Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Huskies finish fourth at Potopsky Invitational

INDEPENDENCE—Led by Nate Peters and Jordyn Schultz, the Cardinal track teams combined to finish fourth overall at the 2016 Dan Potopsky Invitational at Independence’s Stan Skoczen Stadium on Tuesday.

The Husky girls finished third behind Kirtland and Independence while the boys were fourth behind Independence, Cuyahoga Heights and Berkshire.

Peters, a senior, won the discus with a throw of 135-feet and finished second in the shot put with a toss of 47-0 ½.

“Nate did really well,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. "Nate (hit a personal record) by three feet in the shot and was consistent in the disc with a season best.”

Peters credited his success in the shot to an adjustment in his technique.

“I pushed with my hips instead of throwing with my arms,” he said. “It got more height on the shot.”

Schultz won the discus with a throw of 102-11 and finished seventh in the shot (28-3 ½).

“In discus, I had a couple rough throws so I had to really focus on clearing my head and calming down to get a good mark that I felt good about,” Schultz said. “It very easily becomes a head game if you let it, but overall I've been pretty super happy with my performances. For shot put, I've really had to break down the process and critique my glide because my marks have fallen greatly since the beginning of the season. So right now I'm really working on gaining my confidence and skills so that I can do as well as I know I can.”

Cardinal had a host of athletes finish second in their individual events.

Junior Erin Ross was second to meet MVP Katie Straus of Kirtland in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. She finished the 100 in 16.91 seconds and the 300 in 49.87.

Junior Kyle Simms was second in the 110-meter hurdles (17.57) and seniors Craig Shanower and Emily Kruse were runners-up in the 300-meter hurdles and 800-meter run, respectively. Shanower finished the 300 hurdles in 45.74 while Kruse ran the 800 in 2:36.50.

Finishing third for the Huskies were sophomore Anna Avalon in the discus (94-8), sophomore Marina Cooper in the high jump (4-6), senior Sam Ellis in the pole vault (9-6) and the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800-meter relay teams.

Kruse, Ross, sophomore Megan Maddox and senior Caitlyn Lechene finished the 4×400 in 4:27.78. Lechene, Ross, sophomore Ally Almy and junior Trisha Cesar ran the 4×200 in 1:56.20 and Maddox, Kruse and freshmen Adrianna Naples and Camille Cummins completed the 4×800 in 11:07.85.


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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