Saturday, September 30, 2023

Eight punch ticket to Division I regional meet

Eight athletes and two relay teams from the Chagrin Valley Conference will compete in next week’s regional track meet after a top-four finish at the district meet on Friday.

West Geauga advanced six individual athletes and two relay teams out of the Division I Riverside District while Geneva had two athletes punch their regional tickets out of the Division I Austintown Fitch District.

West Geauga’s Daniel Kearns finished as the district runner-up in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:37.50, a new personal and school record.

Shannon Swinerton and Maggie Furst both earned third-place finishes.

Swinerton was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.26 and Furst was third in the discus with a best throw of 110-feet, 3-inches, a new PR.

Megan McGinnis, Grant Congdon, and Matthew Dienes each recorded a new PR in finishing fourth in their respective events.

McGinnis ran a time of 17.0 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, Congdon finished the 800 in 1:58.59, and Dienes ran the 1600 in 4:30.14.

The Wolverines also advanced to the regional meet in the girls’ 4×400 and the boys’ 4×800.

Skye Hackathorn, Holly Hamilton, Grace Laster, and Swinerton teamed up to finish fourth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:05.69 while Kearns, Dienes, Christopher Whiting, and Congdon placed third in the 4×800 with a time of 8:15.93.

Geneva’s Connor Boland is headed to the regional meet in two events after winning the 400-meter dash district title and placing second in the 200.

He finished the 400 in 49.59 seconds, a state Top 25 mark, and the 200 in 21.93 seconds, a state Top 50 time.

Teammate Steven Harrington also will compete at the regional meet after he placed fourth in the pole vault by clearing 11-feet.




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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