Javin Richards highlights CVC state performance

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Javin Richards

Perry junior Javin Richards won a pair of state titles and earned All-Ohio honors in three events at the 2021 OHSAA Division II state championships.

Richards led the Pirates to a fourth-place finish and highlighted a strong performance by Chagrin Valley Conference athletes over the weekend.

After winning the pole vault on Friday, Richards closed out the state championships with a win in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.20 and a fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.32).

Beachwood’s girls’ 4×100-meter relay also took the top spot on the podium. The Bison team comprised of freshman Dakota Houston, Sarah Brown, Amelie Cotta, and Lauren Luxenburg won the state title with a time of 49.09 seconds.

Beachwood senior Elizabeth Metz closed out her career with a pair of top three finishes. She placed second in the discus on Friday (142-1) and then finished third in the shot put on Saturday with a best toss of 42-feet, ¼-inches.

The Bison added an eighth-place finish in the girls’ 4×200-meter relay and a seventh-place finish in the boys’ 4×400

Houston, Cotta, Luxenburg, and freshman Kylie Walters clocked in at 1:45.39 in the 4×200 and senior Jack McPhillips, junior Noah Saidel, and sophomores Braylen Eaton and Caleb Berns finished in 3:26.06.

Hawken junior Makayla White and senior Ella Gilson each earned All-Ohio honors in two individual events.

White was second in the 200-meter dash (25.14) and fourth in the 100 (12.39) while Gilson was third in the 3200 (11:06.08) and fourth in the 1600 (5:02.44). Gilson also anchored the Hawks’ 4×800 relay team that placed eighth on Friday.

Chagrin Falls junior Rose Hoelzel placed seventh in the 1600 (5:10.64) and also ran a leg in the 4×800-meter relay. She teamed up with juniors Claire Stinson, Claire Coffey, and Azzurra Opperman to place fourth with a time of 9:30.76.

The Tigers also placed in the 4×400-meter relay. Seniors Morgan Kittle, Tallulah Haskett, and Abigail Alberts, and Coffey finished eighth in 4:03.83.

Alberts added All-Ohio honors in the 300-meter hurdles. She placed sixth with a time of 45.96.

Orange senior Gregory Beard and Chagrin Falls seniors Camron O’Connor and Andrew Neimeier also earned All-Ohio honors on Saturday.

Beard finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.18), O’Connor was sixth in the 400 (50.15), and Neimeier placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.78).

Hawken’s boys’ 4×100-meter relay team and Chagrin Falls’ 4×400 squad also stood on the podium.

Juniors Destynn Keuchel, Jordan Harrison, and Andrew Bukovnik finished fifth for the Hawks in the 4×100 with a time of 43.19. Seniors Michael Tropf and Zachary Lechman teamed up with O’Connor and Neimeier to lead the Tigers to a sixth-place finish in the 4×400 with a time of 3:26.04.

Brooklyn sophomore Jenna Young placed second in the high jump on Friday while Perry’s Brayden Richards was eighth in the pole vault and Wickliffe’s Jacob Lewis placed third in the long jump on the first day of action.

Geneva senior William Hanchosky was the lone All-Ohioan to come out of the Division I meet at Hilliard Darby High School. Hanchosky placed seventh in the 800 with a time of 1:55.46.

Independence cleaned up at the Division III meet at Westerville North.

Junior Emmett Stralka earned three All-Ohio medals with a third-place finish in the 200 (22.68) and he also placed sixth in the 100 (11.38) and ran a leg in 4×200-meter relay. He teamed up with senior Josh Belitz and juniors Jack Taliaferro and Kyle Zygmunt to place third with a new school record of 1:30.85.

Zygmunt also placed sixth in the 400 with a new personal record time of 49.87 seconds.

Freshman Casey Adams placed eighth in the long jump with a best leap of 16-feet, 5 ½-inches.

Trinity senior Jack Maloney closed out his career with a seventh-place finish in the 400 with a time of 50.71 seconds.