On brisk, windy day, Aurora track squads place fifth in opening meet

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mantua -- The Greenmen track squads opened the season under chilly and breezy conditions at the annual Don Faix Invitational at Crestwood High on April 5, and both the boys and girls placed fifth out of 11 teams.

"While the weather was frigid and windy, our teams had respectable finishes in a strong field," said coach John Kudley. "The success was a combination of our veteran athletes leading the way, a pleasant showing by our freshmen and a year of experience behind our sophomores."

Aurora claimed one first-place finish as Brandon Zamary threw the shot 45 feet for the victory. James Matras finished sixth in that event with a personal best 39-4.

Maria Mims earned second place in the girls high jump at 4-10, while Allison Hickey took third in the long jump at 14-4 and the 4x800 relay of Deanna Calder, Olivia and Samantha Grohe and Marissa Henderson was third in 10:41.1.

Stow-Munroe Falls won both the boys and girls competitions. Crestwood was second in girls and Kenston in boys, while Akron Firestone was third in girls and CVCA in boys.

MORE BOYS RESULTS

Fourth place -- 4x800 relay of Andrew Swan, Tristan White, Logan Gross and Kyle DelRosa in 8:59.9; 4x100 relay of Chris Vanzo, Ryan Devine, Nick Settecase and Brian Kingure in 46.7; Dan Sovich in the 300 hurdles in 43.8; Swan in the 3200 in 10:11.3.

Fifth place -- 4x200 relay of Vanzo, Devine, Settecase and Kingure in 1:38.3.

Sixth place -- Josh Wykoff in discus (109-2); Craig Conley in high jump (5-8); Settecase in 100 dash (12.1); 4x400 relay of Kingure, Sovich, Conley and Justin Pavlick (3:46.8).

Seventh place -- Vanzo in long jump (17-2.5).

Eighth place -- Zamary in discuss (108-9); Matt Sitko in JV 1600 (5:34.4).

"Overall, the boys either matched or surpassed goals that were set for them entering the meet," said Kudley.

MORE GIRLS RESULTS

Fourth place -- 4x400 relay of Kendall Trudick, Hickey, Carmen Angus and Deanna Calder (4:34.2).

Fifth place -- Kayla French in 300 hurdles (52.6); Hickey in 400 dash (1:07.2); 4x100 relay of Angus, Hickey, Karly Mitch and Rylee Armold (55.2); Emma Frankmann in JV 1600 (6:30.2); 4x200 relay of Angus, Trudick, Mitch and Armold (2:01.2).

Sixth place -- Hailey Adler in JV 1600 (6:34.7).

Seventh place -- Sarah Holt in discus (73-8); French in long jump (13.8.75); Olivia Grohe in 1600 (5:51.9); Erin Grohe in 3200 (12:42.5).

Eighth place -- Samantha Grohe in 1600 (5:53.2); Lexie Mehallis in 400 dash (1:08.1).

"As a coaching staff, we were proud of how our athletes competed and endured the inclement weather," said Kudley. "Our athletes are a hard-working group who not only are great competitors, but are great supporters of their teammates.

"It was great to be back at full numbers since both teams were impacted by absences over spring break. Every spring, it is a challenge to practice hard for three weeks, getting the athletes prepared for the season and then have to deal with the interruption of a week off for many of them.

"While many try to train while they are gone on vacation, it is not the same as being at practices. In some cases, the Crestwood meet reminded some our athletes of how hard it is to come back from vacation realizing how much they had lost in conditioning."

The boys and girls will be at the Kenston Relays on April 11 at 4 p.m.

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