Monday, August 15

    Rangers open season at Fisher Invitational

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    North’s track teams opened the 2022 season with a strong showing at the Bill Fisher Invitational at Cardinal High School in Middlefield on Saturday.

    The boys’ team finished in seventh place while the girls placed 11th.

    Leading the way for the Rangers were seniors Mo Morgan and Michael Schiciano, sophomore Vanessa Anthony, and freshman Brennen Herbert. All four athletes scored in three different events.

    Morgan was the lone Ranger to win an event after he claimed first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.35 seconds.

    “I am actually very happy with my time because I didn’t expect to get that type of time,” he said. “I wasn’t even going to do the event because that was my first time doing it at all this year.”

    He also ran legs in two relays that both finished in fifth place.

    Morgan teamed up with senior Lawrence Lawson, junior Curtis Thomas, and sophomore ReonTae Lowery to run a time of 45.82 in the 4×100-meter relay. Morgan, Lowery, Schiciano, and senior Lorenzo Casanova ran the 4×200-meter relay in 1:37.99 seconds.

    “I feel really pleased about those three events,” said Morgan, who also finished in ninth place in the 100-meter dash. “It gives me a lot of confidence, especially for my 4×100 team because we ran against some really good teams and I know we’ll get a lot better by the next one.”

    Schiciano finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.41 seconds, seventh in the long jump with a best jump of 18-feet, 5-inches, and he ran a leg in the 4×100-meter relay.

    Senior Camden Cantrell, Lowery, and Casanova each scored in two events.

    Cantrell placed sixth in the high jump (5-8) and was second in the 110-meter hurdles (17.53). Lowery placed in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays and Casanova ran in the 4×200 and also placed eighth in the long jump (18-1 ¼).

    Sophomore Connor Sartain placed eighth in the pole vault (9-8) and the Rangers’ 4×800-meter relay team placed seventh with a time of 9:43.87. Seniors David Valksnoras and Mark Soucek, sophomore Troy Federici, and freshman Xavier Adams competed in that event.

    Anthony placed in three relays.

    She teamed up with senior Michaela Herbert, junior Sydney Helm, and Brennen Herbert to finish fifth in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 55.74 seconds. That same group placed sixth in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 2:03.08, and Anthony and freshmen Alexis Panzarella, Dionna Chaney, and Annie Gillespie placed seventh in the 4×4 with a time of 5:01.72.

    “I was extremely satisfied considering this was the first meet of the season and I think there is a lot more success to come,” Anthony said. “In all of my relays, my team worked extremely well together but there is always room to improve, and we will continue to work hard throughout the season. The performance from the first invitational gives not just me confidence in myself, but in my teammates as well. It raises the morale and makes everyone excited to show up including myself.”

    Brennen Herbert also placed in the 100-meter dash. She ran a time of 14.67 seconds to finish eighth.

    Sophomore Ella Zappola, Helm, Michaela Herbert, and senior Abigale Zappola each placed in two events.

    Ella Zappola was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.80) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.97). Helm and Michael Herbert both competed in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays. Abigale Zappola finished sixth in the high jump (4-10) and pole vault (6-6).

    Freshman Ava Davis placed seventh in the high jump (4-8).



    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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