Published in The CHagrin Valley Times
April 12, 2018
It didn’t take a mathematician to figure out where the coed trophy was going after both the Kenston boys and girls track and field programs cleaned up during their own Greg Lusk Relays on Friday in Bainbridge.
Although, any geometry teacher would certainly confirm the cut-in angle of shortest length for distance relays – the hypotenuse is most definitely less than the sum of the opposite and adjacent sides of a triangle, promoting the idea of a gradual cut-in from the stagger.
Whatever the case, the Lady Bombers’ distance medley and the Bombers’ four-by-1,600-meter quartet had no problem navigating their way to victories to propel Kenston to its first coed title since 2013. To be fair, the meet was canceled due to weather conditions the past two years.
The Kenston girls also dominated in the sprints, sweeping the four-by-100, -200 and -400 relays, and also claimed victories in the shuttle hurdles, discus throw and shot put relays to score 103 points and best runner-up Mayfield, 77 points, in the eight-team field.
Juniors Izzy Gabram, Megan Randall and Rhianna Patrick and sophomore anchor Elyse Myles circled the track in 51.18 seconds to best the rest of the four-by-100 field by 3.11 seconds. Their winning time ranks fifth in the Lady Bombers’ all-time program performances and is just 0.58 second shy of a school record from 1985.
That same quartet finished runner-up in the 100-100-200-400 sprint medley in 2:00.84, getting edged by 0.45 second by Lake Catholic.
Randall, Patrick and Myles also joined forces, along with senior leadoff Julie Hajdu, to win the four-by-200 relay in 1:52.66, besting runner-up Mayfield by 0.75 second.
Also claiming gold for the Lady Bombers, Gabram, freshman Nyla Morrison, junior Gabbie Powell and junior Kate Taylor clocked a 4:29.92 in the four-by-400 relay to best runner-up Aurora by 1.76 seconds.
In the 800-400-1,200-1,600 distance medley, senior Loren Gormley, freshman Katie Haynes, Taylor and freshman Ellie Pleune clocked a triumphant 13:43.00, besting runner-up Mayfield by 6.56 seconds.
Taylor, Gormley, freshman Amelia Witmer-Rich and Pleune also took runner-up in the four-by-1,600 relay in 23:04.36, bested only by Mayfield’s winning quartet in 22.48.65.
In the four-by-100 shuttle hurdle relay, Gabram, senior Sydney Koenig, senior Dara Paglia and sophomore Zoe Koch posted a triumph in 1:12.23 to best runner-up Mayfield by 1.3 seconds.
In the field, freshman Cameryn Walters and junior Emmalee Svoboda won both the shot put and discus throw relays for the Lady Bombers.
Walters tossed the disc 112 feet, 5 inches for the best mark in the field, while Svoboda had the fourth-best mark at 90 feet, 2 inches.
And in the shot put, Walters had the second-best mark in the field at 29 feet, 11 inches, while Svoboda marked 26 feet, 8 inches.
The Lady Bombers also finished runners-up in the high jump relay with junior Ariana Vaughan clearing 5 feet, the second-best height in competition, and freshman Dylan Britton clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.
And in the long jump relay, junior Victoria Hammerle marked 13 feet, 4 1/4 inches, and freshman Morrison marked 12 feet, 11 inches to finish third.
In the boys competition, meanwhile, the Bombers relied more on depth with second-, third- and fourth-place relays to get the job done with 70 points, besting runner-up Woodridge, 57 points, and third-place Mayfield, 52 points, in the team standings.
Winning gold, however, the Bombers’ four-by-1,600 team of junior Jakob McConnell, 4:33.4, sophomore Casey Pleune, 4:47.7, sophomore David Roskinski, 4:53.8, and junior Kyle Silk, 4:54.9, clocked a triumphant time of 19:10.08 to best runner-up Woodridge by 6.5 seconds.
The Kenston boys’ only other winning relay came in the high jump competition, when seniors Andy Dicker and Michael Swartz both cleared 5 feet, 6 inches for a combined effort that bested Mayfield’s runner-up duo by 6 inches.
The Orange boys, who finished eighth in the team standings with 38 points, won gold in the four-by-400 relay with senior Harold Henderson, junior Eddie Harrell, junior Armon Frey and senior Josh Cramer clocking 3:38.41 to best runner-up Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin by 4.66 seconds.
Henderson and Armon also combined forces to finish runner-up in the long jump relay, marking 18 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and 18 feet even, respectively, while sophomore Justin Pilloff cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to finish third in the pole vault for the Lions.
Kenston had a pair of runner-up performances and took third in four events.
In the 800 sprint medley, Bomber seniors Nick Cordiak and Kee-shaun Merrill and juniors Matt Iklodi and Bransen Stanley clocked a 1:40.94, bested only by Lake Catholic’s triumph in 1:38.88. Kenston senior Andy Dicker also took runner-up by clearing 10 feet in the pole vault.
Meanwhile, Kenston’s four-by-200 team of sophomore Jack Porter, Merrill, Iklodi and Stanley finished third in 1:36.96.
In the four-by-800 relay, sophomore Joe Secura, senior Jacob Sandoval, sophomore Jordan Knapp and Silk finished third in 8:47.25.
In the distance medley, Pleune, freshman Tyler McMahan, McConnell and freshman Jack Turk took third in 11:44.00
And Kenston’s discus throw duo of senior Michael Burge, 125 feet, 5 inches, and junior Michael Robejsek, 88 feet, 5 inches, combined efforts to finish third.
Up next, the Kenston boys and girls will travel to take on Western Reserve Conference foe Willoughby South at 3:30 p.m. Friday.