Head coach Scott Barwidi knew that his Nordonia boys track and field team was going to have some stiff competition from Hudson and Twinsburg in the National Conference of the Suburban League Meet, which took place May 7 and 9 at Bulldog Stadium in Stow.
"But I thought we had a really, really good chance to win the meet," he said.
The Knights did just that by totaling 129 points. The Explorers finished second in the eight-team competition with 120.5 points and the Tigers were third with 111 points.
"Our kids performed pretty well overall," said Barwidi.
Nordonia senior Brenden Jackson won both the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40 seconds and the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.33.
"We’ve said all year that we thought at the end of the year Brenden was going to put some good times up. And he did," Barwidi said. "He’s finally really starting to come into form. He’s got a couple more things to clean up this week, and then I think he might surprise some people in the coming weeks."
Also in the 300 hurdles senior Jason Lewicki finished fourth (41.91). Sophomore Jahdon Wimbush finished fifth (17.29) in the 110 hurdles.
Junior Dominick Stockle won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3.5 inches.
"Dominick has just come off a little bit of pain, a minor setback injury-wise, so for him to come out and jump well on the first jump and just kind of coast the rest of the way was good to see," said the coach. "He didn’t have any additional pain or anything, so he’s good to go the rest of the season."
Jackson, Stockle and sophomores Zack Liederbach and Sanshakir Adeyemi teamed to capture the 800 relay with a season-best clocking of 1:29.82.
"That was a good time for them," Barwidi said. "We think that team has a chance to make it to regionals and maybe even has a chance to run in Columbus at the end of the season."
Stockle finished second (22.55) in the 200. Liederbach finished fifth (23.3).
Sophomore Jonathan Banks placed second (49.89) in the 400.
Liederbach, senior Collin Flynn, junior Shannon Reese Jones and sophomore Mike Westbrooks combined to finished second (43.81) in the 400 relay.
Jackson, Stockle, Adeyemi and Banks joined forces to finish second (3:24.95) in the 1,600 relay.
Senior Dom Dasher finished third (48-7.5) in the shot put. Junior Tommy Vetrovsky was fifth (45-2.5).
Banks finished third (11.36) in the 100. Westbrooks took sixth (11.57).
Dasher placed fourth (143-11) in the discus.
Senior James Hayes finished fifth (5-10) in the high jump. His classmate Jordan Dearth tied for seventh (5-8).
Junior Jaden Wimbush, Jahdon’s brother, finished fifth (4:26.97) in the 1,600. Senior Tyler Mosher was eighth (4:34.27).
Senior Matt Korodi finished fifth (10:03.31) in the 3,200.
Hayes, Korodi, Mosher and Jaden Wimbush teamed to finish fifth (8:22.21) in the 3,200 relay.
Senior Jonathan DePiero tied for seventh (12 feet) in the pole vault.
Meanwhile, Nordonia girls team finished fifth out of eight teams with 82 points.
Twinsburg won the competition with 148 points. Wadsworth finished second with 110 points and Hudson was third with 98 points.
"I think the girls did fairly well and their performance was about what we expected," said Barwidi, also the girls head coach. "We did very well in the field events early on the first day. Going in, we knew that Twinsburg was going to win the meet unless they fell apart."
Senior Grace Coghill won the pole vault with a height of 11-6. Freshman Emily Eterovich finished fourth (9-6).
"Grace’s pole vault was pretty decent," Barwidi said. "She’s kind of working a couple things out and trying to get on some new poles. If things go well in districts and regionals, she might be vaulting in Columbus this year."
Senior Sarah Shedroff captured the discus with a throw of 128-3. Her classmate Kynnidi Knight placed fourth (121-5).
"Sarah has just been steady all year long. She continues to prove that she’s one of the better discus throwers in the area," said Barwidi. "We’re still waiting for that one last, big jump that she’s going to have. We’re hoping it happens either this week or next week."
Senior Mallory Tedor finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:34.47.
"It was a nice race by Mallory. She ran really well," the coach said. "The one girl from Twinsburg made a move, and Mallory didn’t respond to it. And, right after the race, she knew she needed to respond to that girl. Next time she’ll be ready. I think she’ll be a little bit faster this week."
Junior Eden Kereky finished third (17.09) in the 100 hurdles. Also placing third were Eterovich in the 300 hurdles (48.42) and senior Kayla Childs in the high jump (5-1).
Kereky, Coghill, senior Arianna Pearson and freshman Athena Kolettis teamed to finish fourth (52.1) in the 400 relay.
Pearson placed fifth (27.29) in the 200.
Childs, Pearson, Eterovich and Kolettis combined to finish fifth (1:50.49) in the 800 relay.
Shedroff finished sixth (32-1 ½) and junior Alexa Riedel was seventh (32 feet) in the shot put.
Childs finished seventh (1:01.59) in the 400.
Tedor, seniors Abby Rice and Kayla Vasarhelyi and sophomore Autumn Westbrooks joined forces to place seventh (10:18.41) in the 3,200 relay.
Pearson finished eighth (13.43) in the 100.
Childs, Rice, Kolettis and Tedor teamed to finish eighth (4:25.06) in the 1,600 relay.
Both the boys and girls teams are scheduled to host a Division I district meet May 15 and May 17, beginning at 4 p.m. both days.