The Nordonia High School boys track and field team came close to matching the Nordonia girls' undefeated dual meet record. Ultimately, though, the Knights could not overcome their Suburban League National Conference nemesis in the final dual meet of the regular season.
That nemesis? None other than Wadsworth.
Nordonia visited the Grizzlies May 2. The hosts downed the Knights by the score of 83-46, dashing their hopes of an outright conference championship.
With the loss, Nordonia finished the dual meet portion of its regular-season schedule with a record of 6-1. The Knights were also 6-1 within the National Conference.
"The meet did not go our way in many facets," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "We did have some quality performances in areas and gentlemen who stepped up to compete. The weather conditions were not great, but we were able to find some good performances."
Senior Spencer Coppedge was responsible for one of those good performances. That's because not only was he a triple winner for Nordonia, but he was also a member of the Knights' victorious 800 relay team.
Coppedge finished first in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.9 seconds , and he also captured first place in the 300 intermediate hurdles with an effort of 41.3.
In addition, Coppedge claimed first place in the 200. His time in that event was 23 seconds.
Coppedge was also part of the Knights' 800 relay squad, which produced a winning time of 1:32.5. Coppedge ran the anchor leg of that relay. The other members of the unit were senior Andrew Wahl, senior Bernard Russ, and junior Sam Hopes.
Wahl and Hopes also finished first in individual events. Wahl raced to victory in the 400 with a time of 52.2. Hopes, on the other hand, won the high jump with a height of 5-8.
In addition, junior Connor Aten captured first place in the discus. He flung the disc a distance of 129-6.
On May 8, Nordonia was set to compete in the Woodridge Night of Stars Meet but result were not available at press time.
The Suburban League Meet is being hosted by Nordonia High School. Results from day one of the meet May 9 were not available at press time. Day two will begin May 11 at 4 p.m.
Each year, the conference champion is determined through a combination of a factors. One is how the teams fare during the conference dual meets. Another is how they perform at the Suburban League Meet. Since Nordonia finished 6-1 in dual meets within the conference, the Knights still have a chance to earn a share of this year's title.
"We still have an opportunity to split the conference championship," said Barwidi. "We also still have room to improve our approach to meets. Physical and mental preparation is key in unfavorable conditions."