Jenna Sayle won two individual events and also scored in a relay to lead the Kirtland girls’ track team to a seventh-place finish at the Beachwood Invitational on Saturday.
Sayle won the 160-meter run, 800-meter run and ran a leg in the 4×400-meter relay.
She finished the 1600 in 5:26.34, nearly eight full seconds faster than Beachwood’s Leah Roter, a state cross country champion who finished fifth at state in the 1600 last spring.
“That was very exciting,” Sayle said. “Leah is great competition and has done amazing things. I knew I needed to stay with her. I was happy to win the 800 as well. Conditions were great and it was a fun meet overall.”
Sayle finished the 800 in 2:27.01 and teamed up with Danielle Bryll, Kristi Bryll, and Julie Namciu to finish fourth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:33.85.
Megan Yarborough and Macey Ungrady both finished among the top five in the discus. Yarborough finished second with a throw of 88-feet, 4-inches while Ungrady was fourth (76-9).
Danielle Bryll, Namciu, and Gabby Piazza also turned in top-five finishes.
Bryll was fifth in the 400 (66.43), Namciu was fifth in the 3200 (13:19.74) and Piazza placed fifth in the triple jump (27-4.5).
Other scorers for the Kirtland girls’ team included Natali Pawlowski, who was seventh in the triple jump (24-2), Mia Rini, who placed eighth in the long jump (13-6) and Francesca Rosson, who finished eighth in the shot put (26-0).
Konnor Duncan and Luke Gogolin both placed in three events to pace the Kirtland boys to a ninth-place finish.
Gogolin was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.46), eighth in the 300 hurdles (46.80) and eighth in the long jump (17-9.50). Duncan finished eighth in both the 1600 (5:17.79) and 3200 (11:42.32) and he teamed up with Joey Zovko, Andrew Beinhardt and Ian McGreal to place seventh in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 9:38.81.
“When we first arrived at the meet, I was expecting to just be there not really doing anything for my team,” Duncan said. “As the meet progressed, I realized that I was not far behind the competition like I thought I was. I ended up running a season PR in every one of my events. I think (the meet) was a real turning point in my season.”
Zovko and Austin Fulco both recorded third place finishes at the meet. Zovko ran the 800-meter run in 2:13.35 and Fulco threw the shot put 40-feet, 3-inches.
Other scorers included Anthony Blasini, who was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (20.36), Jack Bailey, with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (39-1) and Brayden Lyon, who finished fifth in the discus (112-5).