill (F), 4:57.25
3,200: 1. Kane (AV), 10:03.69; 2. Austin Fasciana (AV), 10:15.16; 3. Brennan Crawford (F), 10:16.73; 4. Creighton Jensen (B), 10:25.07; 5. Mike Sekerak (AM), 10:33.28; 6. Jake Chizmar (E), 10:37.45
110 hurdles: 1. Denver Voss (AM), 17.04; 2. Chad Allen (AV), 17.09; 3. Josh Hass (AL), 17.51; 4. Rob Becker (F), 17.72; 5. Will Sharer (AV), 17.79; 6. Brandon Irrizary (CL), 17.92
300 hurdles: 1. Sharer (AV), 44.58; 2. Allen (AV), 44.90; 3. Hass (AL), 45.04; 4. Noah Zaleski (OD), 45.71; 5. Cameron Jackson (AM), 46.50; 6. Cody Hall (E), 46.81
400 relay: 1. Elyria (Joe Schtscherbak, Mike Church, Marquise Edwards, Zachary Robinson), 44.76; 2. North Ridgeville, 44.80; 3. Lorain, 45.23; 4. Amherst, 45.38; 5. Avon, 45.79; 6. Brookside, 46.46
800 relay: 1. Elyria (Maurice Turner, Gerry Tucker, Devante Hougland, Zachary Robinson), 1:34.33; 2. Avon, 1:35.50; 3. Firelands, 1:36.80; 4. Lorain, 1:37.27; 5. Brookside, 1:37.71; 6. Avon Lake, 1:37.80
1,600 relay: 1. Amherst (Fernandez, Kelly, Kardos, Joe Mihalcik), 3:33.05; 2. Elyria, 3:35.60; 3. Firelands, 3:36.19; 4. Avon, 3:37.94; 5. Brookside, 3:47.69; 6. North Ridgeville, 3:51.37
3,200 relay: 1. Firelands (Mike Adkins, Jordan Ruffner, Patrick Brightbill, Derek Reynolds), 8:22.63 (MEET RECORD, old record 8:22.69 set in 2010 by Elyria Catholic); 2. Amherst, 8:22.96; 3. Avon Lake, 8:33.77; 4. Avon, 8:45.15; 5. Elyria, 8:54.38; 6. North Ridgeville, 9:09.05
Shot put: 1. Max Seipel (AL), 56-1 ¾; 2. Jonah Bowden (NR), 50-11 ¼; 3. Robinson (E), 47-7; 4. Isiah Pinto (AV), 44-7; 5. Paul Sturm (AV), 43-2 ¼; 6. Darryl Hammons (E), 42-3 1/4
Discus: 1. Max Seipel (AL), 177-0 (MEET RECORD, old record 169-3 ½ set in 2006 set by Avon’s Brandon Krystowski); 2. Ted Achladis (EC), 149-2; 3. Sturm (AV), 146-1; 4. Tyler Gandee (K), 132-1; 5. Grant Davis (AL), 126-2; 6. Luke Christofferson (OD), 119-6
High jump: 1. Buchanan (L), 6-5; 2. Jeff Ondo (M), 6-2; 3. Zachary Glowacki (AM), 6-0; 4. Jordan Lawrence (AV), 6-0; 5. Steven Speck (K), 5-10; 6. Josh Adkins (B), 5-8
Long jump: 1. Robinson (E), 20-0; 2. Zachary Glowacki (AM), 19-11 ¼; 3. Chad Perkins (AM), 19-10 ¼; 4. Gannon (NR), 19-1 ¼; 5. Jacob Morgan (B), 19-1; 6. Redwood (M), 18-11
Pole vault: 1. Lucas Ball (EC), 13-0; 2. Brandon Velasquez (AM), 12-0; 3. Nick Cruz (AL), 11-6; 4. tie – Kyle Longrich (AV) and Josh Brown (AV), 11-0; 6. Tom Sutton (AM), 11-0

Girls
Team scores
1. Avon, 123; 2. Amherst, 103; 3. Avon Lake, 91; 4. Keystone, 87; 5. Lorain, 74; 6. Elyria 50.5; 7. North Ridgeville, 36; 8. Brookside, 24.5; 9. Firelands, 24; 10. Clearview, 17; 11. Open Door, 14; 12. Lake Ridge, 11; 13. Midview, 8
Individual results
100 meters: 1. Jocelynn Rogers (L), 12.82; 2. Andresja Dearmas (L), 12.89; 3. Tyller Holley (B), 13.25; 4. Emily Peters (K), 13.34; 5. Morgan Dwulat (NR), 13.56; 6. Savannah Rankin (E), 13.71
200: 1. Rogers (L), 26.30; 2. Peters (K), 26.84; 3. Holley (B), 27.33; 4. Emily Joyce (AV), 27.55; 5. Dwulat (NR), 27.55; 6. Heather Younkin (CL), 28.21
400: 1. Sher Champe (AM), 58.75 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:00.61 set in 2013 by LRA’s Kaci Gregory); 2. Emily Joyce (AV), 1:01.30; 3. Gregory (LRA), 1:01.99; 4. Undrea Ballard (AM), 1:02.69; 5. Julia Jantz (AL), 1:04.13; 6. Regan Betts (AV), 1:04.71
800: 1. Alexis Szivan (AM), 2:20.61 (MEET RECORD, old record 2:22.92 set in 2012 by Szivan); 2. Gabrielle Neubauer (OD), 2:30.81; 3. Allison Clark (AV), 2:31.85; 4. Jena Copley (K), 2:31.85; 5. Audrey Spensley (AL), 2:34.25; 6. Annie Bowen (AV), 2:35.05
1,600: 1. Shannon Wargo (K), 5:27.98; 2. Katey Faber (AL), 5:33.14; 3. Gabrielle Neubauer (OD), 5:34.53; 4. Gwen Szabo (LRA), 5:42.86; 5. Cara Giannuzzi (AM), 5:44.60; 6. Haley Parker (AV), 5:47.83
3,200: 1. Wargo (K), 11:52.61; 2. Megan Parker (AM), 11:56.09; 3. Erin Laird (AV), 12:05.81; 4. Shannon Adams (M), 13:11.76; 5. Jessica Beran (F), 13:14.24; 6. Taylor Nowakowski (AV), 13:23.78
100 hurdles: 1. Destiny Wilson (L), 16.09; 2. Jenna Quillen (K), 17.07; 3. Charlotte Ward (AL), 17.08; 4. Payton Mitchell (AV), 17.19; 5. Gaby Northeim (AM), 17.19; 6. Dazna Coffey (AV), 17.65
300 hurdles: 1. Quillen (K), 48.36; 2. Ward (AL), 48.72; 3. Northeim (AM), 48.80; 4. Wilson (L), 50.16; 5. Danielle Blogojevic (NR), 51.17; 6. Mitchell (AV), 51.59
400 relay: 1. Lorain (Dearmas, Scott, Wilson, Rogers), 50.89; 2. Elyria, 52.32; 3. Avon, 52.86; 4. North Ridgeville, 53.28; 5. Amherst, 54.16; 6. Avon Lake, 54.65
800 relay: 1. Lorain (Rogers, Wilson, Dearmas, Lamia Scott), 1:46.94 (MEET RECORD, old record 1:47.17 set in 2009 by Southview); 2. Avon, 1:51.36; 4. Keystone, 1:52.01; 5. Avon Lake, 1:54.01; 6. North Ridgeville, 1:54.19
1,600 relay: 1. Amherst (Ballard, Lexi O’Connor, Szivan, Champe), 4:09.77 (MEET RECORD, 4:10.34 set in 2013 by Amherst); 2. Avon, 4:20.21; 3. Avon Lake, 4:21.34; 4. Keystone, 4:22.20; 5. Elyria, 4:32.52; 6. Lorain, 4:37.69
3,200 relay: 1. Amherst (Sher Champe, Riley Schenk, Brianna Sekerak, Ally Potyrala), 10:19.86; 2. Avon Lake, 10:20.50; 3. Avon, 10:21.98; 4. Keystone, 10:53.78; 5. Elyria, 11:01.16; 6. North Ridgeville, 11:06.44
Shot put: 1. Victoria Harper (AL), 34-3 ¼; 2. Sierra White (E), 32-7; 3. Arica Schiely (AL), 31-4 ½; 4. Mikayla Pierce (AV), 31-3 ½; 5. Precious Boone (E), 29-11; 6. Shannon Kane (AV), 29-5 1/4
Discus: 1. Arianna Salkowitz (CL), 100-10; 2. Pierce (AV), 91-11; 3. Harper (AL), 91-10; 4. Makayla Tuck (B), 86-1; 5. Mary Roig (E), 84-2; 6. Jennifer Avampato (AL), 84-1
High jump: 1. Quillen (K), 5-1; 2, Delaney Rogala (F), 5-0; 3. Anna Pavlovski (NR), 4-8; 4. tie – Mariah Johnson (E) and Koty Hayes (NR), 4-8; 6. Elise Jennings (AM), 4-6
Long jump: 1. Madison Reynolds (AV), 15-9 ¼; 2. Jessica Yurkovich (AM), 15-8 ½; 3. Lamia Scott (L), 15-7 ¾; 4. Rogala (F), 14-11 ¾; 5. Sarah Winkel (AL), 14-9 ¼; 6. Erica Wasem (F), 14-3
Pole vault: 1. Nicole Scarberry (AV), 9-3; 2. Elise Jennings (AM), 8-0; 3. Elizabeth Frombach (AV), 7-6; 4. Sophie Popiel (AL), 7-6; 5. Alexandra Forneris (AM), 7-6; 6. Beth Plas (K), 7-0