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Locals shine at Avon Lake Invitational
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE The North Ridgeville boys 4 x 100 team makes a hand off into the third turn during the Nelson Howe Invitational at Firelands on Friday. The Rangers came in first place and will try to continue its strong start on Saturday at the New London Relays.
Avon Lake came in fifth with 59. There were many local athletes that performed well at the meet.
Justin Taylor, of Elyria Catholic, took first in the 100m with a time of 11.42 and Shaquille Hildreth, of Lorain, came in third with a 11.49.
Westlake’s Tyree Wesley came in third after running a 23.57 in the 200m.
John DeMarco, of Avon Lake, placed first in the 400m with a time of 52.67.
Midview’s Dylan Dombi came in first in the 800m (2:04.39)
Dave Winkel, of Avon Lake, ran well in the hurdle events, placing second in the 100m (15.62) and 300m (41.49)
Westlake’s and Avon’s relay team both came in first at the meet. Westlake’s 800m relay team (Nick Telidis, Antonio Orr, Jake Bitter, John DeMarco) had a time of 3:37.12.
Avon’s 1600m relay team (Dan Squeri, Gavin Kelly, Logan Kelly, Brian Hood) ran the event with a time of 3:37.12.
Max Seipel, of Avon Lake, shined in the field events.
Seipel came in second in the shot put (52-8) and first in the discus (166-5).
Session Buchanan, of Lorain, placed second in the high jump, clearing 6-2. Elyria Catholic’s Lucas Ball came in second in the pole vault (13-6) and Chris Penny, of Lorain, leaped 19-4 in the long jump
On the girls side, Lorain’s Andresja De’Armas came in second in the 100m (12.63) and Brandy Daniels, of Elyria Catholic, came in third (13.03).
Elyria Catholic placed second in the 400m relay (51.68) and Lorain came in third (52.18). Lorain’s 800m relay came in second with a time of 1:50.21
Christine Bohan, of Avon Lake came in first in the shot put (41-0), winning the event by more than five feet. She placed second in the discus, throwing 126-6.
Teams prepare for relays
After the North Ridgeville boys team won the Nelson Howe Invitational at Firelands High School on April 5, Rangers coach Lucky Varouh talked about Saturday’s New London Relays and what he expects.
“It’s kind of unknown,” Varouh said. “We got cancelled with a dual meet with Vermilion (On Wednesday) and the meet was going to help a lot determining the slots that are going to be used on Saturday.”
The meet was cancelled due to harsh weather conditions. Varouh said that he, along with many other teams at the New London Relays, will have to improvise on who they want to compete.
“I only have two meets under my belt. I’m going to have to make my best decisions based on two very early meets. It’s very unusual to have a relay meet this early in the season.”
Elyria Catholic, North Ridgeville, Vermilion, St. Paul, Brookside, Keystone and Wellington will all be at the New London Relays.
Avon starts strong
On Saturday, the Eagles will be attending the Achillies Hilltopper Invitational hosted by Chardon High School.
Avon placed fourth at the Avon Lake Invitational and the Eagles’ relay teams stood out.
“Our relay teams are pretty strong,” Avon coach Scott Lanham said. “We’ve won the 4x2 (800m relay) every year we’ve gone to the Hilltopper Invitational. This will be our fourth year going to the invitational.”
The 800m relay team (Nick Telidis, Antonio Orr, Jake Bitter, John DeMarco) placed first with a time of 1:33.27 and the 1600m relay placed second (3:37.45).
The Eagles are seeking to improve upon last week’s outing and Lanham believes his team can do well.
“I expect a good turnout and expect us to be competitive,” Lanham said. “We had some mishaps last week with people being gone for spring break and players being out with injuries.”
Along with Avon, the Achillies Hilltopper Invitational will include Ashtabula Edgewood, Berkshire, Mayfield, Woodridge, Geneva, Painesville Harvey, Lake Catholic, Eastlake and West Geauga.
Last Updated: 4/11/2013 11:33:56 PM EST