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    DeZwaan, Gogolin pace Hornets at Potopsky Invitational


    INDEPENDENCE—Kirtland sophomore Jason DeZwaan and senior Luke Gogolin both won events at the 2021 Dan Potopsky Invitational at Stan Skoczen Stadium on Tuesday.

    DeZwaan took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.59 seconds, a new personal record.

    “I was very satisfied with my time in the 400,” DeZwaan said. “I was quite surprised to find out I ran that fast since it’s substantially quicker than my previous PR. I do think I can improve it, but overall I am happy with my time.”

    DeZwaan also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.63, but the win in the 400 is what boosted DeZwaan’s confidence heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

    “Winning the event in a big meet like today definitely gave me a great deal of confidence in the 400 meters,” he said. “I now realize that it is my best event and I would say I have a good amount of potential for the future. I am excited to see how far I can make it this postseason.”

    Gogolin won the triple jump with a leap of 38-feet, 6-inches.

    “It was pretty exciting to win the event,” Gogolin said. “I enjoyed jumping in the event. It was a lot of fun.”

    The triple jump isn’t a regular event at most meets but Gogolin first tested his skill in the competition two years ago.

    His jump on Tuesday was four feet better than his first try two years ago.

    “I was pretty satisfied with my jump,” he said. “I had done it two years ago at the same meet and it was a lot of fun. I got into triple jump just as a fun event to try. I never really get to practice it but I had progressed four feet from my last time jumping.”

    Gogolin also placed third in the long jump (20-7) and fourth in the high jump (5-6).

    Other Kirtland athletes who placed among the top six included Maria Alfieri (2nd, 100m hurdles, 18.72), Andrew Beinhardt (6th, 800m, 2:19.29), Alex Fellinger (3rd, discus, 111-0; 4th, shot put, 39-11), Ava Golem (6th, 100m hurdles, 20.70), Reilly Greenlee (3rd, 1600m, 6:01.97; 3rd, 3200m, 13:02.32), Hector Lescano (5th, high jump, 5-4), Julie Namciu (2nd, 800m, 2:49), Sophia DeMarco (4th, 800, 2:56.87), Ian McGreal (3rd, 800m, 2:11.38), Chloe Ungrady (3rd, shot put, 32-0), Payton VanArnhem (6th, 400m, 1:13.11), Brigham Weight (6th, pole vault, 8-0), Robert Whittaker (6th, 400m, 56.74), and Megan Yarborough (4th, discus, 91-6).

    Kirtland’s girls’ 4×800-meter relay team placed second with a time of 11:08.11.

    Greenlee, Namciu, DeMarco, and Delaney Kuczkowski competed in that event.

    Kirtland’s girls’ team finished fourth overall with 79 points while the boys were fifth with 77.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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