It had been four years since the Nordonia boys track and field team had beaten Suburban League National Conference rival Wadsworth.
That losing skid ended April 10 as the Knights defeated the Grizzlies 77-60 at Wadsworth.
"I think this win was a good confidence booster for us," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "Going to their place and beating them was a big thing for the guys.
"I think they believe a little more that they can be really good by the end of the season. I think it’s going to serve a purpose for us in confidence."
On April 13, Nordonia finished third with 105 points in the 15-team Walsh Jesuit John Hasenstab Warrior Relays. Solon won the competition with 158 points and Medina Highland was third, just ahead of the Knights, with 106 points.
In the win over Wadsworth, Nordonia senior Brenden Jackson won both the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.9 seconds and the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.0.
"Brenden has been running really well this season," Barwidi said. "He keeps improving each week and is working through mechanics."
Also in the 110 hurdles, sophomore Jahdon Wimbush finished second (16.9), while freshman Matt Hayes placed third (17.2).
In the 300 hurdles senior Jason Lewicki finished second (42.2) and Hayes was third (43.9).
Junior Dominick Stockle won both the 200 with a time of 22.9 and the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 1 ½ inches.
"Winning the 200 was a nice win for Dominick, and that’s going to boost his confidence moving forward," said Barwidi. "In the long jump he gets better and better each week. Wadsworth is usually a tough place to jump.
"Dominick has had a great year for us so far. He’s been a key contributor."
Also in the long jump, Lewicki finished second (20-1). Sophomore Sanshakir Adeyemi finished third (23.4) in the 200.
Also winning two events was senior Dom Dasher in the shot put with a throw of 46-11 and the discus with a toss of 132-9.
Junior Jaden Wimbush, Jahdon’s brother, won the 1,600 with a time of 4:42.78. Senior Matt Korodi finished third (4:53.48).
Sophomore Jonathan Banks won the 400 with a time of 52.8. Junior Ethan Olah was third (54.8).
Stockle, Jackson, Banks and Olah combined to win the 400 relay with a time of 44.5. The same four runners teamed to win the 1,600 with a clocking of 3:38.
Jackson, Stockle and Banks joined forces with freshman Daylon Brown to capture the 800 relay with a time of 1:32.9.
"Those relays have been real strong for us all year," said Barwidi. "There’s not one superstar in that group who is going to run a blazing fast time anywhere, but we do have four quality runners in each of those relays.
"We’re thinking that maybe those relays can be running in Columbus at the end of the season if things go well for us."
Sophomore Mike Westbrooks finished second (11.4) in the 100. Sophomore Sanshakir Adeyemi finished third (also 11.4).
Senior Jordan Dearth finished third (5-10) in the high jump, while his classmate Jonathan DePiero placed third (12-0) in the pole vault.
Also finishing third were Jaden Wimbush in the 800 (2:07) and senior Tyler Mosher in the 3,200 (10:36).
Barwidi was happy with his team’s performance at the Warrior Relays.
"We put some good times out there," he said. "We were able to have some performances that were season bests, which is always a good thing. It’s a tough meet. Solon is very good and Highland has a good team."
Jackson won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.24.
"It was a mess of a race for Brenden," said Barwidi. "He did a lot of things that were out of character for him. Technically, his race was not very good, but his effort overcame everything. Afterwards, he couldn’t believe that he ran that time. That’s very encouraging since he didn’t run a clean race at all."
Jackson combined with Stockle, Olah and Banks to win the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:28.26.
"That relay has got a good chance to run late in the season. Those guys are four excellent quarter-milers," said the coach. "We have two other kids who are going to be in that mix as we go throughout the year, and they’ll compete with each other, which will drive them even more. That’s exciting when you have a little competition on your own team."
Banks finished second (22.71) in the 200.
Dearth (5-8), senior Evan Svendsen (5-8) and freshman Matt Hayes (5-6) teamed to finish second (16-10) in the high jump relay.
Stockle (21-8 ¼), Lewicki (20-5 ½) and Westbrooks (19-2) combined to finish second (62-3 ½) in the long jump relay.
Dasher (48-7) joined forces with junior Tommy Vetrovsky (43-11) and sophomore Ian Davis (40-9) to place second (133-3) in the shot put relay.
Also finishing second (376-10) was the discus relay team of Dasher (131-9), Vetrovsky (116-10) and sophomore Marquez Hart (128-3).
Adeyemi and Westbrooks joined forces with senior Collin Flynn and sophomore Zack Liederbach to finish third (44.26) in the 400 relay.
Stockle, Adeyemi and Westbrooks teamed with freshman Ryan Kinch to finish third (1:32.98) in the 800 relay.
Mosher, Korodi and Jaden Wimbush combined with junior Jeff Sajovie to place third (19:08.45) in the 6,400 relay.
In the 800 sprint medley Westbrooks, Flynn, Kinch and Adeyemi joined forces to finish (third (1:39.70).
Olah finished fourth (53.42) in the 400, as did Jaden Wimbush in the 1,600 (4:35.38).
Also placing fourth (30-0) was the pole vault relay team of DePiero (11-6), sophomore Joey Wahl (11-6) and freshman Bryan Russ (7-0).
Korodi finished fifth (10:15.93) in the 3,200.
Mosher teamed with seniors Robert Gironda and James Hayes, Matt’s brother, and sophomore Jordan Massey to finish sixth (11:47.35) in the distance medley.
Jackson tied for sixth (15.89) in the 110 hurdles.
The Nordonia girls team finished sixth with 71.5 points in the 13-team Warrior Relays.
Medina Highland won the competition with 105 points. Solon finished right behind in second with 104 points and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary was third with 92 points.
"The girls’ performance, just as we knew it would be, was really carried by our field events," said Barwidi, also the girls’ head coach. "It just shows that we have some good depth in those events.
"It’s exciting to watch those relays compete together and know that their scores are going to get added up for a team score, which doesn’t happen that often in the field events."
Seniors Sarah Shedroff (33-11) and Morgan Nicholson (32-8 ½) combined with junior Alexa Riedel (31-7 ½) to win the shot put relay with a combined distance of 98-3.
Shedroff (124-8) and Riedel (83-3) teamed with senior Kynnidi Knight (109-7) to win the discus relay with a combined distance of 317-6.
Seniors Grace Coghill (16-3) and Karlyn Caffey (14-4 ¾) joined forces with freshman Athena Kolettis (14-2) to finish second (44-9 ¾) in the long jump relay.
Senior Mallory Tedor finished third (11:41.44) in the 3,200.
Coghill (10-0) teamed with junior Eden Kereky (5-0) and freshman Riley Marxen (7-6) to finish third (22-6) in the pole vault relay.
Marxen (4-3) combined with sophomore Taniah Thomas (4-8) and senior Kayla Childs (4-6) to tie for third (13-5) in the high jump relay.
Senior Arianna Pearson finished fourth (27.46) in the 200.
Seniors Hannah Hover, Kayla Vasarhelyi and Abby Rice combined with sophomore Autumn Westbrooks to place fourth (23:55.43) in the 6,400 relay.
Childs finished fifth (1:02.97) in the 400, as did Kereky in the 100 hurdles (17.15).
Also finishing fifth (53.07) was the 400 relay team of Kereky, Pearson, Kolettis and Coghill.
Westbrooks finished eighth (5:55.33) in the 1,600. Sophomore Serena Long placed eighth (54.0) in the 300 hurdles.
Kolettis and Thomas teamed with juniors Danielle Parker and Alina Wisniewski to finish eighth (1:55.64) in the 800 relay.
Rice, Parker, Hover and Vasarhelyi joined forces to finish eighth (14:27.66) in the distance medley.
The Knights lost to Wadsworth 105-32.
"The score doesn’t look very good, but when we look at the performances that we had based on who competed in the meet, things were not as bleak as they look," said Barwidi. "We had a couple girls who didn’t compete for various reasons. As we get those girls back, the team will get stronger and will be improved by the end of the season."
Kereky won the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.2.
Childs finished second in the high jump (4-10), 400 (1:03.8) and the 200 (27.5).
"Kayla had a nice day," Barwidi said. "She’s been pretty steady for us as our best 400 runner and pretty close to our top high jumper. She and Arianna have been battling to be our best 200 girls. Kayla is moving in the right direction."
Tedor finished second in both the 800 (2:32) and 1,600 (5:36.5).
"Mallory had a really nice day," said the coach. "Coming off the indoor season, she’s starting to round into shape. I think she’s ready to have some breakout performances soon."
Shedroff finished second (33-1/2) in the shot put. Senior Morgan Nicholson placed third (31-5 ½).
Coghill finished second (14-10) in the long jump, while Marxen did the same in the pole vault (7-0).
Knight placed third (95-8) in the discus. Also finishing third was Westbrooks in the 3,200 (12:27).
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to host the Nordonia Quad against National Conference rivals Hudson, Twinsburg and Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 18 at 4 p.m.