January 26, 2015


High school track and field: Elyria Catholic’s Ted Achladis parlays advice from mom, work ethic into state trip in discus

Elyria Catholic sophomore Ted Achladis shows the form that earned him a trip to the Division II state meet in the discus. PHOTO COMPOSITE BY BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Ted Achladis thinks big and listens to his mother. It’s been a successful combination for the Elyria Catholic sophomore, who qualified to the Division II state track meet in discus last week. Achladis would love to break Elyria Catholic’s school record in discus, which is 160 feet, 8 inches and was set by Bruce Yeager Read More…

Regional Track: Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome takes long jump title

Vermilion senior Hannah Bartlome wins the long jump Saturday at the Division II regional at Lexington. Bartlome’s best jump was 18 feet, 3 inches. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

LEXINGTON — The type of jump changed. The result was the same. Vermilion senior Hannah Bartlome simply knows how to come through in regional track competition. Bartlome won the Division II, Region 6 long jump title Saturday with a mark of 18 feet, 3 inches. It was Bartlome’s third career regional championship. The previous two Read More…

Track and Field: Keystone’s Quillen, Peters have loads of wins, want one more trip to state

Seniors and good friends Emily Peters, left, and Jenna Quillen have been a huge part of Keystone’s success the last four years. Quillen has won 13 Patriot Athletic Conference track titles and Peters 12. They will compete in four events each at the Division II regional meet, which begins today in Lexington. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Keystone track coach Jeff Holzhauer saw plenty of potential in Emily Peters and Jenna Quillen when they were freshmen. He also knew that early success can sometimes be fleeting. “Many times for high school girls their careers peak as freshmen,” Holzhauer said. “I told both Emily and Jenna that they were going to have to Read More…

Division II district track: Keystone’s Jenna Quillen, Emily Peters, Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome qualify in 4 events each

Keystone’s Emily Peters wins the 100-meter dash Saturday as Brookside’s Tyller Holley, far right, takes second. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Three area seniors are making the most of their final high school track seasons. Keystone’s Emily Peters and Jenna Quillen and Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome had monster days Saturday at the Division II district meet, each qualifying to the Lexington regional in four events. Peters led Lorain County girls with victories in the Read More…

Division I district track: Lorain’s Jocelynn Rogers doubles up again, helps Titans finish second

Lorain’s Jocelynn Rogers, left, and Andresja Dearmas finish first and second in the 100-meter dash Friday. Rogers also won the 200. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Lorain senior Jocelynn Rogers just loves the postseason. She proved that once again Friday at the Division I district meet at Amherst High School’s Richard S. Cooley Track. Rogers defended her titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.46 and 25.58 seconds. In between her sprint double, she contributed to Read More…

Avon’s John Kruszka grabs a top 10 at Rite Aid Marathon

John Kruszka, above, finishes the Rite Aid Marathon in 2:48:12 Sunday in downtown Cleveland. The 34-year-old Avon resident was the top area runner, finishing in 10th place. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — John Kruszka and David Hathaway represented Lorain County well at Sunday’s 37th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, both finishing in the top 12. Kruszka, of Avon, finished 10th overall in a time of two hours, 48 minutes and 12 seconds, while Hathaway, who lives in Elyria, ran a 2:48:53 to take 12th. The Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon girls get first Avon Reynolds Relays title in 13 years


AVON — It was a long time coming, but proved well worth the wait. The Avon girls team triumphed Saturday at its home classic, the 37th Avon Reynolds Relays. It was the Eagles girls’ first win at the event since going back-to-back in 2000-01. They also won the meet in 1977, ’78, ’88, ’92 and Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria Catholic track standout Mike Kozma found a new finish line following injury


Mike Kozma’s promising track career appeared in peril or at the very least at a crossroads his senior year of high school. But the Elyria Catholic standout managed to turn disaster into good fortune by being at the right place at the right time. After Kozma pulled his right hamstring in the 220-yard dash finals Read More…

H.S. Track: Amherst girls’ 1,600 relay wins to wrap up Comet Relays

Ray RiEdel / CHRONICLEAmherst’s Alexis Szivan runs the 1,600 meters in the distance medley relay Saturday at the Comet Relays. The Comets finished second in the event. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — It wasn’t quite the same feeling as a year ago for the Amherst girls, but the Comets had plenty to feel good about at Saturday’s 59th annual Comet Relays. The 1,600-meter relay team of Undrea Ballard, Lexi O’Connor, Sher Champe and Alexis Szivan won in a time of 4:07.45 in the final event Read More…

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

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 Read More…