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Last week was a rather up-and-down week for the Stow-Munroe Falls boys track and field team, with a lot of big meets looming on the horizon.
One of the ups for the Bulldogs was their performance at the Orange Relays April 27, as Stow won the invitational by scoring 87 points. That was just enough to edge second-place Madison, which managed 85 points. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin was third with 62 points.
Stow head coach John Roseman lauded his squad for its performance at the Orange Relays, besting a quality field of teams to notch first place.
"We performed very well in the running events and in the throws," said Roseman. "Jeremiah Gyulai, Adrian Woliver, and Rockwell Graehling set a new three-man shot put record, breaking a record from 1972."
While that was definitely an "up" for the week, Stow was not able to finish the dual meet portion of its schedule with a victory. On May 2, the Bulldogs battled Suburban League National Conference nemesis North Royalton on the road.
Unfortunately, Stow was not able to emerge victorious, as the hosts topped the Bulldogs by the score of 69-59.
"We did not do as well as we should have against North Royalton," said Roseman.
There were plenty of positives to be had in the North Royalton meet, though, starting with the fact that the Bulldogs boasted two double winners in individual events. Those double winners were Gyulai and Scott Cunnington.
Not surprisingly, Gyulai finished first in both the shot put and the discus. His throw in the former was 50-feet-2.5 and his effort in the latter was 150-feet-5.
Cunnington, meanwhile, placed first in both the 100 with a time of 11.38 and the 400 by clocking a time of 51.21.
Woliver also captured victory in an individual event. He accomplished the feat in the 200 with a time of 23.77.
Jason Anzaldi claimed an individual event, as well, doing so in the 800. He came from behind to win the 800 with a time of 2:10.97.
In addition, the Bulldogs notched a first-place finish in the 400 relay. Their time in that event was 45.69. Stow was also victorious in the 3,200 relay, crossing the finish line in first place with an effort of 8:46.24.
"Jason Anzaldi, one of our young distance runners, had a really good meet, anchoring our winning 3,200 team and coming back to win the open 800," said Roseman.
Stow finished the dual meet part of its schedule with a ledger of 3-4. The Bulldogs were also 3-4 within the National Conference.
Roseman believes that his athletes are positioned well for the upcoming Suburban League Meet, district meet, and regional meet.
"We will be strong in the throwing events," he said. "Our distance runners are starting to come around. Sprinting-wise, we will be competitive."
On May 6, Stow was set to compete in the Optimist Meet at Austintown Fitch High School.
The Suburban League Meet will take place at Nordonia High School on May 9 and May 11.
"The Optimist is a quality meet for us, so I will be putting athletes in less events so they can focus on getting some quality performances," said Roseman.