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Hedrick earns regional sweep, wins shot put title

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated May 25, 2019 at 12:54 PM

TIFFIN — It wasn’t quite the record throw he made a week ago, but nonetheless, Davis Hedrick continued to go big Friday.

The St. Paul senior thrower followed up a massive school-record throw in the discus Wednesday, with another big toss in the shot put on the final night of the Division III regional meet at Heidelberg, sweeping both regional titles. Hedrick’s winning toss of 56-feet-06.50 is the fourth time this season that he’s gone over 56 feet. He threw a career-best 56-11 at last week’s district meet.

Davis won the discus with a throw of 179-5.

“I came in with the mindset that I got to go big," Hedrick said. "And I had a good throw, but I know I have more in the tank, so we’ll see how it goes next week. I know I got it, just got to perform right and hit the throw.”

According to MileSplit, Davis has the second-best throw in Div. III in the discus and the third-best toss in the shot put.

“It’s really exciting, because last year, I only made it in the disc, but this year I’m coming in ranked pretty high, so it’ll be interesting how I feel that day,” Hedrick said. “I’ll be tired coming out of shot, but it’ll be exciting. I’m really happy with myself and how far I’ve pushed myself.

New London’s Cayden Hofheins was 12th in the shot put with a top toss of 47-01.75. Monroeville’s Adam Rogers was 13th at 46-07.25.

The top four finishers in each event move on to the state track and field tournament, which starts Friday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Joining Hedrick from the Flyers will be fellow senior Noah Avendano, who earned a third in the 3200 with a time of 9:58.11.

A regional runner-up in the long jump Wednesday, Monroeville’s Chayce Schaub added the high jump to his state list Friday, placing fourth with a jump of 6-02.

On the girls side, the Western Reserve quartet of Morgan Spettle, Aliyah Perez, Tabi Pausch and McKenna Woodruff placed third to advance. Woodruff will also compete in state in the 400 after placing fourth at 58.99 seconds.

St. Paul’s Lily Dowdell will be the lone Flyer represented from the girls team, as she advanced in the 1600 with a third-place run of 5:16.29. Dowdell was also eighth (11:47.93) in the 3200.

Western Reserve’s boys 4x100 relay of Riley Suhr, J.J. Weisenberger, Randal Humphrey and Cody Benesh just missed out on moving on to Columbus, placing fifth with a time of 44.44. The same happened to St. Paul’s Zach Stine, who took fifth (4:30.18) in the 1600.

New London’s Savannah Shaver took fifth (2:22.18) in the 800, which also earned her a spot at state with the nine-lane track at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Shaver’s teammate Dana Gustely was ninth in the 800, crossing the line in 2:25.77.

In other running finals, New London’s Curtis Joppeck was sixth (4:36.38) in the 1600, Western Reserve’s Jacob Jarrett seventh (17.04) in the 110 hurdles and Plymouth’s Levi Robinson placed 13th (10:18.26) in the 3200.


Norwalk’s Leroux moves on to state in shot put

AMHERST — Winning is better, but staying alive to compete another week was the ultimate goal.

Trey Leroux stayed alive Friday at the Division I regional meet at Amherst Steele High School, finishing second in the shot put to advance to next week's state meet in Columbus.

"It's always better to win, but first through fourth gets you to state and gives you another chance, so I think this is great," Leroux said. "Next week is about throwing your personal bests and throwing better.

"I definitely didn't throw my best today, but I have another week to prepare for state and we'll see what I can do there."

The Norwalk junior, who has committed to accept a football scholarship to Ohio State University, uncorked a throw of 55 feet, 8-1/2 inches on his first throw of the day and it stood through the remainder of the competition.

"You can tell as soon as the shot leaves your fingers whether it's going to be a good throw or not," Leroux said. "Just from the release, you can tell where your feet landed even before they land.

"It's just thinking about thinking about all the things you have to do right. You have to have a good release, you need to have your feet in the right place and you have to have a quick twice, so it's about working on putting all those things together into one throw."

Michael Shoaf of Rocky River was the regional champ with a throw of 60-8 1/2, followed by Justin Wirtz of Avon Lake (55-21/2) and Jason Burling of Fremont Ross (53-2).

"Surviving great, but I don't like losing," Leroux said, "but I's OK with this."

Kyle Kromer and Robert Vasquez of the Truckers competed in the 3200 run, finishing 11th (9:56.71) and 14th (10:26.04) respectively.

Norwalk finished tied for 18th with Berea-Midpark, Avon and Southview with 12 points.

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