As Stow's boys track and field team looks toward the post season, a host of Bulldogs had standout performances in the league meet.
Stow placed sixth overall with 70 points at the Suburban League National Conference meet May 8 and 10 at Nordonia’s Boliantz Stadium.
"We did about as well as I expected we would points-wise," explained Stow mentor Mike Drozin.
Drozin was looking toward the Nordonia Division I district meet, which concluded Friday. Top four finishers in each event at Nordonia advance to the Austintown Fitch Division I Regional Championships next Wednesday and Friday.
The league meet was a great tune-up as the National Conference’s loaded and deep as Stow was just 28 points out of second-place in a tight meet.
Wadsworth won easily with 158 points, followed by Brecksville (98), Hudson (88), Twinsburg (75), Nordonia (73), Stow (70), and North Royalton (69).
A trio of juniors — Kyle Sommer, Brian Cartwright, and Adrian Woliver paced Stow at the league meet.
With a blazing fast time of 50.16 seconds, Sommer registered a personal record in the 400-meter dash to place second overall.
Sommer also raced to a third-place finish in the 200-meter race in 23.11 seconds and helped the 400-meter relay team take fourth-place overall at Nordonia.
"Kyle's 400-meter time is a personal best and puts him at the top of the all-time junior list in that event," said Drozin.
Woliver was extremely busy and productive as he was second in the shot put and discus throws, ran fourth overall in the 100-meter dash and ran on the 400-meter relay.
"Adrian had a personal best in the 100 and an outdoor best in the shot put," said Drozin.
In the shot put, Woliver had a throw of 54 feet, 5.0 inches. Woliver tossed the discus 152 feet.
Cartwright was impressive in placing third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.55 seconds to edge Woliver, who was at 11.59 seconds.
Cartwright also ran fifth in the 200m in 23.69 ticks and ran in the fourth-place 400-meter relay.
Stow's 400-meter relay had a strong time of 44.70 seconds and included junior Bryce Sheppert, Cartwright, Sommer and Woliver.
"Brian Cartwright is improving in the sprints," said Drozin.
"He'll (Cartwright) run a leg on the 400-meter relay, high jump, and run the 200," said Drozin, of the districts, prior to the meet. "The 400-relay team will not include Woliver — we want Adrian to be able to focus on his throws."
"At this time of the season it's really all about trying to give the kids the best chance of advancing and not loading them up too much just to score points,” said Drozin.
Senior Rockwell Graehling finished fifth overall in the shot put with a solid effort of 45-6.25 feet.
Sheppert added a fifth-place in the high jump with a leap of 5-11 feet.
Luke Black, a senior, ran seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.99 seconds.
Junior Cole Shawala seized seventh-place in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10 minutes, 3.40 seconds.
Clayton Mosher stood out in the long jump for Stow as the freshman had a superb jump of 20-7.5 feet to place seventh overall in the league. Sheppert was eighth at 20-4 feet.
"Freshman Clayton Mosher had his best-ever long jump for us and all six distance guys turned in their lifetime bests as well," said a thrilled Drozin.
Junior Jason Anzaldi added an eighth-place in the 800-meter race (2:00.19) and a ninth-place race in the 400 (51.89).
The Bulldog's 400-meter relay ran seventh in the league in 1:36.21 behind the running of senior Mark Dages, junior Ty Kohler, senior Jacob Feldman, and freshman Mykal Azar.
Making up the 1,600-meter relay that was eighth (3:47.41) was junior Joe Gresser, junior Kaleb Sturm, sophomore Matthew Duffy, and freshman Aaron Gluth.
Stow's 3,200-meter relay also nabbed eighth-place (8:58.15) with Gluth, Duffy, freshman Luke Novak and sophomore Ethan Hearty.
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