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The Nordonia High School boys and girls track and field teams continue to be mirror images of success during the early stages of the 2017 campaign.
This past week, the Knights enjoyed success in both a dual meet and an invitational. The dual meet was against Suburban League National Division foe Stow-Munroe Falls on the road on Tuesday, April 4. The invitational was their own Knight Relays, which was held at Nordonia High School April 8.
The Knights defeated Stow by the score of 83-54.
Senior Daniel Banks was a double winner in individual events for Nordonia. He won both the 100-meter run with a time of 11.32 and the 200 with an effort of 23.28.
Five other Nordonia athletes claimed first place in an individual track event. Senior Andrew Wahl was victorious in the 400 (53.29) and junior Jake Vetrovsky finished first in the 800 (2:13.69).
Other Knights capturing first place in individual track events against Stow were senior Tommy Masteller in the 1,600 (4:56.94), freshman Jaden Wimbush in the 3200 (11:14.60), and senior Spencer Coppedge in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.60).
Two other Knights also won individual track events. They were junior Sam Hopes in the high jump with a height of 5-8 and senior Tommy Koperna in the pole vault with an effort of 12-6.
In addition, Nordonia claimed victory in three relay races. Those relays were the 400 (44.99), the 800 (1:33.36), and the 3,200 (8:55.12).
At the Knight Relays, Nordonia finished in third place in the overall team standings with 81 points. (The Lady Knights were also third on the girls' side.)
Mentor won the Knight Relays by compiling a total of 86 points in a closely contested affair. Brunswick finished second with 82 points.
Nordonia's 1,600 relay squad of Wahl, Coppedge, junior Josh Palmentera, and Banks not only won first place, but it also set a new school record in the process with a time of 3:25.89. That effort eclipsed the 2006 school record that had stood for 11 years. (The Nordonia girls, incidentally, also set a new school standard at the Knight Relays.)
The Knights' 800 relay contingent also crossed the finish line in first place, posting a time of 1:30.86. That unit consisted of Wahl, senior Bernard Russ, Coppedge, and Banks.
Coppedge also recorded victory in an individual event. He did so in the 110 high hurdles, winning with a time of 15.68.
Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi was pleased with the Knights' performance this past week. "The Stow meet and the Knight Relays both went well," said Barwidi. "We were able to beat Stow on both sides and be very competitive in the Knight Relays against some very good track teams in the field."
Nordonia is now 2-0 in dual meets this season, both overall and within the National Division.
On April 11, Nordonia was set to host division nemesis Brecksville-Broadview Heights, but results were not available at press time.
On April 15, the Knights will tax themselves at the Walsh Warrior Relays.