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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester’s Boss, Logan advance to state track meet with standout efforts

  • Seniors Hannah Boss and Cort Logan advanced to the OHSAA track and field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus with strong performances at the regional meet.

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  • Seniors Hannah Boss and Cort Logan advanced to the OHSAA track and field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus with strong performances at the regional meet.
    The duo punched their ticket  to the state meet by placing in the top four in their respective events at the Bedford Div. II regional May 24 and 26.
    Logan, who was a state qualifier in 2010, finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22’1”, while Boss was third in the 300-meter hurdles at 45.46. Her time broke her own school record in addition to guaranteeing her a trip to Columbus.
    Although Boss and Logan were the only two Manchester athletes to qualify for the state meet of the 10 competitors the Panthers sent to the regional meet, the team received solid performances in other events as well.
     The boys 4x800-meter relay team of Kyle Daily, Joe Mikulin, Bryan Daily and Larry Becker just missed out on qualifying by placing fifth with a time of 8:17.71. They missed a berth in the state meet by just .16 of a second, being edged out by the team from Benedictine.
    Pole vaulter Dylan Pugh also narrowly missed a spot at the state meeting, taking sixth with a jump of 12’6”.
    Boss, competing in her second event of the meet, placed again in the 100-meter hurdles, taking seventh in a time of 15.55. Although it was not enough to advance, her 100-meter hurdle time was also a personal and school best.
    “Hannah (Boss) ran her fastest times in the 100 and 300 hurdles,” head coach Steve Schaadt said. “She broke her own records from last year.”
    The goal for the state meet, held at The Ohio State Univerity’s Jesse Owens Stadium, is simple for both Manchester competitors.
    “Our goal is to place at the states,” Schaadt said. “Both Hannah (Boss), and Cort (Logan) will be challenged, but have what it takes to place.”
     Other participants at Bedford for the red and black were Jamar Dukes (300-meter hurdles, 14th, 42.78), Michele Noble (pole vault, 11th, 8’), and Megan Morrison (pole vault, NH).
    Although the results weren’t what the Panthers hoped for going into the meet, Schaadt remained proud of his squad and how they performed against talented competition.
    “Qualifying 10 kids for the regionals is always a bonus for a school our size,” Schaadt said .
    On the meet leaderboard, Manchester’s boys tallied 15 points to finish 15th overall, while the girls scored eight points for a 24th place.
    Akron St-Vincent-St. Mary doubled up in team success, winning the team title in both the boys (90 points) and girls division (100 points).

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