Monday, July 22, 2024

Division II District Track: Geneva wins district title

Chagrin Valley Conference teams competed in four different Division II District track meets on Saturday. None had more success than Geneva’s girls’ squad, which took home the Perry District title.

The Eagles finished with 123 points in holding off league rival Perry, who was second with 102. Hawken, Chagrin Falls, and Beachwood rounded out the top five.

Geneva’s individual district champions included Gabbi Selman and Delaney Marrison.

Selman set a new personal record in winning the pole vault with a top height of 10-feet, 6-inches while Marrison also recorded a new PR with a 16-foot, 9 ¼-inch long jump.

Geneva’s other regional qualifiers included Grace Dubsky, Mya Evangelista, Makenna Ferrante, Kennedy Landrus, Alyssa Palmisano, Sydney Park, and Renee Tetlow, along with two relay teams.

Dubsky finished as the district runner-up in the 3200 with a time of 12:45.62. Evangelista was third in the 1600 in 5:19.74. Ferrante placed second in the long jump with a best leap of 15-feet, 11-inches. Landrus took home second place in the discus with a best toss of 105-feet, 7-inches. Palmisano placed second in the shot put with a top throw of 33-feet, 6-inches, a new PR. Park placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:03.45, a PR, and Tetlow was third in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.39, a PR.

Geneva’s 4×800-meter relay team of Evangelista, Maggie Moon, Dubsky, and Telow finished third in 10:08.07, and the 4×100 team of Lily Schiemann, Marrison, Alivia Reece, and Selman was third in 52.40.

CVC athletes dominated the district meet with nine athletes winning individual district titles and three relay teams earning first place.

Hawken’s Makayla White and Beachwood’s Sarah Brown both won two individual district titles.

White won the 100-meter dash (12.16) and the 200 (25.35). Her time in the 100 was a state Top 25 time while she ran a Top 50 time in the 200.

Brown won the discus (110-10) and shot put (42-5 ½). She set a new PR in the discus and recorded a state Top 10 throw in the shot.

Chagrin Falls’ Claire Coffey and Rose Hoelzel, Hawken’s Brielle Collins and Leila Metres, and Brooklyn’s Jenna Young also won district titles.

Coffey won the 800 in 2:22.10, Hoelzel claimed first place in the 1600 in 5:12.36. Collins won the 3200 in 12:34.87 while Metres took first in the 400 with a time of 57.91. Young dominated in the high jump with a state Top 25 height of 5-feet, 4-inches.

Young also finished fourth in the long jump (15-9 ¼) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.76 and will compete in both events at the regional meet.

Chagrin Falls’ 4×800-meter relay team of Bella Radomsky, Coffey, Claire Stinson, and Hoelzel won the district title with a time of 9:30.52. The Tigers also won the 4×400 relay in 4:08.55. Coffey, Azzurra Opperman, Radomsky, and Riley McClintock competed in that event.

Beachwood’s 4×100 team of Dakota Houston, Brown, Amelie Cotta, and Lauren Luxenberg won the district title with a time of 49.30 seconds.

Other regional qualifiers included Beachwood’s Aaliyah Edwards (4th, 300 hurdles, 47.56), Houston (2nd, 100, 12.69; 2nd, 200, 26.15), Madison Torbert (3rd, shot put, 33-4 1/4; 4th, discus, 92-3), and Kylie Walters (3rd, long jump, 15-10); Chagrin Falls’ Mila Gresh (2nd, 1600, 5:14.94), McClintock (2nd, 400, 1:01.93), Emily Nemunaitis (4th, pole vault, 8-3), Norah Pope (2nd, high jump, 4-10), and Stinson (4th, 800, 2:31.20); Hawken’s Metres (4th, 200, 26.80), Rosie Murray (2nd, 300 hurdles, 46.67; 3rd, 100 hurdles, 16.33), Elena Padley (4th, 3200, 13:10.66), and Amelia Zup (3rd, high jump, 4-8); Orange’s Katherine Hamilton (3rd, pole vault, 8-6), and Elana Novak (4th, 100, 13.37); and Perry’s Corinne Lynch (3rd, 800, 2:24.65), Tori Maruschak (4th, high jump, 4-8), Jordan Rowan (3rd, 400, 1:03.20), Payge Silvis (3rd, discus, 104-3; 4th, shot put, 33-3 3/4), Addy Trefzger (2nd, pole vault, 8-9), Alyssa Vis (2nd, 800, 2:24.36; 4th, 1600, 5:20.53),

Perry will send three relay teams after finishing among the top four in the 4×100, 4×400, and the 4×800.

Madeline Tharp, Margaux Jean, Carli McGonnell, and Trefzger teamed up to finish second in the 4×100 with a time of 52.21 seconds. Vis, Holly Vis, Rowan, and Grace McKoon placed third in the 4×400 with a time of 4:12.36, and Alyssa Vis, Holly Vis, McKoon, and Lynch were second in the 4×800 (9:36.78).

Hawken’s 4×400 and 4×800-meter relay teams also advanced to the regional meet.

Collins, Lorelai Goedecke, Delicia Liao, and Padley placed fourth in the 4×800 with a time of 10:43.28, and Metres, Murray, Isabella Green, and White finished as the district runner-up in the 4×400 with a time of 4:11.02.

Hawken and Perry finished tied for second in the boys’ competition with 101 points each. Beachwood was fourth with 86 and Orange rounded out the top five with 80 points.

CVC athletes won 10 individual district titles and three relays.

Perry’s Javin Richards claimed district titles in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. He also finished as the district runner-up in the pole vault.

Richards finished the 110 hurdles in 14.73 seconds, a state Top 25 time, and he won the 300 hurdles in 38.03, a state Top 10 time. He finished second to his brother in the pole vault. Brayden Richards won the event with a top height of 15-feet, a state Top 25 height, while Javin Richards cleared 13-feet.

Hawken’s Jordan Harrison won the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He ran the 100 in a state Top 50 time of 10.73 and the 200 in 21.74, a state Top 25 time.

Chagrin Falls’ Isaac Bourne claimed the district title in the 3200 with a time of 10:08.59 and Beachwood’s Braylen Eaton won the long jump with a top leap of 21-feet, 4 ½-inches, a new PR.

Orange won three individual district titles.

Brian Gent won the 800 in 1:58.71, a new PR, and the 1600 in 4:25.27, and Stephen Blakemore out-threw the field in the discus with a top distance of 134-feet, 8-inches.

On Thursday, Hawken’s 4×100-meter relay team of Dominic Johnson, Christian Anderson, Andrew Bukovnik, and Harrison broke a 41-year-old record. It took just two days to break it again as they finished with a time of 41.53 seconds.

Chagrin Falls’ 4×800-meter relay team of Hunter Longo, Bourne, Charles Asplin, and Tristan Spearry won the district title with a time of 8:19.32.

Other regional qualifiers included Beachwood’s Caleb Berns (2nd, 800, 1:58.87), Gregory Perryman (3rd, 800, 2:01.20), David Steckner (2nd, 400, 49.73), and Noah Saidel (3rd, 400, 50.24); Chagrin Falls’ Hunter Longo (3rd, 1600, 4:39.98); Hawken’s Anderson (2nd, 100, 10.75; 3rd, 200, 21.97), Bukovnik (4th, long jump, 20-5 ¼), Parker Carrus (4th, 1600, 4:44.92), Sam Cohen (3rd, 3200, 10:28.06), Nick Garcia-Whitko (2nd, 1600, 4:33.45; 4th, 800, 2:02.4), David Hamilton (2nd, 3200, 10:23.49), and Ethan Metz (4th, pole vault, 12-0); Orange’s Beren Berber (2nd, long jump, 20-10), Nicolas Lazar (3rd, pole vault, 12-3), Holden Thomas (3rd, 110 hurdles, 15.96; 4th, 300 hurdles, 41.90), and Michael Robinson (3rd, long jump, 20-6; 4th, 110 hurdles, 16.67); and Perry’s Isaac Balistreri (4th, 3200, 10:37.98), Brian Cox (4th, discus, 117-0), Ethan Crum (2nd, high jump, 6-1), Casey Maruschak (3rd, shot put, 45-2 ¼), and Brayden Richards (3rd, 300 hurdles, 39.29).

Beachwood and Perry both advanced three more relay teams to the regional meet and Hawken will send one more.

Beachwood’s 4×800 team of Steckner, Perryman, Max Kuenzler, and Berns placed second in 8:21.19. Eaton, Saidel, Mattix Revells, and Steckner placed fourth in the 4×200 with a time of 1:31.88, and Eaton, Berns, Steckner, and Saidel were second in the 4×400 in 3:21.60.

Perry’s 4×400 team of Jaden Hacking, Sean Strahan, Brock Sivon, and Tyler Vitolo placed third in 3:25.77. Jackson Roberts, Hacking, Brayden Richards, and Javin Richards teamed up to finish second in the 4×200 in 1:28.38, and Roberts, Hacking, Vitolo, and Sivon were fourth in the 4×100 with a time of 43.58.

Hawken’s 4×800 team finished fourth in 8:34.26. Garcia-Whitko, Cohen, Carrus, and Hamilton teamed up to complete that race in 8:34.26.

Trinity’s girls’ team finished in sixth place at the Division II Bedford District with 43 points.

Advancing to the regional meet for the Trojans were Iniya Charlton and two relay teams.

Charlton placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.73 and third in the long jump with a top leap of 15-feet, 6 ½-inches. She also ran in both of Trinity’s regional-qualifying relays.

She teamed up with Imari Charlton, Morgan Hudson, and Bianca Pettigrew to place third in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 51.32 seconds, and she ran with Pettigrew, Miracle Head, and Sarah Dzurilla in the 4×200. That group placed third in 1:48.29.

Lutheran West’s Evelyn Albers won the Division II Orrville District title in the high jump with a state Top 50 height of 5-feet, 2-inches. She also placed fifth in the long jump, narrowly missing regional qualification.

Alexander Vangelos will join his teammate at the regional meet after finishing fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.40.

Vangelos also advanced in the 4×200-meter relay. He teamed up with Brandon Southgate, Anthony Vangelos, and Mohamed Oubassa to place fourth in 1:33.80.

Eight CVC athletes finished among the top four in 10 different events at the Division II Lakeview District and will compete at the regional meet.

Crestwood’s Louie Blasiole and Edgewood’s Sarah Coxon both advanced in two different events.

Blasiole finished second in the 100 (11.47) and third in the 200 (22.90) while Coxon placed second in the shot put (35-3 ¼) and third in the discus (112-2).

Edgewood’s Maddie Crooks and Tammy Liplin also advanced in two events each.

Crooks was third in the 1600 (5:26.03) while Liplin was second in the 3200 (12:40.50). Both runners teamed up with Caroline Nelson and Monica Hamalainen to finish fourth in the 4×800 (10:27.88).

Other CVC athletes to advance out of Lakeview included Berkshire’s Sam Chrzan (3rd, pole vault, 12-0); Crestwood’s Ava Mory (3rd, 800, 2:25.57); and Grand Valley’s Nathan Boiarski (4th, long jump, 20-7 ½) and Robert Rogers (3rd, high jump, 5-10).

Steve Hare
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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