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The Nordonia High School boys and girls cross country teams continue to roll along.
Both the Knights and Lady Knights won a dual meet recently, and they also performed well at an invitational. The dual meet was against Suburban League National Division nemesis Brecksville-Broadview Heights at home April 11.
The Nordonia boys and girls beat Brecksville by wide margins. As a result, both squads improved their record to 3-0, both overall and within the division.
The Knights and Lady Knights also competed at the Walsh Warrior Relays at Walsh Jesuit High School April 15.
On the girls' side, Nordonia finished second overall with 100 points. Solon won the invitational with 127.5 points, while Massillon Perry placed third with 98 points.
Juniors Faith Banks and Carmen Licht captured first place in individual events for Nordonia. Banks did so in the 100 with a time of 56.35 seconds, while Licht accomplished the feat in the 800 with an effort of 2:22.76.
The Lady Knights' 3,200 relay team also crossed the finish line in first place (9:47.44). The members of that unit were junior Lizzy Gurko, Licht, sophomore Kayla Vasarhelyi, and sophomore Gina Eterovich.
In addition, sophomore Grace Coghill recorded the third-best pole vault of the day at 10-feet-6. Nordonia's distance medley relay squad was also third with a time of 13:43.22. That contingent consisted of Gina Eterovich, junior Elise Jurkovich, Vasarhelyi, and Gurko.
The Lady Knights' 800 relay team of junior Nikayla Russ, junior Katrina Eterovich, sophomore Arianna Pearson, and junior Jasmon Scott finished in fourth place (1:50.27). Also fourth was the 400 relay squad of Coghill, Scott, freshman Eden Kereky, and Pearson. That unit produced a time of 52.57.
Sophomore Sarah Shedroff had the fourth-best discus throw of the day with a heave of 116-10. Sophomore Kynnidi Knight was sixth in the discus with a throw of 110-feet-3. Kereky finished in fifth place in the 100 high hurdles. Her time in that event was 16.94.
"We had some very good performances in the Walsh relays in individual events," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "By placing most of our top athletes in one event, it allowed them to focus on racing that event with nothing else to worry about. This will give us some information moving forward as we get to the postseason."
On the boys' side, Nordonia finished third overall with 80 points. Solon was first with 153 points, and Walsh Jesuit placed third with 112 points.
Three Knights claimed victory in an individual event. They were senior Daniel Banks in the 200 (22.30), senior Andrew Wahl in the 400 (50.16), and senior Spencer Coppedge in the 100 high hurdles (15.44).
Senior Tommy Koperna boasted the third-best pole vault of the day with a height of 12-0. In addition, junior Daniel Moore finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:09.47.
The Knights also finished fourth in the 6,400 relay (20:22.86). The members of that team were sophomore Matt Korodi, sophomore James Hayes, junior Matt Gerhart, and sophomore Nick Orzechowski.
Nordonia's 800 relay team of Hopes, senior Bernard Russ, sophomore Collin Flynn, and junior Eric King placed fourth (1:34.88), while the Knights' 400 relay squad of Hopes, Russ, Flynn, and junior Tye Evans was fifth (45.17).
The Knights' distance medley unit was sixth with a time of 11:54.61. The members of that team were junior Josh Palmentera, junior Larry Hart, senior Tommy Mastellar, and Gerhart.
"We still have a good amount of work to get where we want to go, but we're on the right path in many cases," said Barwidi. "We look forward to getting some quality races in this week."