Several area athletes enjoyed stellar performances at last week`s district meet.
Keystone junior Anthony Chizmadia won the Orrville district with a discus toss of 159 feet, 8 inches. He is seeded No. 6 for today`s Lexington regional and remains in the hunt for a state-qualifying berth.
"I`m seeded only four feet from the last qualifying spot," Chizmadia said. "I know I can find a few more feet. I feel that I`m capable of the 165-166 range."
Elyria Catholic`s Evan Foreman qualified for Division II regionals at Ravenna in three events:Â 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 1,600 relay. He is the first Panther to qualify to regionals since Jim Patton advanced in the 300 hurdles in 2001.
The EC junior, who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, has been a Type I diabetic since age 4. He is coached in the hurdle events by his mom, Kari Foreman, former Elyria West and Elyria High head track coach.
Southview freshman Alicia Arnold had a great day at the Amherst Division I district.
Arnold was a champ in the long jump with a mark of 17-9Â¼, just missing the school record of 17-11 set in 1999 by Alisha Nieves, now a Southview assistant.
Arnold also finished third in the 200 (25.61) and was a member of the second place 800- (1:44.45) and 400-meter (49.63) relays. The Saints` 800 relay of Arnold, Alexis Washington, Melody Farris and Brittaney Cook broke the 1999 school record of 1:45 set by Nieves, Christina Schuka, Karen Hahn and Latia Hughes.
Southview junior Ricky Earl also enjoyed a big day at Amherst.
Earl led off the winning 800 relay (1:30.15), was second in the 100 (11.48) and third in the 200 (22.85). He also led off the fourth-place 400 relay (43.81).
Division I and III regional competition got under way Wednesday and continues Friday at Amherst and Navarre, respectively. Division II regional action starts today in Ravenna and Lexington and continues Saturday.
Isom comes through
Elyria junior Brittnae Isom came through in a huge way on her last throw to win the Amherst Division I girls district shot put title. Isom landed her sixth and final toss with a distance of 39-2 to edge Southview sophomore Shaniqua Ogle (39-1Â¾).
"I`m excited. I`m so pumped up to be going to regionals," Isom said. "Last year, I only took fifth and didn`t make it, so I needed to make sure today to clear my head of any negative thoughts."
Amherst sophomore Matt Zvosec edged teammate Adam Kalivoda to win the district pole vault. Both cleared 14 feet, but Zvosec made the winning mark on his second try. Kalivoda needed three attempts.
"I did a lot of good things today," Zvosec said. "I got more inverted. I was able to stay on the top end (of the pole) a little bit more."
North Olmsted junior Josh Price won his second straight district long jump title with a meet-record 22-11 on his second jump in the finals. He beat the 1985 mark of 22-9 by Lorain Senior`s Cleve Johnson.
"I got to run in the semis of the 400 relay between prelims and finals of long jump," Price said. "That really helped loosen me up for my last three jumps."
The Division I state record holder, Olmsted Falls senior Katie Nageotte finished second (12-0) at Amherst to Midpark senior Domenica Rossi. Rossi cleared 12-3 to break Nageotte`s 2008 district record of 12-0.
Avon looking strong
Things will be much tougher next year when Avon moves to Division I, but for now the Eagles can enjoy the moment after turning in a bunch of strong performances Saturday at the Midview Division II district meet.
The Avon girls team won its first district team title since back-to-back wins in 1979-80. The Avon girls scored 129 points to defeat Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 129-119Â½.
"We`re very excited about it," Avon sophomore Nicole Armstrong said. "We have a trophy case at school, but I`m not really sure if it includes any trophies for past district track championships. I haven`t really looked. But it`s really nice that we finally won (districts) after such a long time (29 years)."
"I knew it was going to be hard," Avon girls coach Tara Gruskiewicz said. "That was one of our goals. I knew we had a chance, but I knew it was going to take a lot. It feels awesome"
The Avon boys had a few bumps in the road with two disqualifications. The Eagles managed to finish third (71) behind Rocky River (99Â½) and Benedictine (88).
"Stuff like that happens," said senior Garrett Gronowski about the 800 relay disqualification. "You can`t dwell on it. -- We just have to look forward. I`ve got three events at regionals. Hopefully, I can do pretty well in them."
Ex-`Cat tops in U.S.
Former Keystone athlete Amanda Winslow, a senior at Collins Hills High in Suwanee, Ga., defended her Class 5A state title in the 1,600 meters May 16 with a state-record time of 4:44.97 in 4:44.97 in Albany, Ga.
She is the No. 1 metric miler in the country, ranked just in front of No. 2 Chelsey Sveinsson of Greenhill, Texas (4:45.19).
Winslow also defended her state title in the 3,200 with a time of 10:42.70.
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Chizmadia, Keystone
LAST WEEK: Set school record with a discus toss of 159-8 to win the district meet at Orrville High School.
Other sports: Football, wrestling
BIO: A two-time Division II regional discus qualifier, Chizmadia broke Lonnie Gandee`s 1996 school record of 155 feet earlier in the season with a toss of 157-10 at New London. Chizmadia is a two-way lineman in football and was a state alternate in wrestling. He is a member of Model UN and French Club. He has a 3.2 grade-point average.
PARENTS: Drew and Marilyn Chizmadia