After narrowly defeating New London by three points to win last year’s Firelands Conference championships, the Lady Flyers overwhelmed the entire field on Friday night at Crestview High School.
St. Paul repeated with 161 points — 52 points ahead of runners-up New London (109). Western Reserve was third (71), followed by Crestview (62), Monroeville (53), Mapleton (45), South Central (25) and Plymouth (1).
“It feels awesome because this team meshes so well together,” St. Paul senior Olivia Powers said. “This team is like one big family, so to be able to share this with everyone is really awesome.
“I don’t think we could have done any better — we didn’t think it would be this much of a difference in the points,” she added. “We’re headed in the right direction and we’re ahead of schedule from last year, so we’re really excited.”
On Friday, Powers won the 100-meter dash (13.03), while Lily Dowdell again dominated the distance events on the way to being named the top female runner of the event.
Dowdell won the 1600 (5:29.94) and 3200 (12:13.34) Friday night, and was on the winning 4x400 relay team. She was joined by Holly Powers, Gabby Scavuzzo and Meghan Hedrick on that winning team in 4:12.55.
Also claiming first for St. Paul on Friday was Hedrick in the 800 (2:24.95), with Holly Powers behind her in second (2:30.42). The Lady Flyers also went 1-2 in the 200, with Gwen Olcott (27.38) and Olivia Powers (27.43) turning in the top times.
Hedrick was also second in the mile to Dowdell in 5:31.74.
Also for St. Paul, the 4x100 of Claire Spittle, Camille Endsley, Olcott and Olivia Powers won in 53.89 seconds.
“To come back and win the title again with all the girls we had back is a rewarding experience — to be able to share it with all of them,” Hedrick said.
St. Paul coach John Rossman said the 161 points was indicative of underclassmen stepping up for the Lady Flyers.
“ They bought into the process, believed in themselves and didn’t falter under pressure,” he said. “We had some lofty goals for Danielle Smith and Claire Ceccoli, and some of our freshmen like Camille Endsley scoring for us.
“All our freshmen scored in multiple events, so for us, that’s what helps us as a team when you get the young kids involved,” Rossman added. “We challenged everyone and put on our board what we thought we could do as a team, both boys and girls. They stepped up and came through with what we thought they could do.”
Also winning Friday night from the area was Monroeville’s Kristen Smith (59.89), who also took second in the 100 (13.18). New London’s Taylor Howell (16.96) and Maryonna Cathey (17.06) went 1-2 in the 100 hurdles, while Howell also won the 300 hurdles (48.98).
For Western, the 4x200 of Avery Tubbs, McKenna Woodruff, Morgan Spettle and Aliyah Perez won in 1:51.05. Victoria Ramage won the shot put with a throw of 37-feet-11.5 inches en route to female field events MVP of the meet.
South Central’s Izzy Hauler won the long jump (16-feet-3.5).
Monroeville’s Schaub, St. Paul’s Hedrick both field MVPs
After winning the long jump on Wednesday, Monroeville’s Chayce Schaub came back to win the high jump at 5-feet-10 on Friday.
However, he admitted he is still seeking more in the event.
“I wanted to get six feet, but I’ve been stuck at 5-10 for two years now,” Schaub said. “But other than that, it’ been a good year, and this was a good week for me.
“I’m just trying to make it to state — that simple,” he added. “I think I need to get more speed going into my jumps.”
In the team race, Crestview won going away with 167 points, followed by St. Paul (105) in second. Monroeville was third (86), followed by New London (64), Mapleton (35), Western (31), South Central (23) and Plymouth (15).
Also winning for Monroeville was Max Horner in the 100 dash (11.51), with Schaub also a part of the winning 4x100 relay (45.04). He was joined by Skyler Scheid, Dominic Ruffing and Horner.
Meanwhile, Hedrick shared co-field events MVP with Schaub by winning the discus throw on Friday at 160-feet-6. He had also won the shot put on Wednesday.
Also taking first place for the Flyers on Friday was Jared Arnold in the 800 (2:01.43) and Joey Catalano in the 200 (23.30).