MACEDONIA: The inaugural Fleet Feet Summit County Invitational turned into a grand success for host Nordonia.
A field of 11 schools competed in each gender, and the Knights earned the most points on the boys and girls sides. The track and field athletes in green shared a victory lap and then posed for team pictures with trophies on a sun-splashed Saturday at Boliantz Stadium.
Senior Taylor McDonald won two individual events to lead the Nordonia girls team and sophomore Denzel Ward triumphed in an individual event and relay for the boys team.
“We performed real well on the boys and girls side,” Nordonia coach Scott Barwidi said. “We had a lot of season’s bests today, which was our goal, and we had a couple of personal bests from kids individually. This was a good day for us.”
Nordonia’s boys scored 137 points and St. Vincent-St. Mary placed second with 119.5 points. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (102), Tallmadge (64.5) and Woodridge (56) rounded out the top five.
Ward won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches. He also ran on the first-place 800-meter relay that also included junior Brandon Truett, sophomore Brandon Wilson and junior Sterling Brabson and clocked a 1:30.81.
The Knights also won the 1,600 relay in 3:31.06 with Brabson, junior Jordan Nobles, senior Nick Rezek and senior Kieron Stallworth.
“It feels good to get this win,” Ward said. “There is great competition here.”
Nordonia’s girls scored 123.5 points and Cuyahoga Falls took second with 110 points. St. V-M (103), Buchtel (85) and CVCA (83) rounded out the top five.
McDonald won the 100 hurdles (15.54 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.4). Junior Erin Velazquez won the high jump (5-1).
“I came out here and did my best,” said McDonald, who is 10-0 this season in both hurdle events. “I knew there would be competition from Buchtel and other schools.”
Other first-place girls
Buchtel sophomore Simone Green placed first in the 100 (12.65), 200 (25.74) and ran on the 400 relay (49.83) with sophomores Dana Oliver, Raven Green and Jayla Bowens.
Cuyahoga Falls had three field event winners — junior Maddie Ziccardi (shot put, 34-2½), senior Nicole Waibel (pole vault, 12-4½) and senior Erica King (discus, 124-8)
Tallmadge won the 1,600 relay in 4:05.52 with junior Hallie Allen, junior Maddie Fairchild, senior Marisa Rinaldi and senior Emma Mathieson.
St. V-M had four individual firsts: senior Marissa Rossetti (1,600, 5:11.18), senior Chelsea Laury (400, 59.74), junior Julia Mendiola (800, 2:18.47) and freshman Rachel Iacofano (3,200 11:28.64).
Laury also was on the 800 relay with sophomore Imani Davis, junior Katie Goedecke and junior Alexis Taylor and clocked a 1:44.83.
CVCA senior Katie Hess won the long jump with a jump of 17-6½. Royals sophomore Sammy Bockoven anchored the 3,200 relay (9:36.18), which also included senior Alex Blair, sophomore Natalie Pasicznyk and senior Mallory Myers.
Other first-place boys
Ellet junior Derek Stout won the shot put (50-1½) and discus (141-3). Tallmadge junior Brian McGovern was first in the 800 in 1:57.42.
St. V-M junior Parris Campbell was first in the 100 (10.97) and 200 (22.32), and joined senior Fransohn Bickley, sophomore Vincent Lockett and junior Jarel Woolridge to win the 400 relay (43.01). Senior Mick Iacofano won the 1,600 (4:28.41) and 3,200 (9:42.83). Junior Travonte Junius won the high jump (6-2).
CVCA junior Evan Carroscia took first in the 110 hurdles (15.48) and 300 hurdles (39.69). The Royals 3,200 relay team of junior Noah LeBay, junior Ben Bockoven, senior Will Anderson and sophomore Ryan Adams crossed in 8:13.77. Juniors Jake Sprague (pole vault, 14-0) and Sherman Kortze (400, 49.99) also earned firsts.
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