August 31, 2014

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Amherst’s Sher Champe stays focused in 800, makes state with fourth-place finish

Amherst's Sher Champe anchors the winning 4x400 relay at the Division I Regional championships in Amherst. photo by Ray Riedel

Amherst’s Sher Champe anchors the winning 4×400 relay at the Division I Regional championships in Amherst. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Sher Champe has a laundry list of accomplishments in her high school career. Friday in the Division I regional meet on her home track, she added a new one — qualifying for state while wearing one shoe.

Champe lost her left shoe in the opening 20 meters of the 800, yet still managed to complete two laps and finish in fourth place with a time of 2:14.03. Her time was just good enough to join teammate Alexis Szivan in Columbus. Szivan finished second with a time of 2:12.48.

“I have no idea how that happened,” Champe said. “I couldn’t go back and get it so I had to just run with one shoe. I was scared I wasn’t going to qualify. I was thinking it would have to be regional finals when my shoe falls off.”

Champe may want to invest in some new shoelaces because she will be doing a lot of running next week at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium.

She was also part of the Comets’ 1,600-meter relay that took first in 3:54.72. Champe and Szivan were joined by Lexi O’Connor and Undrea Ballard in the relay.

Amherst finished ninth in the team standings with 29 points, well behind regional champion St. Joseph Academy (55).

It was also a successful day for the Lorain girls.

Senior Jocelynn Rogers qualified for state in four events. She was third in the 100 (12:65), third in the 200 (25:64) and was a part of the Titans’ 400 and 800 relays that finished second with times of 49:05 and 1:43.46.

Rogers will be joined in Columbus by teammate Andresja Dearmas, who finished second in the 100 (12:63). Rogers and Dearmas were joined in the relays be Destiny Wilson and Lamia Scott.

“It was a wonderful day,” Rogers said. “I’m feeling good about myself right now. I love my team like sisters so the relays actually mean more to me. We’re all like sisters. We put in all the work and we’re ready for states. Let’s go.”

“I felt the most confident in the 400 relay and the 200 meters, but I was ready for today. I was like, ‘Bring it on,’” Rogers said.

One runner who wasn’t quite as confident Friday was Westlake’s Daniel Squeri. That didn’t stop him from earning the final state berth in the 400 with a personal-best 49.69.

“I wasn’t positive I was in the top four when I crossed the finish line because it was almost too much for me to believe,” Squeri said. “I’m ecstatic right now. I really wasn’t expecting this to happen. About two weeks ago I started looking at the times and saw I was up there and had a chance. This is something I always wanted but never expected for myself. The past few weeks I’ve had nothing else on my mind, I’ve only been thinking about this moment right now.”

Two days after qualifying for state in the discus, Avon Lake’s Max Seipel made it two for two with a third-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet, 10 inches.

“I’m not going to say the pressure was off today,” he said. “I will say I came here in a better mood today. I was happy with my throw today but I have more in the tank that I’m saving for state.”

Elyria’s 400-meter relay team of Joe Schtscherbak, Michael Church, Gerry Tucker and Zachary Robinson edged St. Ignatius for fourth place and the final qualifying spot with a time of 43.47.

Amherst senior Michael Kardos finished third in the 800 meter with a time of 1:55.45.

Berea-Midpark won its first regional title, beating Sylvania Southview, 71-64.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Boys
Team Standings: 1. Berea-Midpark 71, 2. Sylvania Southview 64, 3. St. Edward 47, 4. Norwalk 46, 5. Toledo St. John 39. 6. Medina 37, 7. Fremont Ross 37, 8. John Adams 32, 9. Lima Senior 30.5, 10. Brusnwick 27, 11. St. Ignatius 26, 12. Toledo St. Francis 24, 13. Sandusky 23, 14. Strongsville 17, 14. Toledo Whitmer 17, 16. North Royalton 16, 17. Avon Lake 14, 18. Mansifield Madison 12, 19. Cleveland John F. Kennedy 10, 19. Amherst 10, 19. Holland Springfield 10. Other local teams: 23. Westlake 5, 23. Elyria 5, 30. Avon 3, 30. Lorain 3, 35. North Ridgeville 1.

High Jump: 1. Emanuel Durden (Holland Springfield) 6-10, 2. Andrew Stenger (Medina) 6-7, 3. Steele Wasik (St. Edward) 6-5, 4. C.J. Barwise (Berea-Midpark) 6-5. Local finishers: 6. Session Buchanan (Lorain) 6-3, 9. Jeff Ondo (Midview) 6-2.

Shot Put: 1. Jared Ballenger (Fremont Ross) 60-7, 2. Mike Hierholzer (Medina) 60-61⁄4, 3. Max Seipel (Avon Lake) 58-10, 4. Jonathan Zedella
(St. Edward) 57-5 3⁄4.

110-meter hurdles: 1. Steele Wasik (St. Edward) 14.32, 2. Richard Floyd (Strongsville) 14.59, 3. Frank Douglas (Mansfield Madison ) 14.60,
4. Andrew Bonfiglio (Toledo St. Francis) 14.90

100 meters: 1. Reggie Thomas (John Adams) 10.87, 2. Malcolm Johnson (Sylvania Southview) 10.90, 3. Richie Norman (Brunswick) 11.15, 4. Bryan Mays Jr. (Lima Senior) 11.25

800-meter relay: 1. Berea-Midpark (Caleb Samol, Anfernee Myers, Marlon Robertson, Chris Neumann) 1:26.76, 2. John Adams 1:28.35. 3. Sylvania Southview 1:28.76, 4. Sandusky 1:29.35.

1,600 meters: 1. Luke Wagner (St. Ignatius) 4:15.63, 2. Tevin Brown (Toledo St. John) 4;17.19, 3. Andre Bollam-Godbott (Brunswick) 4:18.22, 4. Caden Foos (Norwalk) 4:19.81. Local finisher: 8. Austin Fasciana (Avon) 4:28.22.

400-meter relay: 1. Berea-Midpark (Caleb Samol, Justin Harris, Marlon Robertson, Chris Neumann) 42.32, 2. Toledo Whitmer 42.49, 3. Brunswick 42.80, 4. Elyria 43.47

400 meters: 1. Rico Stafford (Lima Senior) 48.54, 2. Jernard Pinckney (Sylvania Southview) 48.97, 3. Anfernee Myers (Berea-Midpark) 49.26, 4. Daniel Squeri (Westlake) 49.69

300-meter hurdles: 1. Steele Wasik (St. Edward) 37.56, 2. Richard Floyd (Strongville) 38.33, 3. Frank Douglas (Mansfield Madison) 38.33, 4. Caleb Samol (Berea-Midpark) 38.63. Local finisher: 8. Jason Lucas (North Ridgeville) 40.37

800 meters: 1. Frank Hayes (Sylvania Southview ) 1:54.52, 2. Jared Lee (Norwalk) 1:55.10, 3. Michael Kardos (Amherst) 1:55.45, 4. Justin Carroll (Berea-Midpark) 1:55.66

200 meters: 1. Malcolm Johnson (Sylvania Southview) 21.90, 2, Reggie Thomas (John Adams) 22.15, 3. Marlon Robertson (Berea-Midpark) 22.20, 4. Samuel Bruno (Anthony Wayne) 22.38

3,200 meters: 1. Luke Landis (Norwalk) 9:22.21, David St. John (Toledo St. Francis) 9:24.22, 3. Nicholas Jarrell (Toledo St. John) 9:25.57, 4. George McCartney (Toledo Central Catholic) 9:27.51. Local Finisher: 7. Sean Kane (Avon) 9:37.63

1,600-meter relay: 1. Sylvania Southview (Frank Hayes, Earl Armstrong, Jay Lawrence, Jernard Pinckney) 3:18.42, 2. Lima Senior 3:19.97, 3. Berea-Midpark 3:20.08, 4. Sandusky 3:20.35. Local finisher: 8. Amherst 3:24.27

Girls

Team standings: 1. St. Joseph Academy 55, 2. Perrysburg 51, 3. Toledo Whitmer 39, 4. Oregon Clay 37, 5. Lorain 36, 6. Sylvania Southview 31, 6. Medina 31, 8. Highland 30.5, 9. Amherst 29, 10. Bay 28, 11. Revere 27, 12. Berea-Midpark 26, 13. Mansfield 26, 14. Brunswick 16, 15. Ashland 15. Toledo Notre Dame 16., 17. Celina 14, 18. Fremont Ross 13., 19. Rocky River 12, 19. Strongsville 12. Other local teams: 26. Avon Lake 8, 33. Westlake 3, 38. Avon 1.

Pole Vault: 1. Maria Horrigan (Bowling Green) 12-10, 2. Kaitlyn Barber (Toledo Whitmer) 12-3, 3. Kristen Denk (North Royalton) 11-9, 4. Larissa Kurtz (Revere) 11-6.

Long Jump: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 18-8, 2. Kyla Paster (Berea-Midpark) 18-7 3⁄4, 3. Bekah Carr (Celina) 18-5 1⁄4, 4. Marissa Harbath (Revere) 17-9. Local finisher: Lamia Scott (Lorain) 16-3 1⁄4.

Discus: 1. Carolyn Wilder (Medina) 138-4, 2. Mariah Mansperger (Ashland) 129-8, 3. Brittany Morrison (St. Joseph Academy) 125-5, 4. TiTyana Gardner (Toledo Whitmer) 123-9.

100-meter hurdles: 1. Grace Winckowski (Oregon Clay) 15.19, 2. Stephanie Bierman (Revere) 15.22, 3. Bekah Carr (Celina) 15.67, 4. Alison Connelly (Toledo Notre Dame) 15.68. Local finisher: 7. Charlotte Ward (Avon Lake) 16.47.

100 meters: 1. Symphony Cooke (Mansfield) 12.33, 2. Andresja Dearmas (Lorain) 12.63, 3. Jocelynn Rogers (Lorain) 12.65, 4. Jenea Adams (Cleveland St. Joseph) 12.66

800-meter relay: 1. Sylvania Southview (Lauren Micham, Kennedy Marable, Alana Johnson, Chelsey Barwiler) 1:42.22, 2. Lorain 1:43.46, 3. St. Joseph Academy 1:44.20, 4. Sandusky 1:44.21

1,600 meters: 1. Courtney Clody (Perrysburg) 5:03.97, 2. Sydnie Fetherolf (Norwalk) 5:04.27, 3. Haley Hess (Oregon Clay) 5:06.56, 4. Alesha Vovk (St. Joseph Academy) 5:06.87

400-meter relay: 1. Highland (Sam Duale, Emma Grantier, Colleen Hoynes, Sarah Carpenter) 48.82, 2. Lorain 49.05, 3. Brunswick 49.10,
4. Sylvania Southview 49.35

400 meters: 1. Olivia Bechtel (Bay) 55.58, 2. Chelsey Barwiler (Sylvania Southview) 57.63, 3. Avery Pacella (Magnificat) 57.81, 4. Kiana McClendon (Toledo Central Catholic) 58.08. Local Finishers: 7. Lauren Bakitis (Avon Lake) 59.20, 8. Emily Jones (Avon) 59.80

300-meter hurdles: 1. Gabby Maslowski (Brunswick) 44.95, 2. Grace Winckowski (Oregon Clay) 45.50, 3. Taylor Fitchpatric (Sylvania Southview) 46.29, 4. Cassie Woleslagel (Fremont Ross) 46.43. Local finishers: Charlotte Ward (Avon Lake) 46.51

800 meters: 1. Courtney Clody (Perrysburg) 2:11.98, 2. Alexis Szivan (Amherst) 2:12.48, 3. Lauren DiVito (Rocky River) 2:13.99, 4. Sher Champe (Amherst) 2:14.03

200 meters: 1. Symphony Cooke (Mansfield) 24.92, 2. Jenea Adams (St. Joseph Academy) 25.48, 3. Jocelynn Rogers (Lorain) 25.64, 4. Sarah Carpenter (Highland) 25.80

3,200 meters: 1. Carlee Rhoads (Highland) 10:49.42, 2. Erin Gyurke (Oregon Clay) 10:55.33, 3. Taylor Monheim (Perrysburg) 10:59.60, 4. Natalie Pasicznyk (Revere) 11:01.57

1,600-meter relay: 1. Amherst (Undrea Ballard, Lexi O’Connor, Alexis Szivan, Sher Champe) 3:54.72, 2. Perrysburg 3:55.73, 3. Brunswick 3:56.71, 4. Medina 3:58.86

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  • susan hill brown

    Congratulations to all but especially Champe who was 1 shoe/foot ahead.