It was a smashing start to the season for the Nordonia boys track and field team.
After winning 78-54 at Suburban League National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls last Wednesday, the Knights won their own Nordonia Knight Relays on Saturday.
Nordonia scored 83 points. Chardon finished second in the 15-team competition with 66 points and Stow was third with 62 points.
"When I got the final results, I was stunned," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "I had no idea we were even in the lead. And the fact that we won by almost 20 points was even more stunning.
"We scored in every single event except for one. And that’s kind of the formula to win that meet. You don’t have to win every event, but you have to score in every event, and we almost did that. We were able to keep a lot of kids pretty fresh."
The 800-meter relay team of senior Brenden Jackson, junior Dominick Stockle and sophomores Jonathan Banks and Mike Westbrooks finished first with a meet-record time of 1 minute, 30.04 seconds.
Jackson, Stockle, Banks and freshman Daylon Brown teamed to win the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:25.72, another meet record.
"We think those are going to be our two best relays at the end of the year, so we decided going into the meet that we were going to keep those kids fresh throughout the day," Barwidi said. "Those boys really showed up. It’s exciting to see where they can go."
Yet another meet record was set in the long jump relay in which Stockle (22 feet, 4.5 inches) and senior Jason Lewicki (20-1) combined for a distance of 42-5.5.
"That was neat for our two long jumpers to do that," Barwidi said.
Senior Dom Dasher (48-11) and junior Tommy Vetrovsky (44-10) combined to finish second in the shot put relay with a distance of 93-9.
Senior Jonathan DePiero (11-6) and sophomore Joey Wahl (11 feet) joined forces to place second in the pole vault relay with a combined height of 22-6.
Jackson finished third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.87.
Westbrooks teamed with seniors Collin Flynn and Shannon Reese Jones and sophomore Sanshakir Adeyemi to finish third in the 400 relay with a time of 44.35.
Vetrovsky and Dasher combined with sophomores Marquez Hart and Michael Janiak to place third in the 400 weightman relay with a clocking of 53.10.
Dasher (143-11) and Hart (121-11) combined to finish third in the discus relay with a distance of 265-10.
Reese Jones and Flynn teamed with senior Gabe Byrd and junior Ethan Olah to finish fourth (1:38.34) in the 800 sprint medley.
Seniors Matt Korodi and Tyler Mosher joined forces with juniors Jaden Wimbush and Jeff Sajovie to finish fifth (19:06.5) in the 6,400 relay.
In the distance medley, Korodi and Wimbush combined with senior James Hayes and freshman Ryan Kinch to place fifth (11:21.23).
Seniors Jordan Dearth (5-10) and Evan Svendsen (5-3) combined to finish fifth (11-1) in the high jump relay.
Finishing seventh (9:00.20) in the 3,200 relay was the team of Mosher, senior Robert Gironda and sophomores Nathan Lahrmer and Evan White.
The win over Stow also surprised Barwidi.
Jackson won both the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.8 and the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.78.
Also in the 110 hurdles, sophomore Jahdon Wimbush, Jaden’s brother, finished second (16.6) and freshman Matt Hayes, James’ brother, finished third (17.7).
Also in the 300 hurdles, Lewicki finished second (42.43) and Matt Hayes placed third (44.09).
Stockle won the long jump with a leap of 21-11. Lewicki finished second (18-8) and Westbrooks was third (18-7).
Korodi won the 3,200 with a clocking of 10:16.51.
"That was a good race. Matt led for most of it," the coach said. "The kid from Stow came back and tried to catch him at the end, but Matt just battled for the last 100 meters and held him off."
Jackson, Stockle, Adeyemi and Olah teamed to win the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:36.41.
Jackson, Stockle, Brown and Flynn combined to win the 800 relay with a time of 1:33.06.
"We have a lot of guys who are interchangeable who we can really plug into those two events," Barwidi said. "We have some good depth that allows us to do that."
DePiero won the pole vault with a height of 11-6. Wahl finished second (10-6). Dearth won the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Svendsen placed second (5-8).
Reese Jones won the 100 with a time of 11.4.
Mosher finished second (4:51.01) in the 1,600. Gironda was third (5:00.88). Brown finished second (53.94) and Olah was third (53.99) in the 400.
In the 800 Jaden Wimbush finished second (2:05) and James Hayes placed third (2:09.85).
Stockle finished second (23.13) and Westbrooks was third (23.91) in the 200.
Vetrovsky placed second (45-9) in the shot put.
The Nordonia girls team defeated Stow-Munroe Falls 69-68.
Senior Sarah Shedroff won both the shot put with a throw of 33-9 and the discus with a toss of 125-10.
"Sarah is a beast," Barwidi said. "She’s just a quality thrower who turns out win after win after win. She’s working on a couple technical things in the shot put right now, but her discus has been fantastic this season. We’re excited to see how far she can go."
Also in the shot put, junior Alexa Riedel finished third (30-11.5). Also in the discus, senior Kynnidi Knight finished third (95-7).
Senior Kayla Childs won the high jump with a leap of 5-1, a personal best by about three inches. She also won the 400 with a time of 1:03.43.
"Kayla ran a really nice race," said Barwidi. "She really executed a good race plan. She’s really progressing well."
Also in the high jump, sophomore Taniah Thomas finished third (4-10).
Senior Grace Coghill won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet. Freshman Emily Eterovich finished second (9 feet).
Sophomore Autumn Westbrooks won the 3,200 with a time of 12:40.61. Senior Kayla Vasarhelyi finished third (13:41.54).
Senior Mallory Tedor won the 1,600 with a time of 5:42.74. He classmate Arianna Pearson won the 200 with a clocking of 28.53.
Pearson and Coghill teamed with junior Eden Kereky and freshman Athena Kolettis to win the 400 relay with a time of 53.78.
Tedor, Westbrooks and Vasarhelyi combined with senior Hannah Hover to win the 3,200 relay with a clocking of 10:40.99.
Eterovich finished second (15-1.75) in the long jump. Coghill was third (15-0.5).
Kereky finished second (16.4) in the 100 hurdles, while Pearson did the same in the 100 (13.4).
Eterovich finished third (52.68) in the 300 hurdles. Also placing third (2:44.43) was Tedor in the 800.
The Knights tied Painesville Riverside for third with 48 points in the 16-team Nordonia Knight Relays.
Brunswick won the competition with 79 points. North Royalton finished second with 49 points.
"The girls scored really well in the field events," said Barwidi. "We lost a couple kids to spring break vacations. I think we’ll get better down the road as we really start to figure some things out."
Shedroff (131-4) and Knight (102-11) combined to set a meet record with a distance of 234-3.
Coghill (11-6) and Eterovich (9-6) teamed to finish second in the pole vault relay with a combined height of 21 feet.
Kereky finished third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.68.
Shedroff (33-3.5) and Riedel (31-10.5) joined forces to place third in the shot put relay with a combined distance of 65-2.
Thomas (4-10) and Childs (4-10) combined to finish third in the high jump relay with a total of 9-8.
Shedroff and Riedel teamed with seniors Delani Johnson and Morgan Nicholson to finish fourth (1:03.59) in the 400 relay weight.
Coghill (16-3.5) and Eterovich (15-3.75) joined forces to place fourth in the long jump relay with a combined distance of 31-7.25.
Also placing seventh (13:53.58) was the distance medley team of Rice, Childs, Westbrooks and Tedor.
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to travel to National Conference rival Wadsworth Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The Knights are scheduled to compete in the Warrior Relays at Walsh Jesuit Saturday at 9 a.m.