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New London track sweeps host Bob Knoll Invitational

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated May 5, 2019 at 9:03 PM

NEW LONDON — The New London boys and girls track and field programs won the host Bob Knoll Invitational — and set records along the way on Saturday at Recreation Park.

The Wildcat boys cruised with 117 points to distance themselves from runners-up Independence (90) in the 12-team field. St. Paul was third (85), followed by Western Reserve (84.5), Monroeville (84.5) and South Central (65.6).

In the girls standings, New London dominated with 138 points. Bucyrus was second (95.5), followed by Keystone (92) and St. Paul (86.5) in fourth.

Two records were broken by the Wildcats on the boys side.

The 4x800 relay team of Carson Coey, Mitchell Joppeck, Austin Reed and Curtis Joppeck turned in a time of 8:24.52. That was just under a full second better than the previous record of 8:25.50 — set 23 years ago by Loudonville.

Meanwhile, pole vaulter Jacob Allen broke his own record from two years ago in the event. He cleared 13-feet-6 inches to top his old mark by an inch. Allen has cleared 14 feet this season.

Also claiming first for the New London boys was the 4x400 relay team Allen, Mitchell Joppeck, Reed and Curtis Joppeck in 3:35.91. Dom Albaugh also won the 3200-meter run in 10:33.77.

Placing second was Curtis Joppeck in the 1600 (4:49.27), Mitchell Joppeck in the 800 (2:08.09), Cole Kropka in the 3200 (10:42.30) and Benjamin Kalizewski in the pole vault (11 feet).

Earning third for the New London boys was the 4x200 relay of Mason Bess, Parker Ruble, Jaden Keys and Adante Hodge (1:37.42).

Allen was third in the 200 (24.15), Keys in the 400 (55.52), Reed in the 800 (2:08.23) and Cayden Hofheins was third in the shot put (46-feet-4).

For St. Paul, standout thrower Davis Hedrick had another impressive performance. He won the discus with a throw of 164-feet-5 and the shot put with a best toss of 52-feet-10. Hedrick won the discus by 12-plus feet and the shot by nearly five feet.

Also claiming first for the Flyers was Zach Stine in the 1600 (4:39.79). A pair of relays took second for St. Paul.

The 4x400 of Justin Hammersmith, Nate Tokarsky, Zach Stine and Noah Avendano clocked in at 3:42.48 for the Flyers. The 4x800 of Caleb Schwan, Tokarsky, Avendano and Stine were second in 8:39.29. Cam Caizzo was third for St. Paul in the 100 dash (11.96).

Two relays took first place for the Western Reserve boys. The 4x100 team of Riley Suhr, JJ Weisenberger, Randal Humphrey and Cody Benesh had the time time of 45.78 seconds. The 4x200 of Humphrey, Suhr, Jacob Jarrett and Benesh took first in 1:37.03.

Weisenberger was second in the high jump (5-feet-6) and third in the long jump (19-feet-2). Aidan Fry-Silva was second for the Roughriders in the 400 (55.35).

Sawyer Schafer was second for the Monroeville boys in the 300 hurdles (43.20).

Plymouth’s boys team also had a pair of relays place third.

The 4x400 team of Michael Collins, Nick Bowser, Nick Cole and Josh Cox had a time of 3:53. The 4x800 team for the Big Red was Collins, Levi and Justin Robinson and Bowser ran a time of 8:59.44.



New London dominated to first

In the girls events, the Wildcats had three individuals place first.

Kaylin Williams won the 1600 (5:34), Marissa Molnar won shot put (38-feet-1) and Zoey Mitchell won the pole vault (8 feet).

Earning second for New London was the 4x800 relay team of Abigail Good, Esther Schmidt, Kaylin Williams and Savannah Shaver in a time of 10:20.21.

Taylar Howell was second in the 100 hurdles (17.26) and the 300 hurdles (50.72). Shaver was second in both the 800 (2:30.44) and 1600 (5:38.2), and Molnar was second in the discus (118-feet-8).

Placing third for New London was Gabrielle Osterland in the 3200 (12:14.23) and the 4x100 relay team of Mitchell, Kaleigh Logan, Amyah Durham and Lacey Hall (56.84).

Lily Dowdell won the 800 run for St. Paul in 2:24.19, while Camille Endsley won the high jump for the Flyers by clearing five feet. The 4x400 relay also won, as the team of Abbie Stine, Dowdell, Endsley and Sarah Matlack had a top time of 4:20.94.

Kamryn Maxwell in the high jump (4-feet-9) and Megan Leibold in the shot put (32-feet-8) were both third for St. Paul, as were two relays.

The 4x200 team of Stine, Danielle Smith, Matlack and Endsley had a time of 1:57.86, while the 4x800 relay of Holly Powers, Claire Ceccoli, Madelyn McCall and Dowdell finished in 10:35.15.

Meanwhile, Monroeville had four first-place finishes.

Stacey Legg won the 100 (13.71) and Adrian Barman won the 300 hurdles (49.75). The 4x100 relay of Grace Catanese, Legg, Barman and Jordan Blackford won in 53.29 seconds, and the 4x200 team of Delaney Giles, Legg, Barman and Blackford won in 1:52.86.

Blackford was second in the 200 (28.12) and third in the 100 (13.88), as was Giles in the 100 hurdles (17.46).

Western Reserve’s McKenna Woodruff won the 200 (27.77), while three relays for the ‘Riders took second.

The 4x100 team of Aliyah Perez, Baylee Ruppert, Morgan Spettle and Avery Tubbs clocked in at 55.43 seconds, while the 4x200 relay of Perez, Ruppert, Spettle and Tubbs finished in 1:55.9. The 4x400 team was Tabi Pausch, Perez, Woodruff and Spettle (4:22.35).

Placing third for Western was Julia Tite in the 300 hurdles (51.88) and Alyssa Good in the discus (102-feet-4).

South Central’s Ellery McKee won the 100 hurdles (17.25) and Izzy Hauler won the long jump (16-feet-0.5). Holly Hale was second for the Trojans in the 400 (1:05.21).

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