KIRTLAND—A sweep of Thursday’s tri-meet with Cardinal and Richmond Heights has the Kirtland track teams heading into Tuesday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division championships with plenty of momentum.
The Hornets’ girls’ team won in dominating fashion. They scored 114 points to Cardinal’s 44 and Richmond Heights’ 14. The boys held off Cardinal, 75-61, while Richmond Heights scored 37.
“We scored 114 points in a tri-meet. I’m really happy with everybody,” said Kirtland girls’ coach JP Moran. “I shut some people down a little bit but I didn’t want to shut people down too much because we’ve got prom on Friday, Mother’s Day on Sunday so we really can’t get a work day in this weekend. We went hard Tuesday and Thursday this week with two meets. I just want e everybody fresh for conference on Tuesday.”
The Kirtland girls won first place in the 4×800-meter relay (10:52.1), the 4×100-meter relay (53.9), the 4×200-meter relay (1:54) and the 4×400-meter relay (4:24).
Katie Straus won the 100 and 300-meter hurdles with times of 15.3 and 47.8 seconds, respectively, and also won the high jump with a cleared height of 4-feet, 10-inches.
Other Kirtland girls to win individual events included Hannah Kelly, who won the pole vault with a height of 7-feet, Hannah Vouk in the 400 (1:03), Emily Kadas in the 100 (13.1), Sydney Snyder in the 800 (2:41) and the 1600 (5:51), Christine Walsh in the two-mile (13:44) and Grace Powers in the 200 (27.6).
Powers and Kadas went 1-2 in the 100 and 200.
Snyder’s success as a freshman hasn’t come as a surprise to Moran.
“She’s just been getting better every meet throughout the season,” he said. “I watched her a lot in middle school because I teach in the middle school and I always talked to her. I couldn’t wait until she got up to the high school and she’s been doing everything I thought she would do and more.”
Bella Powers finished second in both the long jump (14-2) and the high jump (4-6) and Maddie Zuberer was second to Straus in both hurdles. Lauren Covetta was second in the mile and Sarah Kadas finished second in the two-mile.
“It was really hot today so we had to take that into account,” Moran said. “The girls hadn’t run in this heat yet but they all did a really nice job. I’m really happy with them.”
The strong performance by the girls, especially the underclassmen, will help Kirtland on Tuesday as they compete with Berkshire for the league title.
“With all the young kids we have we have some depth,” Moran said. “It’s going to help us be able to spread the athletes out in conference and try to divide and conquer to get as many points as we can.”
Kirtland boys’ coach Tom Henderson was pleased with his team’s performance in holding off Cardinal.
“I’m real impressed with the efforts the kids are giving,” he said. “A lot of kids are running three or four races. We’re young. We don’t have many upperclassmen but I’m real pleased with the effort that these young men are giving.”
Ethan McCaslin, Colton Zanko, Kevin Cummings, Will Armstrong and Caleb Cardon all won individual events for the Hornets.
Cardon won the high jump when he cleared 5-feet, 6-inches and Armstrong won the pole vault with a cleared height of 12-feet. Matt Grazia was second in the event (11-0).
“Our strongest kids in all sincerity all year long have been our two vaulters,” Henderson said. “Armstrong went 12 feet and when he had won it he went right to 13 because he’s made 12-6 before. He’s close. He was at 12 today and he barely missed 13. Hopefully he’ll make it next week and get on to regionals.”
McCaslin won the 100-meter dash in 11.8 seconds and Cummings took the 1600 with a time of 5:18. Zanko won the two-mile race in 12 minutes, 11 seconds.
“The kids are wonderful young men,” Henderson said. “They just give you what they have. Our 4×1 is freshman, freshman, freshman, sophomore and we beat a team today. That’s to be commendable. They did a good job.”