BEDFORD, Ohio – The Pirates marooned all other combatants in a large-field meet, as the Rocky River Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field squads swept titles at the Trinity Track Invitational on Wednesday. [results]
The Rocky River boys earned top-step trips to the podium in seven events on their way to a winning total of 119 points. The River girls silvered-and-bronzed their way to 127 points; the Pirates ran their way to 16 top-3 finishes in the 17-event meet at Bedford Bearcat Stadium.
Senior thrower Michael Shoaf, senior hurdler Daishaun Hill and senior runners Gabe Saad and Ryan O’Donnell loomed large in the Pirate boys’ piling up 119 points. Shoaf swept meet titles in the shot put and discus. Hill garnered 28 points for the Maroon & White by winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events and by placing second in the high jump. Saad and O’Donnell each took part in three first-place relays.
All three relay wins were close, none more so than the 4×200-meter event which River’s quartet of Saad, Mason Gill, John Ruebsteck and O’Donnell won by a margin of a fifth-of-a-second by posting a season-best time of 1:34.63. In the 4×800 (Saad-Jack McDonough-Daniel Hornig-O’Donnell), the Pirates clocked in with a time of 8:12.79, a mark that also now stands as a season-best.
Rocky River’s 119 points bested Hoban (83) and 12 other squads in a field of 14.
“This was our best meet of the season,” said Head Coach Mark Hogya, whose boys’ squad successfully defended a 2018 Trinity championship with the win.
On the girls’ side, River carded one victory – logged by the foursome of Aoife Zuercher, Allison Contenza, Katie Wojnowski and Sam Coleman in the 4×800, four seconds, and 12 thirds. Coleman registered two silvers for the Pirates, coming in second in both the 800- and 1600-meter runs. Rocky River took second and third in both of those events; Allison Contenza took third in the 800 and Jane Murray placed third in the 1600.
The girls’ 127 points eked by Hoban (119.33) and nine other squads in an 11-team field. The River girls have now won back-to-back invites: the Pirates won Lakewood High School’s Ranger Relays last Friday.
CANNON FIRE …
BATTLING IN BEDFORD: Wednesday’s performance continued a string of excellence at the annual Trinity meet. Rocky River has competed in the meet each year since 2014. The boys have registered two wins and two third-place finishes in that time. The River girls have earned six consecutive top-2 finishes, including wins in 2015 and 2019.
SWEEP SUCCESS: With his shot-discus sweep on Wednesday, Michael Shoaf has now swept the Trinity throwing events in three straight years (2017-19). The senior’s discus toss on Wednesday (173 feet, eight inches) established a new meet record. … Daishaun Hill posted a time of 40.8 in the 300 hurdles. That’s the fifth-fastest time in program history.
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