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High school track and field: Avon girls keep streak alive, win Jim Reynolds Relays for sixth year in a row, 13th time overall

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    Avon senior Jules Frombach runs the 1,600-meter anchor leg of the winning distance medley at Saturday's 42nd Avon Jim Reynolds Relays. The Avon girls won the team title for the sixth year in a row.

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    Mikaya Hermon of Lorain finishes in the girls 4x100 meter relay win at Avon Relays on Saturday.

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    Lorain's David Taylor and Avon's Jonny Love finish in the boys 4x100 meter relay at Avon on Saturday.

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AVON — Forgive Elizabeth Flynn if she would have preferred to still be on the beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Who wouldn’t, after all? But the Avon senior pushed memories of her recent spring break trip aside to help the Eagles girls track team have sunny outcome at the 42nd Avon Jim Reynolds Relays on Saturday.

Avon broke open a tight meet in the last three events to win the title for the sixth straight year and for the 13th time overall. They also won the meet in 1977, ’78, ’88, ’92, ’94, 2000 and ’01.

“I think that this is special for us, especially since it’s our home field,” Flynn said. “It’s nice to get some good competition and win it. I just came back from spring break yesterday so it was a little rough, but I actually got some pretty good times with my relays. I’m happy how I ran and I’m happy with how my relays did. Overall, I’m pretty proud with it.”

Flynn and fellow senior Jules Frombach were big reasons Avon kept its steak alove. Both were on the winning 4x400, which had a time of 4:11.15. Flynn anchored the 400-meter leg of the winning sprint medley (1:55.59) while Frombach anchored the 1,600-meter leg of the winning distance medley relay (13:23.41). Flynn was also a member of the runner-up 4x200 (1:50.12) and Frombach was on the 4x800 (10:23.14) which also finished second.

“We definitely wanted to keep the win streak going and we hope with the young talent coming up that they can keep the streak going and we’ll just see how far we can go,” Frombach said.

The Eagles led Nordonia 76-73 with just the 800-meter sprint medley, the 4x800 and the 4x200 to go. They won the sprint medley and took second in the relays to finish with 107 points. Nordonia and Boardman tied for second in the 10-team field with 92 points.

It was emotional day for Flynn, Frombach and the other Avon seniors who were competing in the final home meet of their high school careers.

“I love this track,” Frombach said. “I’ve run on it for four years plus middle school. It’s been good to me. The last (meet) and it’s kind of sad. My first race here was seventh grade. I don’t remember the meet exactly but it was funny because I was running in the mile. My hair was braided and my one ponytail became undone. The one side of my hair was flying all over the place. I’ll always remember that from this track.”

Jim Reynolds, 86, who coached the Avon girls track team from 1977-2006, came up from Ashland and was present for the meet named in his honor.

“Any time you can win for J.R. it’s nice,” Ulery said of Reynolds. “We kind of had a depleted squad with spring break this week. But again, like last week at Brookside, a lot of the younger girls got a chance to run. I thought they stepped up and did well. For what we had and what we were competing I thought we did pretty good.

“I talked to J.R. today and how he used to do this meet because he was always deep in distance and it’s true, if you don’t have six to seven quality distance runners it’s hard to compete at this meet. Jim always has words of wisdom. His words of wisdom for today were, ‘You find your slowest kid and make sure that they believe in themselves. If you can get them to believe in themselves you are going to have a pretty good track team.’”

Avon’s girls and boys also did well in the throwing events. The girls won the shot relay (74 feet, 7.5 inches) as sophomore Molly Radcliffe had the meet’s best throw of 40-4. She was also a member of the second-place discus relay (221-7).

The boys won the discus (280-5) behind Luke Warycz and Joe Svec, while Svec and Tommy Lorincz were second as members of the shot put relay (93-1).

Lorain sophomore Mikiya Hermon had a stellar day, getting three firsts and a second. She anchored the winning 4x100 (51.95), won the 100 dashs (12.57), was second as a member of the sprint medley relay (1:56.86) and anchored the winning 4x200 (1:49.63).

“I don’t like to look at (seed times) because I psych myself out. I just run,” said Hermon, a 2018 Division I state qualifier in the 100. “I’m very proud of our 4x100. Sydney Patterson did a great job stepping in on the third leg for Amaya Brown who was sick today. She only had about 10 minutes for us to practice handoffs but Sydney did very well.”

Lorain freshman David Taylor was a member of the winning sprint medley (1:37.31) and was second in the 100 meters (11.38) to defending champ Kevin Walls of Westlake (11.11).

“It was tough for the third leg running the curve, but we did well,” Taylor said of the sprint medley. “The 100 was a tough race, but it was good competition.”

Contact Paul Heyse at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Girls

1, Avon, 107; 2. Tie — Boardman and Nordonia, 92; 4. Westlake, 72; 5. Lorain, 65; 6. North Olmsted, 55; 7. Firestone, 43; 8. Holy Name, 35; 9. Shaker Heights, 32; 10. Horizon Science, 4

100 meters: 1. Mikiya Hermon (Lorain), 12.57; 2. Saleia Porter (Firestone), 13.04; 3. Gaby Enourato (Avon), 13.18

1,600: 1. Erica Francesconi (Westlake), 5:33.11; 2. Hailey Stupay (Shaker Heights), 5:36.21; 3. Autumn Westbrooks (Nordonia), 5:39.38; 4. Jane Roach (Avon), 5:39.59

400-meter relay: 1. Lorain (Nadarriea Higginbotham, Brionna Barker, Sydney Patterson, Hermon), 51.95; 2. Nordonia, 52.03; 3. Westlake, 53.66; 4. Avon (Gabriella Guilfu, Karissa Kraszewski, Sarah Fisher, Abby Lorincz), 53.95

800-meter relay: 1. Lorain (Higginbotham. Barker, Triplett, Hermon), 1:49.63; 2. Avon (Enourato, Rennette, Kraszewski, Flynn), 1:50.12; 3. Boardman, 1:52.34

1,600-meter relay: 1. Avon (Jules Frombach, Evelyn Pelfrey, Gaby Enourato, Elizabeth Flynn), 4:11.15; 2. Boardman, 4:19.40; 3. Nordonia, 4:24.71; 4. Lorain (Olivia Triplett, Sydney Patterson, Tylea Bryant, McKenzie Patterson), 4:27.57

3,200-meter: 1. Boardman, 10:21.99; 2. Avon (Frombach, Ferguson, Liz White, Pelfrey), 10:23.14; 3. Shaker Heights, 10:30.39

6,400-meter relay: 1. Shaker Heights, 23:08.49; 2. Westlake, 23:32.98; 4. Avon (Liz White, Madison Coppolino, Abby Sidloski, Shanna Koehler), 23:49.24

800-meter sprint medley: 1. Avon (Gaby Enourato, Karissa Kraszewski, Elizabeth Flynn, Ally Rennette), 1:55.59; 2. Lorain (Higginbotham, Barker, Hermon, Olivia Triplett), 1:56.86

Distance medley: 1. Avon (Pelfrey, Ally Rennette, Morgan Ferguson, Frombach), 13:23.41; 2. Shaker Heights, 13:32.21; 3. Boardman, 13:42.80

Shuttle hurdles: 1. Boardman, 1:13.08; 2. North Olmsted, 1:16.63; 3. Lorain (Emma Wilson, Julissa Williams, McKenzie Patterson, Sydney Patterson), 1:20.21

Shot put: 1. Avon (Molly Radcliffe, Amanda Ulery), 74-7.5; 2. Firestone, 64-9.25; 3. Nordonia, 62-3.75; 5. Lorain (Alexis Jones, Damoni Dower), 60-0.75. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Radcliffe, 40-4

Discus: 1. Nordonia, 244-6 (MEET RECORD, old record 243-5 set in 2018 by Wadsworth); 2. Avon (Molly Radcliffe, Haley King), 221-7; 3. Firestone, 209-7; 8. Lorain (Damoni Dower, Tatum Hall), 113-2. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Sarah Shedroff (Nordonia), 132-8

High jump: 1. Boardman, 9-8; 2. Avon (Abby Lorincz, Ally Rennette), 9-6; 3. Nordonia, 9-4; 4. Lorain (Julissa Williams, McKenzie Patterson), 9-2. INDIVIDUAL BEST: 4-way tie Abby Lorincz (Avon), Kaylin Burley (Boardman), Haley Ho (Boardman) and Taniah Thomas (Nordonia), all cleared 4-10

Long jump: 1. Nordonia, 29-6.5; 2. Westlake, 28-11.5; 4. Lorain (Mya Cheers, Emma Wilson), 27-7; 5. Avon (Abby Lorincz, Oceannay Davis), 27-1.5. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Alexa Kruth (Holy Name), 15-5

Pole vault: 1. Nordonia, 20-0; 2. Westlake, 19-0; 3. Avon (Tia Miller, Kaylee Maxey), 18-0. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Grace Coghill (Nordonia), 10-6

Boys

1, Nordonia, 108; 2. Boardman, 87; 3. Westlake, 73; 4. Avon, 65; 5. Shaker Heights, 62; 6. St. Edward, 53; 7. Lorain, 50; 8. Tie – North Olmsted and Firestone, 37; 10. Holy Name, 35

100: 1. Kevin Walls (Westlake), 11.11; 2. David Taylor (Lorain), 11.38; 8. Colin Kauffman (Avon), 11.97

1,600: 1. Michael Dunham (Boardman), 4:32.32; 2. Jaden Wimbush (Nordonia), 4:45.25; 3. Collin Walsh (Westlake), 4:50.09; 6. Akshu Venkataraman (Avon), 5:06.99

110-meter hurdles: 1. Austin Norris (Westlake), 15.69; 2. Ryan Allison (Firestone), 16.21; 3. Brian Yauger (Boardman), 16.35; 6. Jamal Ross (Lorain), 17.92; 7. Ryan Urban (Avon), 18.59

400-meter relay: 1. Nordonia, 44.07; 2. Westlake, 44.47; 3. St. Edward, 45.30; 5. Avon (Alex Heinrich, Colin Kaufmann, Tim Conwell, Johnny Love), 46.46; 6. Lorain (Tavion Black, Michael Hermon, Cairo Edwards, David Taylor), 46.47

800-meter relay: 1. Nordonia, 1:31.39; 2. Westlake, 1:31.62; 3. Shaker Heights, 1:32.94; 4. Lorain (Tavion Black, DaQuise Clinton, Michael Hermon, David Taylor), 1:34.71

1,600-meter relay: 1. Nordonia, 3:30.76; 2. Boardman, 3:33.58; 3. Westlake, 3:34.41; 4. Lorain (Tavion Black, Devon Johnson, Kevin Clayton, DaQuise Clinton), 3:35.93; 6. Avon (Jordan Greer, Alex Heinrich, Luke Gardner, Ryan Ptacek), 3:41.02

3,200-meter relay: 1. Shaker Heights, 8:18.25; 2. St. Edward, 8:35.54; 3. Boardman, 8:36.08; 4. Avon (Nick Moyer, Mahammad Abeledeljaber, Luke Gardner, Ryan Hammerscmidt), 8:45.80

6,400-meter relay: 1. Shaker Heights, 19:07.12; 2. St. Edward, 19:20.43; 3. Nordonia, 19:32.54; 4. Avon (Brandon Wiedl, Mahammad Abedeljaber, Joe Laforet, Luke Gardner), 19:45.36

Sprint medley: 1. Lorain (Tavion Black, Cairo Edwards, David Taylor, DaQuise Clinton), 1:37.31; 2. Boardman, 1:39.46; 3. Nordonia, 1:39.54

Distance medley: 1. St. Edward, 10:57.86; 2. Boardman, 10:59.11; 3. Nordonia, 11:26.81; 5. Avon (Laforet, Hammerschmidt, Nate Ferguson, Wiedl), 11:50.66

Shuttle hurdles: 1. Nordonia, 1:08.92; 2. Firestone, 1:10.32; 3. Boardman, 1:11.77; 5. Lorain (Jamal Ross, Devon Johnson, K.C. Erkins, Kevin Clayton), 1:15.65; 6. Avon (Evan Richwalsky, Ryan Urban, Brad Fishbach, Evan Hammerschmidt), 1:21.07

Shot put: 1. Boardman, 97-8.75; 2. Avon (Joe Svec, Tommy Lorincz), 93-1; 3. Nordonia, 92-3.25; 5. Lorain (Kelvin Torres, Joseph Vaughn), 78-7.75. INDIVIDUAL BEST: David Merdich (Boardman), 52-2.5

Discus: 1. Avon (Luke Warycz, Joe Svec), 280-5; 2. Boardman, 270-8; 2. Nordonia, 258-8; 5. Lorain (Joseph Vaughn, Santana Sanchez), 220-2. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Dominic Dasher (Nordonia), 152-1

High jump: 1. Shaker Heights, 12-0; 2. Holy Name,

11-8; 3. Nordonia, 11-4; 4. Avon (Ryan Ptacek, Robbie Conwell), 10-11. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Jaivon Harrison (Shaker Heights), 6-2

Long jump: 1. Shaker Heights, 41-0.5; 2. Holy Name, 39-11; 3. Avon (Ryan Ptacek, Tim Conwell), 38-1. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Lukas Zarders (Shaker Heights), 21-5

Pole vault: 1. Nordonia, 23-6; 2. Boardman, 21-0; 3. Avon (Robbie Conwell, Cullen Oleary), 20-6. INDIVIDUAL BEST: Jonathan DePiero (Nordonia), 12-6

 

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