No state trip for tracksters; boys 4x400 nearly sets a record

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Austintown -- The 2014 Aurora Greenmen track and field season came to an end May 28, as none of the local athletes qualified for the state meet in Columbus this weekend.

"While we failed to advance any athletes to Columbus, we did end the season with several outstanding performances," said coach John Kudley.

"The girls 4x800 relay team of senior Deanna Calder and freshmen Shelby Adler, Olivia and Samantha Grohe ran a great race against stiff competition from teams that will dominate at the state meet."

Finishing in 10th place in a field of 16 teams, the girls ran a time (9:52:22) that was consistent with their district meet time. "It was slower than their first-place effort in the CVC meet, but was in line with how we had trained our athletes to peak at this time of year," said Kudley.

The boys 4x400 relay of Ryan Devine, Yohann Samarasinghe, Justin Pavlik and Ben Lazor ran just one second short (3:28:06) of setting a school record.

Finishing in 11th place, Kudley said the boys were disappointed they didn't get the record, but all four gave 100 percent in an effort to achieve their goal.

The only individual to qualify from the district to the regional meet was Dominic Roberto, who managed a personal best pole vault of 12 feet to finish third in the district.

His regional vault of 12-6 was another personal best and allowed him to finish in 13th place.

"All of these athletes are to be commended for their performances," said Kudley. "They have worked extremely hard to excel and to represent the school."

Solon won the regioinal girls title with Warren Harding second, while Glenville won the boys title with Austintown Fitch second.

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