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Nordonia boys run away from conference foes

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Nordonia High School boys track and field team ran roughshod over a pair of Suburban League National Conference opponents last week, winning by margins of 47 and 40 points.

The Knights canned Cuyahoga Falls by the score of 92-45 on the road April 18. Then they downed visiting North Royalton by an 86-46 margin April 20.

As a result of those two victories, Nordonia is still undefeated on the season. The Knights own an overall record of 5-0, and they're also 5-0 within the conference.

"As we won this meet, we were able to find a plethora of personal records and season-best performances in many events," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi of the Cuyahoga Falls contest. "This is encouraging to see as we near the postseason. We still must focus on consistency in performance, though."

Nordonia senior Spencer Coppedge was a double winner in individual events against Falls. He finished first in both the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.6 and the 300 intermediate hurdles with an effort of 42.9.

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Two other Knights claimed victory in individual track events. They were senior Daniel Banks in the 100 (11.5) and senior Andrew Wahl in the 200 (23.3).

In addition, Nordonia was victorious in three individual field events. The athletes accounting for those wins were sophomore Dom Dasher in the shot put (41-8.5), junior Sam Hopes in the high jump (5-8), and senior Tommy Koperna in the pole vault (13-6).

The Knights also captured three relay races. One was the 400 relay with a time of 45.1. The members of that squad were Hopes, senior Bernard Russ, senior Justin Lee, and sophomore Collin Flynn.

Nordonia's 800 relay contingent consisting of Wahl, Russ, Hopes, and Lee crossed the finish line in first place with an effort of 2:14. In addition, the Knights were first in the 1,600 relay with the quartet of junior Larry Hart, freshman Brenden Jackson, Flynn, and Coppedge.

Coppedge won both hurdles events against North Royalton, as well, capturing victory in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.

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Wahl was also a double winner against the Bears, prevailing in both the 200 and the 400. Four other Knights won individual track events. Those four were Russ in the 100; junior Dan Moore in the 800; freshman Jaden Wimbush in the 1,600; and senior Tommy Masteller in the 3,200.

Winning individual field events for Nordonia were Hopes in the high jump and senior Ray Kovalchick in the pole vault. In addition, the Knights were victorious in two relay races.

One of those races was the 400 relay. The members of that unit were Hopes, Russ, Lee, and Coppedge. The other race was the 800 relay. That unit contained Wahl, Russ, Hopes, and Flynn.

"Some of our athletes really stepped up [against North Royalton]," said Barwidi. "We needed them to perform well, and they did, including Hart, [sophomore Jonathan] DePiero, Masteller, Hopes, and Russ. It did help that North Royalton's best sprinter did not compete in the meet, as we expected. We've set ourselves up for the stretch run, with some big meets upcoming."

On April 25, Nordonia hosted conference rival Twinsburg, but results were not available at press time.

On April 29, the Knights will compete in the Avon Reynolds Relays.

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