TWINSBURG _ Overwhelming. That's the best way to

By Tom Hardesty Record-Courier staff writer Published:

TWINSBURG _ Overwhelming.

That's the best way to describe the depth of the Solon boys and girls track teams at the finals of Thursday's Western Reserve Conference championships at Chamberlin High School.

Every time you looked up, there were Comets _ usually two of them _ zipping around the track and scoring points in bunches. And it was simply too much for the rest of the field to overcome.

Solon won both the WRC boys and girls championships in impressive fashion, the boys winning the title by 42 points and the girls by 21 1/2 points.

The Kent Roosevelt boys and girls did their best to stay in the hunt, each taking runner-up honors. The Rough Rider boys finished with 99 points and the girls with 117 1/2 points, but it was Solon's awesome display of depth and talent that Roosevelt girls coach Brian Botzman and Rough Rider boys coach Aaron Carlton talked about afterward.

"They averaged almost eight or nine points per event," said Botzman, whose team finished second to Solon for the second straight year, missing out on last season's title by a mere half-point. "They're just a really, really tough team. They had people score in everything. They're such a large team ... they have so many kids.

"We scored in every single event except one. Now we have to take the next step next year and score two people in every event like Solon. It's tough to say we have to score two kids in every event just to stay with them, but that's what we have to do."

Carlton, whose team was in ninth place after Tuesday's preliminaries, was equally impressed with the Solon boys.

"We knew coming out of the field events that we'd be down," said Carlton, whose Rough Riders were third at last year's inaugural WRC meet. "We hoped that we would be a little closer. But even if we had gotten as high a score as we wanted (on Tuesday), we still wouldn't have caught Solon. They were just too deep. They were sending two guys to the finals in each event. They're a good team, a real good team."

Both Stow teams took third, the boys with 72 points and the girls with 60 1/2. Ravenna's boys were 11th (18 points) and the Raven girls were 12th (3).

The Roosevelt girls won five events on Thursday.

Erin Anderson won the 1,600 meters in a meet-record time of 5:15.4 and took the 800 in 2:23.4, also a meet record. She also ran leadoff on the winning 4x400 relay team that included Ryan Brenn, Beth King and Samantha Broaddus that ran a 4:04.9 _ another meet record.

"She did an unbelievable job," said Botzman of Anderson. "She hasn't been pushed in the half-mile and mile. It'll be interesting when we get to districts and regionals how she'll do when she's pushed. If she gets pushed with a good field, especially at regionals, there's no telling what she can do."

Also winning for the Rough Riders were Jen Hollinger in the 3,200 (12:00.1), and the 4x200 team of Courtney Williams, Jessie Lampert, Morgan Whiteleather and Broaddus that ran a 1:47.3 _ yet another meet record.

Placing for Roosevelt were Suzanne Kelly in the 3,200 (second); Hollinger in the 1,600 (third) and 800 (fifth); Williams in the 100 hurdles (fourth) and 200 (fifth); Broaddus in the 400 (fourth) and 200 (fourth); Richelle Wardell in the 300 hurdles (sixth) and high jump (tied for sixth); Valerie Harris in the discus (sixth); Whiteleather in the 100 hurdles (eighth) and 300 hurdles (eighth); and the 4x100 team of Jen Killius, Lampert, Michelle Miller and King (eighth).

The Roosevelt boys scored 93 points on Thursday alone and won three events. David Kelly won both the 1,600 (meet-record 4:22.6) and 3,200 (9:44.4), and David Mentlow won the 100 (11.1).

Also placing were Marc Mitalski in the 300 hurdles (second); Aaron Emig in the 800 (second); the 4x100 team of Millon Blackshear, Sam Moore, Mentlow and Mitalski (second); Mentlow in the long jump (third); Peter Robison in the 3,200 (third); the 4x400 team of Blackshear, Moore, Nick Jones and Mentlow (third); Moore in the 100 (fourth); Ofer Barniv in the 800 (fourth); Jones in the 200 (fifth), long jump (sixth) and 400 (seventh); and Jon Mikusa in the 1,600 (seventh).

"Overall, I'm very proud of all our kids' performances today," said Carlton. "We had a lot of personal-bests. The kids just ran to compete and did their best."

Stow's Marvin Parms won the long jump (22-4 1/2) Thursday, giving the Bulldogs five event titles in the meet.

Also, Don Beesing was second in the 1,600; Josh Coleman was fourth in the 3,200; the 4x100 team of John Warner, Shaun Fogle, Jamoni Robinson and Aaron Dement was fourth; Charley Elsey was seventh in the 800; and the 4x400 unit of Eric Frank, Chad D'Arcy, Elsey and Parms was eighth.

"We did it in the field events," said Stow boys coach Dave Reinhart, referring to his team's four titles in the field events. "I've got high praise for my 4x1 team. We got no (individual) sprint points, yet we set a school record in the 4x1 (44.1).

"I'm pleased with getting third in the meet, but I'm disappointed with how we got it. Obviously I'm tickled to death with our field events, but I thought we'd get more distance points than we got. Team-wise I didn't think we could have gotten better than third."

The Stow girls had no winners, but placed several athletes. Mallory McDonald was second in the discus; Danielle Greenleaf was third in the 100 hurdles; Trenier Clement was third in the 400 and fourth in the 800; Tracee Young was fifth in the 100; Abby Hermann was fifth in the 1,600; Lynn Bollins tied for sixth in the high jump; the 4x200 team of Erica Elliott, Allison Hoffman, Megan Downey and Young was sixth; the 4x100 squad of Vanessa Carlson, Sara Corley, Young and Hoffman was sixth; Caitie Krueger was seventh in the 100 hurdles; the 4x400 unit of Jill Vanik, Erin McCauley, Clement and Greenleaf was seventh; and Vanik was eighth in the 800.

Placing for the Ravenna boys were Kendrick Hughes in the long jump (fourth) and 100 (sixth); Mark Thompson in the 300 hurdles (sixth); Damien Fortson in the 400 (sixth); the 4x100 team of C.J. Dennison, T'Ono Sanders, Fortson and Hughes (sixth); and Dennison in the long jump (eighth).

Kendal Prominski placed seventh in the discus for the Ravenna girls.

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Western Reserve Conference Track Championships

(at Chamberlin High School)

BOYS

Final Team Standings

1. Solon 141; 2. Kent Roosevelt 99; 3. Stow 72; 4. Cuyahoga Falls 65; 5. Nordonia 59 1/2; 6. (tie) Hudson 42, West Geauga 42; 8. Orange 30; 9. Barberton 19 1/2; 10. Kenston 19; 11. Ravenna 18; 12. Chamberlin 14.

Field Events

SHOT PUT (52-3 1/2) _ 1. Derrick Adams (Solon); 2. Chris Wiggins (Solon); 3. Darren Brown (Orange); 4. Eli Shibley (Hud); 5. Afif Ghannoum (Hud); 6. Hodges McClain (Cham); 7. Josh Allen (CF); 8. Mike Uber (CF).

LONG JUMP (22-4 1/2) _ 1. Marvin Parms (Stow); 2. Drew Carter (Solon); 3. David Mentlow (KR) 21-5; 4. Kendrick Hughes (Rav) 21-3; 5. Eric Jones (Cham); 6. Nick Jones (KR) 20-7 1/2; 7. Russ Humphreys (Bar); 8. C.J. Dennison (Rav) 19-8.

Running Events

110 HURDLES (14.8 _ meet record) _ 1. Drew Carter (Solon); 2. Cliff Gray (Solon); 3. O'Donnell (WG); 4. Ryan Kehres (CF); 5. Jennings (Nor); 6. Ken Wolf (Nor); 7. Brent Arnold (Kenston); 8. James Walsh (CF).

100 METERS (11.1) _ 1. David Mentlow (KR); 2. Joel Green (Bar); 3. Keith Spivey (WG); 4. Sam Moore (KR) 11.3; 5. Butler (Solon); 6. Kendrick Hughes (Rav) 11.3; 7. Eric Jones (Cham).

1,600 METERS (4:22.6 _ meet record) _ 1. David Kelly (KR); 2. Don Beesing (Stow) 4:29.7; 3. Oestrake (Kenston); 4. Justin Murphy (CF); 5. Frasz (Kenston); 6. Dave Gramlich (CF); 7. Jon Mikusa (KR) 4:38.2; 8. Brian Reynolds (Solon).

4x100 RELAY (43.3 _ meet record) _ 1. Solon; 2. Kent Roosevelt (Millon Blackshear, Sam Moore, David Mentlow, Marc Mitalski) 43.3; 3. Nordonia; 4. Stow (John Warner, Shaun Fogle, Jamoni Robinson, Aaron Dement) 44.1; 5. Kenston; 6. Ravenna (C.J. Dennison, T'Ono Sanders, Damien Fortson, Kendrick Hughes) 45.1; 7. Orange.

400 METERS (49.8) _ 1. Keith Spivey (WG); 2. Dan Dearborn (Hud); 3. Matt McGill (Solon); 4. Mike Seekely (Solon); 5. Foster (Nor); 6. Damien Fortson (Rav) 52.8; 7. Nick Jones (KR) 54.5.

300 HURDLES (38.8 _ meet record) _ 1. Drew Carter (Solon); 2. Marc Mitalski (KR) 39.1; 3. Ryan Kehres (CF); 4. Tony Prescenzi (Orange); 5. Jennings (Nor); 6. Mark Thompson (Rav) 42.0; 7. Soroosh (Solon); 8. Steve Fisher (CF).

800 METERS (1:58.2 _ meet record) _ 1. J. Spikes (Solon); 2. Aaron Emig (KR) 1:59.0; 3. Ryan Murphy (CF); 4. Ofer Barniv (KR) 2:00.7; 5. Iammarino (Solon); 6. Hauser (Nor); 7. Charley Elsey (Stow) 2:03.3; 8. Glenn Lambert (Bar).

200 METERS (22.7) _ 1. G. Butler (Solon); 2. Jarrod Farrell (Nor); 3. Evan McDavid (Orange); 4. Evan Perrow (CF); 5. Nick Jones (KR) 23.4; 6. Eric Jones (Cham); 7. Keith Spivey (WG); 8. Matt McGill (Solon).

3,200 METERS (9:44.4) _ 1. David Kelly (KR); 2. Dave Gramlich (CF); 3. Peter Robison (KR) 9:59.4; 4. Josh Coleman (Stow) 10:02.2; 5. Justin Murphy (CF); 6. Stricker (WG); 7. Dan Kramer (Kenston); 8. Daniel Sabol (Solon).

4x400 RELAY (3:25.0 _ meet record) _ 1. Nordonia; 2. Solon; 3. Kent Roosevelt (Millon Blackshear, Sam Moore, Nick Jones, David Mentlow) 3:28.0; 4. Hudson; 5. West Geauga; 6. Orange; 7. Chamberlin; 8. Stow (Eric Frank, Chad D'Arcy, Charley Elsey, Marvin Parms) 3:39.8.

GIRLS

Final Team Standings

1. Solon 138; 2. Kent Roosevelt 117 1/2; 3. Stow 60 1/2; 4. Hudson 59; 5. Chamberlin 52; 6. Kenston 44; 7. Cuyahoga Falls 39 1/2; 8. Barberton 38; 9. West Geauga 31 1/2; 10. Nordonia 26; 11. Orange 13; 12. Ravenna 3.

Field Events

DISCUS (118-1 _ ties meet record) _ 1. Sara Campola (Solon); 2. Mallory McDonald (Stow) 113-1; 3. Kelvette Beacham (Cham); 4. Millie Burton (Nor); 5. Shannon Reedy (Bar); 6. Valerie Harris (KR) 97-6; 7. Kendal Prominski (Rav) 97-2; 8. Kate Surace (Nor).

HIGH JUMP (5-1) _ 1. Mary Gallik (Kenston); 2. Tiffany Jones (Cham); 3. Heather Guthrie (Hud); 4. (tie) Christina Nevev (WG), Lori Page (CF); 6. (tie) Lynn Bollins (Stow) 4-10, Richelle Wardell (KR) 4-10; 8. Leigh Hutchinson (Solon).

Running Events

100 HURDLES (15.3 _ meet record) _ 1. Leigh Hutchinson (Solon); 2. Sarah Schilling (Solon); 3. Danielle Greenleaf (Stow) 16.1; 4. Courtney Williams (KR) 16.1; 5. L. Drenzo (Hud); 6. Katie Judd (Nor); 7. Caitie Krueger (Stow) 17.0; 8. Morgan Whiteleather (KR) 17.7.

100 METERS (12.2 _ meet record) _ 1. Tara Conley (Solon); 2. Asia Triplett (Bar); 3. Jones (Cham); 4. Lisa Braddix (Solon); 5. Tracee Young (Stow) 12.8; 6. Leta Huntington (CF); 7. Lisa Kornue (Nor); 8. Daphene Jones (Bar).

4x200 RELAY (1:47.3 _ meet record) _ 1. Kent Roosevelt (Courtney Williams, Jessie Lampert, Morgan Whiteleather, Samantha Broaddus); 2. Kenston; 3. Solon; 4. Hudson; 5. Cuyahoga Falls; 6. Stow (Erica Elliott, Allison Hoffman, Megan Downey, Tracee Young) 1:52.7; 7. Chamberlin; 8. Orange.

1,600 METERS (5:15.4 _ meet record) _ 1. Erin Anderson (KR); 2. Liz Gross (WG); 3. Jen Hollinger (KR) 5:19.5; 4. Erin Stalka (Hud); 5. Abby Hermann (Stow) 5:38.8; 6. Muir (Solon); 7. Andrea Kohler (Hud); 8. Kristi Hunter (Solon).

4x100 RELAY (50.8 _ meet record) _ 1. Solon; 2. Chamberlin; 3. Hudson; 4. Cuyahoga Falls; 5. Kenston; 6. Stow (Vanessa Carlson, Sara Corley, Tracee Young, Allison Hoffman) 52.9; 7. Nordonia; 8. Kent Roosevelt (Jen Killius, Jessie Lampert, Michelle Miller, Beth King) 53.3.

400 METERS (58.1 _ meet record) _ 1. Asia Triplett (Bar); 2. Kia Flowers (Solon); 3. Trenier Clement (Stow) 58.7; 4. Samantha Broaddus (KR) 59.4; 5. Long (Orange); 6. Julie Hanover (WG); 7. Tracy Tunner (Solon); 8. Erica Vleek (WG).

300 HURDLES (46.4 _ ties meet record) _ 1. Leigh Hutchinson (Solon); 2. Ashley Reker (Hud); 3. Julie Bergh (Kenston); 4. Sarah Schilling (Solon); 5. Dubinsky (Orange); 6. Richelle Wardell (KR) 49.0; 7. Melish Bowens (Nor); 8. Morgan Whiteleather (KR) 49.9.

800 METERS (2:23.4 _ meet record) _ 1. Erin Anderson (KR); 2. Liz Gross (WG); 3. Christy Reker (Hud); 4. Trenier Clement (Stow) 2:26.4; 5. Jen Hollinger (KR) 2:28.8; 6. Robinson (Hud); 7. Wilson (Solon); 8. Jill Vanik (Stow) 2:30.7.

200 METERS (25.5 _ meet record) _ 1. Tara Conley (Solon); 2. Asia Triplett (Bar); 3. Mary Gallik (Kenston); 4. Samantha Broaddus (KR) 26.3; 5. Courtney Williams (KR) 26.5; 6. Rachel Veal (CF); 7. Leta Huntington (CF); 8. Kasie Searle (Cham).

3,200 METERS (12:00.1) _ 1. Jen Hollinger (KR); 2. Suzanne Kelly (KR) 12:19.2; 3. Leslie Schavolt (Cham); 4. Brandi Smith (CF); 5. Cornici (CF); 6. Katie Strange (Nor); 7. Rebecca Kappus (Kenston); 8. M. Kelly (Kenston).

4x400 RELAY (4:04.9 _ meet record) _ 1. Kent Roosevelt (Erin Anderson, Ryan Brenn, Beth King, Samantha Broaddus); 2. Solon; 3. Hudson; 4. Kenston; 5. Orange; 6. West Geauga; 7. Stow (Jill Vanik, Erin McCauley, Trenier Clement, Danielle Greenleaf) 4:26.9; 8. Chamberlin.

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