MACEDONIA: The Nordonia boys track and field team added another win to its victory tour Saturday at the Suburban League Championships.
The host Knights competed in their 12th meet of the season and for the 12th time they finished ahead of the competition.
Nordonia won the boys title with 144 points and Green won the girls crown with 118 points. Wadsworth placed second on the girls and boys side with 122 points and 112 points. Green (113) and Copley (109) rounded out the top four boys teams. Nordonia (109.33) and Highland (100) rounded out the top four girls teams.
“I am thrilled with how our kids performed today,” Nordonia coach Scott Barwidi said. “We had thought the meet would be very, very close and we put a lot of pressure on the kids. We always put pressure on them with different things and our kids have responded. We talk about competing all the time and they did that.”
Nordonia’s boys went 7-0 in league duals and are 5-0 in invitationals.
“This was exciting and fun,” Knights sophomore Denzel Ward said. “There was some great competition here. I just like to come and compete at real big meets like this.”
Ward set a stadium and school record in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 4 inches.
Junior Emily Hooker led Green with wins in the 100-meter dash (12.67 seconds), the 400 (56.65) and the 200 (25.58). Sophomore Elizabeth Mogus (discus throw, 111-1), senior Morgan Estes (pole vault, 12-6) and senior Erika Rector (800, 2:15.48) also won events.
“When we went to Austintown Fitch and got third at the Optimist with seven athletes, we knew that we could do very well here,” Green girls coach Maedene Pfouts said. “We just didn’t know how things would work out. Liz had her personal best in discus. We knew she would place high, but that was a nice surprise. This is the first we have had Emily compete in four events because she has had some injuries. Everything came together.”
Rector was thrilled with the victory and dashed off to prom after the meet ended.
“I’m kind of shocked,” Rector said. “I didn’t expect this coming in. I’m just so happy because everyone did what they needed to do. Emily winning three events was huge. This was her first time running four. Morgan did amazing in the pole vault. I’m just so proud of everyone. It just feels like we are a young team, especially compared to last year. We lost a lot of talent. To come back and win is awesome. I don’t think anyone expected it.”
Ward also ran legs on winning relays for Nordonia. The 800 relay won in 1:29.35 and consisted of Ward, junior Brandon Truett, sophomore Brandon Wilson and junior Sterling Brabson. The 400 relay included Brabson, Truett, Ward and junior Jordan Nobles and clocked a 43.06.
Sophomore Jermaine Muse (high jump, 5-11) and junior Theo Washington (300 hurdles, 39.23) also won titles for Nordonia.
“We just work hard in practice and compete with each other,” Nobles said. “We encourage each other every time.”
Other top girls
Nordonia senior Taylor McDonald won the 100 hurdles (15.33) and 300 hurdles (44.52).
Wadsworth won three relays and junior Sarah Berger was first in the 1,600 at 5:08.76. The three winning relays were the 3,200 (Berger, junior Courtney Palange, senior Michalla Gordon and sophomore Madi Salem in 9:34.08), the 800 (Gordon, senior Ally Malkowski, Palange and junior Leah Runkle in 1:44.00) and the 1,600 (Palange, Berger, Runkle and Gordon in 3:56.08).
Cloverleaf had two winners, senior Angela Landrum (shot put, 35-8¾) and junior Ashley Murray (3,200, 11:18.21).
Highland senior Rebecca Koval won the high jump at 5-3, and the Hornets won the 400 relay in 50.2 with sophomore Sam Duale, senior Paige Springhetti, senior Hallie Sours and freshman Lauren Zuro.
Other top boys
Wadsworth junior Hunter Williams won the 100 in 11.17 and 200 in 22.18. Senior Nick Seme (discus throw, 167-4) and junior Nick Winkler (1,600, 4:24.17) also took firsts.
Tallmadge won the 3,200 relay in 8:02.73. The unit consisted of junior Brian McGovern, sophomore Nick Murray, sophomore Zack Murray and junior Patrick Ferguson. Ferguson also won the 3,200 in 9:53.36.
Green freshman James Angel won the 400 in 50.06 and ran a leg on the triumphant 1,600 relay (3:25.44). Freshman Amir Joya, junior Blair Thompson and senior Seth Wieland ran the other three legs.
Highland had two winners, junior Mason Simmons (pole vault, 13-0) and senior Stuart Arbuckle (800, 1:58.23).
Cloverleaf junior Tom Wangler (shot put, 46-10¾) and Copley senior Aaron Boles (110 hurdles, 15.20) rounded out the boys winners.
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