While the Stow-Munroe Falls boys track and field team continues to compete hard, the Bulldogs have fallen prey to injuries during the early part of the 2017 season.
As a result, they've found it difficult to compete within the National Conference of the Suburban League as well as they would like.
However, before their most recent conference clash, Stow competed in the John Hasenstab Walsh Jesuit Warrior Relays at Walsh Jesuit High School April 15.
The Bulldogs finished seventh overall with 53 points. Incidentally, the Stow girls also finished in seventh place.
Solon won the invitational on the boys' side, scoring 153 points. Walsh Jesuit was second with 112 points, and Nordonia placed third with 80 points.
"The athletes that competed at Walsh did well," said Stow head coach John Roseman. "We were depleted because of injuries."
Stow swept the shot put at the Walsh Relays. Jeremiah Gyulai finished first in the event with a toss of 49 feet, 3.5 inches, and Adrian Woliver placed second with a heave of 48-feet-6. Connor Huff was seventh in the shot put for Stow, recording an effort of 37-feet-6.
"We set a new three-man discus relay record at the Walsh meet with Jeremiah Gyulai, Connor Huff, and Adrian Woliver," said Roseman.
Gyulai also boasted the best throw of the day in the discus, launching the disc a distance of 160-feet-3.
The Bulldogs' 6,400 relay team crossed the finish line in third place, posting a time of 20:14.55 in the process. The members of that unit were Jason Anzaldi, Connor Jenkins, Jonathan Holtz, and Cole Shawla.
Stow's shuttle hurdles relay squad also finished third in 1:09.54. Among the members of that contingent were Luke Black, Dominic Bruner, Evan Koch, and Joseph Gresser.
In addition, Kyle Sommer placed fifth in the 400. He produced a time of 52.36 in the event. Sommer was also part of the Bulldogs' 800 sprint medley relay team, which finished fifth with a time of 1:40.71.
Bruner also placed in the top six in an individual event. He accomplished the feat in the high jump, finishing in sixth place with a height of 5-8.
"Kyle Sommer did a great job for us at the Walsh meet," said Roseman. "Unfortunately, he got injured at the Hudson meet. Joe Gresser has made big improvement in the hurdles, and the young distance runners are coming along."
On Tuesday, April 18, Stow traveled to conference counterpart Hudson, where the Bulldogs fell to defeat against the Explorers by the score of 78-59.
"We did not do as well at the Hudson meet," said Roseman. "They (the Explorers) stepped up their game."
On April 20, Stow was set to host conference counterpart Cuyahoga Falls, but results were not available at press time.
On April 25, the Bulldogs will welcome conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights to town.
"We should be able to compete with both of those teams," said Roseman.