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Edison boys win host Invite; girls finish second

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 15, 2018 at 1:59 PM

MILAN — Battling downpours, strong winds and temperatures in the low 40s, it would have been easily understandable to see a slew of slow performances at Saturday’s Edison Invitational.

But for those in attendance, there were actually quite a few exciting finishes.

The host Chargers won the boys team title with 128 points, well ahead of runners-up Huron (89) and Norwalk (72). St. Paul (53) placed sixth in the 14-team field.

“Looking at (Friday) night’s forecast, we didn’t think we’d get this meet in, so we’re absolutely thrilled,” Edison boys track coach Tim Campana said. “And the performances were great. This is such a good meet. This year we had 15 teams, usually we only have 12, so the competition was even better. And I can’t say enough for the job the people who helped run this meet did today.”

Edison didn’t have any multiple winners of individual events, just a bunch of consistent performances.

“Our distance kids did a fantastic job with Tyler Coon in the two mile, Daniel Lambert in the mile and even Jon Hrivnak in the two mile. Then our 4x400 relay PR’d,” Campana said. “We got points from almost everybody. Our throwers got points, our sprinters got points, as did our distance kids. It was a great team effort.”

Coon was the lone 3200 runner to break 10 minutes, going 9:57.04 to place first. The 4x100 relay of Joe Eskra, Kolt Wikel, Logan Collins and Sam Stoll won with a time of 45.29. Stoll added a first in the 110 hurdles (15.60) and Ian Janssen won the long jump at 19-feet—8.25.

For the third-place Truckers, Kaden Livingston, Ian Scheid, Chris Tuttle and Carson Shober II teamed up to win the 4x200 relay in 1:35.58.

Norwalk’s Owen Rhodes won the boys pole vault at 13-6, beating out VanCauwenbergh (13-6) and Eskra (12-6).

Also on the boys side, St. Paul’s Davis Hedrick won the discus at 139-11, besting Edison’s Logan Collins (133-09). Hedrick threw 44-8.5 to finish runner-up in the shot put.

The Edison girls (86.25) were second to champion Lexington (107.25), with St. Paul finishing fourth (74) and Norwalk sixth (40) among the 14 teams.

For the Chargers, freshman Abby Lesniak won the 3200 in 11:52.24, inching out Lexington senior Olivia Wolfe (11:52.47) right at the start/finish line. Isabel Chasney added a first in the 800 (2:33.21).

Fourth-place St. Paul (74 points) dominated the relays. Lily Dowdell, Meghan Hedrick, Gabby Scavuzzo and Olivia Powers won the 1600 relay in 4:14.63. Scavuzzo, Hedrick, Gwen Olcott and Powers won the 400 relay in 53.32, while the same four also won the 4x200 relay in 1:52.48 for the Lady Flyers. Dowdell added a runner-up in the 1600 (5:20.17) and Powers was second in the 100 (13.14).

In the field events, freshman Jayla Medina won the long jump for the Chargers with a top leap of 15-3.25.

Western Reserve’s Victoria Ramage swept the girls throwing events, edging out Huron’s Kaylia Black by half an inch in the shot put at 38-0.50. Black’s top toss was 38 even.

The margin in the discus was a little higher. Ramage won with a 114-8 to Black’s 108-6.

Bellevue boys win Clyde Invitational

CLYDE — The Bellevue boys track and field team ran away from the eight-team field at the A.W. Hendricks Invitational Saturday at Clyde, finishing a full 40 points ahead of runner-up Fremont Ross, 127-87, while the Lady Red finished second to Tiffin Columbian by just two points, 107-105.

The sprinters led the way for the Bellevue boys, as Tanner Hundley, Dakota McPeak, Austin Ostrum and Mike Pierce combined to take first in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:32.83, while Treston Francis, McPeak, Pierce and Alex Rogers took first in the 4x100 (45.22).

Hundley added firsts in the 110 (16.79) and 300 (43.27) hurdle events, while Francis won the 100 (11.51) and McPeak took first in the 200 (23.16).

Also for the Redmen, Jake Holmer won the long jump with a leap of 19-feet-6.75.

On the girls side, Bellevue’s Kaylia Reesman earned the meet MVP with a pair of first-place finishes. Reesman swept the hurdle events, with a time of 17.61 in the 100 and 52.24 in the 300, and finished second in the long jump to win the honor.

Also for the Lady Red, Madelyn Verhoff, Lilli Ray, Taylor Baxter and Taylor Waldecker teamed up to win the 4x800 (10:47.93).

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