BEREA, Oh - At their fourth regular-season meet, the Track and Field Wildcats finished first out of 14 teams at the Berea Kiwanis Titans Relays. The Cats won three events: the 110h, 4x400m relay and the long jump relay, and finished in the top three in many others. They scored the most points of their season with 80, good for an 18-point win and are looking to be in great form with just three weeks remaining until the first postseason meet.
The distance Cats were represented in the 3200m, 4x800m, 4x1600m, JV Distance Medley, and Distance Medley. Matt Kelly ran 9:53 over 3200m to finish sixth and ran with John Corrigan, Ronan Donnelly, and Sean Uhran in the 4x800m to earn fourth place in 8:14. Uhran came back with Aiden Walter, Danny Becker and Alex Paliga to run a 4:37 average for third place in the 4x1600m in 18:28. Next, Corrigan and Walter returned to run with Owen Rodstrom and Bobby Starck to finish fifth in a competitive Distance Medley relay in 11:23. Especially worth noting on the day for the distance Cats was John Corrigan, who ran an 800m PR of 2:00 in the 800m leg of the DMR.
The sprint Cats ran in the 110h, 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, JV Sprint Medley and 800m Sprint Medley. Damon Frabotta gave the Cats 10 points with a win in the 110m hurdles! He ran a time of 15.06 (a new meet record by .03 seconds). The 4x100m team of Frank Pike, Peter McGreal, Shane Morrison and Max Muresan finished second in 43.67 and the 4x200m team with Pike and Morrison, joined by Christian Cupp and Riley Kowal, earned third place with a time of 1:34.18. The 4x400m continued their Northeast Ohio domination, dropping a sixth-in-the-state time of 3:23.70 to win the relay by over four seconds. Samurai Chung, Frabotta, Ben Showman and Muresan averaged under 51 seconds per lap for a total time of 3:23.70!
The field Cats participated in the high jump relay, pole vault relay, long jump relay, shot put relay, and the discus throw relay. Christian Cupp and Jordon Rodman jumped 5-9 and 5-6, respectively, to earn a sixth-place as a team in the high jump relay. Pole vaulting for the Cats were Chris Kondas and Andre Jakubowicz, who reached heights of 12-6 and 10-6, also suitable for a sixth-place finish in the two-man combined competition.
In the three-person long jump relay, the Wildcats placed first place with third, fifth and sixth place individual performances by Cupp, Pike and Peter McGreal, jumping 20-1, 20-0, and 19-9, respectively. In the throws, Will Robinson, Will Wytalis and Greg Hanson earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put relay, throwing 45-11.75, 42-1.5, and 37-9, respectively. Finally, in the discus throw, Wytalis, alongside Joey Kause and Leo Rick, threw the discus 121-11, 106-8, and 99-11, respectively, to grab two points in seventh place as a team.
Altogether, with three points from a distance, seven from throws, 16 from jumps, and 44 from the relays, the Wildcats had a very well-rounded performance and won their first meet of the 2022 season. Looking to continue their success, the Wildcats return Friday, May 6th, at the Euclid Relays. This meet has more great relays and will have great competition.