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The Nordonia High School girls track and field team recently received its toughest challenge in a dual meet so far this season, and the Lady Knights passed the test and remained undefeated.
On April 25, Nordonia hosted Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg. The Lady Knights edged the Lady Tigers by the score of 73-64.
"We squeaked one out," said Nordonia head coach Scott Barwidi. "We had some very nice performances recorded in many areas of the meet. [Juniors] Faith Banks and Aja DuVall both really came through when it mattered most during the 200. The 1,600 [relay] team performed as we thought they could in a pressure-filled race."
With the victory, Nordonia improved its overall record to 6-0. The Lady Knights are also 6-0 in the National Conference.
On April 29, the Lady Knights competed in the 40th annual Avon Reynolds Relays. Avon won the invitational with 95 points, while Rocky River finished second with 74 points and Nordonia placed third overall with 65 points.
Nordonia won a pair of relay races. The Lady Knights' 800-meter relay unit of junior Katrina Eterovich, DuVall, freshman Lizzie Imrie, and Banks finished first with a time of 1:47.97.
In addition, Nordonia's 1,600 relay contingent of junior Carmen Licht, DuVall, junior Lizzy Gurko, and Banks crossed the finish line first with an effort of 4:05.55.
Finishing in third place was the Lady Knights' 3,200 relay squad of Gurko, sophomore Kayla Vasarhelyi, sophomore Gina Eterovich, and Licht. That quartet posted a time of 10:15.76.
Two of Nordonia's relay teams finished in fourth place: the 400 squad (52.89) and the 800 sprint medley unit (1:59.64).
The members of the former were junior Jasmon Scott, sophomore Arianna Pearson, junior Nikayla Russ, and freshman Eden Kereky. The members of the latter were Scott, Pearson, Russ, and senior Isabel Knapp.
Nordonia's 6,400 relay team of Vasarhelyi, sophomore Hannah Hover, sophomore Abby Rice, and Gina Eterovich finished in sixth place with a time of 23:30.00.
In the long jump relay, Nordonia senior Sunny Starcher boasted the third-best effort of the day with a leap of 15-1. In addition, sophomore Sarah Shedroff recorded the fourth-best distance in the shot put with a heave of 34-7.25.
Two Lady Knights also placed in individual events. Scott finished third in the 100-meter dahsh with a time of 13.07, while Kereky was third in the 100 high hurdles with an effort of 16.91.
On May 2, Nordonia was set to visit conference adversary Wadsworth for its final dual meet, but results weren't available at press time.
On May 8, the Lady Knights will compete in the Woodridge Night of Stars Meet.