MACEDONIA: Every track-and-field team wants to wrap up a meet with a victory in the final event, the 1,600-meter relay.
The Nordonia boys and the Wadsworth girls did just that Saturday, and also earned Suburban League team titles.
Nordonia’s boys scored 182 points to pull ahead of second-place Wadsworth (169) and third-place Copley (106).
Dylan Mabin, Daniel Banks, Theo Washington and Brandon Truett combined to win the boys 1,600 relay in 3:27.0
“The kids performed really well,” Nordonia coach Scott Barwidi said.
“They scored more points than we actually thought we were going to, and we needed them, obviously. It was a tight race. All the way through, they battled hard. Theo really stepped up. He won the 300 hurdles [in 38.81 seconds] and ran a great leg in our 4-by-4 relay, which is one of our points of pride. We always like to win that. The final event, you gotta win that one.”
Wadsworth’s girls scored 129 points, ahead of Nordonia (115) and Highland (103).
Courtney Palange, Maddie Gilger, Sarah Berger and Leah Runkle joined forces to win the girls 1,600 relay in 4:03.26.
“Sarah winning the 1,600 [in 5:08.3] and the 800 [in 2:21.24] was big for her and for us,” Wadsworth coach John Burton said. “Leah won the long jump [at 17 feet, 1½ inches], placed second in the 400 and 200, and anchored our 4-by-4. Those two key seniors are leaders on this team in every meet.”
Palange, Rachel Cossick, Madi Salem and Berger also won the 3,200 relay in 9:36.64.
Sarah Carpenter of Highland won the 100 in 12.45 and the 200 in 25.86, and anchored two victorious relay units, the 400 in 50.06 and the 800 in 1:46.09. Sam Duale, Colleen Hoynes and Emma Grantier joined Carpenter on both relays.
Highland’s Anna Rose Wiencek (shot put, 34-6½) and Carlee Rhoads (3,200, 11:02.72) also won girls events.
Green featured three girls champions: Liz Mogus (discus, 116-3), Emily Hooker (400, 57.75) and Olga Branney (high jump 5-3).
Other first-place girls were Nordonia’s Sabrina Kozsey (300 hurdles, 46.94) and Revere’s Larissa Kurtz (pole vault, 11-0) and Stephanie Bierman (100 hurdles 15.65).
Nordonia’s boys won two other relays. The 800 crossed in 1:29.88 with Mabin, Banks, Brandon Wilson and Jordan Nobles. The 400 finished in 43.65 with Banks, Denzel Ward, Sterling Brabson and Nobles.
Nobles (100, 10.97) and Zack Thaxton (1,600, 4:28.5) added wins on the track. Ward (long jump, 21-4¾), Jermaine Muse (high jump, 6-3) and Alex Woicehovich (discus, 149-3) compiled first places in field events.
“I like how we went out there and competed against good teams,” Nobles said. “We had a plan and we executed it.”
Wadsworth won four boys events, Nate Bergan (shot put, 49-8½), Ryan Looser 110 hurdles, 14.9), Hunter Williams (200, 22.73) and Jon Bach (3,200, 9:46.97).
Tallmadge’s Brian McGovern won the 800 in 1:56.0 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay (8:05.93) that included Zack Murray, Nick Murray and Patrick Ferguson. Copley’s Dawson Mancabelli (pole vault, 14-7) and Milton Greer (400, 50.92) also won events.
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