Make it six straight years in which the Nordonia girls track and field team has won or shared the Suburban League National Conference title.
The Knights won the Suburban League National Conference Meet May 8 and 10 at Nordonia Boliantz Stadium and won the conference title outright.
Nordonia scored 143 points in the eight-team competition. Twinsburg finished second with 127 points and Hudson was third with 112 points.
"We figured that Twinsburg and Hudson would be our toughest challengers, but I thought things would have to go really bad for us not to win the meet, and things went well," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "The kids performed really well. It was a great meet for us."
Senior Aja DuVall set a meet record in winning the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 24.95 seconds. Her classmate, Faith Banks, finished third (25.48).
"Aja beat her cousin, Twinsburg’s Nya Bussey, for first place, so there’s a big rivalry there," Barwidi said. "It was great to see Aja win that race."
Banks finished second (12.17) and Duvall was third (12.42) in the 100. In the 400 Banks was runner-up (56.61) and DuVall took third (58.33, personal best).
"Faith probably didn’t run as well as she wanted to," said Barwidi. "She had a little bit of a heavier workload than normal so we could score as many points as we could. I think she ran fairly well."
Senior Katrina Eterovich captured the 300 hurdles with a personal-best time of 45.90.
"Katrina ran a great race," said Barwidi. "She got out like we asked her to. She’s changed a couple things in the way she goes over top of the hurdles, and it’s really benefiting her now."
Other first-place finishers were junior Sarah Shedroff in the discus (133 feet, 9 inches) and her classmate, Grace Coghill, in the pole vault (11 feet, personal best).
"Grace had a great attempt at 11-3. I think 11-3 and even 11-6 are in her very, very near future," the coach said. "As for Sarah, that was a personal best by nearly 10 feet. We knew it was just a matter of time until she really threw a big one out there."
Also in the pole vault, senior Nikayla Russ finished sixth (8-6, won tiebreaker).
Senior Carmen Licht finished second (2:13.85) in the 800. Her classmate, Lizzy Gurko, placed sixth (2:21.40).
Licht, DuVall, Eterovich and senior Jasmon Scott finished second (1:44.72) in the 800 relay.
In the 1,600 relay Licht, Gurko, junior Kayla Childs and freshman Sydney Hazelton placed second (4:01.67).
Sophomore Eden Kereky finished third (16.19) in the 100 hurdles. Eterovich was fourth (16.46).
The 3,200 relay team of Gurko, Licht, senior Kendra Lippincott and junior Mallory Tedor placed third (9:40.05).
Russ, Hazelton, Kereky and Scott teamed to finish third (50.76) in the 400 relay.
Shedroff finished fourth (34-8) in the shot put. Junior Jenesis Rankins placed seventh (33-4.25, lost tiebreaker).
Also finishing fourth (5:17.27) was Gurko in the 1,600.
Eterovich finished sixth (16-6) in the long jump and junior Abigail Rice was eighth (12:09.27) in the 3,200.
On May 1, Nordonia defeated Twinsburg 77-60 on the road in its final Suburban League National Conference meet to finish 7-0.
Meanwhile, the Nordonia boys team finished fifth with 73 points at the Suburban League National Conference Meet.
Wadsworth won the competition with 158 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished second with 98 points and Hudson was third with 88 points.
"We knew it was going to be a tough meet," said Barwidi. "We didn’t expect to beat Wadsworth. I think we’re a year or two away from really competing for the conference championship."
Senior Sam Hopes finished second in both the 100 with a time of 11.36 and the 200 with a time of 23.09.
"Sam ran pretty well," Barwidi said. "I know he was disappointed in not beating Wadsworth’s Andrew Robinson in both races. He’s very consistent now in the way he’s running and the times he’s putting up. We’re just waiting for the next time drop to happen."
Senior Eric King won a tiebreaker to place fifth (11.67) in the 100. He was eighth (24.11) in the 200.
The 400 relay team of Hopes, King, senior Aundre Hildreth and freshman Zack Liederbach finished second with a season-best time of 44.05.
Seniors Larry Hart and Joshua Palmentera, sophomore Brenden Jackson and freshman Jonathan Banks combined to place third in the 1,600 relay with a season-best clocking of 3:25.82.
"The 400 and 1,600 relays had very nice times, and I think they have a little bit more room for improvement in the coming weeks," said the coach. "I said early in the season that I thought they could surprise some people late in the season, and I think people are starting to look at those two relays and say, ‘Where did those guys come from?’"
Hopes, Banks, Hart and sophomore Dominick Stockle finished third in the 800 relay with a time of 1:31.57.
Junior Dominic Dasher finished fourth in both the shot put (48-6) and the discus (134-3). His classmate, Jordan Dearth, won a tiebreaker to place fourth (5-11) in the high jump.
Seniors Jake Vetrovsky and Dan Moore, junior Mathew Korodi and sophomore Jaden Wimbush joined forces to finish fifth (8:17.22) in the 3,200 relay.
Jackson finished sixth in both the 110 hurdles (15.84) and the 300 hurdles (41.46).
In the 1,600 Wimbush finished seventh (4:31.18) and Korodi was eighth (4:39.50).
Placing seventh were junior Jonathan DePiero in the pole vault (12 feet, lost tiebreaker) and Moore in the 800 (2:00.08).
On May 1, Nordonia concluded the regular season with a 77-60 win at Twinsburg to finish 6-1 in dual meets.
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to compete in the Nordonia Division I district meet Wednesday and Friday at Boliantz Stadium.
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