Keith Yohman — Brunswick sprints
Highlights: Gazette MVP was only area boy to qualify for regionals in four events. … Hamstring injury cut season short … After recording personal-record time of 22.06 in prelim, went on to win 200 at Amherst D-I District. … Also advanced to regionals in 100 and as anchor of 4×1 and 4×4. … Placed in four events at Northeast Ohio Conference Meet. … … Two-time All-Gazette selection.
Brunswick coach Scott Merrill on Yohman: “He is one of the best kids to come through the Brunswick sprint program based on work ethic and talent. He never took a day off for the last three years. His leadership will hard to replace next year.” [br]
Ryan Gallagher — Buckeye distance
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette pick. … Bounced back from injury-plagued regular season to make second consecutive trip to D-II state meet. … Earned All-Ohio accolades for second year in row after eighth-place finish in 3,200-meter run in season-low time of 9:38.69. … Won Midview District. … Also qualified for regionals in 4×8. … Patriot Athletic Conference champ in 1,600.
Buckeye coach Jim Huth on Gallagher: “He got a mouth infection and missed half of the season, so it was awfully hard to come back to the form he was at last year. We’re very happy that he placed in the state and it was a great way for him to end his career.” [br]
Brandon Emert — Brunswick hurdles
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette selection. … Established himself as county’s top athlete in 300 hurdles, running area-best 39.96 in second straight trip to Amherst D-I Regional. … Amherst District runner-up in 300 hurdles and ran career-low 15.63 in prelim for 110 hurdles. … Also participated in pole vault, clearing personal-record 12 feet at Brunswick Elite Meet.
Brunswick coach Scott Merrill on Emert: “He had a pretty solid year after stepping up his game in the later part of last year. I’m looking forward to a solid senior campaign next season. He should be one of the best in the county next year.” [br]
Alex Hartill — Brunswick jumps
Highlights: Emerged as one of area’s top jumpers and sprinters. … Made first trip to state meet as leg of county’s best 4×400-meter relay. … Led area with personal-best leap of 21-7¾ to take second at Northeast Ohio Conference Meet. … Also posted career-best marks in high jump (6-4) and 400 (51.10) at same meet. … Regional qualifier in high jump, 4×1 and 4×4.
Brunswick coach Scott Merrill on Hartill: “What a great addition to the team the last two years. He had so many great moments over this year on the track and in the jumps. He will be a great asset to someone’s program at the next level. I hope his career is not over” [br]
Mike Hierholzer — Medina throws
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette selection. … Advanced to first state meet in shot put. … Placed eighth in D-I shot to earn All-Ohio honors. … Won Amherst District shot and discus titles. … Broke school record in discus with toss of 177 feet to win Comet Relays. … Had personal-best 59-5 in shot at Northeast Ohio Conference Meet.
Medina coach Bob Jenkins on Hierholzer: “Mike has worked daily since last October, never missing a day and never forgetting to help his teammates to improve. His achieving All-Ohio this season is no surprise. He is a gentleman, a scholar and a pleasure to coach — and he is only a junior.” [br]
Kyle Hutchinson — Medina pole vault
Highlights: Advanced to first state meet, placing eighth overall in D-I. … Cleared personal-best 14 feet, 9 inches to take second at Amherst Regional. … Northeast Ohio Conference champ. … Posted wins at Brunswick Elite Meet, Avon Lake Invitational and Comet Relays. … Career mark was 13 feet coming into season.
Medina coach Bob Jenkins on Hutchinson: “He has improved tremendously from last year and I predict great things for Kyle in his senior year. His hard work during preseason has made him the success that he is now. Kyle has already planned his training sessions for summer, fall and winter. I wish that I had a few more athletes like Kyle. He’s a winner.” [br]
Gus Kazek — Black River distance
Highlights: Advanced to D-II state meet for first time in 3,200-meter run, placing 16th. … First Black River boy to qualify for state since 2002. … Posted personal-record 9:54.72 to take third at Lexington Regional. … Advanced to regionals in 1,600 after career-low 4:37.70. … Will run cross country and track at John Carroll University.
Black River coach Mike Nye on Kazek: “Gus Kazek’s success on the track can be attributed to many years of commitment and year-round training. His hard work on and off the track are a testament to his character. Throughout his career Gus has strived to achieve many of his goals and will continue to do so at John Carroll.” [br]
Ryan Looser — Wadsworth hurdles
Highlights: First-year track athlete did everything from hurdles, long jump and sprint relays to help Grizzlies to runner-up finish in Suburban League. … Regional qualifier in 110 hurdles and 4×2 relay. … Clocked personal-record time of 14.86 in prelim of 110 hurdles at Youngstown D-I Regional. … SL and Nordonia District runner-up in event.
Wadsworth coach D.J. Schrock on Looser: “He was a first-time runner who had a chance to make it to state in the 110s. He’s a guy who loves to compete and hates to lose. He catches on to things so quickly, he has a chance to be one of the best hurdlers in Wadsworth history.” [br]
Tyler Menear — Brunswick distance
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette selection. … Clocked season-best times in back-to-back postseason meets to earn second straight trip to D-I state meet in 3,200-meter run. … Placed 14th at state. … Won Amherst Regional in season-low 9:25.13. … Also won Amherst District. … Along with area-best time in 3,200, had second-fastest 1,600 time and fifth-fastest in 800.
Brunswick coach Scott Merrill on Menear: “He put four solid years together and was a four-time state qualifier in cross country and track. He is one of the best runners that has come through the Brunswick distance program for performances on the track.” [br]
Tommy Menyes — Medina mid-distance
Highlights: Helped 4×800 relay to county-best time 7:54.78 to finish runner-up at Amherst D-I Regional and earn second straight trip to state meet. … Relay placed 13th in D-I. … Also regional qualifier in 800 after earning fourth and final bid at Amherst District. … Clocked career-low times in 800 at Northeast Ohio Conference Meet and in 3,200 at Avon Lake Invitational.
Medina coach Bob Jenkins on Menyes: “Tommy has been a mainstay in our distance program for four years, having been a state qualifier for two years. He has shown his leadership with his actions and has been one of the hardest-working runners I have coached.” [br]
Josh Oswald — Medina sprints
Highlights: Veteran bounced back from hamstring injury as junior to help 4×1 and 4×2 relays to regionals. … Posted personal-record times in 100 and 200 in prelims at Comets Relays and Amherst D-I District, respectively. … Had streak of nine straight event wins in Northeast Ohio Conference dual meets.
Medina coach Bob Jenkins on Oswald: “Josh is definitely our team leader and has been instrumental in bringing back the work ethic and the sense of family that we needed. His preseason has been phenomenal, up at 5:30a.m., workouts in the pool, the weight room and distance running. These have made him one of the finest sprinters in the area. I will miss him.” [br]
Nick Seme — Wadsworth throws
Highlights: Broke 26-year-old school record in discus on four occasions, capped by toss of 180-2 to place third at Youngstown D-I Regional and earn first career state bid. … Placed ninth at state in discus. … Will throw for Ashland University next season, along with play for school’s football team.
Wadsworth coach D.J. Schrock on Seme: “He had a set of goals he wanted to accomplish by the end of the season and he was able to reach those goals. He was an extremely hard worker who was a great leader and will be successful in the future. He was the best thrower in school history.” [br]
Hunter Williams — Wadsworth sprints
Highlights: Earned trip to Youngstown D-I Regional in 200 meters and as anchor of 4×2 relay. … Won Suburban League titles in 100 and 200. … Posted personal-record run of 11.17 to win SL in 100 and had career-low 21.62 in prelim of 200 at regional meet. … Led 4×2 to county-best time of 1:30.12.
Wadsworth coach D.J. Schrock on Williams: “He’s another first-year runner who had a chance to make it to state in the 200. He’s already set the school record in that race. He has so much potential. Working on a few little things will help him reach that full potential and make it to state and set more records.” [br]
Nick Winkler — Wadsworth mid-distance
Highlights: Clocked personal-record 1:56.67 in 800 at Nordonia D-I District to earn first trip to Youngstown Regional. … Time was fastest in county. … Had area’s top time in 1,600 (4:24.17) to win Suburban League championship in 1,600. … Won titles in 800 at F.E. Cope Invitational and Willoughby South Invitational.
Wadsworth coach D.J. Schrock on Winkler: “Nick continues to improve throughout his career. He has the drive and work ethic to be up there with some of the best Wadsworth distance runners we have ever had. He hates to lose and will get better to reach his full potential and move on to that next level.” [br]
Black River –Austin Phillips (sr., sprints), Alex Bacisin (sr., sprints). Brunswick – Tyler Laffin (jr., throws/sprints). Buckeye – Michael Keith (jr., hurdles). Cloverleaf – Adam Podolak (jr., jumps/sprints), Tom Wangler (jr., throws). Highland – Mason Simmons (jr., pole vault), Stuart Arbuckle (sr., distance). Medina – Austin Hazek (jr., throws), Andrew Stenger (jr., jumps), Robert Sprung (sr., hurdles/jumps), Ian McKee (sr., mid-distance). Wadsworth – Zack Metz (jr., pole vault), Eric Yetzer (sr., sprints).