LAKE TWP.: The second annual Rock ‘Em Relays almost never happened Friday night.
Heavy rain combined with lightning and thunder caused an hour delay and turned away some spectators and some of the scheduled teams.
Meet officials met with coaches and Lake Athletic Director Bruce Brown, and made the decision to contest the event in a light rain.
Lake coach Matt Pinion is glad the meet started and completed. And so are his Blue Streaks athletes.
The Lake boys won the five-team event, and the Lake girls placed second in the six-team event at Blue Streak Stadium.
“We started with the field events, and right about when we were going to get started, the storm rolled through,” Pinion said. “We had about an hour delay. The kids were excited and kept asking what we were going to do and when we would be starting again. Once the officials gave us the go-ahead after the lightning was gone, we went ahead and started warming up.”
Lake and Northwest boys combined to win all 12 events. The Blue Streaks scored 106 points, and the Indians totaled 102 points.
The Highland girls tallied 104 points, holding off Lake (100 points).
The running relays varied from 400 meters to 6,400 meters for each gender. The shuttle hurdles, distance medley and sprint medley also challenged athletes on the track.
Lake’s boys won three running events and three field events.
Seniors Jordon Smith, Jon Quinn and Zach Booth led the Blue Streaks’ running unit, which also included sophomores Dakota Noble, Spencer Wirick and Jacob Kernell.
“We have a pretty strong distance crew with Jacob Kernell, Spencer Wirick, Dakota Noble and Zach Booth,” Pinion said. “They did well in the distance races with some other guys. Our sprints were not too bad. They have been plugging along throughout the year and getting better as we go.”
Lake seniors Andrew Gratz, Caleb Kernell, Curtis Meffert, Nick MacBride, Jordan Holms and Garrett Myers all contributed to first places in field events with freshman Corey Konigsberger.
“Our field events were good,” Pinion said. “We have a pretty strong jumper in Andrew Gratz who is usually consistent 6-foot to 6-2, 6-4 on a good day [in the high jump]. He took first, and the long jump crew did well, too. We are pretty happy with this performance.”
In addition to the high jump and long jump, the discus throw and shot put were also scored on the field events side.
The Northwest boys won five running events.
Indians who were involved in multiple first places were Tristan Mullane, Sean Green, Kyle Harris, Chuma Roberts, Sean Green and Jordan Hill.
Coach Paul Lushes guided the Highland girls to a title by winning five events.
The Hornets’ top runners were Hallie Sours, Lauren Zuro, Colleen Haynes and Paige Springhetti. All four were involved in multiple first places.
Lushes also relied on Kate Simonis, Allison Nickell, Sam Zidd, Katie Piar, Nicole Hadler, Carlee Rhoads and Sam Duale to additional running events.
Pinion smiled when he looked over the score sheet and saw the Lake girls won three events apiece on the track and in the field.
Seniors Jaylyn Vance, Morgan Alley and Mikayla Belopotosky all ran on winning relays. Juniors Laura Tweedie and Jade Smith also contributed to first places with sophomores Anna Schaefer, Alex Dutton and Jess Hart and freshman Deseree Clauss.
Lake’s girls won three field events. Juniors Lexi Gower and Taylor Andreff stood out in the throws along with freshman Miranda West and sophomore Alexandra Miller.
East, Kenmore and Barberton also competed in the meet.
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