The Stow-Munroe Falls High School girls track and field team isn't going to face many opponents as tough as Nordonia. The Lady Bulldogs and the visiting Lady Knights squared off in a Suburban League National Division battle April 4 at Bulldog Stadium.

After the dust had settled, both literally and figuratively, Nordonia walked away with a 75.5-51.5 victory. With the loss, Stow fell to 1-1, both overall and in National Division action.

"Our team performed well despite the loss," said Stow head coach Aaron Morris. "Nordonia is a very strong and well-balanced team."

Senior Kayla Thompson produced one of the highlights of the day for Stow. She broke her own school record in the long jump, winning the event with a distance of 18-0.25. Thompson's previous record in the long jump was 17-11. She shattered that standard by over an inch.

The long jump was one of two individual events that Thompson won. The other was the 100 high hurdles. Her time in that event was 15.51 seconds.

Also winning an individual track event was junior Tessa Pitcovich. She captured the 3,200 by posting a time of 12:20.63.

Two other Lady Bulldogs notched victories in individual field events. They were senior Maria Cistone in the high jump (4-feet-10) and senior Sara Kasper in the pole vault.

Stow also finished in first place in the 3,200-meter relay with an effort of 11:10.63. The members of the relay were freshman Jocelyn Shatraw, sophomore Jordy Ruth, junior Kamryn Drach and senior Annaleigh Koch.

Kasper also finished second in the 100 high hurdles (16.65), while sophomore Tatum Bradley was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles (51.10). Also placing second in individual events were junior Kathleen Dunn in the shot put (30-4.25), sophomore Katherine Hall in the discus (104-1), and sophomore Mackenzie Cassiday in the 1600 (5:48.42).

Stow finished in second place in three relay races, as well: the 4 x 100, the 4 x 200, and the 4 x 400.

Dunn and Hall also notched third-place finishes in individual events, Dunn in the discus (101-6) and Hall in the shot put (28-7.25). In addition, senior Christine DeMarino was third in the high jump with a height of 4-8 and Cistone tied for third place in the pole vault with an effort of 8 feet.

Lady Bulldogs who placed third in individual field events were sophomore Ariana Poteat in the 300 intermediate hurdles (51.10), junior Sophi Perez in the 1,600 (5:51.10), and sophomore Leila Darwiche in the 3200 (14:17.8).

Morris was pleased with the performance of the Lady Bulldogs, especially against an opponent like Nordonia. The Lady Knights are the reigning champions of the National Division.

"Our jumpers and throwers performed very well and the distance squad held their own," said Morris. "We were able to keep the score close for the first half of the meet. Nordonia started pulling away after the 400 and maintained their lead until the end of the meet."

On April 8, Stow was set to travel to Nordonia High School for the Knight Relays, but results were not available at press time.

On April 11, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to visit division adversary Twinsburg at 4 p.m.

Morris was confident about his squad's ability to compete at the Knight Relays. He believes that the Lady Bulldogs are up to the challenge.

"Our team will perform well at larger meets because we have some big point scorers," said Morris. "Saturday will be our first big test at the Nordonia Knight Relays. We should do quite well in the field events and the distance events."


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