Streetsboro's Marra Woods breaks school high jump record, wins PTC

by Sara Welch | Record-Courier Staff Writer Published:

On her way to a Portage Trail Conference County Division high jump championship, clearing a height of 5-4 1/2, Marra Woods broke the Streetsboro High School school record at Ravenna High School May 14.

Woods tied the record last year, reaching the mark at 5-4.

"She was tied with a girl from 30 years ago," Tom Fesemyer said. "It's her senior year and to come to the PTC meet, break the school record and make her best jump going into the post-season, I think it speaks to her credibility as an athlete."

Woods also qualified for the 200 meter dash finals on May 9 with the top time of 27.44 seconds.

The Metro Division girls' high jump was won at the same height by Desiree Thomas of Springfield.

Other finals for the day included girls' discus, boys' long jump, boys shot put and all 4x800 relays with the exception of the Metro Division girls who will run Friday.

After waiting out two rain delays and every other event of the day, the Metro Division girls 4x800 relay reached the halfway point when runners had to be pulled from the track because of lightning.

Although the weather presented many challenges throughout, Ravenna's athletic director Dave McBee motivated everyone to organize and push through preliminary races in between the thunder storms.

For the Metro Division boys, Field had the strongest performance of the day, taking first place in the 4x800, shot put and long jump. A team of Adam Salberg, Jimmy Kubitza, Harrison Lewis and Nate Conroy defeated a tough Crestwood team in the relay with a time of 8:10.24. The time was just over four seconds faster than the Red Devil's team of Austin Usher, George Lesnak, Craig Davis and Jeremiah Fitzgerald. Andy Eckhart won the shot put for the Falcons with a 47-6 toss. Preston Semler leapt 20-6 1/2 to win the long jump.

In the County Division, Kyle Louk of Mogadore won the shot put with the longest throw of the day at 51-10 1/2. The long jump was won with a jump of 20-7 1/2 by Alex Jenkins of Woodridge. The Bulldogs also won the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:19.86. The relay team was composed of Dan Kiley, Noah Bullock, John Harry and Tim Faiken.

The County Division girls 4x800, which finished before any rain delays, was won by a Woodridge team of Allyson Dryer, Julia Moore, Erin Kiley and Madison Spreitzer with a time of 10:16.36.

In girls discus, it's no surprise that Edie Svonavec finished the day as a champion with teammate Abigail Hahn close behind in second place. Svonavec took first with a throw of 137-10 1/2.

The Metro Division girls discus was decided by a throw of 105-3 1/2. Alaina Nuti of Crestwood claimed that victory to round out the day's finals.

All other finals will begin May 16 at Ravenna High School at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

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