The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy track and field team has the Bockoven siblings and the Carroscia siblings heading to the Division II state meet this weekend.
And collectively they are “pumped for state.”
Senior Evan Carroscia said that following Saturday’s regional meet at Austintown Fitch High School when he, his sister, Lydia Carroscia, and the Bockoven brother-sister combination of Ben and Sammy, all earned spots in the state meet this weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State.
“I love being on the same team with my sister,” Evan said. “I was really pumped when she decided to run track because she is a big volleyball player. She does a lot of the [Junior Olympic] volleyball stuff and I was pumped when I knew she was coming out for track.
“I knew she would be really good. It is fun driving together to and from practice and it is just fun to be on the same team because I have always been older than her and I haven’t gotten to be on a team with her. I am really enjoying this season.”
Evan Carroscia said he plans to compete in track and field in college at Grove City. He is a state qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and 1,600 relay.
Ben Bockoven is set to compete in cross country and track and field at Xavier University. He is entered in the state meet in the 3,200 relay, 1,600 and 3,200.
“It is a really fun and cool experience especially in that Sam and I run a lot of the same events, so we can talk to each other about how races went and stuff like tactics and how we felt during this race or that race,” Ben said. “We can understand each other in that way and bounce ideas off each other for future races like what to do on this lap and how fast we think each other can run.
“It is always a nice thing to have her motivate me and encourage me in that she does know what she is talking about since she is at a very high level in distance track running.”
The Bockoven and Carroscia siblings are residents of Hudson. They have known each other since their childhood days at Valley Christian Academy in Aurora and have continued their friendships at CVCA in Cuyahoga Falls.
“I am excited and sad at the same time for the state meet because Ben and I have been on the same team for a long time,” Sammy said. “During the offseason, we will go on runs together and we will find fun places to run since we are distance runners and we are not always on the track, so we will go up and run along Lake Erie and stuff.
“It is going to be sad next year when he is not here to run with and be at meets with. We can celebrate together when we do well, but when we don’t do well, we are also there together to support each other.”
Sammy has returned this season after being slowed last season because of an illness. She is a state qualifier in the 1,600, 800 and 1,600 relay.
Lydia Carroscia is also on the 1,600 relay unit along with freshman Jaya Wilson and junior Autumn Young.
“It is really exciting because I am the youngest and a lot of people don’t have this opportunity,” Lydia said. “It is really fun to be part of this. They set a good example for me.
“Evan works so hard for everything so I realize that I need to work hard for everything. It just doesn’t come. You have to work hard to succeed.”
The Bockoven and Carroscia siblings also work hard in the classroom as they have grade-point averages ranging from 3.5 to 4.2
CVCA coaches Jeff Port and George Hallis will also be keeping an eye on a few more athletes with juniors Ryan Adams and Brandon Harris and seniors Caleb Gary, Noah LeBay and Jake Sprague qualified for state on the boys side and junior Whitney Gibbons entered on the girls side.
Adams is qualified in four events, the 3,200 relay, 1,600, 800 and 1,600 relay. Gary is in the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay, Harris is in the 100, 200 and 1,600 relay, LeBay is in the 3,200 relay and Sprague and Gibbons are in the pole vault competition.
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