Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Independence, Kirtland athletes earn all-Ohio honors

COLUMBUS—Independence's Jared McCullough and Kirtland’s Katie Straus, Emily Kadas, Julia Ricketti, Grace Powers, Kristi Bryll and Danielle Bryll all closed out the 2016 track season with all-Ohio honors at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Cardinal's Nate Peters ended his career with a 12th place finish in the shot put.

McCullough, a junior who moved to Independence from North Carolina in the summer, competed in his first season of track and field. He made the most of it by finishing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.46 and seventh in the 100 with a time of 11.12.

His preliminary time of 22.35 seconds in the 200 set a new school record. Jared Solomon previously set the record of 22.52 seconds back in 2010.

Straus finished her career as one of the most decorated Kirtland athletes in school history.

She became just the sixth Kirtland female runner to finish as a state runner-up when she ran a 15.01-second time in the 100-meter hurdles. The last time it happened was in 2002. She also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (45.05) and ran the anchor leg in the 4×400-meter relay. She took the baton in ninth place and led the Hornets to a sixth place finish with a time of 4:03.27.

Sophomore Danielle Bryll, junior Grace Powers and senior Julia Ricketti also competed in that event.

Straus placed ninth in the high jump, narrowly missing all-Ohio honors.

Kirtland’s 4×200-meter relay team of Kadas, Powers, Kristi Bryll and Ricketti placed eighth with a time of 1:47.117.

As a team, Kirtland finished in 11th place with 16 points.

Peters closed out his career with a 12th place finish in the shot put with a final distance of 49-feet.

“It was crazy,” Peters said. “I just wanted to throw as far as I can.”



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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