Monday, June 17

    Kirtland track teams earn regional berths

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    Kirtland’s track teams advanced several athletes to the OHSAA regional championships later this week.

    The Hornets advanced four boys out of the Division III Cuyahoga Heights district and four girls and two relays out of the Division II Bedford district.

    “Earning another week in our season is incredibly satisfying,” said Kirtland’s Megan Urbanick, who ran legs in both the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relays. “It’s so rewarding so see all of our hard work and efforts pay off, and every week is another chance to improve and spend time with my coaches and teammates.”

    Urbanick teamed up with Izzie Copeland, Ainsley Borthwick, and Syliva Vosicky to place fourth in the 4×800 with a time of 9:45.92, and Copeland, Syliva Vosicky, and Lexi Vosicky to place fourth in the 4×400 in 4:11.35.

    “My and my teammates’ times are the result of our hard work, and we were thrilled with our times. Everyone contributed towards our qualifying times, and setting two personal bests going into regionals really sets us in the right direction,” Urbanick said. “Finishing in the top four at districts was a huge team effort in both relays, and it won’t be any different at regionals. We’re all determined to take things further than regionals, and continuing to improve and maximize our efforts will be key to finishing in the top four. We all love competing together and it’s even more fun to get to experience this as a team.”

    Kirtland’s other regional qualifiers out of the Cuyahoga Heights district included Joey Ciavarelli (4th, 3200, 11:04.40), Will Beers (3rd, long jump, 19-8), Will Sayle (4th, 400, 54.29), and Charlie Vignero (3rd, discus, 133-4).

    “It was very satisfying for me to earn another week in my freshman year of track,” Ciavarelli said. “It was amazing running at districts in the first place and I just wanted to go out and try my hardest and I did, which led me to go to regionals for the 3200.”

    Ciavarelli also scored in the 1600, but his 14-second PR in the 3200 inspired him to seek a top-four finish at the regional meet.

    “I was very pleased with my time in the 3200,” he said. “I had a time of 11:04, which is a 14-second PR from last week at the (Chagrin Valley Conference) meet, which I had a time of 11:18. I am very thankful to coach (Greg) Sayle, who gave me my split for every lap, and helped me get a PR almost every meet. Coach (J.P.) Moran, who helped me get ready for every meet with base runs and workouts made by himself, and coach (Julie) Madden, who encouraged me to keep going whenever I was getting really tired. Overall, I am very thankful for all my coaches and my parents who helped guide me and push me to get where I am today.”

    Girls advancing to the regional meet out of Bedford also included Borthwick (3rd, 1600, 5:22.29), Copeland (4th, 800, 2:21.70), Chloe Hansen (4th, discus, 100-1), and Sylvia Vosicky (3rd, 400, 1:00.14).

    Kirtland’s other scoring athletes included Ciavarelli (8th, 1600, 5:04.98), Nico Samac (6th, 110 hurdles, 17.64; 8th, 300 hurdles, 46.00), Sayle (7th, long jump, 18-5),

    The boys’ 4×400-meter relay team placed sixth in 3:43.81, the 4×200 team was seventh in 1:36.85, and the 4×800 team placed eighth in 10:20.88.

    Borthwick finished seventh in the 3200 (12:38.92) and Hansen placed seventh in the shot put (30-11).

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    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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