Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Wickliffe, Cuyahoga Heights win Valley Division titles

INDEPENDENCE—Cuyahoga Heights and Wickliffe rose above the rest at the 2019 Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division track and field championships on Thursday.

Led by Austin Knaack’s record-setting performance, Cuyahoga Heights won the boys’ competition and Wickliffe took home the girls’ championship.

Knaack set new meet records in winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He ran a time of 11.29 in the 100 and a 22.76 in the 200 to lead the Redskins to 162 points. Wickliffe finished second with 148 and Independence was third with 101 points.

Knaack also led the Redskins to a win in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:36. Nassiem Salem, Sam Shafer and Josh Davis also competed in that event.

Darien Tillett won two events for the Redskins. He finished first in both the 1600 (4:49) and 3200 (10:37). Kyle Wolff won the pole vault (13-6) and Charlie Nieszczur took first in the 800 (2:09).

Other boys winning events included Fairport Harding’s Tai Malone, who won the high jump (5-8), Wickliffe’s Isaac Pettway in the long jump (20-6), Nicholas Telisman, who won the 400-meter dash (52.61) and Daniel Kishmarton in the 110-meter hurdles (16.61) and 300-meter hurdles (42.68), Independence’s Luke Clymer, who won the discus (148-6) and shot put (48-5).

Wickliffe won a pair of relays.

Mason Bala, Cole Stevenson, Hayden Smith and Telisman combined to win the 4×800-meter relay in 8:51 and Pettway, Kishmarton, Brandon Berry and Chase Fortkamp won the 4×100 in 44.62.

Richmond Heights’ 4×200-meter relay team of Jaylen Johnson, Jonathon McWilliams, Emmanuel Sims and Malikee Sonie finished first in 1:34.

Wickliffe’s girls’ team won four individual events and three relays to score 135 points to finish ahead of second place Independence, who scored 128 ½. Berkshire was third with 121.

Regan Braun won the high jump (4-10), Joelle Banks won the 100-meter dash in 13.12 and Sarah Riedthaler won both the 200 (27.32) and 400-meter dashes (1:00).

Banks also was involved in a pair of relay wins.

She teamed up with Gabby Taylor, Massey Andrykovitch and Morgan Gabriel to win the 4×200 in 1:49 and Banks, Riedthaler, Gabrielle Taylor and Ravenna Bala won the 4×100 in 50.88 seconds. The 4×400-meter relay team of Emily Wills, Bala, Gabriel and Riedthaler won in 4:16.

Other individual event winners in the girls’ competition included Berkshire’s Lexie Boyk, who won the 100-meter hurdles (16.94), Cardinal’s Kaylee Klepper, who won both the discus (104-1) and shot put (33-3 ¾), Cuyahoga Heights’ Acacia May, who won the pole vault (9-6), Independence’s Makenna McGhee, who finished first in the 3200 with a time of 12:06, Kirtland’s Jenna Sayle, who claimed titles in both the 1600 (5:30) and 800 (2:23) and Maria Alfieri, who won the 300-meter hurdles (51.98), and Richmond Heights’ Sonaiya Turner, who won the long jump (16-6).

Independence’s team of Erica Esper, McGhee, Emily Skoczen and Paige Westerburg won the 4×800-meter relay in 10:15.

Team Scoring

Boys

1. Cuy. Heights 162
2. Wickliffe 148
3. Independence 101
4. Berkshire 65
5. Kirtland 57
6. Cardinal 46
7. Richmond Hts. 41
8. Fairport Harding 2

Girls

1. Wickliffe 135
2. Independence 128.50
3. Berkshire 121
4. Kirtland 91.50
5. Cardinal 84
6. Cuy. Heights 57
7. Richmond Hts. 28
8. Fairport Harding 2

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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