Leopards Girls Place 3rd, Boys 4th at Larry Cogan Invitational – Track & Field
Boys: Louisville – 63 (4th Out of 12)
The Louisville Boys Track and Field team split into two squads on Friday night and both team finished 4th at there respective events. The Seniors and Juniors teamed up at the Larry Cogan Warrior Invitational and ran some impressive times bringing home a 4th place finish. The sophomores and freshman also combined for a 4th place finish at the Perry 9/10 Invitational.
Louisville Junior Clayton Elder, ran a season best time of 38.99 in the 300 meter hurdles at the Larry Cogan Warrior invitational on Friday night to win the event and break a long standing school record. The original record was set in 1986 when Jim Derlich ran 39.14. Elder’s record is currently the 4th fastest time in Ohio at the division one level. He was voted the meets most valuable athlete.
Scoring points at the Warrior Invite were:
100m dash: Nathan Guiley 11.41 for 1st ; Clayton Elder 11.56 for 3rd
400m dash: Sabastian Hendricks 55.52 for 6th
300m hurdles: Clayton Elder 38.99 for 1st (New School Record and Meet Record)
800m run: Josh Schloneger 2:11.90 for 6th
200m dash: Nathan Guiley 23.71 for 2nd
3200m run: Miklos Hendricks 10:03 for 4th and Logan Ison 10:05 for 5th
1600m relay: Clayton Elder, Craig Bast, Sabastian Hendricks, Josf Schloneger 3:40 for 2nd
Shot Put; Maverick Pugh 42’3 for 3rd
-Recap By Head Coach Frank Grimm
TEAM SCORES: 1) East Canton 145, 2) Minerva 70, 3) West Branch 65, 4) Louisville 63, 5) Carrollton 58, 6) Canton South 56, 7) Canton Central Catholics 44, 8) Fairless 41, 9) St. Thomas Aquinas 34, 10) Malvern 16, 10) Tuscarawas Central Catholic 16, 12) Sandy Valley 10.
JV Boys: Louisville – 64 (4th Out of 11)
Scoring points at the Perry 9/10 Invite:
3200m relay: Bobby Ganser, Austin Smith, Creed Patterson, Colby Adams 9:06 for 4th
110m hurdles: Dale Stauffer 18.05 for 4th
400m dash: Kael mickley 52.91 for 2nd and Jacob House 58.21 of 6th
300m hurdles: Dale Stauffer 48.03 for 7th
200m dash: Kael Mickley 23.80 for 2nd and Ethan Thomas 24.55 for 4th
3200m run: Bobby Ganser 10:03 for 1st
1600m relay: Kael Mickley, Austin Smith, Creed Patterson, Jacob House 3:47 for 1st
High Jump: Austin Smith 5’10 for 2nd
The boys will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Jackson to take on the Polar Bears.
-Recap By Head Coach Frank Grimm
TEAM SCORES: 1) Woodridge 113, 2) Perry 76, 3) Canton McKinley 71, 4) Louisville 64, 5) Washington 54, 6) Walsh Jesuit 48, 7) Copley 37, 8) Hoover 36, 9) Wadsworth 31.50, 10) Jackson 27.50, 11) GlenOak 25
Girls: Louisville 94 (3rd Out of 12)
The meet began with the 4 x 800 relay team of Diana Pukys, Kayla Gibson, Morgan Cole, and Cassidy Kiko winning the the event with a time of 10:02.49.
Makenna Jones then set a meet record in the Semi-Finals running a 16.35 besting the previous record of 16.44. Jones had to do a rerun in the finals due to a block malfunction. Despite running the rerun solo she still came away with a victory earning the team 10 points.
The Leopards then took the track for the 1600 meter run just as a storm entered the area. The girls battled wind, hail and a cold pouring rain for the first two laps. In the end Morgan Cole came away with a victory running a time of 5:19.44. Grace Collins also ran a great race coming across the line in 5:43.53, which was good for 4th place. Elena Eimer also ran, she ran a season best time of 6:06.99. Cole’s performance earned her the “Distance Star” of the meet.
Senior Leana Barnes then took charge of her heat winning with a time of 65.37. Her time earned her a 7th place finish and two points for the Leopards. Destini Adorisio continues to improve as she ran a season best time of 53.67. In the 800 meters Diana Pukys finished 2nd with a time of 2:28.88, while teammate Caroline Gatta ran a lifetime best time of 2:59.81.
Next to take the track was the trio of Cassidy Kiko, Kayla Gibson, and Emma Patterson. Kiko took charge from the gun and led wire to wire, her winning time of 11:29.91 was a lifetime best. Kayla Gibson running her first 3200 meter race placed 4th with a time of 12:27.89. Patterson also ran a great race placing 5th with a time of 12:38.25, a season best.
In the field event the girls also had some great performances. The team scored in 3 of the four events. In the High Jump Makenna Jones won the event with a season best jump of 5’2″. Karli Miller cleared the bar at 4’10” earning her 5th place. Miller then ran down to the Long Jump and in the end came away with another Leopard win. Her winning jump was 14’9″. The team’s final points came from the throwing duo of Senior Lauren Wendt and Junior Bethany Haskell. Wendt had a toss of 89’3″ earning her 6th place and 3 points for the team. Haskell threw a season best of 83′ and earned the team one point with an 8th place finish.
-Recap By Head Coach Jerry Fresenko
TEAM SCORES: 1) Carrollton 117.50, 2) Minerva 98, 3) Louisville 94, 4) West Branch 72, 5) Malvern 56, 6) Fairless 45, 7) Canton C.C. 42, 8) Canton South 33.50, 9) East Canton 30, 10) Sandy Valley 16.50, 11) St. Thomas Aquinas 14.50, 12) Tuscarawas Central Catholic 5
JV Girls: 32 (7th)
The freshman and sophomores traveled to Massillon Perry and competed in the Massillon Perry 9/10 Invitational. Scoring for the team was the quartet of Morgan Mayle, Emma Springer, Savannah Elder, and Gabby Smith. The four girls ran 2:00.12 in the 4 x 200 relay and earned a 7th place finish. Caitlyn Gatta placed second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:42.26. Emma Springer, Savannah Elder, and Gabby Smith then teamed up with Emilee Mueller in the 4 x 100 relay and placed 7th with a time of 57.92. Gatta then returned to the track and placed 3rd in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:35.32. Emma Springer entered the high jump for the first time and cleared 4’6″, which earned her a 5th place finish. She also competed in the Long Jump and leaped 15’6″ to earn the Leopards it’s lone victory of the evening.
The girls competed in less than ideal conditions but still came away with some good performances. An over hour delay in the meet required the girls to sit in the bus. The adversity they overcame will only make them better athletes in years to come, as they will be leading the track program over the next two to three years.
-Recap By Head Coach Jerry Fresenko
TEAM SCORES: 1) Jackson 124.50, 2) Woodridge 116.50, 3) Walsh Jesuit 88.33, 4) North Canton Hoover 85, 5) Perry 77, 6) GlenOak 37, 7) Louisville 32, 8) Canton McKinley 25, 9) Wadsworth 24.66
UP NEXT: The Leopards Track & Field Teams will next hit the road to take on the Jackson Polar Bears on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 PM.
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