STOW: The Reinhart Relays allowed host Stow and Walsh Jesuit the opportunity to show their depth and shine brightly Saturday.
And both teams did in a track and field meet featuring seven Division I schools. Stow won the girls title with 117 points and Walsh won the boys title with 108 points.
“We had solid performances all the way across the board, whether it be sprints, jumps, throws,” Stow coach Aaron Morris said. “It is always nice to win your home event.”
Senior Ashley Pryce helped Stow win the 400-meter shuttle hurdles in 1 minute, 2.95 seconds and the 800 sprint medley relay in 1:54.02. She is coming back from a broken left leg.
The injury occurred after she scored a goal in a soccer match against Cuyahoga Falls. She suffered a broken tibia and fibula, and has a titanium rod in her tibia with three pins holding it in place. The rehabilitation process lasted five months and now Pryce is back.
“That injury happened Sept. 4,” said Pryce, a Lake Erie College recruit in her two sports. “I just never gave up. You can come back from anything. I proved that to myself.”
Junior Tiffany Pryce, senior Kelsey Fobean and freshman Kayla Thompson joined Pryce in the shuttle hurdles. Freshman Sara Kasper, sophomore Emily Watts and junior Sam Shaver also ran with Pryce in the sprint medley.
“It has been a real struggle for Ashley, both physically and mentally,” Morris said. “She was seventh in the state in the 100 hurdles and then to have this happen, she knows this will affect her. Not just in soccer, but also in track. She has been resilient and has been able to overcome the injury in the weight room and with [physical therapy].”
Stow also had the top long jumper (sophomore Jessie Stout, 16-11.5), and won the discus relay (312-10, seniors Natalie Winters, Kelly Andrews and Britny Meszaros) and the 1,600 relay (4:06.97, senior Madi Baer, Fobean, Stout and Tiffany Pryce).
The Green girls had three top individuals: senior Emily Hooker (100, 12.38), sophomore Olga Branney (high jump, 5-6) and junior Alissa Jenkins (pole vault, 10-6).
Walsh won the girls 6,400 relay in 22:38 with a unit of junior Kelly Brennan, senior Melinda Renuart, sophomore Abby Lenz and sophomore Molly Onders.
Hudson won the 4,000 distance medley relay in 13:18.44 with a unit of sophomore Arielle Dalea, freshman Macy Lori, freshman Gaby Palazzo and junior Sarah Wolanske. The Explorers also won the pole vault relay in 27-00. Brecksville won five girls relay events with senior Erin Beaver taking part in three victories.
Other top girls were: Firestone junior Dara Perry (100 hurdles, 15.12) and Brecksville senior Melissa Rains (3,200, 11:50.7) and sophomore Sarah Okeafor (shot put, 102-7).
Walsh’s boys team featured three top individuals: junior Chris Lawhorn (100, 11.09), senior Alex Rodriguez (long jump, 21-10) and senior Andy Dowdell (pole vault, 12-6).
The Warriors won the 400 relay in 44.61 with junior Ty Bryant, Lawhorn, sophomore Joe Penna and Rodriguez, and the 4,000 distance medley relay in 11:05.01 with seniors Nick Ondracek and Sam Sojda and juniors Connor Murphy and Alexander Reimund.
“Our goal is always to score in every event, and I believe that we did,” Walsh coach Pat Ritchie said. “We even double-scored in the 3,200 and the 100.”
Firestone junior Kamar Majid won the individual high jump title at 6-2 and joined senior Nadir Hazly and junior Devin Sutton to win the event’s relay at 16-8.
Strongsville junior Richard Floyd won the 110 hurdles in 14.38, and also helped the Mustangs win the 800 relay in 1:32.69 and the 400 shuttle hurdles in 1:02.5.
Stow won four boys relay events. Seniors Jack Thorson, Steven White, Robbie Anderson, Devonne Johnson, Jonte Pooler, Nathan Moore and Steven Romo took part in victories along with juniors Maxwell Jones, Jack Bauman, Ryan Bogucki and Schuyler Morris.
Brecksville won four boys relay events with junior Jack Wessel taking part in two.
Other top boys were: Hudson senior John Brandon (discus throw, 156-4) and freshman Blake Roberts (3,200, 10:12.44) and Brecksville senior James Toth (shot put, 46-5.75).
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