Saturday, December 10, 2022

CVC athletes shine at Division II regional track meet

Chagrin Valley Conference athletes turned in a strong performance at the Division II Austintown Regional Track Meet on Saturday.

Perry’s boys’ team won a regional title and a host of other athletes and relay teams finished among the top four and will compete at the state championships next weekend.

The Pirates edged Glenville for the team title, 59-56. Beachwood placed fourth and Hawken finished fifth.

Beachwood’s girls’ team finished fifth as a team.

CVC athletes combined to win 10 regional titles, five in individual events and five in relays.

Perry’s Javin Richards won the regional title in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.66 seconds. Brayden Richards won the pole vault with a top height of 15-feet, 4-inches.

The Pirates also won the 4×200-meter relay in 41.85 seconds. Javin Richards, Brayden Richards, Jackson Roberts, and Jaden Hacking competed in that event for Perry.

Hawkens 4×100-meter relay team of Dominic Johnson, Christian Anderson, Andrew Bukovnik, and Jordan Harrison set a new regional record with a time of 41.85.

Beachwood’s 4×400-meter relay team set a new school record in winning the regional title with a time of 3:20.61. Braylen Eaton, Caleb Berns, David Steckner, and Noah Saidel competed in that relay.

Brooklyn’s Jenna Young, the defending Division II state runner-up in the high jump, will return to the state meet after winning the regional title with a top height of 5-feet, 3-inches. Geneva’s Gabbi Selman won the regional title in the pole vault with a best height of 10-feet, 8-inches, and Beachwood’s Sarah Brown won the shot put with a best throw of 43-feet, 1 ½-inches.

Beachwood’s girls also took home regional titles in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays.

Dakota Houston, Brown, Amelie Cotta, and Lauren Luxenberg finished the 4×100 in 49.10 seconds and also set a school record in the 4×200 with a time of 1:46.69.

Other CVC athletes to earn a state berth with a top-four finish included Beachwood’s Braylen Eaton (3rd, long jump, 21-1), Houston (3rd, 100, 12.84), Steckner (4th, 400, 50.17), and Kylie Walters (4th, long jump, 16-5); Hawken’s Anderson (4th, 100, 11.09; 3rd, 200, 21.86-state top 50), Harrison (2nd, 100, 10.94; 2nd, 200, 21.75-state top 50), Leila Metres (2nd, 400, 57.62-state top 25), and Makayla White (2nd, 100, 12.39; 2nd, 200, 25.11); Lutheran West’s Evelyn Albers (3rd, high jump, 5-2); Orange’s Brian Gent (2nd, 1600, 4:20.69-state top 50); and Perry’s Brayden Richards (2nd, 300 hurdles, 38.85-state top 25), Javin Richards (2nd, 110 hurdles, 14.92-state top 50; 4th, pole vault, 13-8), and Addy Trefzger (4th, pole vault, 9-8).

Chagrin Falls’ girls’ 4×800-meter relay team of Bella Radomsky, Claire Coffey, Azzurra Opperman, and Rose Hoelzel finished as the regional runner-up in 9:29.11. Beachwood’s boys’ 4×800 team also finished second. Steckner, Gregory Perryman, Saidel, and Berns ran that race in 7:59.05.



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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