July 28, 2014

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H.S. Track: Avon cruises to sweep of titles at West Shore Conference meet

North Ridgeville's Jason Lucas beats out Avon's Chad Allen in the boys 110 meter hurdles West Shore Conference championships on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

North Ridgeville’s Jason Lucas beats out Avon’s Chad Allen in the boys 110 meter hurdles West Shore Conference championships on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon dominated the West Shore Conference track and field championships on the boys and girls sides.

The Eagles took home the team trophies Thursday in similar fashion, not relying on one or two dominating individual performances but a variety of well-rounded success.

The Avon boys wrapped up their fourth straight WSC championship with 195.5 points, outscoring runner-up North Ridgeville (116) and third-place Vermilion (85). The Rangers did have eight individual champions compared to seven for the Eagles.

“I expect them to do really well, and I’m really proud of them,” Avon boys coach Scott Lanham said. “This is a great team and a great bunch of individuals. These boys are great to coach. Their work ethic has been strong all year, and with all the hard work they’ve put in, this is well-deserved.

“I’m also so happy for the girls. It’s a well-deserved win by them and Coach (Sam) Ulery, I’m very happy for him. I hired him as an assistant years ago and I’m just so happy for him and the girls. They’ve done an outstanding job this year and it’s been a great team effort by everybody. We’ve all worked together to get this track program to where it’s at.”

The Eagle girls claimed the trophy with 147.5 points, outscoring host Rocky River (130.5) and third-place Bay (125.5). Making it more remarkable is that the girls had only three individual champions — two of which were relay teams.

“It’s still pretty surreal, actually,” Ulery said. “I’m just so happy for all the girls. I challenged them at the beginning and told them, if they do their best — not necessarily going above and beyond but just simply doing their best — we would have a chance. And they came in and performed at their peak levels, all of them.

“It was a total team effort, from our field events to our running events, from our distance to our hurdlers. Everybody performed today and Tuesday, and they did a great job.”

The Avon boys won three of the four relay events — the 3,200, 800 and 1,600 — and finished second in the 400. Corey Herman (800), John DeMarco (400) and Austin Fasciana (1,600) were individual winners in the running events, and all three factored in two of the winning relays.

“Conference brings the best out of people,” said Fasciana, who won the 1,600 in 4:27.56 and ran the second leg behind DeMarco and before Sean Kane and Corey Herman in the 3,200 relay. “We had lots of PRs today, and it’s cool to see how all the teams progress throughout the year. With our conference, we have a lot of Division I and II teams here, so it’s good to see what they all have to offer.

“As far as my performance, I think I had a pretty solid day. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches. There was great competition here and I think it brought the best out of me.”

DeMarco won the 400 in 50.76 seconds and ran the anchor leg in the meet-ending 1,600 relay, leading Michael Nose, Corey Herman and Kyle Herman to a winning 3:31.05 performance.

Also for Avon, Jordan Lawrence won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet.

The Avon girls’ lone individual winner was Mikayla Pierce, who won the shot put with 33-9. Hailey Acosta and Sarah Greer helped Avon win the 400 and 800 relays, and Acosta combined with Regan Betts, Anne Bowen and Allison Clark to finish second in the 1,600 relay.

“I’m just so proud of our team right now,” said Acosta, who also took third in the 100. “We worked so hard for this and we really deserve it. Everyone else on the team just did awesome.

“It’s definitely due to a lot of chemistry. Everyone’s been together for a while. But we always work hard and we wanted to show everyone what we could do today.”

There were several other standout individual performances Thursday.

North Ridgeville had three two-time individual winners in Jonah Bowden (shot put, discus), Demario McCall (100, 200, 400 relay) and Jason Lucas (both hurdles, 400 relay).

“I think I did very well, even though it was kind of windy and raining today,” McCall said. “I had to fight through it and do the best job I could. My goal was to finish in first place in every event I did, so to do that, I did a good job.”

Elyria Catholic’s Lucas Ball set the meet record in the pole vault with 15-1. That broke the record of 14-7, which had stood since 2011.

“Coming in, I wasn’t really expecting much,” said Ball, who also broke EC’s school record and set his personal best. “I was just trying to score as many points as possible in all four of my events. At pole vault, I was just expecting to get a bar. I certainly didn’t expect to break any records, but once you start jumping … today was just one of those good days.”

The Vermilion girls finished fifth with 69 points, but they had a pair of outstanding individual performers in Hannah Bartlome and Annie Rossi.

Rossi won both hurdle events and took fourth in the 100. Bartlome finished second in the 200 and long jump, despite breaking her meet record with a jump of 18-1, and won the high jump.

“Not to brag, but I think I had a pretty good day,” Bartlome said. “I PR’ed in long jump and lost by just three-fourths of an inch to Olivia (Bechtel) from Bay, who had an outstanding day with four first places.

“In the 4×2, I ran a strong anchor leg. I got the baton in fifth and I passed two people and almost leaned past North Ridgeville, losing by .02 seconds. And in the 200, running into the wind, I qualified at third and made up one spot in the finals. And Annie Rossi was fantastic today in the hurdles.”

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.


Boys
Team
1. Avon 195.5, 2. North Ridgeville 116, 3. Vermilion 85, 4. Rocky River 77.5, 5. Lakewood 61, 6. Bay 60, 7. Elyria Catholic 35, 8. Midview 24.
Individual
SHOT PUT: 1. Johan Bowden (North Ridgeville) 53-1.75, 2. Joe Karres (Vermilion) 49-0, 3. Sobhi Awadallah (Lakewood) 46-1.75, 4. Paul Sturm (Avon) 45-10.75, 5. Colbert Bartlett (Vermilion) 45-4.75.
DISCUS: 1. Jonah Bowden (North Ridgeville) 162-4, 2. Paul Sturm (Avon) 160-3, 3. Ted Achladis (Elyria Catholic) 158-0, 4. Sobhi Awadallah (Lakewood) 146-11, 5. Peter Sullivan (Bay) 139-4.
HIGH JUMP: 1. Jordan Lawrence (Avon) 6-0, 2. Corbin Zanick (North Ridgeville) 5-10, 3. (tie)Justin Carlson (Vermilion), Alec White (Bay) 5-6, 5. Elliot Nagy (Midview) 5-6.
LONG JUMP: 1. Bailey Gannon (North Ridgeville) 20-5.50, 2. Zach Torbert (Avon) 20-3, 3. Aaron Dawson (Vermilion) 20-1, 4. Michael Johnson (Lakewood) 19-5.5, 5. Chris Maxwell (Avon) 19-5.25.
POLE VAULT: 1. Lucas Ball (Elyria Catholic) 15-1 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 14-7 set by Bay’s Marek Mutch in 2011), 2. Kyle Longrich (Avon) 13-0, 3. Josh Brown (Avon) 12-6, 4. (tie) Josh Barr (Bay), Colin Donovan (Vermilion) 10-6.
3200 RELAY: 1. Avon (John DeMarco, Austin Fasciana, Sean Kane, Corey Herman) 8:24.36, 2. Bay 8:25.81, 3. Lakewood 8:32.07, 4. Rocky River 8:33.44, 5. Vermilion 8:50.11.
110 HURDLES: 1. Jason Lucas (North Ridgeville) 15.61, 2. Brandon Cole (Vermilion) 15.97, 3. Chad Allen (Avon) 16.33, 4. Will Sharer (Avon) 17.32, 5. John Cupple (Rocky River) 17.68.
100: 1. Demario McCall (North Ridgeville) 11.29, 2. Dante Redwood (Midview) 11.61, 3. Evan Nugent (Rocky River) 11.73, 4. Zach Torbert (Avon) 11.94, 5. Logan Juhl (Avon) 12.00.
800 RELAY: 1. Avon (Zayd Albakri, Antonio Orr, Logan Juhl, Michael Nose) 1:33.07, 2. Vermilion 1:33.68, 3. Rocky River 1:35.72, 4. Bay 1:37.72, 5. Midview 1:43.03.
1,600: 1. Austin Fasciana (Avon) 4:27.56, 2. Sean Kane (Avon) 4:31.00, 3. Austin Buchwald (Bay) 4:32.93, 4. Jack Hautz (Bay) 4:33.67, 5. Justin Reynolds (Rocky River) 4:34.72.
400 RELAY: 1. North Ridgeville (Jason Lucas, Bailey Gannon, Billy Dwulat, Demario McCall) 44.36, 2. Avon 45.18, 3. Rocky River 46.65, 4. Elyria Catholic 46.82, 5. Bay 47.35.
400: 1. John DeMarco (Avon) 50.76, 2. Evan Nugent (Rocky River) 50.81, 3. Michael Nose (Avon) 51.72, 4. Ian Hoerig (Vermilion) 52.28, 5. Bailey Gannon (North Ridgeville) 53.36.
300 HURDLES: 1. Jason Lucas (North Ridgeville) 40.70, 2. Brandon Cole (Vermilion) 41.59, 3. Chad Allen (Avon) 41.86, 4. Michael Johnston (Lakewood) 41.96, 5. Andrew Foye (Avon) 42.82.
800: 1. Corey Herman (Avon) 2:03.18, 2. Matt Orr (Bay) 2:03.41, 3. Riley Gannon (North Ridgeville) 2:05.27, 4. Tudor Sandu (Rocky River) 2:05.68, 5. Austin Carlson (Vermilion) 2:06.86.
200: 1. Demario McCall (North Ridgeville) 22.87, 2. Logan Juhl (Avon) 24.08, 3. Michael Nose (Avon) 24.15, 4. Kole Johnson (Vermilion) 24.18, 5. Billy Dwulat (North Ridgeville) 25.36.
3,200: 1. Nick Boatman (Lakewood) 9:47.61 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 9:47.71 set by Avon’s Blake Pecoraro in 2013), 2. Sean Kane (Avon) 9:53.26, 3. Austin Fasciana (Avon) 9:57.02, 4. Brandon Williams (Rocky River) 9:58.25, 5. Kyle MacMillan (Bay) 10:05.82.
1,600: 1. Avon (Michael Nose, Corey Herman, Kyle Herman, John DeMarco) 3:31.05, 2. Rocky River 3:31.40, 3. Vermilion 3:36.22, 4. Lakewood 3:37.41, 5. North Ridgeville 3:42.47.
Girls
Team
1. Avon 147.5, 2. Rocky River 130.5, 3. Bay 125.5, 4. Lakewood 94, 5. Vermilion 69, 6. North Ridgeville 46, 7. Elyria Catholic 40, 8. Midview 8.5.
Individual
SHOT PUT: 1. Mikayla Pierce (Avon) 33-9, 2. Shannon Kane (Avon) 30-10.25, 3. Trinity Nail (Lakewood) 30-0.75, 4. Emma Adkins (Elyria Catholic) 29-7.25, 5. Violet Yeager (Rocky River) 29-3.75.
DISCUS: 1. Emma Adkins (Elyria Catholic) 110-96, 2. Brynne LaRiccia (Bay) 96-6, 3. Violet Yeager (Rocky River) 93-0, 4. Mikayla Pierce (Avon) 91-4, 5. Megan Hogya (Lakewood) 89-1.
HIGH JUMP: 1. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 5-2, 2. Meriden Oster (Bay) 5-0, 3. Jillian Krebs (Rocky River) 4-10, 4. Katie Bobbitt (Rocky River) 4-10, 5. Alyssa Hasman (Lakewood) 4-10.
LONG JUMP: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 18-2 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 16-10.75 set by Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome in 2012), 2. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 18-1.25, 3. Ryan Greenfield (Lakewood) 16-5, 4. Jessica Yurkovich (Avon) 15-11.5, 5. Abbey DeCrane (Rocky River) 15-7.
POLE VAULT: 1. Clare Toole (Lakewood) 10-0, 2. Nicole Scarberry (Avon) 9-0, 3. Taylor Mitchell (Avon) 8-6, 4. (tie) Shilo Snavely (Rocky River), Kaylie Harden (Bay) 8-6.
3,200 RELAY: 1. Rocky River (Chloe Bierut, Ellen Corcoran, Anna Brandt, Laura DeVito) 9:42.17, 2. Bay 9:54.50, 3. Lakewood 10:10.44, 4. Avon 10:19.29, 5. North Ridgeville 11:03.26.
100 HURDLES: 1. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) 16.66, 2. Anna Brandt (Rocky River) 17.06, 3. Emily Welch (Avon) 17.15, 4. Monica McDonough (Rocky River) 17.48, 5. Abbey Bodeker (Vermilion) 17.50.
100: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 12.98, 2. Morgan Dwulat (North Ridgeville) 13.42, 3. Hailey Acosta (Avon) 13.60, 4. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) 13.66, 5. Emily Joyce (Avon) 13.71.
800 RELAY: 1. Avon (Hailey Acosta, Sierra Greer, Regan Betts, Emily Joyce) 1:47.66, 2. North Ridgeville 1:51.25, 3. Vermilion 1:51.27, 4. Rocky River 1:51.40, 5. Bay 1:52.18.
1,600: 1. Amanda Cusimano (Bay) 5;15.90, 2. Chloe Bierut (Rocky River) 5:16.32, 3. Mallory Shaw (Lakewood) 5:21.25, 4. Ellen Corcoran (Rocky River) 5:21.63, 4. Alyssa Hasman (Lakewood) 5:28.72.
400 RELAY: 1. Avon (Hailey Acosta, Sierra Greer, Jasmin Ortiz, Jessica Yurkovich) 52.17, 2. Rocky River 52.19, 3. North Ridgeville 52.58, 4. Bay 54.16, 5. Lakewood 54.38.
400: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 57.06, 2. Anna Brandt (Rocky River) 58.02, 3. Emily Joyce (Avon) 59.61, 4. Sara Lehman (Elyria Catholic) 59.87, 5. Laura Banks (Rocky River) 1:02.64.
300 HURDLES: 1. Annie Rossi (Vermilion) 48.00, 2. Danielle Blogojevic (North Ridgeville) 49.64, 3. Emily Welch (Avon) 50.09, 4. Morgan Kelly (Rocky River) 50.95, 5. Payton Mitchell (Avon) 51.18.
800: 1. Laura DeVito (Rocky River) 2:16.48 (MEET RECORD: Old record of 2:18.88 set by Rocky River’s Madi Connelly in 2013), 2. Hallie Bechtel (Bay) 2:20.07, 3. Maeve Christie (Lakewood) 2L25.89, 4. Sarah Christel (Bay) 2:26.67, 5. Anne Bowen (Avon) 2:28.50.
200: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 26.49, 2. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 27.41, 3. Emily Joyce (Avon) 27.66, 4. Morgan Dwulat (North Ridgeville) 27.92, 5. Sierra Greer (Avon) 27.95.
3,200: 1. Grace Latham (Lakewood) 11:38.96, 2. Erin Laird (Avon) 11:43.49, 3. Mallory Shaw (Lakewood) 11:48.69, 4. Amanda Cusimano (Bay) 11:52.64, 5. Chloe Bierut (Rocky River) 12:17.46.
1,600 RELAY: 1. Rocky River (Laura Banks, Emily Holcomb, Anna Brandt, Laura DeVito) 4:05.28, 2. Avon 4:15.51, 3. Bay 4:16.97, 4. North Ridgeville 4:25.97, 5. Lakewood 4:31.30.