The Stow-Munroe Falls High School boys track and field team has encountered a rough start to its dual meet season. The reason? The Bulldogs have faced two of the top teams in the National Division of the Suburban League.
Stow dropped a 91-46 decision to Wadsworth in the season opener. Then on April 4, the Bulldogs welcomed Nordonia to town. The Knights handed the hosts an 83-54 defeat.
With the loss to Nordonia, Stow's record on the campaign dipped to 0-2, both overall and in the National Division.
Despite the defeat, Stow head coach John Roseman was upbeat about the Bulldogs' performance and how they fared against a strong opponent.
"I felt like we did well," said Roseman. "They (the Knights) are a very strong team, and the score was closer than I thought it might have been."
Stow won two relay races, the 400 and the 1,600. In addition, three Bulldogs finished first in individual events. Those three were Jeremiah Gyulai in the shot put (46-feet-7.25), Adrian Woliver in the discus (142 feet) and Dominic Bruner in the long jump (20-feet-5).
Luke Black finished second in three individual events. He accomplished the feat in the 110 high hurdles (11.37 seconds), the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.75), and the pole vault (10-0).
In addition, Scott Cunnington placed second in two individual events. He did so in the 100 with a time of 11.37 and the 200 with an effort of 23.41.
"I thought that Scott Cunnington had another good meet, even though he did not win an individual race," said Roseman.
Other Bulldogs who finished second in individual events were Gyulai in the discus (127-7), Bruner in the high jump (5-6), and Leandros Tosko in the long jump (18-11.25). Stow also captured second place in the 800 and 3,200 relays.
Woliver placed third in an individual event, doing so in the 100 with a time of 11.68. Also finishing third in an individual track event were Kyle Sommer in the 400 (53.75) and Jason Anzaldi in the 800 (2:15.22).
Two Stow athletes were third in an individual field event. They were Rockwell Graehling in the shot put (42-1.75) and Connor Huff in the discus (124-1).
OnApril 8, Stow will travel to Nordonia High School for the Knight Relays, but results were not available at press time.
On April 11, the Bulldogs are scheduled to visit division adversary Twinsburg.
Roseman is both hopeful and optimistic that the Bulldogs will enjoy more success as the season progresses.
"Things get a little easier for the upcoming dual meets," said Roseman. "It's hard to open up with two of the best teams in the conference."