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Senior runner Sarah Berger leads Wadsworth girls to 2nd straight title


MACEDONIA — It didn’t matter what the conditions were Saturday at the Boliantz Stadium.

Sarah Berger was on a mission.

The unseasonably cold weather that also had rain, hail and just about anything else didn’t slow down the reigning Gazette MVP or her Wadsworth teammates as the Grizzlies won the Suburban League Meet and shared the overall title for the second straight season.

“I love days like today. These are my kind of days,” said Berger, who had a hand in three event wins Saturday and four for the two-day meet. “I’m not a really a fan of the heat, so a day like today turning around was a lot easier for me.”

Just days after helping the Grizzlies’ 4x800-meter relay win, Berger pulled off the difficult double-win by finishing ahead of the pack in the 1,600 and 800 and then running on the 4x4 unit that placed first.

Those wins combined with a handful of other top performances helped Wadsworth compile 129 points to beat Nordonia (115). Highland used its strength in the sprints to finish third with 103 points, while Cloverleaf placed fifth (66).

While it wasn’t picture perfect, veteran coach John Burton could do nothing but smile afterward.

“As I told the kids before the 4x4, we’ve had some ups and downs like any other track meet and that happens, but they all were consistent in terms of performance,” he said. “We just came out and did what we can do.”

Berger defended her SL title in the 1,600 with a time of 5:08.30 to beat Cloverleaf’s Ashley Murray (5:10.30) and Highland’s Carlee Rhoads (5:15.03). Berger followed with an impressive 2:21.24 to pick up the win in the 800. Teammate Madi Salem was second to Berger in the final, clocking a personal-low 2:23.10.

“It feels really good because last year the turnaround for me was horrible,” said Berger, referring to her

10th-place finish in last year’s 800. “I’m in a lot better shape this year than I was last year to be able to make that turnaround so quick.”

Berger teamed with Courtney Palange, Madison Gilger and Leah Runkle on the winning 4x4 that ran a season-low 4:03.26.

The Grizzlies also picked up big points from Leah Runkle, as the senior defended her crown in the long jump — she matched her season best of 17 feet, 1½ inches — and took second in the 400 (57.84) and 200 (26.75).

“I was pretty happy (with the long jump,” she said. “It was wet and cold, so I was happy with my jump, but I’m hoping to go mid-17s next week.”

Emily Perebzak picked up third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (16.36) and 300 hurdles (47.79), while Wadsworth’s 4x2 was second.

Highland dominated the sprints in impressive fashion, with junior Sarah Carpenter winning the 100 (12.45) and 200 (25.86) and anchoring the 4x1 and 4x2 to victories with Sam Duale, Colleen Hoynes and Emma Grantier.

The 4x2 win bettered on the group’s school record set last week, as Grantier secured the lead in an impressive third leg and Carpenter sealed the victory in 1:46.09.

“I love the relays,” Carpenter said. “The relays are more fun for me, but I like the opens, too.”

Duale was third in both individual races, recording a 12.65 in the 100 and a 26.76 in the 200, but she loves what the relays have accomplished this year.

“It’s really fun. We work hard together and end up pushing each other,” she said. “That helps us in the big meets.”

After taking third in the 1,600, sophomore Carlee Rhoads bounced back with an impressive win in the 3,200 in 11:02.72 to beat defending champ Murray (11:23.62) and get close to her personal record of 11:00.

“I was kind of surprised throughout the race that I was in front because in the mile I felt like I was trying pretty hard and these girls were passing me,” Rhoads said. “I wear my watch all the time and I saw on it that I could get under my PR, so I started going faster to see if I could get it.”

Cloverleaf’s 4x4 of Hannah Swain, Kaylee Gutschow, Riley Freeland and Erian Hamilton was second in the 4x4, posting a season-low 4:09.02. The group won all seven races during the dual-meet season.

“It felt really good,” Swain said. “We’re really strong as a team and we’re really close. We’ve grown together, so it was nice to get a PR.”

On the boys side, Wadsworth fell short in the team race to defending champ Nordonia (182 points) with 169 points. Highland (31) and Cloverleaf (23) were sixth and seventh, respectively.

It was an up-and-down day for the Grizzlies, as Ryan Looser won the 110 hurdles (14.90) but felt short 300 hurdle final and Hunter Williams placed third in the 100 (11.20) — he won the event a year ago — and bounced back to clocked 22.73 to take the 200.

Senior Nick Winkler was runner-up in the 1,600, as the reigning SL medalist got passed by Nordonia’s Zack Thaxton in the final 50 meters to finish in 4:29.53.

“Coming in, I mapped out some placed that I thought we would get that we didn’t get today,” Wadsworth coach D.J. Schrock said. “When that weather turned at the start of the 100, Hunter was standing around a little bit, and I think that might have affected him. But guys have to step up and Nordonia stepped up. Our guys ran hard and ran well, but it just wasn’t enough today.”

The Grizzlies picked up a big win in the 3,200, as Jon Bach bettered his PR by more than seven seconds to win in 9:46.97, avenging a loss to runner-up Charlie Korodi earlier this month with a kick at the 400 mark.

“I raced (Korodi) at the Jackson Twilight meet and he had a burst right around the first mile or right before the second mile, so I just used that,” said Bach, whose previous low was 9:54.52. “I just tried to stay with him whenever he got the burst because that’s where he got me last time. On the second to last lap, I just tried to keep going … I didn’t know how close he was.”

Nate Bergan also was a winner for Wadsworth, beating defending champ Tom Wangler of Cloverleaf in the shot put with a toss of 49-8½. Matt Beidler was second in the 800 (2:00.50) and Benn Baier was runner-up in the high jump (6-0) along with the 4x1 relay.

Colts coach Bob Lake noted the Wangler loss could be big motivation for next week’s district meet, which will be right back at Nordonia for both Cloverleaf and the Grizzlies.

“He competed hard and did as well as he could, but we’re satisfied,” Lake said. “We’re going to keep working for next week and we still have a lot to look forward to.”

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MACEDONIA — Results Saturday from the final day of the Suburban League Meet held at Nordonia’s Boliantz Stadium.


Team standings: 1. Nordonia 182, 2. Wadsworth 169, 3. Copley 106, 4. Green 73, 5. Tallmadge 58, 6. Highland 31, 7. Cloverleaf 23, 8. Revere 19.

Individual results

(Winner in each event and county finishers)

Shot put: 1. Nate Bergan (W) 49-8½, 2. Tom Wangler (Cl) 48-11½, 6. Alex Seme (W) 44-10¼. High jump: 1. Jermaine Muse (N) 6-3, 2. Benny Baier (W) 6-0, 5. Josh Poling (H) 5-8, 7. Steven Gilbert (W) 5-6. 110 hurdles: 1. Ryan Looser (W) 14.90, 5. Benny Baier (W) 16.01, 7. Paul Wright (H) 17.26. 100: 1. Jordan Nobles (N) 10.97, 3. Hunter Williams (W) 11.20, 4. Matt Blamble (W) 11.26. 4x200: 1. Nordonia 1:29.88, 3. Wadsworth (Josh Weber, Devon Gilkerson, Blamble, Williams) 1:32.60, 6. Highland (Wright, Mason Simmons, Christopher Burnside, James Friedl) 1:36.30, 8. Cloverleaf (Andrew Podolak, Diego Rivera, Nate Watkins, Ryan Powell) 1:41.74. 1,600: 1. Zack Thaxton (N) 4:28.50, 2. Nick Winkler (W) 4:29.53, 7. Andrew Jarrett (Cl) 4:43.22, 8. Jeff Batey (W) 4:46.75, 11. Darren Egner (Cl) 4:56.61, 12. Christian Gerding (H) 4:58.94. 4x100: 1. Nordonia 43.65, 2. Wadsworth (Gilkerson, Alex Jones, Blamble, Williams) 45.07, 6. Highland (Wright, Poling, Burnside, Friedl) 46.81, 8. Cloverleaf (Rivera, Zach Witmer, Jon Nespeca, Powell) 48.38. 400: 1. Milton Greer (Co) 50.92, 6. Weber (W) 53.33. 300 hurdles: 1. Theo Washington (N) 38.81, 2. Looser (W) 39.51, 7. Baier (W) 43.80, 8. Wright (H) 44.75. 800: 1. Brian McGovern (T) 1:56, 2. Matt Beidler (W) 2:00.50, 3. Luke Pifher (H) 2:01.55, 6. Dakota Duncan (Cl) 2:03.82, 12. Winkler (W) 2:14.28, 15. Gerding (H) 2:20.51. 200: 1. Williams (W) 22.73, 5. Blamble (W) 23.63. 3,200: 1. Jon Bach (W) 9:46.97, 4. Ben Murphy (W) 10:03.16, 11. Ian Alred (H) 10:52.41, 12. Cameron Billy (Cl) 11:07.25. 4x400: 1. Nordonia 3:27, 3. Wadsworth (Winkler, Looser, Jones, Weber) 3:29.48, 7. Highland (Pifher, Simmons, Nathan King, Nick Jadach) 3:44.15, 8. Cloverleaf (Duncan, Darren Egner, Jarrett, Watkins) 3:51.42.


Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 129, 2. Nordonia 115, 3. Highland 103, 4. Green 86, 5. Cloverleaf 66, 6. Tallmadge 65, 7. Revere 56, 8. Copley 43.

Individual results

(Winner in each event and county finishers)

Discus: 1. Liz Mogus (G) 116-3, 3. Anna Rose Wiencek (H) 105-0, 4. Cassie Lambert (H) 102-5, 5. Korrin Harp (W) 100-11, 6. Katelyn Young (Cl) 99-7. Long jump: 1. Leah Runkle (W) 17-1½, 6. Nikki McKenna (H) 15-9, 8. Jenna Saunders (H) 15-6. Pole vault: 1. Larissa Kurtz (R) 11-0, 4. Maddie Brandt (Cl) 9-6, 6. Natalie Martz (Cl) 9-0, 7. Callie Almes (W) 8-6, 10. Mandy Reinhardt (W) 8-0. 100 hurdles: 1. Stephanie Bierman (R) 15.65, 3. Emily Perebzak (W) 16.36, 5. Cassie Grabowski (Cl) 16.80, 6. Ma. Brandt (Cl) 16.80. 100: 1. Sarah Carpenter (H) 12.45, 3. Sam Duale (H) 12.65, 7. Brennan Williams (W) 13.43, 8. Grabowski (Cl) 13.80. 4x200: 1. Highland (Duale, Colleen Hoynes, Emma Grantier, Carpenter) 1:46.09, 2. Wadsworth (Courtney Palange, Maddie Gilger, Katy Gegick, Williams) 1:50.14, 8. Cloverleaf (Madison Horner, Megan Brandt, Hannah Swain, Emily Meckley) 2:03.60. 1,600: 1. Sarah Berger (W) 5:08.30, 2. Ashley Murray (Cl) 5:10.30, 3. Carlee Rhoads (H) 5:15.03, 8. Annie Gilbert (W) 5:38.80, 11. Vanessa Rivera (Cl) 5:45.60, 14. Katie Piar (H) 5:57.01. 4x100: 1. Highland (Duale, Hoynes, Grantier, Carpenter) 50.06, 3. Wadsworth (Palange, Gilger, Perebczk, Williams) 52.29, 8. Cloverleaf (Ma. Brandt, Zoe Riddle, Me. Brandt, Grabowski) 53.88. 400: 1. Emily Hooker (G) 57.75, 2. Runkle (W) 57.84, 5. Palange (W) 1:02.78, 7. Swain (Cl) 1:03.46, 8. Hoynes (H) 1:03.60. 300 hurdles: 1. Sabrina Kozsey (N) 46.94, 3. Perebzak (W) 47.79, 6. Ma. Brandt (Cl) 51.05. 800: 1. Berger (W) 2:21.24, 2. Madi Salem (W) 2:23.10, 4. Erian Hamilton (Cl) 2:25.66, 6. Riley Freeland (Cl) 2:26.67, 14. Riley Holowecky (H) 2:37.14, 16. Ally Gilbert (H) 2:47.41. 200: 1. Carpenter (H) 25.86, 2. Runkle (W) 26.75, 3. Duale (H) 26.76, 8. Gilger (W) 28.52. 3,200: 1. Rhoads (H) 11:02.72, 2. Murray (Cl) 11:23.62, 6. Maddie Gunselman (W) 12:03.89, 11. Kassidy Deuber (W) 12:37.90, 12. Anna Winnicki (Cl) 12:45.87. 4x400: 1. Wadsworth (Palange, Gilger, Berger, Runkle) 4:03.26, 2. Cloverleaf (Swain, Kaylee Gutschow, Freeland, Hamilton) 4:09.02, 8. Highland (Miranda Paich, Madeline Bigley, Grace Vanfossen, Kristen Pleasant) 4:38.56.

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