Sarah Berger — Wadsworth mid-distance
Highlights: Gazette MVP. … Only county athlete to place in three events at state. … Finished seventh in 1,600 meters in personal-record 5:04.80, anchored 4×8 to fourth place finish and guided 4×4 to seventh place. … Also won Suburban League crown in all three events.
Wadsworth coach John Burton on Berger: “What a great season Sarah had this year. Last year she did not make it to regionals in the 16, and this year she stood on the podium in Columbus. That is the best testimony of how hard she has worked this year and how talented she is. Her events really speak volumes to her range as a runner and her competitive mindset.” [br]
Michalla Gordon — Wadsworth sprints
Highlights: Second All-Gazette honor. … After qualifying for state meet as junior in 300 hurdles, made trip this time in 4×4 and 4×8. … Guided 4×8 to fourth-place finish in just fifth meet together. … Helped 4×4 to seventh at state…. Clocked personal-record 59.12 to take second in open 400 at Suburban League Meet.… University of Akron recruit.
Wadsworth coach John Burton on Gordon: “This year she could not run hurdles because of a persistent injury, but ran through that injury in other events. Without her efforts, we would not have had the relay success we had this year. Michalla is a wonderful young lady, a wonderful leader and great competitor.” [br]
Alyssa Acevedo — Medina jumps
Highlights: Compiled impressive postseason run, which ended with trip to D-I state meet in long jump. … Went on to place 10th in event. … Won Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division championship with personal-best leap of 17 feet, 3¼ inches. … Also won Amherst District and was runner-up at Amherst Regional.
Medina coach Scott VanFleet on Acevedo: “After struggling with injury her freshman year, Alyssa was able to show her talents this year in the long jump. We hope that we can tap into some of her other athletic abilities in the future, as her potential is very promising. Alyssa is always looking for ways to improve and contribute to the team’s success.” [br]
Jenna D’Errico — Medina pole vault
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette selection. … Battled shin splits throughout season to earn first career bid to D-I state meet. … Finished 12th overall. … Cleared personal-record 11 feet, 7 inches to win Amherst District. … Also broke meet record to win Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title, along with winning Brunswick Elite Meet and Avon Lake Invitational.
Medina coach Scott VanFleet on D’Errico: “Jenna has continued the tradition of talented vaulters at Medina. She worked tirelessly nearly 12 months a year to transform herself into a premier vaulter and athlete. She is equally impressive in the classroom and epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete. Her level of dedication to the sport will be the blueprint for future vaulters at Medina.” [br]
Ashley Murray — Cloverleaf distance
Highlights: Advanced to state meet for first time in career, placing seventh in 3,200-meter run. … Earned runner-up honors at Nordonia D-I District and Youngstown Regional and won event at Suburban League Meet. … Clocked school-record 11:04.98 to win Comet Relays title in 3,200 and had career-low 5:09.69 in 1,600 to take first in SL.
Cloverleaf coach Bob Lake on Murray: “Ashley is a tremendous competitor. She works extremely hard and is highly self-motivated . She trains year round, monitors her diet, keeps a log of her workouts and has a tremendous desire to excel. She displays tremendous courage and has an innate desire to win.” [br]
Gabby Maslowski — Brunswick hurdles
Highlights: Earned second straight trip to state in 4×400-meter relay and first appearance in 300 hurdles. … Helped 4×4 to runner-up finishes at Amherst District and Amherst Regional. … Ran personal-best 45.70 to earn final state qualifying spot in 300 hurdles and recorded career-low 59.32 to win 400 dash title at Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Meet.
Brunswick coach Melissa Wojtala on Maslowski: “Gabby was valuable to our team because we could put her in many different events, anywhere from the 100 to 800, any of the relays and obviously the 300 hurdles. She worked hard in the offseason and it showed in her performances. She is still young and has a very promising future.” [br]
Amber Neitzel — Brunswick sprints
Highlights: Made trip to state in 4×400-meter relay, along with posting top times in 100 and 200. … Ran on 4×4 that was runner-up at Amherst District and Amherst Regional. … Recorded personal-best 26.56 in 200 and 12.88 in 100.
Brunswick coach Melissa Wojtala on Neitzel: “Amber had a solid freshman year. She was one of the top sprinters on our team who also found a spot on the 4×400. Amber has a great attitude and is excited to run anything you ask her to run. I am very eager to work with Amber for the next three years. She has great potential.” [br]
Sarah Pack — Medina mid-distance
Highlights: Made second straight state appearance, qualifying in 4×800-meter relay, 4×4 and in 800 run. … Placed 15th in 800 and helped 4×8 to 10th in D-I. … Anchored 4×8 to Amherst District crown and season-low time at Amherst Regional. … Recorded personal-best time of 2:16.51 to earn final state bid in 800. … Time in 800 was fastest in county this year.
Medina coach Scott VanFleet on Pack: “Sarah really took a big step this year in her level of competitiveness to become a top-flight middle distance runner. She sets her goals high and is willing to put in the work to reach them. I am excited to see her continue her career as I am sure the best is yet to come.” [br]
Courtney Palange — Wadsworth mid-distance
Highlights: Made first trip to state, helping 4×400 and 4×8 relays to top-eight finishes in D-I. … As lead leg, guided 4×8 to fourth-place showing and 4×4 to seventh. … Won Suburban League championship in 4×4 and 4×8. … Also ran in 400 at SL Meet and recorded personal-record 59.51 in placing third.
Wadsworth coach John Burton on Palange: “Court is wonderfully talented and has the athletic ability to range from sprints to the 800. This year she chopped 5 seconds off her 800 split in the 4×8 and, what is exciting, there is more potential for growth there for next year. As with all the girls, she is highly competitive, a hard worker and extremely motivated to be the best runner she can possibly be.” [br]
Cari Pallini —Medina throws
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette pick. … Qualified for first state meet in shot put and discus, placing 10th and 13th, respectively. … Tossed shot personal-best 39 feet, 8¾ inches to take runner-up honors at Amherst D-I Regional. …. Had career-best toss in discus of 138-4½ in dual meet with Shaker Heights. … Amherst District champ in both events.
Medina coach Scott VanFleet on Pallini: “Cari has shown a great deal of leadership throughout her four-year career. Our throwing program had been in somewhat of a dry spell prior to her coming on the scene and her dedication to the sport has brought it back to prominence. She will be greatly missed.” [br]
Carlee Rhoads — Highland distance
Highlights: Had personal records in 1,600 and 3,200 in placing third and second, respectively, at Suburban League Meet. … Clocked 5:10.70 in 1,600 and school-record 11:28.38 in 3,200. … Missed qualifying for regionals in 1,600 by one spot. … Posted first prep invitational victory in winning 3,200 at Frank Rossi Valkyrie Invitational.
Highland coach Paul Lushes on Rhoads: “She really came on mid-year and dropped her times, running our school record in the two-mile and running a real good time in the 1,600. In just about any other district, she would’ve got out. We knew she would be good, but didn’t expect those times.” [br]
Leah Runkle — Wadsworth sprints
Highlights: Two-time All-Gazette selection. … Helped 4×400-meter relay to seventh-place showing at D-I state meet. … Also qualified for regionals in long jump, finishing fifth. … Ran on 4×2 and 4×4 relays that won Suburban League titles, along with winning league in long jump. … Led county in 200 (25.93), 400 (58.9) and in long jump (17-4).
Wadsworth coach John Burton on Runkle: “Leah is a fierce competitor and very talented. Leah really grew as a runner this year in terms of confidence. Her splits in the 400 this year have been something special to watch. Starting out her freshman year barely making it around the track in the 400 and this year regularly running 57-second splits, that was special and a real compliment to Leah’s work ethic and competitive heart.” [br]
Alexis Smith — Medina mid-distance
Highlights: Advanced to D-I state meet for second year in row, earning bids as leg on 4×400- and 4×8. … Helped 4×8 to 10th-place finish. … Group qualified with season-best time at Amherst Regional and was champ at Amherst District. … Missed regional bid in 800 despite personal-record 2:22.02 at district meet. … Ashland University recruit.
Medina coach Scott VanFleet on Smith: “Being one of only four seniors on our team this year, she provided a valuable link between past success and continued high expectations. Alexis is a very consistent and fierce competitor. When we wrote her name on the relay card, we knew we were going to get a quality performance.”
Lauren Zuro — Highland hurdles
Highlights: Took area by storm, qualifying for regionals in 300 hurdles and as leg on 4×100-meter relay. … Recorded personal-record time in earning fourth and final qualifying spot in 300 hurdles at Nordonia D-I District, clocking 48.00. … Anchored 4×1 to Suburban League championship and third-place finish at Nordonia District.
Highland coach Paul Lushes on Zuro: “She’s very determined, has a good attitude and works hard. She’s also real versatile and did a lot of things from the hurdles to sprint relays. I feel that hurdle-wise, her best years are ahead of her.” [br]
Black River – Makayla Koerner (jr., jumps/sprints). Brunswick – Alyssa Biedron (sr., sprints), Anastasia Fitzroy (sr., hurdles), Kristine Camper (jr., distance), Bailey Lack (fr., sprints). Buckeye – Rhyanna Wroblesky (sr., sprints). Cloverleaf – Angela Landrum (sr., throws). Highland – Rebecca Koval (sr., high jump), Sam Duale (so., sprints). Medina – Maria Scavuzzo (jr., distance), McKenzie Moran (so., throws), McKenna Baluch (jr., pole vault). Wadsworth – Taylor Fuller (sr., sprints).