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    Kirtland 4×800 relay team headed to regionals


    Kirtland’s track teams got off to a great start on the first day of the 2021 Division III District meet at Cuyahoga Heights on Wednesday.

    In addition to the girls’ 4×800-meter relay team earning a spot at the regional meet next week, several other Hornets qualified for Friday night’s district finals.

    Senior Julie Namciu teamed up with juniors Sophia DeMarco and Reilly Greenlee and sophomore Delaney Kuczkowski to finished second in the 4×8 with a time of 11:26.95.

    “We thought we had a shot at the top four and when the meet program came out we saw that we were coming in in pretty good shape,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran. “All the girls in the relay had other events so when Julie got the baton at anchor leg, we had her run a solid but controlled race since it was really hot and she had multiple events to go. The girls really delivered with a runner-up performance and also all qualified in other events for the finals on Friday.”

    Namciu advanced to the finals in the 400-meter dash (3rd, 1:03.89) and 800-meter run (8th, 2:54.40) and Kuczkowski will run in Friday’s 800 finals after placing sixth with a time of 2:52.24.

    Junior Maria Alfieri placed third in the 100-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 17.50 and will compete for a spot at regionals on Friday.

    Also advancing to the finals on Friday were the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams.

    Juniors Alyssa Bryll and Elin Conner, sophomore Marissa Carmosino, and freshman Maia Raguz ran the 4×100 in 56.45, good for eighth place, and Bryll, DeMarco, Namciu, and junior Payton VanArnhem finished the 4×400 in 4:38.36 to place eighth.

    Kirtland ended day one tied for sixth place.

    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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