Thursday, August 18, 2022

Sayle leads the way at Beachwood Invitational

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).

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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