by Steve Batko
Solid balance led the Stow High girls track team to a fifth-place finish in the final Western Reserve Conference Track and Field Championships May 8 and May 10 at Bulldogs Stadium.
Solon edged Twinsburg 129.75-125.75, and Hudson (120) for the crown. Brush was third overall (78.25), while Stow (66) finished ahead of Mayfield (61) and Cuyahoga Falls (57).
"I feel that we have had a very successful season so far," said head coach Aaron Morris. "This is my fourth season as the head coach, so this is the first senior class that I have coached for their entire high school career."
Morris had high hopes for several of his athletes in the Ravenna Division I district meet, which was scheduled for May 16 and May 18. Final results weren't available at press time. The top four finishers in each event moved onto the Austintown Fitch regional.
"I hope to have more qualifiers for regionals than last year's three," said Morris, prior to districts.
The coach believes Stow has chances to advance in the 3,200-meter relay, 1,600 relay, open 400, 300 hurdles, open 3,200, and two athletes have a chance in the high jump.
At the WRC meet, senior Kaleigh Jones was a league runner-up in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.2 seconds.
The Lady Bulldogs had a 2-3 finish in the high jump behind WRC champ Lauren Piper of Hudson. Senior Justine Garner was second and sophomore Bekah Alexander was third. All three cleared 5-feet-3, but Piper won thanks to reaching the height in fewer attempts. Garner also was third in the pole vault (8-6).
Cross country standout Abby Koch placed fourth in the 1,600-meter race (5:17.5). Also running fourth was the 1,600 relay (4:06.5) with junior Renee Oneacre, sophomore Megan Johnson, Jones, and senior anchor Alyssa Wagers.
Wagers had a productive meet as she was also fifth in the open 400 (59.9) and ran in the fifth-place 800 relay (1:50). Joining her in the relay was Jones, freshman Breanna Tondi, and freshman Brittni Wesninger. Wagers was also sixth in the long jump (15-8.5). Koch also ran fifth in the 3200 (11:49.4).
"This year, we have had six school records tied or broken," said Morris.
Garner and Alexander tied the mark in the high jump (5-3) while Garner set the pole vault record of 8-9 feet, which Page also tied.
Koch set the new standard in the 3,200 (11:11.5) while Jones, Wagers, Oneacre, and Johnson set the new school record of 4:06.5 in the 1600 relay.
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