Friday, May 24

    Independence girls win CVC title, boys finish second

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    INDEPENDENCE—Independence’s girls’ track team won its fourth straight Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division title on Thursday at Cuyahoga Heights.

    The Blue Devils scored 159 points to edge second-place Fairview, who finished with 145.

    Independence’s boys’ team placed second with 128 points. Cuyahoga Heights won the conference title with 194 points.

    “I’m really proud to see the progression of all my teammates throughout the season,” said Independence senior Matt Wisniewski, who won a pair of CVC titles. “A lot of them found their forte in unexpected events and I couldn’t be happier. Second place isn’t first, but I’m impressed with many individual performances by my teammates today and overall happy with the outcome at the conference meet.”

    Casey Adams led the girls’ squad with two individual CVC titles while Wisniewski won two events to pace the boys’ team.

    Adams won the high jump on Tuesday with a top jump of 4 feet, 10 inches, and she cleared 17 feet to win the long jump. She also placed third in the 100 with a time of 13.37 and fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.98 seconds.

    Wisniewski won the 100-meter dash in 11.38 seconds and the 400 in 52.21, despite a lingering illness. He also placed second in the 200 with a time of 23.80.

    “I was very happy with my performance mostly because I have been under the weather for the past week,” he said. “To be able to come out and excel against good competition made me really proud.”

    Alana Nowak finished as the CVC runner-up in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:00.59 and the 800 in 2:45.87, Alberta Moreal placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.02 and the 300-meter hurdles in 53.71, and Avery Vilcheck was the runner-up in the pole vault after clearing 7-0. Stephen Mlynarczyk finished second in the boys’ high jump when he cleared six feet.

    Independence’s other top four finishers included Gianna Carlucci (4th, 1600, 6:06.22), Emily Gibbons (4th, shot put, 28-3), Elyse Grill (3rd, shot put, 29-4), Carter Howard (3rd, 110 hurdles, 16.84), James Kitagawa (4th, 1600, 5:01.39; 4th, 800, 2:13.95; 4th, 3200, 11:33.92), Jack Korinek (3rd, 300, 44.41), 4th, 110 hurdles, 17.56), Lindsay Lieu (4th, 400, 1:08.90), Charlie Meyer (3rd, pole vault, 9-0), Nowak (4th, 3200, 13:46.78), Maggie Panichi (4th, pole vault, 6-0), Owen Szymanski (4th, discus, 116-9), Vilcheck (3rd, high jump, 4-6), and Alex Waski (3rd, discus, 118-9).

    The boys’ team placed second in the 4×100-meter relay (45.61), fourth in the 4×400 (3:54.08), and third in the 4×800 (8:53.95).

    Independence’s girls finished second in the 4×100 (55.07), 4×400 (4:40.06), and the 4×800 (11:04.81), and third in the 4×200 (1:56.86).


    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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