Sunday, February 5, 2023

Perry off to great start at Chagrin Division championships

Perry took advantage of its home track in taking an early lead in the 2022 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division Track & Field Championships.

The Perry girls scored 31 points on the first day of the competition ahead of Geneva (20 ½) and Chagrin Falls (18). The Pirates boys’ team finished the day with 43 points. Orange is second with 28 and Geneva is third with 25.

Perry won three individual conference titles on Tuesday.

Tori Maruschak won the girls’ high jump by clearing 5-feet. Chagrin Falls’ Norah Pope was second (4-10) and Geneva’s Gabriella Winchell placed third in the event (4-8).

Perry’s Javin Richards beat out his brother for the pole vault title. Both cleared 14-feet, 6-inches. Orange’s Nicolas Lazar was third (11-6).

Jackson Roberts won the long jump with a best leap of 21-feet, ¾-inches. Harvey’s Antonio Soto was second (20-9 ½) and Orange’s Michael Robinson placed third (19-4 ¼).

Orange’s Stephen Blakemore won the boys’ discus with a best throw of 133-feet, 1-inch. Geneva’s John Haeseler was second (114-6) and Edgewood’s Sean Applebee placed third (113-11).

Edgewood’s Sarah Coxon took home the girls’ shot put title with a best toss of 34-feet, 3 ½-inches. Perry’s Payge Silvis was second (33-6 ¼) and West Geauga’s Maggie Furst was third (33-0 ¾).

Chagrin Falls’ 4×800-meter relay team of Claire Coffey, Rose Hoelzel, Azzurra Opperman, and Claire Stinson won the event with a time of 9:39.48. Perry was second (9:50.56) and Geneva was third (10:19.97).

West Geauga won the boys’ 4×800-meter relay.

Grant Congdon, Christopher Whiting, Daniel Kearns, and Matthew Dienes combined to finish the race in 8:13.70. Chagrin Falls was second in 8:31.09 and Geneva was third in 8:39.16.



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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