The Nordonia High School girls track and field team is back in a familiar position: Division I district champion.

The Lady Knights topped 11 other teams at the district meet, which took place May 17 and 19 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia. Nordonia claimed the district championship by scoring 117 points.

Twinsburg finished in second place with 93 points. Hudson placed third with 82 points.

"What a great accomplishment to be the district champs," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "We talked about being ferocious competitors in the meet and did that in so many cases. Even athletes that did not qualify for regionals were able to end the season on personal bests."

The top four individuals and the top four relay teams advanced to the regional meet, which will take place May 24 and 26 at Austintown Fitch.

The top four finishers in individual events and relay races at regionals will advance to the state meet.

Faith Banks qualified for the regional meet in a pair of individual events for Nordonia. She claimed a district championship in one of them, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.28 seconds. Banks also finished fourth in the 200, producing an effort of 25.90 in the process.

Aja DuVall also qualified for the regional meet in a pair of individual events. She accomplished the feat by finishing second in the 200 with a time of 25.75 and third in the 100 with an effort of 12.47.

Two other Lady Knights advanced to the regional meet in two individual events apiece. They were Sunny Starcher and Sarah Shedroff.

Starcher finished fourth in two events, the high jump with a height of 5-feet-1 and the long jump with a distance of 16-feet-7.5. Shedroff, meanwhile, was second in the shot put (36-feet-9.75) and fourth in the discus (123-feet-4).

Also qualifying for regionals in individual events were Carmen Licht, Lizzy Gurko, and Grace Coghill.

Licht finished second in the 800 (2:17.53), Coghill placed fourth in the pole vault (9-feet-8), and Gurko was fourth in the 1,600 (5:20.25).

Nordonia qualified three relay teams to the regional meet. One was the 800 relay squad of Licht, DuVall, Lizzie Imrie and Banks. That unit won a district championship with a time of 1:42.74.

Also capturing a district crown was the Lady Knights' 1,600 relay contingent of Licht, DuVall, Gurko and Banks. That team posted a winning time of 3:57.88.

In addition, Nordonia's 3,200 relay squad qualified for the regional meet with a second-place finish in 9:40.32. The members of that team were Gurko, Kayla Vasarhelyi, Gina Eterovich, and Licht.

"We are trending in the right direction and are looking great going into the regional meet at Austintown," said Barwidi. "We will need to be even better at this meet because the competition will be the best we have seen all year long."


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