Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Cardinal, Kirtland earn wins in tri-meet

Kirtland and Cardinal both earned victories in a tri-meet with Fairport Harding at Kirtland on Thursday in the final tune-up before next week’s Chagrin Valley Conference meet.

Cardinal edged Kirtland for first place in the girls’ competition, 62-59, with Fairport finishing third with five points and Kirtland took first in the boys’ meet with 72 points. Cardinal was second with 39 and Fairport third with 20.

“On the girls’ side, we have a lot to figure out by Tuesday,” Cardinal coach Greg Cicero said. “Illness has hit us hard the last two weeks so a lot of people have run different events; with that eyes are opened and different possibilities occur. Anna Blubaugh, Camille Cummins, Kaylee Klepper and Lorelei Hutchinson are going to do all they can to get points. The question is how will the rest of the team perform.”

Cardinal’s Karalyn Rutkowski won the high jump (4-8), Blubaugh won the 100 (13.7), 200 (28.9) and 400 (1:09), Hutchinson won the 300 hurdles (53.1) and the team of Cummins, Blubaugh, Lauren Soltis and Jessica Proch took home the win in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:32.

Winning for the Huskies in the boys’ competition was Michael Lucarelli, who won the 100 (11.6) and 200 (23.7) and Brennon Ode in the 300 hurdles (46.48). The team of Lucarelli, Ode, Tyson Sinclair and Connor Sodee also won the 4×100-meter relay in 46.9 seconds.

“I was satisfied with my performance,” Lucarelli said of his three wins. “I would say my best event was the 200. I got my personal best and feel good heading into CVC. The team is 100-percent ready for (the league meet). I know we will give it everything we got and will be moving on to districts.”

Individual event winners for Kirtland included Ryan Ritossa in the pole vault (11-0), Anthony Blasini in the 110-meter hurdles (16.9), John Sayle in the 1600 (5:04) and 3200 (11:40) and Connor McGreal in the 800 (2:17).

Scotty Haymer, Logan Miguet, Ritossa and Blasini teamed up to win the 4×800-meter relay in 1:41 and McGreal, Aidan Marsh, Konnor Duncan and Andrew Beinhardt won the 4×400 in 3:56.

Rashawn Alston and Tai Malone won events for Fairport. Alston won the long jump (18-2) and Malone finished first in the high jump (5-4).

Leading the way for the Kirtland girls was Emily Ungrady, who won the long jump (14-4) and teamed up with Alyssa Bryll, Lucy Loncar and Leah LaVerde to win the 4×100-meter relay in 54.8 seconds.

“I was pretty satisfied with my performance,” Ungrady said. “I got the results I wanted for the most part, but there’s still a lot to improve on. I would say my best events were anchoring the relays because the team put me in a good position to finish off the race and get the result we’re all looking for. I’m very excited and ready for CVCs next week. It’s pretty bittersweet though, it being my senior year. It means it’s almost the end of my track career, but I’m super excited to see how far we can make it.”

Also winning for the Hornets were Jenna Sayle in the 800 (2:36), Brooke Alfieri in the 100-meter hurdles (14.4) and Julie Namciu in the 1600 (6:04).

Sayle and Namciu teamed up with Sophia DeMarco and Aimee Baldrey to win the 4×800-meter relay in 11:04.

Fairport’s Nora Urban won the pole vault (6-6).


Kirtland 72, Cardinal 39, Fairport 20

Pole vault: Ritossa, K, 11-0; Long jump: Alston, F, 18-2; High jump: Malone, F, 5-4; 4×800 relay: Kirtland (Haymer, Ritossa, Miguet, Blasini) 1:41; 110 hurdles: Blasini, K, 16.9; 100: Lucarelli, C, 11.6; 1,600: Sayle, K, 5:04; 4×100 relay: Cardinal (Ode, Lucarelli, Sinclair, Sodee) 46.9; 300 hurdles: Ode, C, 46.48; 800: McGreal, K, 2:17; 200: Lucarelli, C, 23.7; 3,200: Sayle, K, 11:40; 4×400: Kirtland (McGreal, Marsh, Beinhardt, Duncan) 3:56.2


Cardinal 62, Kirtland 59, Fairport 5

Pole vault: Urban, F, 6-6; Long jump: Ungrady, K, 14-4; High jump: Ratkowski, C, 4-8; 4×800 relay: Kirtland (Sayle, DeMarco, Namciu, Baldrey) 11:04.3; 100 hurdles: Alfieri, K, 14.4; 100: Blubaugh, C, 13.7; 1,600: Namciu, K, 6:04; 4×100 relay: Kirtland (Bryll, Loncar, Ungrady, LaVerde) 54.8; 400: Blubaugh, C, 1:09; 300 hurdles: Hutchinson, C, 53.1; 800: Sayle, K, 2:36; 200: Blubaugh, C, 28.9; 4×400: Cardinal (Cummins, Soltis, Proch, Blubaugh) 4:32

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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