Taylor Burke is at it again.
After holding just about every high jump record in Ohio, the former Medina standout is breaking records at the national level.
The University of Florida sophomore broke the 21-year-old Gators school mark in the high jump Saturday at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet as she cleared 6-feet, 1¼-inches.
“I knew that I had a good jump in me this weekend,” said Burke, who registered her previous indoor personal record of 5-11½ at Virginia Tech last year. “I knew in the back of my mind the Florida record has always been a goal, but winning and qualifying for NCAAs was my top priority.
“Breaking the Florida high jump record means a lot to me. There have been a lot of great athletes that have passed through the university and to be mentioned as a record holder is an honor.”
In typical Burke style, the local product had hardly any misses until failing to clear 6-foot on her first attempt. She would make up for it on her second try and the rest is history.
“I made 6-1¼ on my first attempt which was a huge confidence booster,” she said. “I also had good looks at 6-2¼ so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the indoor and the outdoor season to see what I am capable of doing.”
Florida will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 22.
Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) led the way with 21 points and six rebounds as No. 22 Wheaton College edged Augustana 58-57. Earlier in the week, the junior netted 15 points and had seven boards in a 62-52 victory over Millikin.
Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) poured in a game-high 17 points for Baldwin Wallace, but a late 3-pointer by Marietta saw the Yellow Jackets fall 72-70. Kyle Payne (Brunswick) chipped in 11. Earlier in the week, Payne had 19 points in BW’s 70-54 win over John Carroll.
Senior Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) had 17 points and four assists as Hiram dropped a 63-61 heartbreaker to Ohio Wesleyan. The shooting guard poured in a game-high 21 earlier in the week in a win over Allegheny. Teammate Chris Zurowski (Medina) added eight points and five boards.
Sophomore Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) matched her career high with 22 points, including 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc, to lead Ashland to a 75-55 win over Malone. With the win, the nationally-ranked Eagles improve to 23-0. Teammate Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) was equally as impressive from the outside, hitting four trifectas en route to 17 points.
Georgetown College forward Dev King (Medina) had 11 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 13 Tigers beat the University of Virginia College at Wise 73-63. King had 14 points earlier in the week in a loss to the University of Pikeville.
Senior Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) had 12 points, four boards and three assists to help Old Dominion to a 53-59 win over George Mason.
Nate Ball (Wadsworth) earned a little county bragging rights this past week as Lake Erie College defeated nationally-ranked Mercyhurst. The 149-pounder earned a hard-fought 5-3 decision over Mercyhurst’s Michael Griffith (Medina). In another match, Ball won but the Storm dropped a dual with King College Griffith bounced back from the loss to Ball with a win by decision as the Lakers upset nationally-ranked Findlay and in his match against King College.
Ohio’s Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) dropped a tough 1-0 decision to No. 12 Colin Johnston of West Virginia. Squire won his 141-pound match earlier in the week 4-3 as Ohio downed Clarion.
Jake Piatt (Medina) and Tyler Houska (Highland) suffered losses as No. 19 Ashland fell to No. 2 Notre Dame of Ohio. Piatt got pinned in his 165-pound bout, while Houska lost by major decision at 285.
Addy Ferguson (Cloverleaf) won the 100 backstroke in 56.31, but Ohio saw its six-meet win streak come to an end with a loss to Miami of Ohio. Ferguson was also third in the 100 butterfly, along with swimming on the 200 medley and 400 free relays.
Lindsay Koch (Brunswick) recorded a 9.200 on the uneven bars to help Bowling Green to a 192.850-192.050 win at Lindenwood.
Indoor track and field
After a year off, Kent State’s Rebecca Herte (Black River) has picked up where her high school career left off. The 2011 D-III state pole vault champ recorded a collegiate personal record this past weekend, clearing 12-0½ to place 12th out of 30 girls at the SPIRE Division I Invitational. The freshman’s mark ranks seventh in school history. Taylor Wickey (Medina) was 35th in the mile run for the Flashes.
Ashland senior Eric Klucar (Highland) placed fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 16-8¾ at Grand Valley State’s Big Meet. Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) was ninth in the mile in 4:09.36.
Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) and Nick Owens (Brunswick) helped Akron’s 4×4 relay to a ninth-place finish in 3:14.12 at the SPIRE D-I Team Invitational. Hiltner was also 11th in the 800 (1:52.11).
Lake Erie’s Colleen Bednar (Brunswick) was sixth in the long jump at the Kane Invitational. Bednar cleared 17-8. Teammate Sammie Smith (Brunswick) was 16th in the open 400.
Sophomore Malik Tuck (Medina) helped Ohio Domincan’s 4×4 relay to a win in 3:35.09 at the Ohio Wesleyan Open.
South Florida’s Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth) placed 10th overall in the shot with toss of 43-3¼ at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup.
Evan McKee (Medina) was 16th in the 800, clocking a 2:01.70, as Ohio Northern competed at the All-Ohio Indoor Championships.
Ohio State freshman Brianna Neitzel (Brunswick) was 34th overall in the 200 at the SPIRE Division I Invitational, finishing in 26.67.
Kevin Paradise (Medina) ran the 3,000 in 9:02 for UNC Asheville at the Tiger Paw Invitational.
Baldwin Wallace thrower Mitch Supan (Medina resident/ Walsh) broke the school record in the weight throw with a fling of 63-8¾ at the Mid-February Meet. He also was third in the shot put. Fellow thrower Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) won the shot with a throw of 52-7½ and was third in the weight throw (52-1¾). On Saturday, Supan placed second in the shot put (53-1¾) and weight throw (61-6¼) at the All-Ohio Championships. Sprinter Shawn Cordes (Buckeye) helped the 4×2 relay to a fifth-place showing.
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