Aurora -- The competition was stiff on a sunny and pleasant day April 26, as the Greenmen track teams took 14th (boys) and 18th (girls) at the Poland Seminary Invitational. Thirty-six schools of various sizes competed.

Earlier in the week, the girls beat West Geauga, Perry and Chagrin Falls 73-72-61-50 in a quad meet at West Geauga, while the boys were second to Chagrin Falls and ahead of Perry and West G.

Aurora's 4x800 girls relay team posted the local school's best finish at Poland -- fourth place in 10:31.39. Runners were Shelby Adler, Marissa Henderson and Deanna Calder.

The best individual finishes were fifth place by Samantha Grohe in the 3200 run (11:50.6) and Brandon Zamary in the shotput (49-7 1/4).

AHS's boys 4x400 relay claimed sixth place in 3:41.56, with members Ryan Devine, Brian Kingure, Yohann Samarasinghe and Justin Pavlick. Joe Dinardo also was sixth in the boys long jump at 19-5.

Placing seventh were the boys 4x100 relay consisting of Dinardo, Devine, Nick Settecase and Kingure (46.09) , the girls 4x400 relay of Allison Hickey, Carmen Angus, Lexie Mehallis and Calder (4:29.84) and Emily Keller in the high jump (4-10).

Rounding out Aurora's points were eighth-place finishes by Hickey in the long jump (14-1 1/2), the boys 4x800 relay of Pavlick, Ben Lazor, Kyle DelRosa and Samarasinghe (8:57.2) and Andrew Swan in the 3200 (10:13.98).

"Poland was a field of very talented athletes," said AHS coach John Kudley. "We knew going in that we'd be up against stiff competition, but realized to become better, you have to run against the best. We also ran against teams we usually don't see."

Because of a strong wind, Kudley said the locals' overall performances were not their best and some athletes were disappointed, but they competed with 100 percent effort.


Leading the girls in the quad meet were seniors Angus and Calder, as Angus won the 200, anchored the winning 4x200 relay with Kendall Trudick, Joyelle Owens and Rylee Armold and the winning 4x100 relay with Allyson Burns, Nina Vidmar and Armold and the third place 4x400 relay with Trudick, Mehallis and Calder.

The latter anchored the winning 4x800 relay with freshmen Adler, Henderson and Abbey Stechler, and placed second in the 1600 and ran on the 4x400 relay.

"Both Angus and Calder continue to be team leaders on and off the track," said Kudley. "Armold also ran quality races in the 100 and 200 dashes, finishing fourth and third, respectively."

Also placing first for the girls was Keller in the high jump, while taking second were Trudick in the 400 and Mehallis in the long jump.

For the boys, Devine, Kingure, Settecase and Dinardo led the team in scoring.

Devine tied Settecase for third place in the 100, ran on the first-place 4x100 relay with Settecase, Dinardo and Kingure and ran on the second-place 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400.

Dinardo placed third in the high jump and long jump. In addition to running on the 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400 relays, Kingure was second in the pole vault, matching his season's best of 10-foot-6.

Lazor finished first in the 400, while second place was earned by Jessie Bergoine in the 110 hurdles, Craig Conley in the high jump, Brandon Howard in the 300 hurdles, Xavier Medley in the discus and Swan in the 3200.

Sitting out the meet with injuries were Hickey (tender ankle) and Zamary (sore arm).

"Overall, we were very pleased with how our teams performed in what was another meet in which there were strong winds and cold temperatures," said Kudley.

"As the spring weather improves, our athletes should begin to see their performances improve. We'll continue to use the weekday meets as training sessions and tune up for invitationals on weekends. The weekday meets provide an opportunity for all of our athletes to compete."

AHS was to host Orange in a dual meet April 29. It will participate in the Avon Relays on May 3 and a dual meet at Chagrin Falls on May 6.