Saturday, January 28, 2023

Cardinal’s Nate Peters advances to state in shot put

Cardinal senior Nate Peters battled the elements and the competition at Friday’s Division III Navarre Regional to earn a spot in next weekend’s state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Peters, who won a district championship last week, finished third in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 4 ¼ inches.

“It feels very good,” Peters said. “I am very satisfied knowing I made it to state.”

The intense heat and competition left Peters’ hands a sweaty mess, which made it difficult to grip the shot.

“The shot kept sliding off my fingers,” he said. “I wiped the sweat on my shirt and putted it.”

Peters fell short of his personal best 49-9 that he threw last week at districts, but he got enough distance to continue his season.

“Nate was struggling to find a grip on the shot early in his last throw in prelims but he got into the finals,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “Then from there he gained confidence and nailed his best throw on the final attempt. He came in mentally ready and stayed calm throughout the event. I’m real proud of how far he has come this year.”

Peters also finished 14th in the discus with a throw of 129-7.

Junior Erin Ross finished sixth in a loaded 300-meter hurdles competition. That event included the defending Division III state champ, Rittman’s Maddy McDermott, Kirtland’s Katie Staus, who finished ninth in Division II last year, and Buckeye Trail sophomore Kylie Cutlip, who won the event with a new state record.

Ross finished the race in 47.09 seconds. Cutlip was first in 42.05. McDermott finished in 44.20 and Straus was third with a time of 44.75.

“It was definitely really hard competition so I am really satisfied with my placing,” Ross said. “I ran a personal record by a whole second and it was one of the best feelings, especially being so close to fourth and fifth place. With that race, I'm already feeling more confident for next year and am extremely excited. I had a nice conversation with Katie from Kirtland after the race and it's awesome to receive support from her. My goal is to follow in her footsteps and continue to get faster. I'm already ready for next season to start. Overall, I am extremely satisfied and happy with what I did. It was a great way to end the season.”

Senior Emily Kruse closed out her career with a 12th place finish in the 1600 and she also finished 13th in the 800.

She ran the 1600 in 5:57.04 and the 800 in 2:34.47.

“I was excited to make it to regionals in all of my events, so I'm happy to close my high school track career in that way,” Kruse said. “Today was extremely hot and I did not perform as well as I hoped, but I'm just glad I made it this far.”

Kruse, a seven-time regional qualifier, teamed up with sophomores Megan Maddox and Paige Webb and freshman Camille Cummins to finish ninth in the 4×800-meter relay. That group ran a season-best time of 10:31.42.

Maddox ran a personal best time of 2:30.55 to finish 12th in the 800.

“Megan ran a very strong first lap and faded over the last lap but she did run a PR and has only run that race five times,” Cicero said. “I expect her to get a better base to build her endurance. Emily had a rough night trying to double but in her truest form she gave it her all. She had a great career and will be missed.”

Maddox, Kruse, Ross and senior Caitlyn Lechene ran the 4×400-meter relay in a season best time of 4:17.23 but did not advance to the finals.


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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