August Fagerstrom


Longtime friends and girls coaches John Scott and Joe Lutz joked that whoever’s team led at the end of Saturday’s Michael Beaven Invitational would pick up the tab that night.



A four-second difference in the final event determined that it would be Buchtel’s Scott who would be opening his wallet and not Archbishop Hoban’s Lutz.



The Buchtel girls team took first place in the second annual track and field invitational at Hoban on Saturday.



The Knights led 115-112 over the Griffins heading into the 1,600-meter relay. Buchtel finished second and Hoban finished fourth in the event to give the Griffins the one-point victory, 120-119, in a 12-team field.



The Hoban boys team also had a strong showing on their home track, holding off senior Chris Harris and Cuyahoga Falls, 122-86½, for a first-place finish out of 10 teams.



“I know it’s cliche but it really was a team effort,” Hoban boys coach Tom O’Neil said. “We took first in four events but other than that we kind of nickel-and-dimed with a lot of guys finishing second and third.”



“Jake Tersigni had a good day. He anchored the 1,600 and 3,200 relays and won the open 800. Those are three tough races and they were all first-place finishes.”



Jack Srail of Hoban earned a first-place finish in the long jump with a 20-foot-2-inch jump and anchored the winning 1,600 relay team. The Knights also took home a first-place finish in the 440 shuttle hurdle.



“The No. 1 thing we take from today is confidence,” O’Neil said. “We had some good competition. Moving forward we have an idea of what our seniors can do, but it’s our juniors and sophomores who we need to step up and give us some depth. There’s a lot of potential there. We’ve got to get better in the sprints, but we knew that coming in.”



Cuyahoga Falls was led by Chris Harris, the boy’s high-point leader, who participated in four events and won three.



“I think I did pretty good,” Harris said. “I’m happy with my results. I couldn’t do it without my coach and the support of my team.”



Harris placed first in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 400 relay, which he anchored.



Harris said his best event is the 300 hurdles and that he focuses on that the most. His goal is to get to state and break the school’s record of 38.0 seconds, set by Rob Jones in 2008. Harris ran a 39.9 on Saturday.



Troy Robinson of Garfield’s boys team also had a good showing, placing first in the 100 with a time of 11.0 and the 200 with a time of 23.2.



The high-point leader on the girls side was Hoban’s Lauren Pannell.



Pannell, a senior, just started running track last year.



She participated in four events — high jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 400 shuttle hurdles — winning all but the shuttle hurdles.



“This was a good starting point,” Pannell said. “My previous record in the high jump was 5-feet-4 and I came out and did 5-6 today.”



“We definitely have a lot of potential. We lost a lot of girls from last year but our new girls coming in have a lot of talent. I’m really excited to see what these girls can do and what I can do.”



Leading the winning effort for the Griffins was Simone Green, placing first in the 100, second in the 200 and anchoring two first-place relays.



“I’m excited for our girls,” coach Scott said. “It’s our first meet out and we’re leaving with a win. We’ve been doing indoor but running outdoor is a whole different game with the elements and stuff. It’s a transition. Instead of running 60-meter hurdles you have to run 100 and your body has to get back into that rhythm.”



Jenae Linville of Lake Center Christian also had a strong showing, placing first in the girls shot put and discus throw.