season of track begins today
By Zachary Dzurick
Published May 10, 2006
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track meets showcased seven of our eight area high schools this
past weekend. It was the final tune-up for those schools before
their respective conference meets and the start of the second season
in high school track.
Friday featured the 31st annual Bell Relays and the
Bulldog Relays. The Rocky River girls followed up their recent Avon
Relay victory with a home win at the Bell. The Lady Pirates racked
up 102 points to outdistance second-place Normandy's 94 points.
Bay and Lutheran West finished seventh and eighth respectively.
On the boys’ side, Lakewood won the meet. Rocky River's boys took
fourth while Lutheran West was sixth and Bay seventh.
Bay junior Rachel Doughty won the 100-meter hurdles
with a meet record time of 15.3. Rocky River sophomore Ellie Brandt
was second with 5.5 in the 100-meter hurdles and won the 300 meter
hurdle. Brandt broke her own meet record with a time of 46.5. Rocky
River's team of Brandt, junior Jade Braden, senior Kelly Peters
and freshman Maureen Kessler won the 4x400 relay with a time of
The Olmsted Falls boys enjoyed some home cooking as
well as the Bulldogs’ 144 points which were better than second place
North Royalton's 138. Fairview took fourth. On the girls’ side,
North Royalton won the meet, but Olmsted Falls and Fairview finished
second and third in the eight team meet. George Townsend was named
the meet MVP for the boys while North Royalton's Sara Brown won
The Bulldogs won 11 events. Zach Miller, Ben Vedda,
Mike Spagnola won the pole vault with a combined total of 38'6".
George Townsend, Alex Sedlay and Addison Sedlay won the long jump
with a total of 56'8. Steve Cotman, Aaron Schecter and Kyle Faris
won the shot put with a total of 144'6 1/2". Brittany Snider,
Jim Schuler and Townsend won the high jump with a total of 17'10".
Will Hilinski won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.7. Miguel Austin
won the 100 meters with a time of 10.99. Damon Mitchell, Townsend,
Rick Winkler and Austin won the 4x100 with a time of 43.76. Matt
Jurcak, Mike Jurcak, Hilinksi and Adam Sedlay won the shuttles with
a time of 59.77. Townsend, Austin, Mitchell and Ricky Grajewski
won the 1:33.04. Mark Swideriski won the open 1,600 meters with
a time of 4:42.6 and Snider won the triple jump with a mark of 40'2
Fairview's team of Dan Schaefer, Jeff Hanwell, Matt
Furlong and Ivo Tzvetkov won the 4x800 with a time of 8:38.8
The Lady Bulldogs won three events. Ashley Moyers,
Sarah Mlady and Calli Roberts won the long jump with a combined
score of 45'1". Moyer and Roberts were also a part of the winning
4x100 team. They were joined by Amanda Paydock and Christi Tims
to run a 51.28. Katie Nagotte, Emily Hammeren and Amanda Hammel
won the pole vault with a combined total of 27 feet.
Fairview's team of Vicky Diedrichs, Katie Begany,
Tori Johnson and Stacie Dorian won the 4x400 with a time of 4:08.2.
Diedrichs, Dorian, Amanda Shuttleworth and Kaitlin Blakemore combined
to win the 4x800 with a time of 10:03.1.
On Saturday, Brunswick won the 41st annual Westlake
Relays on the girls’ side with the host Lady Demons edging out North
Olmsted for second place. For the boys, Amherst took first over
North Olmsted with the Demons finishing in eighth place. Westlake
senior KateLynn Riley was named the Larry Nickel Outstanding Athlete
for the girls with Brunswick's Chris Scott winning on the boys side.
The host Lady Demons won six events. Molly Bartkiewicz
set a meet record with a pole vault of 12'0" to pace Westlake
to the team polevault win. Riley combined with Alex James and Chelsea
Garner to win the long jump relay with a total of 46'3/4".
Amelia Serrat, Melanie Doychak and Shannon Lawler won the high jump
with a total of 14'6. Bridget McNeil, Emily Stephenson and Kim Kopcak
won the discus with a total of 305'9. Riley won the individual 100
meter hurdles with a time of 15.21 and then joined Garner, James
and Doychak to break their meet record from last year in the shuttle
hurdles with a time of 1:05.92.
North Olmsted won three events. Senior Shannon Eccleston
showed why she is an SWC MVP candidate with three first place marks.
She won 100 meters with a time of 12.93 and joined Liz Schoch, Stephanie
Sutton and Morgan Pochatek to set a school record in the 4x100 meter
relay (50.17) and was a part of the winning 4x200 meters team.
Check out pages six and seven for more information
about this week’s SWC and WSC conference track meets. The WSC meet
will begin today at Firelands High School. The SWC will kick off
tomorrow at Finnie Stadium in Berea. Both meets will conclude on