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High School Track & Field

Balanced Brunswick girls repeat at Strongsville Elite Meet

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    Brunswick's Angelina Lotarski clears 11'9" during the pole vault event at the Strongsville Elite meet.


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    Brunswick's Niclole Gatten (right) hands off to Devin Cannon during the 4x800 meter relay at the Strongsville Elite meet.



STRONGSVILLE — Different season, same result for Brunswick’s girls track team.

After dominating the regular season and postseason a year ago, the Blue Devils began 2019 Saturday by cruising past Solon for the Strongsville Elite Meet title at Pat Catan Stadium.

“It was a great team,” said junior Angela Lotarski, who won the pole vault. “Our team had a lot of great performances. My teammates and I have put in a lot of hard work throughout the past few months.”

That paid off in a big way, as the Blue Devils posted 156.5 points behind five wins and five runner-up finishes to beat Solon (103 points) and Strongsville (102). Buckeye was seventh in the eight-team field.

Brunswick didn’t seem to be fazed by temperatures below 30 degrees.

A state placer last season, Lotarski calmly cleared a personal-record 11 feet, 9 inches to beat Strongsville’s Erin Sievers (11-3) in the pole vault.

Teammate Hannah Craddock was third at 9-6.

“It was really cold, but I still felt ready to compete,” Lotarski said. “There were many good jumpers at the meet, and Hannah, Erin and I all pushed each other. All of my coaches have helped me this season, especially with my form. I think that paid off.”

Thrower Meg Daly (shot put, discus) and distance runner Emily Bardwell (1,600-meter run) also picked up victories, as did the 4x200 relay of Calista Bobula, Alex Flowers, Ashli Holden and Jocelyn Kobasic.

“It is no doubt our goal is to win every time we step on the track,” said first-year Brunswick coach Alex McCune, whose program hasn’t lost a regular-season meet since 2017. “I’m impressed by our girls and their ability to score in every event. It is a balanced team that creates champions later in the postseason.”

After picking up a win in the shot (37-8), Daly registered an impressive career-best 125-0 to take the discus.

“Going in to a meet, your goal is always to do better with every throw,” the Kent State recruit said. “The past few practices, I really worked on my footwork and weight distribution leading into my throws.

“This really hyped me up and definitely contributed to a win for myself, as well as my team.

I’m excited for this season and hopefully a few more PRs.”

Bardwell cruised in the 1,600, clocking 5:25.96 in a race that saw Buckeye’s Maddie Roschival place fourth and the Blue Devils’ Maddie Daughtery sixth. Bardwell also was fifth in the 800, finishing behind teammate Hailey Borges.

The 4x2 win, which was by almost two seconds over Magnificat, was one of a handful of highlights for Holden. The junior was runner-up in the 200 (26.85) and 400 (1:01.32) — a race she lost by just 0.09 seconds to Makhia Friedman of Kent Roosevelt — and tied for third in the high jump.

Second-place runs from the 4x8, 4x1 and 4x4 relays also helped the Blue Devils, along with Jordyn Wickes (300 hurdles), Nichole Gatten (3,200) and Craddock (pole vault, 100) and Claire Hayne (high jump) picking up thirds.

Brandy Kravochuck was fourth in the 200 to lead the Bucks, whose 4x4 also was fourth.

Brunswick’s boys were sixth, followed by Buckeye. Solon won with 146 points.

The Blue Devils’ Gage Polojack had the highest individual finish, taking third in the 400 (52.94) ahead of Jalen Daniel (53.03). The junior also anchored the 4x4, which included Daniel, Sam Raiff and Joseph Peters, to third — a placement matched by the 4x1 and 4x2.

Raiff was fourth in the 200.

“A lot of young guys stepped up and performed well,” Brunswick coach Owen Coughlin said. “We scored in most events, which is progress from last year. All in all, it was an OK day for us. It revealed some things we need to work on.”

Buckeye was led by Reagan Davis (high jump) and Nathan Skalsky (110 hurdles), who placed fifth and sixth.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.


STRONGSVILLE — Results Saturday from the Strongsville Elite Meet held at Pat Catan Stadium. Winner in each event listed, along with area placers.


Team standings: 1. Solon 146, 2. Strongsville 117, 3. St. Ignatius 114.5, 4. Brecksville 89, 5. Berea-Midpark 72, 6. Brunswick 56, 7. Buckeye 16.5, 8. Kent Roosevelt 10.

Individual results

Shot put: 1. Tanner Watson (Bre) 54-9ᄑ, 7. Logan Gross (Bru) 42-8ᄑ, 8. Will Sopko (Bru) 41-6ᄑ. Discus: 1. Watson (Bre) 183-9, 7. Gross (Bru) 123-8, 8. Sopko (Bru) 122-0. High jump: 1. Andrew Aske (Str) 6-4, T-5. Reagan Davis (Buc) 5-3. Long jump: 1. Did not compete. Pole vault: T-1. Dan Drellishak (St. I)/David Hickin (Bre) 13-0, 7. Logan Steppenbacker (Buc) 11-6, 8. Larry Gawell (Bru) 11-6. 4x800: 1. Brecksville 8:19.49, 6. Brunswick (Colton Uber, Joseph Peters, Gavyn Ernst, Jacob Keefer) 9:06.06, 7. Buckeye (Caleb Gerdeman, Matthew Vitello, Tyler Rak, Evan Davies) 10:32.98. 110 hurdles: 1. Mohammed Abusway (Str) 14.54, 6. Nathan Skalsky (Buc) 16.41. 100: 1. Joseph Gillette (Str) 10.94, 7. Nick Vadini (Bru) 11.90. 4x200: 1. Solon 1:33.41, 3. Brunswick (Carsten Safran, Gage Polojack, Alex Cooper, Corbin Kodger) 1:37.44, 7. Buckeye (Skalsky, Jacob Canedy, Brooks Taylor, Davis) 1:42.35. 1,600: 1. Nick Saul (St. I) 4:37.03, 8. Evan Jarold (Bru) 4:56.50. 4x100: 1. Solon 44.36, 3. Brunswick (Vadini, Jake Piecuch, Brendan Pak, Jimmy Stalker) 46.34, 6. Buckeye (Skalsky, Davis, Steppenbacker) 48.72. 400: 1. Riley Anderson (Str) 52.07, 3. Polojack (Bru) 52.94, 4. Jalen Daniel (Bru) 53.03. 300 hurdles: 1. Abusway (Str) 40.13, 5. Adam Maruschak (Bru) 43.95, 8. Piecuch (Bru) 44.90. 800: 1. John Mott (Str) 1:59.29, 9. Jacob Stahl (Buc) 2:12.66. 200: 1. Gillette (Str) 22.42, 4. Sam Raiff (Bru) 23.46. 3,200: 1. Steve Zucca (St. I) 9:42.99, 5. Uber (Bru) 10:28.81. 4x400: 1. Strongsville 3:31.08, 3. Brunswick (Daniel, Raiff, Peters, Polojack) 3:38.01, 7. Buckeye (Michael Gorris, Mason Kabat, Aiden Martin, Stahl) 4:06.98.


Team standings: 1. Brunswick 156.5, 2. Solon 103, 3. Strongsville 102, 4. Magnificat 94, 5. Berea-Midpark 52.5, 6. Brecksville 50, 7. Buckeye 31, 8. Kent Roosevelt 22.

Individual results

Shot put: 1. Meg Daly (Bru) 37-8, 7. Ashley Geiss (Bru) 32-0. Discus: 1. Daly (Bru) 125-0, 7. Geiss (Bru) 97-5. High jump: 1. Emilia Lesniak (St) 5-2, T-3. Claire Haynie (Bru), Ashli Holden (Bru) 4-6. Long jump: Did not compete. Pole vault: 1. Angelina Lotarski (Bru) 11-9, 3. Hannah Craddock (Bru) 9-6. 4x800: 1. Solon 10:06.10, 2. Brunswick (Nichole Gatten, Alyssa Wolf, Hailey Borges, Kylie Uber) 10:42.96, 6. Buckeye (Faith Krakowski, Hannah Kresty, Amani Najjar, Megan Monahan) 2:19.60. 100 hurdles: 1. Maria Leskovec (So) 16.13, 7. Jocelyn Baranyai (Bru) 19.18, 8. Emma Hilke (Bru) 19.20. 100: 1. Karson Cobb (St) 13.02, 3. Craddock (Bru) 13.56, 4. Sabrina Mason (Bru) 13.62, 5. Brandy Kravochuck (Buc) 13.65, 8. Lexi Kondrich (Buc) 13.91. 4x200: 1. Brunswick (Calista Bobula, Alex Flowers, Holden, Jocelyn Kobasic) 1:53.89, 5. Buckeye (Kondrich, Abbey Weyls, Natalie Huber, Kravochuck) 1:57.89. 1,600: 1. Emily Bardwell (Bru) 5:25.96, 4. Maddie Roschival (Buc) 6:00.25, 6. Maddie Daughtery (Bru) 6:07.40. 4x100: 1. Strongsville 51.37, 2. Brunswick (Jamie Toomey, Craddock, Mason, Kobasic) 53.39, 6. Buckeye (Kondrich, Weyls, Sydney Bell, Kravochuck) 55.34. 400: 1. Makhia Friedman (KR) 1:01.23, 2. Holden (Bru) 1:01.32, 4. Bobula (Bru) 1:04.78. 300 hurdles: 1. Ada Ngozi (So) 48.51, 3. Jordyn Wickes (Bru) 51.26, 7. Baranyai (Bru) 53.94. 800: 1. Olivia Howell (So) 2:18.10, 4. Borges (Bru) 2:27.17, 5. Bardwell (Bru) 2:31.50, 8. Brooke Franz (Buc) 2:42.24. 200: 1. Thai-Lin Pierce (Bre) 26.85, 2. Holden (Bru) 27.93, 4. Kravochuck (Buc) 28.52, 7. Kobasic (Bru) 29.16. 3,200: 1. Morgan Jankowski (BM) 11:30.13, 3. Gatten (Bru) 12:15.53, 7. Devin Cannon (Bru) 12:55.10. 4x400: 1. Solon 4:27.65, 2. Brunswick (Bobula, Flowers, Riley Schaughnessy, Madeline Ramicone) 4:32.96, 4. Buckeye (Bell, Franz, Huber, Roschival) 4:37.55.

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