The Nordonia High School boys track and field team wasn't quite as dominant as the girls squad during the first week of the 2017 season. However, the Knights were every bit as victorious.
That's because, like the Lady Knights, the Knights defeated Suburban League National Division foe Hudson and also won the Bill Dodd Invitational.
Nordonia defeated the Explorers handily by the score of 97-40 at home April 28. A pair of Knights finished first in two individual events apiece.
Senior Daniel Banks accomplished the feat in the 100 with a time of 11.2 senior and the 400 with an effort of 51.43 seconds. Junior Tye Evans, meanwhile, did so in the 110 high hurdles (16.67) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.5).
Also placing first in the field events for Nordonia was senior Bernard Russ in the 200. He claimed first place in the event with a time of 24.14.
The Knights nearly swept the field events, winning five of them. Sophomore Dominic Dasher captured the shot put with a heave of 41-6, while senior Jovan Diouf claimed the discus with a throw of 126-11. Also taking first place in field events for Nordonia were sophomore Evan Svendsen in the high jump (5-6), junior Larry Hart in the long jump (19-3), and senior Ray Kovalchick in the pole vault (19-3).
The Knights also swept all four relay races. They were first in the 4 x 100 with a time of 46.7. The members of that unit were Hart, Russ, freshman De'Andre Love, and senior Justin Lee. Nordonia's 800 relay unit of senior Andrew Wahl, Russ, junior Eric King, and Lee was victorious with a time of 1:37.5.
The Knights 1,600 contingent of Evans, freshman Jason Tuttle, Banks, and sophomore James Hayes crossed the finish line first with an effort of 3:53.0. The 4 x 800 squad also won, posting a time of 8:59.55 in the process. That team consisted of Hayes, junior Josh Palmentera, freshman Jaden Wimbush, and junior Jake Vetrovsky.
Nordonia also competed in the Bill Dodd Invitational at Byers Field in Parma April 1. The Knights won the event with 108 points, while North Royalton was second with 94 points and Bedford placed third with 52 points.
The Nordonia girls also won, meaning that the Knights and Lady Knights won 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 was named the MVP of the Bill Dodd Invitational for the boys. He finished in first place in a pair of individual events, winning both the 100 (11.3) and the 200 (22.96).
Wahl also claimed first place in an individual event, doing so in the 400 with an effort of 51.03.
Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi was pleased with the performance of both the Knights and Lady Knights at the Bill Dodd Invitational. "Both teams showed some toughness and grit in many spots," he said. "We're looking to continue to develop our toughness and competitiveness."
Nordonia was set to travel to division rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 4, but results were not available at press time.
On April 8, the Knights will compete in their own Knight Relays.