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Knight boys track squad closes in on National Conference title

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Six down, one to go.

The Nordonia High School boys track and field team won its sixth Suburban League National Conference meet in a row recently. One more victory, and the Knights will be this year's conference champions.

But first things first. Nordonia's most recent conference meet was against visiting Twinsburg April 25. The Knights dispatched a tough Twinsburg squad by the score of 78-59.

"This was a good win that sets up the showdown next week [against Wadsworth]," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "We scored one more point than we projected to score in the meet, and we had some people step up in many events."

On April 29, the Knights also competed in the 40th annual Avon Reynolds Relays. Nordonia finished fifth overall at the invitational with 68 points.

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Avon won the meet with 92 points. Westlake finished second with 90 points, while Aurora placed third with 73 points.

Two of Nordonia's relay teams finished in first place. One was the 800-meter relay unit consisting of senior Andrew Wahl, senior Bernard Russ, junior Sam Hopes, and senior Spencer Coppedge. That squad posted a winning time of 1:32.42.

The Knights' 1,600 relay contingent was also victorious, producing a time of 3:32.43 in the process. The members of that team were Wahl, Russ, Coppedge, and senior Daniel Banks.

In addition, Nordonia finished in sixth place in the 6,400 relay (20:09.47). That unit consisted of sophomore Matt Korodi, senior Tommy Masteller, freshman Jaden Wimbush, and junior Jake Vetrovsky.

Senior Ray Kovalchick boasted the best height of the day in the pole vault relay. He reached 13 feet to top the rest of the field. His teammate, senior Tommy Koperna, had the sixth-best pole vault with a height of 11 feet.

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Senior Nik O'Connor produced the fifth-best distance in the shotput. His effort in that event measured 41-9.75.

As far as individual events were concerned, Coppedge placed second in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.23 and Korodi notched a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 with an effort of 5:01.8.

On May 2, Nordonia was set to visit conference adversary Wadsworth. The Nordonia girls track and field team also entered that dual meet with an undefeated conference ledger.

If the Knights and Lady Knights were able to knock off Wadsworth, they'll both claim the National Conference crown.

On May 8, the Knights will compete in the Woodridge Night of Stars Meet.

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