WOMEN'S TRACK TIMES HEAT UP AT COASTAL CAROLINA INVITATIONAL
The women's outdoor track team got off to a fast start at the Coastal Carolina track Invitational. The meet for Cuyahoga was highlighted by Dayvione Briggs (Cleveland Heights) who captured the 400m hurdle crown on her way to breaking the school record (1:07.58) and qualifying to the 2020 NJCAA Outdoor Track National Championship in 1:06.26. Dayvione teamed up with I'tayia Harris (Lima), Juliet Rayer (North Royalton) and Keasia Jenkins (Niles) to win the 4 X 100m relay in 50.31. I'tayia also recorded a first place finish in the 100m dash as she covered the distance in 12.63 with Keasia Jenkins right behind in 12:82. Also scoring on the track was Dayvione Briggs finishing 4th in the 100m hurdles in 15.28, Hope Brown (Berea-Midpark) finishing 4th in the 5000m in 19:58.7 and Claudia Mendek finishing a tough double by scoring 3rd in the 10,000m in 42:40.7 and 5th in the 3000m steeplechase. In the field events, Dayvione captured 4th in both the long and triple jumps while Ellexis Tracy's throw of 124' 5" was good for 5th in the hammer. The women ran together in the 300m run as Hannah Heath (Black River) took 6th place followed by Kristen van't Veer in 8th, Samantha Agresta (Berea-Midpark) in 9th and Katie Williams (Massillion) in 10th.
CUYAHOGA WOMEN GO THE DISTANCE AT NJCAA INDOOR TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The women's track team finished strong to wrap up the 2020 indoor track season with quality track performances at the NJCAA Indoor Track National Championship held at Liberty University. The distance medley relay team of Hailey Vitolo (Perry), Dayvione Briggs (Cleveland Heights), Juliet Rayer (North Royalton) and Hannah Heath (Black River) placed 12th to match their qualifying national ranking, finishing in 13:28.22. Claudia Mendek (North Royalton) followed the DMR performance with a 12th place finish in the 5000m run. Claudia's 19:05.7 time was a personal indoor best time as she just missed the outdoor qualifying standard of 19:00.00. On day two of the competition, Dayvione Briggs finished 12th in the women's triple jump.
The team opens it's outdoor track season next week as they travel to Myrtle Beach for the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
CUYAHOGA WOMEN FINISH STRONG AT MOUNT UNION
The women's track team used the running events to prepare for the upcoming outdoor track season as the team had high finishes in several events at the Mount Union Tune Up indoor track meet. Dayvione Briggs (Cleveland Heights) placed 3rd in the 60m hurdles in 9.38 with teammate I'Tayia Harris (Lima) covering the distance in 10.01, good for 9th place. The distance medley relay composed of Hannah Heath (Black River), Dayvione Briggs, Juliet Rayer (North Royalton) and Claudia Mendek (North Royalton) captured 1st place in a time of 13:34.0. Earning the runner up spot in the 4 X 200m relay was the team of I'Tayia Harris, Sydney Patterson (Lorain), Madison Tasich (Tallmadge) and Keasia Jenkins (Niles). I'tayia Harris also finished 4th in the 400m dash in 1:03.4. Teammates Dayvion Briggs earned 5th place in the 500m with Juliet Rayer right behind in 6th place. Hannah Heath recorded a 5th place finish in the 1000m run followed by Hope Brown (Berea-Midpark) in 9th place.
The team travels to Coastal Carolina to begin their outdoor season on March 13th and 14th. The team in the interim will be participating at the NJCAA Indoor Track National Championship, hosted by Liberty University. Representing Cuyahoga and currently ranked 22nd in the country will be Claudia Mendek who will compete in the 5000m run. Dayvione Briggs is ranked 11th and will compete in the women's triple jump. The distance medley relay team of Hailey Vitolo (Perry), Dayvione Briggs, Juliet Rayer and Hannah Heath is currently ranked 13th and will compete in the DMR at Liberty.
CUYAHOGA WOMEN SHOW BALANCE IN CAPTURING NJCAA REGION XII INDOOR TRACK TITLE
The Cuyahoga women's team displayed great balance across the sprints, field and distance events to repeat as NJCAA Region XII Indoor Track Champions. The team garnered 106 points to top the field followed by runner up Muskegon Community College with 27 points. The team got off to a quick start in the field events with Dayvione Briggs (Cleveland Heights) claiming both the long and triple jump individual titles. Ellexis Tracy (Brookside) took 1st place in the shot while fellow teammate Journee Carnegie (Berea-Midpark) won the 20 lb weight throw with a toss of 42'.
In the sprints, Keasia Jenkins (Niles) captured the 60m dash in 8.15 and the 200m. Dayvione Briggs followed her double event win the long and triple jump with a double vent win on the track with a first place time of 9.30 in the 60m hurdles and a win in the 400m dash.
In the distance events, Juliet Rayer (North Royalton) took top spot in the 800m with a time of 2:32.00 while teammate Claudia Mendek, also of North Royalton won the 5000m run in 19:37.00. Hannah Heath (Black River) took the top spot in the 3000m run in 11:27.31. In the final event, the 4 X 400m relay team of Juliet Rayer, I'Tayia Harris (Lima), Keasia Jenkins and Dayvione Briggs finished in first place.
CROSS COUNTRY TEAM PLACES THIRD NATIONALLY IN TEAM GPA
The Cuyahoga women's cross country team placed third in the country with a team GPA of 3.81 according to NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association statistics. Six members of the team earned Academic All-America recognition. Earning All-America status were Claudia Mendek and Juliet Rayer of North Royalton, Smantha Agresta and Dana Miller of Berea-Midpark, Kristen van't Veer of Ashtabula and Sarah Shahan of Middlefield). This marks the third time in the last four years that the team has finished with a GPA in the top 5 nationally and the 5th year in a row the team has achieved Academic Team of the Year honors.
RELAY TEAMS LEAD THE WAY AT MOUNT UNION
The women's 4 X200m relay finished second while the 4 X 400m relay placed 4th at the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted by the University of Mount Union. The 4 X 200m team of Dayvione Briggs (Cleveland Hts.), Juliet Rayer (North Royalton), I'Tayia Harris (Lima) and Keasia Jenkins (Niles) covered the distance in 1:51.1. In the 4 X 400m relay, Briggs, Rayer and Harris teamed up with Sarah Shahan to claim 4th place in 4:25.6. In the distance events, Claudia Mendek (North Royalton) finished 9th in the mile in 5:47.5 and also placed 3rd in the 5000m in 19:25.0. Hannah Heath (Black River) placed 6th in the 10000m in 3:29.4, followed by Kristen van't Veer (Ashtabula) in 7th in 3:34.0 and Smantha Agresta (Berea-Midpark) finishing 9th in 3:44.0.
In the field events, Dayvione Briggs placed 9th in the long jump and 5th in the triple jump.
In the throws, Ellexis Tracy (Brookside) placed 11th in the shot with a toss of 34' 11" and teammate Journee Carnegie (Berea-Midpark) threw the 20 lb weight 41' 10 3/4" for 11th place.
WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK TEAM OFF TO RUNNING START AT OTTERBEIN
The Cuyahoga women's indoor track team started it's indoor season of competition at Otterbein University and had numerous individual top 10 places of finish.
The throws competition saw A"Daya Lemon (Euclid) reach 36' in the shot put for a 9th place finish. A'Daya also placed 10th in the weight throw with a 36' 9" throw. Teammate Journee Carnegie (Berea-Midpark) captured 9th place in the weight throw with a toss of 41' 10 3/4".
On the track, Keasia Jenkins (Niles) finished 4th in the 60m dash in 8.12 and 5th in the 200m in 27.93. In the 60m hurdles, I'Tayia Harris (Lima) finished 8th in 10.21. The 4 X 200m relay team of Sydney Patterson (Lorain), Juliet Rayer (North Royalton), I'Tayia Harris and Keasia Jenkins placed 3rd in 1:54.7 while the 4 X 400m relay team of Juliet Rayer, I'Tayia Harris, Sydney Patterson and Sarah Shahan (Middlefield Cardinal) finished 4th. In the distance events, Claudia Mendek (North Royalton finished in 9th position in the 5000m run finishing in 19:35.0. Samantha Agresta took 9th place in the 1000m run with a time of 3:37.7.
The team travels to the University of Mount Union in two weeks to compete in the Mount Union Jim Wuske Indoor Track Invitational.