Monday, June 17

    Independence’s Matt Wisniewski caps career with All-Ohio honors

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    Independence senior Matt Wisniewski capped his high school career by earning two All-Ohio honors at the 2024 OHSAA Division III state track & field championships in Dayton over the weekend.

    Wisniewski, who previously earned All-Ohio honors in 2022, placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200.

    “I am very proud of myself for making finals and even prouder of placing rather high in the 100,” Wisniewski said. “My 100 was definitely my best. The fact that I broke 11 seconds in my prelims was honestly more exciting than placing because that was never expected.”

    Wisniewski finished with a time of 11.15 seconds in the 100-meter dash finals and 22.71 in the 200.

    Last spring, he qualified for the state meet in both the 100 and 200, and in 2022, he was an alternate for the Blue Devils’ 4×200-meter dash.

    After Emmett Stralka suffered an injury in the prelims, Wisniewski replaced Stralka as the anchor and helped the team consisting of Lucas Martinez, Jack Taliaferro, and Kyle Zygmunt to a fourth-place finish.

    With his high school career behind him, Wisniewski hopes to continue competing as part of the club team at Ohio State.

    He’ll always cherish the memories he created running track for the Blue Devils.

    “Honestly, my favorite memory during my four years in track was being an alternate at states my sophomore year,” he said. “I was able to enjoy my time down in Columbus carefree, unlike this year, while also being able to perform on the biggest stage.”


    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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