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The Nordonia High School girls track and field team has given notice. The Lady Knights are going to be tough to beat.
Suburban League National Division opponent Hudson knows this. Nordonia downed the visiting Lady Explorers by a wide 111-26 margin March 28.
The rest of the field at the Bill Dodd Invitational knows this, as well. That's because the Lady Knights ran away from that field, winning the invitational by 67 points April 1 at Byers Field in Parma.
Junior Katrina Eterovich led the way for Nordonia against Hudson, finishing first in three individual events. She accomplished the feat in the 100 high hurdles (16.93), the 300 intermediate hurdles (50.34), and the long jump (16-feet-1).
Two other Nordonia athletes claimed first place in two individual events apiece. They were junior Aja Duvall and sophomore Sarah Shedroff. Duvall won the 100 (12.89) and the 200 (27.28), while Shedroff was victorious in the shot put (31-5.5) and the discus (97-10).
Three other Lady Knights captured first place in track events. Among them were junior Faith Banks in the 400 (1:00.32), junior Carmen Licht in the 800 (2:32.5), and sophomore Mallory Tedor in the 3200 (12:38.7).
Two other Nordonia girls claimed first place in field events. They were sophomore Ariyuan Robinson in the high jump with an effort of 4-10 and sophomore Grace Coghill in the pole vault with a height of 9-6.
The Lady Knights also swept all four relay races. In the 400 relay, they finished first with a time of 52.2. The members of that unit were sophomore Jazz Scott, Duvall, sophomore Arianna Pearson, and sophomore Lauren Pugh.
Nordonia's 800 relay contingent of Pugh, Banks, freshman Lizzie Imrie, and Duvall also placed first, as did the Lady Knights' 1,600 unit of freshman Eden Kereky, sophomore Gina Eterovich, Licht, and Scott (4:39.0).
Nordonia was also victorious in the 4 x 800 relay with a time of 10:46.46. Among the members of that squad were Tedor, Gina Eterovich, sophomore Abby Rice, and Licht.
The Nordonia girls won the Bill Dodd Invitational by racking up 150 points. North Royalton was second with 83 points and Bedford placed third with 73 points.
The Nordonia boys also won, meaning that the Knights and Lady Knights captured the overall invitational title, as well. Nordonia finished with a combined total of 258 points. Once again, North Royalton finished second (177) and Bedford was third (125).
Banks earned MVP honors at the Bill Dodd Invitational for the girls, finishing first in two individual events. Banks won both the 200 with a time of 26.90 and the 400 with an effort of 1:00.16.
Other Lady Knights who claimed victory in individual events were Duvall in the 100 (13.71), Tedor in the 1,600 (5:43.93), Katrina Eterovich in the 300 intermediate hurdles (49.72), and Coghill in the pole vault (9 feet).
Nordonia's 1,600 relay team also finished in first place, producing a time of 4:10.37. The members of that unit were Banks, Licht, Duvall, and Pugh.
Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi was pleased with the performance of the Lady Knights at the Bill Dodd Invitational.
"We believe the pieces are there to have a complete team that can challenge to be a top team in the area this year," said Barwidi.
Nordonia was set to travel to division rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 4, but results were not available at press time.
On Saturday, April 8, the Lady Knights will compete in their own Knight Relays.