Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track · Fourth of habit – River rattles off two more GLC titles

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Rocky River continued its dominance in the Great Lakes Conference by sweeping the circuit’s title meet for a fourth consecutive year. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finalized their respective “four-peats” on Thursday at Bay Memorial Stadium. [results]

“Our athletes were amazing today,” said Girls’ Head Coach Julie Achladis. “We placed first or second in almost every event, and the girls showed a lot of focus in what was a close battle with Bay.”

The River girls earned first or second place in 16-of-17 events en route to piling up 210.5 team points. In what was essentially a two-horse race, the host Rockets scored 185 points. No other girls’ squad tallied more than Normandy’s 73.

The Rocky River boys’ team scored 159 points to turn aside Bay (118) and Normandy (102) in a field of seven.

“What a remarkable accomplishment for our seniors,” said Boys’ Head Coach Mark Hogya. “To go undefeated through four years is very special.”

Both of River’s teams have made it through all four years of GLC Track & Field winning every dual meet and each of four league meets. (The Great Lakes Conference was launched in 2015-16.) This year’s title meet was held over Tuesday and Thursday

On the boys’ side, Michael Shoaf highlighted Rocky River’s performance by sweeping the discus-throw and shot-put events and being named Field MVP for a third year in a row. The senior thrower bested the competition by over 40 feet in the discus with a toss of 167 feet-8 inches. Shoaf won the shot put with a mark of 55 feet-11 inches. Understudy Paul Broschk took fifth in the discus and third in the shot, giving the Pirates a total of 30 points over the two events.

Other standout performers for the River boys included Daishaun Hill (first:110-meter hurdles, first:300 hurdles, second: high jump), Ryan O’Donnell (second: 400-meter dash, part of three winning relays), Jack McDonough (second: mile, part of two winning relays), Gabe Saad (second: 800, part of two winning relays), John Ruebsteck (second: 200, fifth: 100, part of two winning relays) and Luke Kishna (second: 2-mile).

The Maroon & White registered 19 top-5 finishes, including seven championship finishes and six runner-up performances. If Shoaf is now River’s 3×3 man in the throwing events, Hill is the Pirates’ 2×2 man in the hurdles – his 2019 performance successfully defended titles in both the 110- and 300-meter events.

On the girls’ side, the relay quartet of Sarah Mazzei, Lee Hornig, Lydia Brandt, and Leah Schellentrager logged an impressive GLC meet for a second straight year. In the 4×100-meter relay that foursome broke their own meet record – set a year ago – in crossing the wire in 51.97 seconds. The same fab four set a new GLC meet record (1:47.99) in winning the 4×200. Their record times were part of the River girls sweeping all four relays.

The Pirate girls also earned wins in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles (both Makenna Pfaff), the mile and the 2-mile (both Sam Coleman). Coleman was the front end of two 1-2 finishes for River; Jane Murray placed second in the mile, while Katie Wojnowski carded second in the 2-mile. For the week, Rocky River had multiple top-3 finishes in six events.

Other top-flight performances were logged by Mazzei (third: 100, third: 200, part of two winning relays), Hornig (second: 100, part of three winning relays), Allison Contenza (second: 400, part of two winning relays), Lydia Brandt (second: 300 hurdles, part of three winning relays), Schellentrager (second: 200, part of three winning relays), Daijah Hill (second: high jump, third: 100 hurdles, fifth: long jump).

The Pirate girls logged eight wins and 11 runner-up finishes. The Maroon & White carded multiple top-5 finishes in nine events.

Without a doubt, this week Rocky River went “fourth.” Now the Pirates move forth: next on the schedule is a two-day (May 15, 17) district meet.


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