Friday, September 22, 2023

Records fall at Valley Division Track & Field Championships

MANTUA—Eight new meet records were set at the 2022 Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division Track & Field Championships at Crestwood on Thursday.

Beachwood, who edged Hawken for the boys’ championship, 156-154, set three of those new records while Hawken finished with five meet records. Grand Valley finished third with 106 points.

Hawken’s girls’ turned the tables on the Bison taking home first place with 133 points. Beachwood was second with 120 and Crestwood finished third with 115.

Beachwood set new meet records in the girls’ shot put, boys’ 400-meter dash, and the boys’ 4×400-meter relay.

Sarah Brown threw the shot put 40-feet, 3-inches, eclipsing the previous record of 38-feet, 3-inches set by Hawken’s Liz Munn in 2002. Brown narrowly missed the league mark of 40-feet, 6-inches set by Kenston’s Kim Gallavan in 2011.

Brown also won the discus with a best throw of 102-2.

David Steckner won the 400-meter dash with a new record of 50.25 seconds. He beat the previous record of 50.95 seconds set by Kirtland’s Sam Skiljan in 2014.

The Bison 4×400 team of Caleb Berns, Mattix Revells, Noah Saidel, and Steckner finished in 3:28.11, beating the previous record of 3:31.30 set by Kirtland’s 4×400 team in 2009.

Hawken’s Makayla White won the 100-meter dash with a new meet record time of 12.26 seconds. Former Hawk Claire Samuel set the previous record of 12.40 seconds in 1998.

Christian Anderson and Jordan Harrison each were part of two new meet records for the Hawks.

Anderson won the 100-meter dash in 10.73 seconds, which is both a new meet and league record. The previous meet record of 11.10 was set by Newbury’s Justin Sulek in 2011 and the previous league record of 10.75 was set by Orange’s Curtis Thompson in 2001.

Harrison won the 200 in 21.89 seconds, which beat Cuyahoga Heights’ Austin Knaak’s previous record of 22.76 seconds set in 2019.

Anderson and Harrison teamed up with Dominic Johnson and Samuel Pan to set a new record in the 4×100-meter relay. They finished in 42.35 seconds, which set a new meet and league record. The previous meet record of 44.62 was set by Wickliffe in 2019 and the previous league record of 43.10 was set by Orange in 2000.

Johnson, Andrew Bukovnik, Joshua Sifers, and Pan teamed up to set a new meet record in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:31.94. The previous record was set by Cuyahoga Heights in 2017.

Other CVC champions included Beachwood’s Dakota Houston (200, 26.28), Aaliyah Edwards (long jump, 16-9), Caleb Berns (800, 1:59.96), and Braylen Eaton (long jump, 21-4 ½); Berkshire’s Sam Chrzan (pole vault, 11-6); Cardinal’s Karalyn Rutkowski (100 hurdles, 17.01; high jump, 5-0), and Mike Soltis (shot put, 50-1 ½; discus, 135-4); Crestwood’s Ava Mory (800, 2:28.14; 1600, 5:36.25); Grand Valley’s Maggie Waldo (pole vault, 7-6), Robert Rogers (110 hurdles, 17.81; high jump, 6-0), and David Steimle (300 hurdles, 44.13); and Hawken’s Leila Metres (400, 57.18), Brielle Collins (3200, 12:26.72), Rosie Murray (300 hurdles, 48.17), Nick Garcia-Whitko (1600, 4:32.69), and Sam Cohen (3200, 9:59.26).

Beachwood won the girls’ 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays and the boys’ 4×800.

Kylie Walters, Sydney Anderson, Amelie Cotta, and Houston teamed up to win the 4×100 in 50.93 seconds. Walters, Houston, Cotta, and Lauren Luxenburg won the 4×200 in 1:45.62. Greg Perryman, Steckner, Maxwell Kuenzler, and Berns won the 4×800 in 8:36.94.

Hawken’s Murray, Lorelai Goedecke, Isabella Green, and Leila Metres won the 4×400 in 4:14.68 seconds, and Crestwood’s Abby Guyette, Elaine Guyette, Taylor Larch, and Mory won the 4×800 in 10:25.38.

Jackson Hare contributed to this story

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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