Elyria junior Burgundy Jones trained with the varsity track team all season with the hopes of regaining her eligibility. Those hopes ended this week when the Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled her ineligible for the rest of the school year.
An Elyria High student and member of the track team the past two years, Jones was a 2008 Amherst Division I district champ as a member of the
400-meter relay and was expected to be a key contributor for the Pioneers again this season.
Jones transferred to Cleveland John Marshall prior to basketball season but transferred back to Elyria prior to track season. She was a member of the girls varsity basketball team for John Marshall, which finished 13-8 and second in the Senate League.
It was determined after basketball season that Jones` transfer to John Marshall lacked required paperwork. According to OHSAA commissioner Debbie Moore, John Marshall will have to forfeit every game Jones participated in for the 2008-09 basketball season.
Pochatek hunts SWC 100-meter title
After an injury scare at the Comet Relays on April 25 in Amherst, North Olmsted senior Morgan Pochatek got right back on course.
Pochatek has good momentum heading into Friday`s Southwestern Conference championships at Brecksville. She is the No. 1 challenger in the 100 meters to defending champ Kaila Barber, a sophomore from Midpark.
Pochatek won meet titles for the 100 meters at Avon (12.55) and Westlake (12.71) the last two Saturdays.
However, it looked bleak three weeks ago at Amherst. Pochatek experienced pain and swelling around the knee following her third-place finish (12.79). At first, it was believed there might be a partial tear in the meniscus and she would be sidelined for at least three weeks. She has quickly rebounded after a regimen of icing and stretching.
"Morgan is running fantastic.Â I`m very proud of her," said North Olmsted girls coach Lisa Pochatek, Morgan`s mom. "She`s put in a lot of extra time training for this season to be sure she was no longer weak in any area."
Some of the apprehension at Amherst was due to a freak ankle injury Pochatek suffered at last year`s Berea Relays. She suffered a high ankle sprain that knocked her out for the rest of the season.
St. Marie at Pan Am Junior Triathlon
Westlake sophomore Jack St. Marie is the No. 3-ranked American among junior elite boys ages 16-19 competing in Saturday`s PATCO Pan American Junior Triathlon Championships in Oklahoma City.
The sprint distance event consists of a 750-meter swim, 20K bike and a 5K run. There are 70 athletes from 15 countries in the field.
A distance runner for the Westlake High track team, St. Marie earned a race spot after getting picked by the national development coordinator. Last year, St. Marie was third at the elite nationals in Colorado Springs and 11th at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver.
"I`ve been training for this race since swim season and it will be my first race this season," said
St. Marie, a 2008 honorable mention All-American triathlete. "It`s been really tough balancing training for this, track and school."
Coolidge comes up just shy at NCL
Elyria Catholic junior distance runner Marty Coolidge came up shy twice at last week`s North Coast League championships at Padua.
Coolidge was third in the 1,600 (4:26.97) to Trinity sophomore Nick Gliha (4:24.05) and NDCL senior Sebastian Beck (4:26.89). Later, Coolidge took second (9:48.54) to Gliha (9:35.86) in the 3,200. EC teammate Dan Kuhman (10:03.97) was third.
"Marty just needs to go back to racing like Marty," said EC boys coach Tim Kuhman. "He`s starting to run other people`s races instead of competing the way he did his sophomore year."
EC sophomore MacKenzie Tweardy was third in pole vault
(8-0). Freshman Natalie Wilden was fourth in long jump (15-11/4). Jimmy Zambo (400, 53.13), Ryan Lynch (800, 2:03.64), Alexa Rick (800, 2:31.18) and Michelle Clark (3,200, 12:39.11) took fifths.
Elyria Catholic finished seventh of 10 teams in the girls field and eighth of 10 in the boys field.
The fourth annual Patriot Athletic Conference meet continues today at Lutheran West. Field events begin at 3:30 p.m. Running events are at 5.
â™¦ The Lake Erie League meet also continues today at Bedford. Action starts at 4 p.m.
â™¦ The 74th annual boys and 36th annual girls Southwestern Conference meet continues Friday at Brecksville. Field events start at
4:30 p.m. and running events at 6:30.
â™¦ The fourth annual West Shore Conference meet continues Friday at Midview. Field events start at 4:30 p.m. followed by running events at 5.
â™¦ The second annual Northeast Ohio Conference River Division meet is today at Byers Field in Parma. Field events are at 2 p.m. Running finals are at 4:45.
Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Christian Nogueras, Southview
LAST WEEK: Won the 100 meters (11.0) and long jump (21-4) and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay (43.7) at Friday`s Vermilion Invitational. He tied with Vermilion`s Nate Rodriguez for meet MVP honors. Tuesday, he won long jump with a career-record 21-91/2 at the Lake Erie League championships.
OTHER SPORTS: Football, basketball
BIO: He placed third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 at the 2008 state middle school meet. He played wingback for the junior varsity football team and guard and forward for the freshman basketball team. He has a 3.0-grade-point average.
PARENTS: Luis Nogueras and Brenda Bermudez
Shaniqua Ogle, Southview
LAST WEEK: Captured shot put honors at the Vermilion Invitational with a throw of 39-6.
OTHER SPORTS: Volleyball, basketball
BIO: She also won meet titles at the Avon Lake Invitational (38-7), Comet Relays (38-8) and Avon Relays (36-8) this season. She was second in shot put at last year`s Amherst Division I district meet and second at the Lake Erie League championships. She enjoys listening to music and is a merit roll student.
PARENT: Linda Ogle