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    Cuyahoga Heights, Kirtland win George Gross Invitational titles

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    Cuyahoga Heights’ boys’ and Kirtland’s girls’ track teams won team titles at the 24th Annual George Gross Invitational at Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

    The Red Wolves defended their home track with 197 points while Independence was second with 141 and Trinity finished third with 68. Kirtland’s girls’ team scored 122 ½ points to edge second-place Columbia, who finished with 119 ½. Independence placed third with 105 points.

    Individual event winners for Cuyahoga Heights included Nicholas Armbrust, who won the long jump (19-11.50) and high jump (6-2), Caden Buccier, who claimed a win in the 800-meter run (2:00.62), Aden Ewelt, who won the pole vault (12-6), Jeremiah Reed, the shot put champion (44-2), and Bradyn Rusch, who won the 1600-meter run (4:48.54) and 3200 (10:16.31).

    The Red Wolves also claimed the 4×400-meter relay title in 3:40.70.

    Kirtland’s girls’ team won the 4×800-meter relay (10:25) and the 4×400 relay (4:27.48) along with four other event titles.

    Ainsley Borthwick won both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs in 5:35.99 and 12:29.48, respectively. Sylvia Vosicky won the 400-meter dash (1:02.14) and Chloe Hansen took home first place in the shot put (97-6).

    Other event winners included Brooklyn’s Santana Sammons (boys 110m dash, 11.25), Cardinal’s Lily Ayer (girls 800m run, 2:28.85), Anna Layman (girls pole vault, 7-6) and Max Soltis (boys discus, 145-8), Columbia’s Cailyn Demagall (girls shot put, 31-2 ¼) and Alyssa Goebel (girls 300m hurdles, 50.73), Cuyahoga Height’s Samantha Vallee (girls 100m hurdles, 17.04), Fairport’s Madison Hunt (girls high jump, 4-10) and Michael Hess (boys 110m hurdles, 16.33, and 300m hurdles, 43.20), Independence’s Casey Adams (girls long jump, 17-1) and Matt Wisniewski (boys 200m dash, 22.73), Kirtland’s Will Sayle (boys 400m dash, 53.24), and Trinity’s Iniya Charlton (girls 100m dash, 12.29 and 200m dash, 25.61).

    Independence’s boys won the 4×200 (1:33.73) and 4×800-meter (9:35.43) relays, Trinity’s girls won the 4×200 (1:51.01) and 4×100 (51.64), and the Trojans’ boys’ 4×100-meter relay team took first in :44.88.


    Steve Hare
    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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