Still searching for experience after some big graduation losses, the Stow-Munroe Falls girls track team is showing some flashes — especially in the field events early on this spring.
The Lady Bulldogs lost to Nordonia 100.5-36.5 in the opening meet of the Suburban League National Conference at Boliantz Stadium Tuesday.
Aimee Grimm and Rachel Pitcovich had some impressive victories for Stow over the strong Knights.
Grimm captured the 300-meter hurdles with a clocking of 53.86 seconds.
Pitcovich won the high jump competition as she reached 5 feet.
Stow placed fourth out of 13 schools at the Nordonia Knight Relays at a frigid Boliantz Stadium last Saturday in what proved to be the season opener.
Brunswick won the team crown 110-89 over Nordonia while Mentor was third (85).
The Bulldogs totaled 45 points and finished ahead of North Royalton (43), Copley (32), and Shaker Heights (30).
Pitcovich had an impressive effort in the individual high jump competition with a superb lift of 5 feet, 2 inches. She tied for the championship with Brunswick top seed Nyree Mushanagzhiki.
It was a jump by Pitcovich that gave Stow third place in the event as the Bulldogs also got contributions from Ryleigh Schelien (4-3 feet).
Paced by Katie Dunn’s runner-up toss, the Bulldogs captured the discus throw relay.
Dunn was second in the discus at 112-feet-1 and Katie Hall was eighth (89-1).
Led by Katie Hall’s fifth-place throw, Stow finished third in the shot put. Hall reached 32-5.5 feet and Dunn was ninth at 29-0.5 feet.
The Lady Bulldogs placed fourth in the long jump relay, paced by Maddie Merlene, who was fifth at 16-1 feet. Peyton Balawender had a jump of 15-9 feet to assist and place eighth.
Stow placed fifth in the distance medley with a time of 13:56.91. This group had Mackenzie Cassiday, Izzy Samels, Sophi Perez, and Tessa Pitcovich.
Rebecca Zeitman snagged sixth-place in the 100-meter dash with a solid time of 13.40 seconds.
Running sixth in the 100-meter hurdles was Grimm, who crossed in 17.26 seconds.
The 400-meter relay ran sixth (53.24) behind Veronica Anohkin, Merlene, Rachel Sommer, and Samels.
Stow won the unique 4x103-meter eight relay (1:00.26) with Hall, Dunn, Ellie Rieger, and Armoni Prewitt.
The Lady Bulldogs finished sixth in the 6,400-meter relay in 24:25.38 thanks to the efforts of Perez, Madison Hedrick, Cassiday, and Pitcovich.
Also scoring was the 1,600-meter relay (4:35.45) of Grimm, Rachel Pitcovich, Megan Shelley, and Samels.
The pole vault team of Balawender and Rachel Pitcovich also scored. Balawender had a team-best effort of 7-6 feet.
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