The Jumping group is looking very good with lots of potential. On the girls side we have 2 returners Alyssa Kassouf and Emma McGoun. Our new recruits on both the boys and the girls look very promising so far, with Brandon Bulatovich, and Matthew Lam. The newer girls that look to help us out this year are Kellie Vraja, Anna Scherler, and Naija Graham. The Hurdler crew has already been working very hard to get into season form with our practices and will be helped with newcomer Larisa Irodia, and Brandon Bulatovich.
The Patriots boys distance track team is led by cross country runners Nic Hakimian (SR), Nate Demarest (FR), Nate Chilia (SR) and Bradley Burk (JR). Hakimian went into the 2020-21 school year with the goal of post season in cross country, swimming, and track. The 50 free state qualifier will see how far he can advance in the 2 mile. There are several underclassmen that have not competed at the high school level due Covid-19 cancelling the 2020 track season. Sophomores Collin Brill, Elijah Leiner Crespo, and Mason Fox in particular have been looking forward to running the mid distance events.
Missing the seniors from cross country, the Patriot girls distance track team is young and inexperienced but eager to race. Emma McGoun (JR) is the most experienced. She had a strong showing in the 800 as a freshman at the 2019 GLC Championship. Her 800 will continue to improve as she gains endurance, strength, and confidence in racing. Two other Lady Patriots who will make a big impact are Cassidy Cook (SO) and Gabi Supelak (FR). The girls team will be trying different mid distance and distance events throughout the season to figure out the best fit.
The sprint team consists of many new faces that will all contribute this season. The boys team will look to Jr’s Eddie Starks, Trell Marks, Josh Engel, Chris Sledge, and Anthony Janowski for leadership and strong performances in the 400 and 800 meter relays. Sophomore’s Brandon Bulatovich, Justice Mansu, and Adam Lahner will compete in a variety of events. Freshman Daniel Scheffler and Jacob Tvrdik, will compete in the open 100 & 200 and push for a spot in the relay teams. The girls team is led by Senior Sara Matthias (100 / 200 meter) and Larisa Irodia (200 & 400 meter). Junior’s Gia Germana, Kellie Vraja, and Alyssa Kassouf will compete in the 400, 800, and 1600 meter relay teams. The team also will rely on a strong group of freshman led Lexi Roth, Mariah Kammer, Leah Plum, and Allie Golaboff.
After a year off, the throwers return to action. They are a younger group, but there is real talent in the Mix. Sophomore Kailey Quinones leads the pack so far in shot put, after taking first place at Olmsted Falls over the weekend. Classmate Jurnee Amill is right behind her and looks to set the bar in the Discus. She scored 4th place in both events over the weekend.
Sophomore Neyzer Ruz is new to throwing but his strength and hard work has him holding his own with more experienced athletes. Dillon Smith and Jacob Tvrdik are also making great progress early this season.
The pole vault team consists of three first year vaulters: Anna Scherler, Noell Sebastian, and Yasmyn Freeman. All three look to set PR’s throughout the season.