July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Track and field: Hornets put it in cruise control

GRANGER TWP. — The Highland boys track team won 10 of the 12 events on the track Tuesday in cruising to a 95-42 Suburban League win over Cloverleaf.

Joshua Poling

Stuart Arbuckle

Josh Poling and Stuart Arbuckle each won a pair of events to lead the Hornets.

Poling placed first in both hurdle events, winning the 110s in 16.4 and clocking a season-low 42.2 to take the 300s. Arbuckle won the 1,600 (4:48) and 3,200 (10:54).

James Friedl (200) and Jason Hadchiti (800) also posted wins on the track, along with the Hornets sweeping all four relays.

In the field, Mason Simmons recorded a season-best 12 feet, 6 inches to take first in the pole vault, while Jack Vandenberg took the discus (120-9).

Junior Adam Podolak was stellar for the Colts, taking first in three events. Podolak recorded winning times in the 100 (11.8) and 400 (53.9), as well as the top leap in the high jump (5-8). Tom Wangler (shot put) and Chandler Laux (long jump) also won in the field.

In other meets:

Wadsworth 77½, Copley 59½
COPLEY — Junior Nick Winkler was first in the 1,600 and 800 along with anchoring the 4×800 to a win as the Grizzlies defeated the Indians in an SL meet. Winkler ran a 4:38 in the 1,600, 2:04 in the 800 and teamed with Mike Hillegass, Eric Peltz and Jeff Batey on the relay. Hunter Williams and Eric Yetzer recorded season-best times en route to winning the 200 and 400, respectively, while Jon Bach (3,200) also won on the track. The 4×2 and 4×4 units also took top honors. Ethan Reynolds threw the shot 46-4, while Nick Seme won the discus with a toss of 162-9.

Highland 85, Cloverleaf 52
GRANGER TWP. — Martha Szekely took first in the shot and disc to lead the Hornets to this SL win over the Colts. Szekely hurled the shot 33-5½ and twirled the disc 96-10. Sam Zidd ran a season-low 2:28 in winning the 800, while Hallie Sours clocked a spring-best 50.8 to take the 300 hurdles. Lauren Zuro (110 hurdles), Sam Duale (100), Colleen Hoynes (400), Paige Springhetti (200), Katie Piar (3,200) and Rebecca Koval (high jump) also won individually. Highland’s sprint relays also won. Colts distance runner Ashley Murray shaved more than 3 seconds off her PR in the 1,600 while finishing in 5:20. Teammates Kaylee Gutschow and Natalie Martz won the long jump and pole vault, respectively, while the Colts 4×8 and 4×4 took home victories.

Wadsworth 87, Copley 50
WADSWORTH — Behind strong performances from hurdler Emily Perebzak and distance runner Sarah Berger, the Grizzlies took this SL clash with Copley. Perebzak put together her best meet of the spring, clocking winning times of 16.4 in the 110 hurdles and 49.7 in the 300s. Berger was equally efficient with victories in the 800 (2:26) and 1,600 (5:33). Junior Leah Runkle cleared 15-8 to win the high jump and joined Ally Malkowski, Courtney Palange and Michalla Gordon on the winning 4×2 team. Gordon also won the 400 and Kexi Hines took the 3,200. Libby O’Hara and Carly Sandridge took top honors in the shot and disc and Jessica White soared a season-best 10-feet in the pole vault.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.