April 21, 2014

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Track and field: Hornets can’t pull off upset

GRANGER TWP. — The Highland girls track team had all intentions of staking its claim to the Suburban League championship Thursday.

Reigning champion Nordonia wasn’t ready to let go of the crown just yet.

Sam Duale

Sarah Pack

The upset-minded Hornets fell to the Knights 80-57 despite some strong performances.

Sam Duale had a hand in three event victories. The sophomore won the 100- and 200-meter dashes along with running on the winning 4×100 relay. Duale clocked 12.8 and 27.0 in the sprint events.

Duale, Paige Springhetti, Lauren Zuro and Hallie Sours combined to run 51.8 in the 4×1.

In the field, Rebecca Koval soared 5 feet, 2 inches to take first in the high jump, while Nikki McKenna cleared 14-11½ in the long jump. Martha Szekely threw the shot put 32-3¾ to win by more than 3 feet.

The 4×4 of Colleen Hoynes, Springhetti, Sours and Zuro placed first in 4:20.

In other meets:

Medina 85, Twinsburg 50
TWINSBURG — Sarah Pack anchored a pair of relays and won the 800 in 2:26.8 to help the Bees to this Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division triumph. Fellow distance runners Alexis Smith and Tessa Dombi, who both ran with Pack and Maggie Willse on the winning 4×8, won the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively. Morgan Wickey (400), Sarayah Kress (200) and Allyson Campbell (100 hurdles) also won individually. The 4×2 and 4×4 units also won. Cari Pallini registered winning tosses in the shot (35-5) and discus (118-3), while McKenna Baluch took the pole vault (10-0).

Green 72, Cloverleaf 41
GREEN — Junior Ashley Murray took first in the 1,600 (5:22) and 800 (2:36), but the Bulldogs ran away with this SL meet. Lauren Frank (200) and Erian Hamilton (400) also won, along with Kaylee Gutschow (long jump).

Boys
Wadsworth 87, Tallmadge 50
TALLMADGE — The Grizzlies swept the sprints en route to this SL win over the Blue Devils. Hunter Williams continued his strong start, winning the 100 (11.1), 200 (23.7) and anchoring the victorious 4×1 and 4×2 relays. Quade Hanlin, Eric Yetzer and Josh Weber joined Williams on the 4×2, while Hanlin, Devon Gilkerson and Weber filled out the 4×1’s other legs. Yetzer also won the 400 in 53.9, while Ryan Looser and Nick Winkler notched two wins each. Looser took the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Winkler clocked winning times in the 1,600 and 800. Nick Seme (discus), Clay Smalley (high jump) and Zack Metz (pole vault) won in the field.

Medina 102, Twinsburg 35
TWINSBURG — Mike Hierholzer recorded a personal best in the discus (161-3) as the Bees crushed the Tigers in NOC action. The junior also won the shot (51-7). Senior Josh Oswald ran winning times of 11.2 in the 100 and 22.9 in the 200. Medina swept the distance events with Ken Kutcel (1,600), Tommy Menyes (800) and Tony Kall (3,200), while Robert Sprung and Lavelle Saulsberry took the 110 and 300 hurdles, respectively. The Bees also won all four relay events and Kyle Hutchinson soared 14-3 in the pole vault.

Green 96, Cloverleaf 31
GREEN — It was all Bulldogs in this SL meet with the Colts. Sophomore Andrew Jarrett clocked winning times in the 1,600 (4:57) and 800 (2:19). Tom Wangler threw the shot 45-3 and Adam Podolak cleared 5-8 in the high jump to round out the Cloverleaf event winners.

Nordonia 103, Highland 34
GRANGER TWP. — The 4×4 of Jason Hadchiti, Brad Small, Mason Rorapaugh and Pat Namoski recorded a winning time of 3:44.3, but it wasn’t enough against the Knights in an SL meet. Rorapaugh also was a winner in the 400 in 52.1, while Stuart Arbuckle’s 2:00 run in the 800 was good for a victory. Mason Simmons cleared 12-6 in the pole vault.

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