Coach Mike Drozin is looking for his youthful Stow-Munroe Falls boys track and field squad to grow and mature during the early portion of the schedule.
Recent weather conditions have stunted that growth rate, but the veteran mentor knows the season will heat up soon.
Stow fell 94-43 in the Suburban League National Conference opener to Nordonia at Boliantz Stadium Tuesday.
In fact, this spring the Bulldogs had a late season opener — also at Nordonia — at the Knight Relays last Saturday in winter-like conditions.
"Highlights in the (dual) meet would be that Adrian Woliver won both the shot put and discus throws and Kyle Sommer had an easy win the 400-meter race," said Drozin.
Sommer and Woliver are both juniors as Stow has a solid mix of veterans and youth.
Woliver won the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 10 inches. He also captured the discus with a heave of 149 feet, 11 inches.
In the 400-meter race, Sommer had an impressive win over the Knights with a clocking of 52.39 seconds.
Sommer also ran second in the 100-meter dash in 11.64 seconds while Woliver was third in 11.65 ticks.
Senior Luke Black also had a solid meet. Black raced to a second in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.19 seconds and he placed second in the pole vault.
Another junior, Brian Cartwright, had a solid runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash against the deep Knights. Cartwright had a time of 24.10 seconds.
"We had some good performances, but our relays got shut out," said Drozin.
Joe Gresser registered a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles. Gresser had a time of 44.73 seconds. Chad Woliver was second in the discus with a solid effort of 133-feet, 8 inches.
At the Knight Relays, Stow placed a solid fourth out of 13 teams.
Powerful Mentor beat Brecksville 88-64 for team honors, followed by North Royalton (56), and Nordonia (54), and Stow (54).
The Bulldogs had some outstanding performances in the cold and windy conditions as they finished ahead of strong programs from North Olmsted (49), Brunswick (48) and Copley (43).
Bryce Sheppert was tremendous in the long jump.
Sheppert soared 21 feet to capture the individual championship over Painesville Riverside runner-up Joe Suba (20-11) and North Royalton top seed Brad Kmetz (third at 20-10.5 feet).
In addition, Sheppert helped Stow secure a long jump relay crown as teammate Clayton Mosher also contributed.
Mosher reached 19-6 feet and finished seventh overall.
"I think we did have a decent day at the Knight Relays," noted Drozin.
Adrian Woliver had another big day in the shot put as he won with a toss of 52-feet-7. He joined Hayden Bartels (38-feet-7) to place second as a team.
Behind Woliver and Craig Feldman, the Bulldogs also took second in the discus. Woliver had a toss of 142-feet-6 and Feldman had a throw of 122-3.
"The weight man relay also took first, but that is not a scoring event," said Drozin. That cast in that unique event for Stow was Feldman, Bartels, Mosher and Adrian Woliver.
Stow’s 800-meter sprint medley was beaten only by North Royalton (1:38.26). Their time was 1:38.86 with Sheppert, Cartwright, Mark Dates and Sommer.
The 400-meter relay grabbed a third place with Sheppert, Cartwright, Sommer and Adrian Woliver. Stow was timed at 45.06 seconds.
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