After a hot start, the Stow boys track and field team succumbed to some talent and plenty of depth in the Suburban League Championships, which concluded May 9 at Bulldog Stadium.
Competing at home, the Bulldogs held their own in the SL National Conference, placing seventh overall with 65 points.
After the first day, Stow was in first place.
"We didn't end up with the placing we were hoping for in the league meet, but did have some outstanding performances," said head coach J.K. LeSeure.
LeSeure saw some good action at the league meet against strong competition that may vault the Bulldogs into the postseason.
"Adrian Woliver did great in the throws and Joe Barry was a highlight in the 300-meter hurdles, along with Joe Gresser making the finals in the 110-meter high hurdles.
"Jason Anzaldi and Matt Duffy was a highlight in the open 800 meters, and the 3,200-meter relay of Anzaldi, Duffy, Seth Macura and Patrick Bunnell," he added.
Woliver captured an individual championship in the shot put with a toss of 58 feet, 5 1/4 inches.
Kyle Sommer had some big races for the Bulldogs and had a tough finish to the meet.
"Sommer earned the top seed in the 400 meters and was running within a tenth of a second of the new school record in the 200 meters to make the finals," said LeSeure.
However, Sommer had a slight hamstring pull in the 400-meter relay.
"Kyle tweaked his hamstring during the 400-meter relay, so we shut him down for the 200 and 400," explained LeSeure.
"He (Sommer) will be ready for districts," added the coach.
Sommer won the preliminary heat in the open 400-meter race with a blazing time of 50.06 seconds and won the prelims in the 200-meter dash with a fast time of 22.29.
Anzaldi had an impressive meet for Stow as he ran third in the 800-meter race with a terrific clocking of 2:00.82.
"The high point of the (first) day came early with the 3,200-meter relay team of Duffy, Macura, Bunnell and Anzaldi improving their season best by almost 15 seconds to take second place in the final," said LeSeure, who also coaches cross country.
"All four members ran personal-best splits by several seconds with Jason (Anzaldi) having the fastest leg with a monster 1:57 anchor performance," he said.
The runner-up relay's time was 8:11.68. Coming into the meet, five other relays had faster seed times.
Woliver finished second overall in the discus as the senior had a season-best throw of 166-2. Brecksville's Tanner Watson broke his own league mark with a heave of 188-0.
"Adrian again had a great meet by winning the shot put and finishing second in the discus," noted his coach.
"I thought Adrian's series of throws in the shot put was very consistent and that's a good sign that he is ready to break a big one," said LeSeure.
Stow had some magic going on in the hurdle races.
Collecting a big-time third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles was Barry. He crossed in a season best time of 41.49.
"Joe Barry probably had the biggest race of the meet with his outstanding 300-meter hurdles race," pointed out LeSeure. "He almost got second place and has made so much progress."
Clayton Mosher placed an impressive fourth overall in the long jump with a leap of 20-4.
Duffy also excelled as he crossed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.91, which easily beat his seed time by over four seconds.
Running sixth in the 3,200-meter race was Cole Shawala with an outstanding time of 10:05.49.
"A big highlight included Gresser making the finals of the 110 high hurdles," said LeSeure,
Gresser raced to sixth in the 110 high prelims with a superb clocking of 17.37, and scored with a seventh-place run of 17.64.
The Bulldogs' 400-meter relay of Mykal Azar, Xavier Preston, Sommer and Woliver ran fifth in 44.73.
With a strong time of 1:32.09, Stow's 800-meter relay was sixth in a strong field. This cast had Azar, Preston, Sommer and Woliver.
As for districts and regionals, Stow has some possibilities. Stow was seventh in districts last year.
The Austintown Fitch Division I Regional is set for May 22 and May 24.
Chad Woliver scored in the SLNC finals of the discus with a throw of 129-2. Aaron Gluth had his finest pole vault of the year as he reached 10 feet.
Stow was set to compete at the Nordonia Division I district meet, which was set to conclude Friday. The top four finishers in each even at Nordonia advance to the Division I regional meet at Austintown Fitch May 22 and 24.