By ADAM FERRISE
Special to The Gazette
WESTFIELD TWP. â€” Kristen Hutchings and Melanie Hamlett recorded two individual first-place finishes in Highlandâ€™s 99-38 win over Suburban League win over Cloverleaf Tuesday.
The Hornets placed first in 14 of the 17 events and coach Paul Lushes was able to make good use of the lead by resting some of his top runners.
â€œWe have some tired legs,â€ Lushes said. â€œWe didnâ€™t rest everyone but we gave them a little break and we were still able to be competitive enough to do what we needed to do.â€
Hutchings took top honors in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Hamlett won the shot put and discus competitions.
Highland also won all four relay events.
Cloverleaf received solid performances from Megan Rybacki, Jen Foster and Paige Lloyd, who took first place in the 400, high jump and pole vault, respectively. Heidi Santelmann was strong with wins in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
â€œWe did OK,â€ Colts coach Darrin Clapp said. â€œHighland is one of the better teams in the SL.â€
In other meets:
Keystone 82, Buckeye 54
YORK TWP. â€” Sophomore Erin Jesse had a big day in the Bucksâ€™ Patriot Athletic Conference dual meet with Keystone. Jesse took first in the 100 hurdles in the 300 hurdles and in the high jump. Buckeye freshman Jessi Yagel won the 3,200 in 14:30. The Bucksâ€™ 4×400 and 4×100 also came up winners.
Black River 85, Wellington 52
WELLINGTON â€” The Herte sisters headlined the Piratesâ€™ PAC win, when they combined for five individual first-place finishes and two second places. Sophomore Raichel Herte took home gold in the long jump, 100 hurdles, 100 and 300 hurdles, while sister Rebecca, a freshman, took top honors in the 200 and placed second in the pole vault and 100. Kristina Gillahan won the pole vault and high jump.
Buckeye 108, Keystone 31
YORK TWP. â€” Buckeye had a field day at Keystoneâ€™s expense in this PAC meet. Sophomore Jake Boettner captured the high jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Another sophomore, Tyler Yuhas, won the 100 and 200. Other Buckeye winners were Josh Varney in the discus, Kenton Keller in the shot, Ben Eggert in the 400, Brad Ferguson in the 1,600, Austin Mathis in the long jump, Kyle Miller in the 800 and Joey Van Bolderan in the 3,200. The Bucksâ€™ 4×800, 4×200 and 4×400 relays all won, too.
Copley 72, Wadsworth 65
WADSWORTH â€” The clash between the two unbeaten SL teams lived up to the hype. The Grizzlies only had four first-place finishes on the day, but of the 13 events they didnâ€™t win, six were decided by three seconds or less and four came by less than one second. Wadsworth won three relays â€” the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 â€” while its lone individual win came courtesy of Anthony Schrock in the 300 hurdles, which he won by one-tenth of a second. The Indians edged the Grizzlies in the 110 hurdles and 100 dash by less than one second, the 200 by .1 second and the open 400 by .8 second. Wadsworth is now in second place in the SL with one dual meet left, coming next Tuesday against Tallmadge.
Black River 70, Wellington 67
WELLINGTON â€” The Pirates squeaked out this PAC win behind solid performances from their distance runners. Robert Altenburger took the top place in the 3,200 and 1,600, while David Kindall placed second in the 1,600 and third in the 800. Jared McFadden took third in the 1,600 while Patrick Twining took second in the 800. Brandon Freeman also finished with two seconds in the100 and 200.
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