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The Suburbanite
  • Green, Lake athletes head to Columbus

  • Three area teams competed at the Austintown Div. I regional track meet May 23 and 25. Green, Lake and Springfield all saw athletes earn all-region honors, with Green and Lake qualifying several individuals and relays on the state meet.

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  • Three area teams competed at the Austintown Div. I regional track meet May 23 and 25. Green, Lake and Springfield all saw athletes earn all-region honors, with Green and Lake qualifying several individuals and relays on the state meet.
    GREEN
    The Green High School track team had several outstanding efforts in finishing in fifth place (27 points) in the girls’ portion of the Div. I championship meet and 22nd on the boy’s side (10 points). The Bulldogs will send 10 athletes to the state championships in Columbus held at Jesse Owens Stadium on the Ohio State University campus.
    The Friday races were capped by the Bulldog 4x400-meter relay team of Zachary Wieland, Mike Kapeluck, Brandon Simmons and Andrew Pratt, winning in the final event of the day. The fourth-seeded relay (3:22.68) blistered the field in the finals (3:19.74), as Pratt kicked down Cleveland Glenville’s Myron Adamson on the last leg (3:19.86) for the top spot.
    The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Samantha Lang, Emily Hooker, Erika Rector and Kristen Bergmeyer will join the boys in Columbus after their fourth- place finish in the event (3:53.94). The girls improved five seconds from their semifinal time on Wednesday. Shaker Heights won the event in 3:51.06.
    Junior Morgan Estes returns to the state meet in the pole vault as a regional champion, winning the event at 12'5”. Estes had two close efforts at 12'10”, trying for the regional record of 12'9”, held by Carrie Kayes (Green, 2006).
    Senior Krista Roehlig, the fifth seed (5:14) in the 1,600 meters, improved one spot in the finals (5:13.91) and will run again in Columbus. She also finished twelfth in the 3,200 meters (12:05.75).
    Senior vaulter Morgan Kelly finished in fifth place in the event, missing state qualifying by two inches, finishing at 10'8”. Kyle Finch finished 14th in the shot put (47'11”).
    LAKE
    Lake sent 11 athletes into the final day of the regional competition. Six will be making the trip to the state championships.
    Karli Oprian, last year’s dual state qualifier (100 meters, 200 meters) completed her quest to return to Columbus in both events. She entered the 100-meter final as the two-seed (12.25), behind Artia Gunn of Euclid (12.23). In the final, Oprian was first out of the blocks and never trailed, winning in 12.07 seconds. Stephanie Ferrante of Chardon was second in 12.13 seconds.
    In the 200 meter final, Oprian entered as the third seed (25.38). She improved to 25.17 seconds in the final, but dropped to fourth place, and the last qualifying spot to states. Jelvon Butler of Solon won the event (24.51).
    Andrew Gratz entered Friday’s high jump as the sixth seed (6'2”). Two hours later, he earned a trip to Columbus with a third-place finish and a personal record 6’5” leap. The winning height was 6’6” by both Cody Jones of GlenOak and Damion Smith of Massillon.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jake Viscounte ran the fastest qualifying time (49.15) in the 400 meter semifinals. He ran a 49.48 second finals to place fourth, heading to Columbus behind winner Chad Gentry of Louisville (48.93).
    The 1,600-meter relay team of Phil Burt, Jared Milhoan, Jordon Smith and Viscounte entered the finals in lane eighth as the seventh seed (3:23.24). The team, coming from behind several times during the race, finished in the fourth slot, with a time of 3:21.56. It was one-tenth of a second off the school record, and bested the last state berth from Nordonia, Jackson, Mentor and Fitch.
    The 800-meter relay team of Jessica Hart, Rachel Bernardo, Jaylyn Vance and Oprian finished in sixth place (1:43.86) in the finals.
    Vance jumped 17’0.5” in the long jump finals to finish in fifth place. She missed advancing to the state meet by 1/4 inch behind Melanie Winters of Stow.
    Hayley Groubert finished 12th place in the vault, but set a new school record by jumping 9'4”. Jade Smith finished in the twelfth spot in the 1600 meters (5:27.43). Jordan Smith completed the 800 meters in 2:00.74, and a ninth-place finish.
    The Blue Streak boys finished in thirteenth place in the meet (15 points), out of forty-nine teams that scored points. The girls team finished in tenth place (22 points).
    SPRINGFIELD
    Dillon Matthews was the only Spartan athlete to advance to Friday. He entered the 100 meter final as the fourth seed with a qualifying time of 11.11 seconds. In the finals, Matthews clocked a 10.89 seconds to finish fifth, one spot out of qualifying for the state meet. He was nipped out of fourth place by Nathan Bowlen, who ran a 10.88.
    The Spartan boys team finished in thirty-ninth place in the meet (4 points).

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