Wednesday, May 18

    Casey Adams leads Independence to team title at Cuyahoga Heights Relays

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    Casey Adams won one event and placed in three others in leading Independence’s girls’ team to a first-place finish at the Cuyahoga Heights Relays on Saturday.

    Adams won the long jump with a mark of 16-feet, 7 ¼-inches, and finished second in the high jump. She also ran a leg in the 4×100-meter relay and 800-meter Sprint Medley.

    “I was happy with my performance because it earned the team points, however, I always strive to match or improve my (personal record) at each meet,” Adams said. “The key to my success in jumping is really the mental part of it. I always try to visualize my best jumps beforehand, and if I ever put too much pressure on myself, I remind myself that above all I am here to have fun and do what I love.”

    Adams finished second in the high jump to All-Ohioan Jenna Young of Brooklyn. Young cleared 5-7 while Adams maxed out at 4-10.

    “Overall, the (Chagrin Valley Conference) is packed with a huge amount of track talent and Jenna is a great example of that,” Adams said. “Seeing her at almost every meet really does provide me with amazing competition and she pushes me to do my best.”

    Adams teamed up with her sister Alex Adams, Skylar Leichliter, and Grace Taliaferro to place second in the 4×100-meter relay in 52.93. That same group placed third in the 800-meter Sprint Medley in 2:00.64.

    “Out of my two running events, the 4×1 was the most exciting because we are seeing huge potential from that team,” Adams said. “I look forward to competing with them when conference and districts come around.”

    Leichliter also had a big day as she finished second in the pole vault (6-6) and third in the long jump (14-11).

    Independence’s 4×800-meter relay team of Alana Nowak, Gabby McGreevy, Kate Coljohn, and Madelyn Flynn took home the runner-up award with a time of 11:11.56.

    Lucy Buliunus, Raina Makhlouf, Isabella Makhlouf, and Sonia Sajovie placed third in the 4×1600-meter relay (30:17.02), and Emily Richards, Sara Luciano, Maggie Panichi, and Alberta Moreal finished fourth in the 4×100-meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay (1:25.90).

    Richards, Coljohn, Moreal, and Avery Vilecheck added a fifth-place finish in the 4×400 and Luciano, Vilcheck, Nina Funk, and Marissa Taylor placed seventh in the 4×200 (2:11.70).

    Jessica Harb won the discus (114-4) and placed seventh in the shot put (25-6 ½). Kaitlyn Grill won the shot (34-3) and placed third in the discus (94-0).

    “Jessica had a stellar day in discus, so we’re proud of her performance and her teammates helped them do well and get first in shot and disc,” said Independence coach Jess Crooks.

    Panichi and Vilcheck finished tied for fifth in the pole vault (6-0).

    Independence’s girls edged Kirtland for the team title, 92-86.

    The Blue Devils finished second to Cuyahoga Heights in the boys’ competition. The RedWolves scored 111 points while Independence finished with 83 ½.

    Independence won the 4×100-meter relay, 800-meter sprint relay, and the 4×200-meter relay.

    Lucas Martinez, Jack Taliaferro, Deston Boscarelli, and Emmett Stralka won the 4×100 in 44.89 seconds and the 800 sprint relay in 1:38.89. Taliaferro, Stralka, Matt Wisniewski, and Michael Andryszczyk ran the 4×200 in 1:36.13, and

    Boscarelli also won the long jump with a best leap of 19-feet, 4-inches.

    “He comes to compete,” Crooks said of Boscarelli. “He had a great day in the long jump and then we asked him to do two 100s in the 4×100 and sprint medley. We had clean handoffs and he had a strong performance in his 100s. He had a great day.”

    Martinez finished third in the pole vault (10-6) and sixth in the high jump (5-0). Sam Pascarella placed sixth in the pole vault (10-0).

    Independence’s 4×400-meter relay team of Taliaferro, Sam Eisenmann, Tyler Miller, and Jack Korinek placed second in 3:57.89, and James Kitagawa, Nathan Bernstein, John Paul Musni, and Dylan Wang took third in the 4×1600-meter relay in 23:38.54.

    “Jack Taliaferro had a really big day,” Crooks said. “He had a great day and never complains. He always does what we ask of him. If we didn’t have Jack, we wouldn’t have scored second.”

    The Blue Devils took fourth place in the 4×800, 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay, and the 4×100 diesel relay.

    Kyle McGovern, Braeden Lisowski, Gabe Harb, and Kitagawa finished the 4×800 in 9:57.04. Jack Korinek, Landon Jatsek, Wisniewski, and Eisenmann finished the 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay in 1:17.70, and Griffin Loebick, Connor Korinek, Andrew Becker, and Owen Szymanski ran the 4×100 diesel relay in 59.59 seconds.



    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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