Monday, February 6, 2023

Cardinal girls finish second at District meet

INDEPENDENCE—Senior Emily Kruse and junior Erin Ross both advanced to regionals in four events to lead Cardinal’s girls track team to a second place finish at the 2016 Division III Independence District track meet at Stan Skoczen Stadium on Friday.

Sophomore Megan Maddox advanced to regionals in three events and scored points in a fourth, and the Huskies received contributions from senior Caitlyn Lechene, juniors Jordyn Schultz and Trisha Cesar, sophomore Marina Cooper and freshman Camille Cummins to score 67 team points. Kirtland won the district title with 117 points and Black River was third with 63.

“It was pretty surprising,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “I didn't even know until after the 800 that we were in second. We just hoped to get a lot of people out and we got a ton of people out.”

Kruse finished fourth in the mile (5:44.14) and the 800 (2:31.47) and ran legs in the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relays that both finished third.

She is excited to have qualified for regionals in four events.

“I'm really happy,” she said. “The last three years I’ve only qualified for relay events and one event each year. It's really cool to go individually and as a team. I've been injured and I've had troubles the past few years so it's really cool to have one healthy season.”

Maddox, Cummins and sophomore Paige Webb teamed up with Kruse to finish the 4×800 in 10:42.46. Kruse, Maddox, Lechene and Ross completed the 4×400 in 4:20.52.

Ross also qualified for regionals in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. She finished second in both events and she helped the 4×200-meter relay team finish second in 1:52.94. Lechene, Cesar and sophomore Ally Almy also ran that race.

“Our leadership really stepped up today,” Cicero said. “It was phenomenal.”

Cardinal’s depth made the difference at districts.

Schultz finished seventh in the discus (102-00), Cesar was sixth in the pole vault (6-6), Maddox was seventh in the pole vault (6-0) and third in the 800 (2:30.91). Cooper placed seventh in the 100 hurdles (18.32), Lechene was eighth in the 300 hurdles (53.25) and Cummins finished seventh in the 1600 (6:01.94).

Cesar, Almy, Cooper and sophomore Mackenzie Conley finished sixth in the 4×100-meter relay with a season-best time of 54.88.

“We got a lot of secondary points,” Cicero said. “Marina Cooper, our girls 4×1, Camille Cummins, they all scored points that we didn't get last week. That helped a lot today. This is kind of what we had hoped for. We wanted to get our 4×1 out, they ran a season best by a second and a half. That was really the only down part of the day. We had a great day. We're going to back off a little bit and choose some events next week and just go after it and see what happens.”

Cardinal’s boys finished in 10th place.

Senior Nate Peters qualified for regionals in two events. He won the shot put with a throw of 49-9 and finished fourth in the discus (134-11).

Senior Craig Shanower finished sixth in the 300 hurdles (43.65), sophomore Ben Lobdell was seventh in the pole vault (9-0) and the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams also scored points for the Huskies.

Sophomore Jacob Revak, Shanower, junior Kyle Simms and freshman Tyson Sinclair finished the 4×100 in 47.42 seconds and Sinclair, Revak, Lobdell and Shanower ran the 4×400 in 3:42.23.



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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