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Stow girls finish strong second at Optimist Meet

By MATT DEUTSCH Correspondent Published: May 14, 2017 12:00 AM
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With the regular season at an end, the Stow-Munroe Falls girls track and field team is poised to perform well in the postseason meets.

The Lady Bulldogs competed in their final invitational of the 2017 campaign recently and also participated in the first day of the Suburban League Meet.

The invitational was the 37th Annual Optimist Meet, which took place at Austintown Fitch High School May 6.

Stow finished second in a field of 30 scoring teams at the meet, compiling 77 points. Twinsburg finished in first place with 98.3 points, while Bedford placed third with 47 points.

According to Stow head coach Aaron Morris, weather played a factor at the Optimist Meet.

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"It rained from the moment we got off the bus until we got back on the bus," said Morris. "So we did not have any outstanding performances. It wasn't a case of trying to get PRs (personal records) that day. It was about being competitive with the teams and athletes that were present."

Morris indicated that the number-one priority for the Lady Bulldogs at the Optimist Meet was to stay healthy. They accomplished that goal.

"After we were into the meet for about an hour and we saw that the temperatures weren't going to get any warmer and the rain wasn't ever going to stop, it became more about making sure that no one got injured," said Morris.

"So in that, we were extremely successful at the Optimist. No one was hurt, and we still placed well as a team. Many teams left the meet early. There were only five teams of the 30 that started the meet competing in the [1,600] relay at the end."

The first day of the Suburban League Meet was held at Nordonia High School May 9.

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After the first day of competition, Stow was in third place in the National Conference standings with 23 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights was first with 27 points, while Nordonia (26 points) was close behind.

Stow senior Maria Cistone captured a high jump championship May 8 with a height of 5-3. She won a jump-off with Brynn Meyer of Hudson to claim the conference crown.

In addition, freshman Rachel Pitcovich finished fifth in the high jump with a personal-best effort of 4-11.

Sophomore Katherine Hall and junior Katie Dunn both qualified for the finals in the shot put. Each put forth personal-best performances in the process, with Hall producing a distance of 32-feet-0.5 and Dunn heaving the put a length of 32 feet.

"For the most part, we competed as expected," said Morris. "We did well in the field events."

Two other Stow athletes qualified for the finals in individual events May 9. They were senior Kayla Thompson in the 100 high hurdles and sophomore Arianna Poteat in the 300 intermediate hurdles.

The second day of the Suburban League Meet was took place May 11 at Nordonia High School, but results were not available at press time.

Morris expressed optimism regarding his team's chances for success in multiple individual events and relay races.

"We have three more field events on Thursday in which we typically do well: the pole vault, long jump, and discus," he said. "We also have the distance events, in which we also do pretty well."

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