The women’s 2018 track team opened their indoor season of competition at the Otterbein Invitational on Saturday, January 13th. The team scored 92 points on their way to a runner up finish to host school Otterbein. The meet started with Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) winning the long jump with a leap of 16’. Taylor Wilson (Eastlake) took 5th place in the 20 lb weight throw with a toss of just over 39’.
On the track, Kamry Brown (Lima, Ohio) won the 200m dash in 27.46 and was the 60m runner up in 8.23. After winning the long jump, Chanavier Robinson finished 4th in the 60m with a time of 8.24. In the 400m, Naomi Walker (North Olmsted) finished in the runner up spot covering the 400m in 1:03.9. Naomi was followed by Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge) in 4th, Chanavier Robinson 5th and Angela Tiboni (Fairview Park) 6th. Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown) was the runner up in the 1000m run in 3:25.19. Caroline Lapish (Madison) finished 6th in the mile at 5:36.7 and the 3000m 11:38.5. Other 6th place finishes were recorded by Taylor Badamo (North Royalton) in the 500m and Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) 800m. The team travels to Tiffin University on Saturday, January 20th to compete in the Tiffin Dragon Invitational.
Distance Medley Relay, High Jump Events Shine at Tiffin University Invitational
The Cuyahoga women’s track team got off to a fast start in the first event of the Tiffin Dragon Indoor Track Invitational. The distance medley relay team ran 10 seconds under the national qualifying standard of 13:29 to qualify to the 2018 NJCAA National Indoor Track Championship to be held at Texas Tech in early March. The DMR was composed of Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown) who ran the opening 1200m leg in 4:12. Sonnie was followed by Kamry Brown (Lima) with a 400m time of 1:01.00, Shelbie Sprocich (Ashtabula) in the 800m in 2:32.00 and Caroline Lapish (Madison) in the 1600m with a time of 5:34.00. Not to be outdone, Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge)won the high jump while posting a high jump clearance of 5’ 5 3/8” to also qualify to the NJCAA National Championship.
Other scoring performances at Tiffin was Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) in the 60m dash, finishing in 6th place with a time of 8.15 while also capturing 3rd place in the long jump with a leap of 16’ 7” and 5th place in the triple jump. Naomi Walker (North Olmsted) finished 4th in the 400m dash in 1:04.6 while teammate Zakiyah Wesley finished 6th in the 300m in 45.51. Kamry Brown came back from her national qualifying performance in the DMR to place 7th in the 200m dash and Caroline Lapish came back to take 9th place in the 300m run in 11:21.6. The women’s 4 X 400m relay of Naomi Walker, Zakiyah Wesley, Vanessa Lane and Kamry Brown completed the final event of the day with a 4th place finish.
Women's Track Team Shows Steady Improvement At University of Findlay Elite Meet
The Challenger women continued to lower individual running times while eclipsing marks in the field events as they prepare for NJCAA Region XII competition in February. Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) placed 3rd in the long jump with a personal best jump of 17’ 6 ¾” and 8th in the triple jump. Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge) continued her steady performance in the high jump with a 4th place clearance of 5’ 3”.
On the track, Chanavier Robinson placed 9th in the 60m dash in a personal best time of 8.18. In other sprint events, Kamry Brown (Lima) placed 7th in the 400m dash in a season best 1:01.3 and teammate Naomi Wlaker (North Olmsted) took 4th place in the 600m in 1:47.4. In the distance events, Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) placed 9th in the 800m and 5000m while Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown) placed 6th in the 1000m run in 3:15.6. In the 3000m run, Caroline Lapish (Madison) placed 4th with a season best time of 11:06.6. The team travels next to the University of Mount Union to compete at the Jum Wuske Indoor Track Invitational on Saturday, February 3rd.
Field Event Performances Shine at Mount Union Indoor Track Invitational
Strong performances in the field events highlighted the Cuyahoga women’s indoor track team overall effort at the Jim Wuske Mount Union Indoor Track Invitational. The jumps turned out being the team strength at Mount Union with the Challengers taking first place in two of the three jumping events. Taking the women’s long jump with a leap of 17’ 7” was Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna). In the high jump, Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge) was the only jumper over 5’ 3 ¼”.
On the track, Chanavier Robinson claimed 8th place in the 60m dash with a time of 8.16. The highlight for the team on the track was Caroline Lapish’s (Madison) assault on the 3000m national qualifying standard. Caroline’s 10:51.4 was well under the qualifying standard of 11:02.24. The team travels to Baldwin Wallace University next week for its final indoor competitive tune up before the NJCAA Region XII Championships on February 17th.
Challenger Women Place 2nd out of 16 Teams at Baldwin Wallace Indoor Track Invitational/Final Tune up for NJCAA Region XII
The Cuyahoga Women’s Indoor Track team finished second behind West Virginia Wesleyan at the Baldwin Wallace Mid February Indoor track meet held on February 9th. The team used balanced scoring between the field events, sprints and distance races to propel themselves to the runner up position in team scoring.
The field events once again saw Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge) and Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) each place second in their specialty events, the high jump and long jump. In the sprints, Chanavier Robinson captured 4th place in the 55m dash and 2nd in the 200m. The 500m dash was won by Naomi Walker (North Olmsted) with a time of 1:23.3. Also, winning their event was Kamry Brown capturing the 400m dash in 1:00.2. Other Challenger women that scored in the sprints included Zakiyah Wesley (Parma), 6th in the 55m, and 9th in the 400m. Vanessa Lane finished 4th in the 500m run in 1:33.2 and finishing 6th was Kayla Reed (Parma) in 1:41.8
Not to be outdone, the distance events featured several personal best marks by the Challenger women. Shelbie Sporcich (Cuyahoga) captured 2nd place in the 800m run with a career best indoor time of 2:29.3. Jordan Kati (Eastlake) also ran a career best indoor 5000m time of 20:59.1 in finishing 3rd. Other scorers included 5th place finishes for both Caroline Lapish (Madison) in the mile and Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown) in the 1000m run. The team faces NJCAA competition next weekend at the NJCAA Region XII Indoor track Cahmpionships.
Cuyahoga Women Repeat as NJCAA Region XII Indoor Track Champions
The Cuyahoga women’s indoor track team put it all together at the NJCAA Region XII Indoor Track Championship earning the Region XII team championship placing in front of runner up Vincennes University, Macomb and Muskegon community colleges. In the field events, Region XII tiles were won by Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge) in the high jump (5’ 3 ¼”) and Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) in the long jump 17’ 7”. Taylor Wilson (Eastlake) placed 2nd in the weight throw (41’ 5 ¾”). On the track, Caroline Lapish (Madison) led a sweep of the first three Region XII places in the 5000m followed by Jordan Kati (Eastlake) and Tania French (Berea). In the 60m hurdles, Vanessa Lane led a Tri-C sweep followed by Taylor Badamo (North Royalton) and Kayla Reed (Parma). Chanavier Robinson earned a second regional crown by winning the 60m dash in a season best 7.96. Chanavier was followed by 3rd place finisher Kamry Brown (Lima) and 4th place finisher DeLisha McMiller (Streetsboro). Kamry Brown also won the 400m (1:01.2) and 200m dash (27.35). Also in the 400m, Zakiyah Wesley (Parma) claimed the runner up spot followed by Jocelyn Foster (Bedford) and Taylor Badamo. In the 200m, Chanavier Robinson was the runner up followed by Zakiyah Wesley and Taylor Badamo. In the last distance event of the meet, Caroline Lapish added the 3000m crown to her 5000m title winning in 11:01.0, followed by 3rd place finisher Jordan Kati and Tania French.
REGION XII CHAMPIONS
- High Jump/60m Hurdles Vanessa Lane
- Long Jump/60m Chanavier Robinson
- 3000m/5000m Caroline Lapish
- 200m/400m Kamry Brown
Cuyahoga NJCAA Indoor Track National Qualifiers
Following a strong NJCAA Region XII Indoor Track Championship performance, several Challenger women will be representing Cuyahoga Community College at the NJCAA Indoor Track National Championship which will be held at Texas Tech, March 2nd & 3rd. Leading the women and currently ranked 6th in the country in the high jump with a leap of 5’ 5 ¼” is Vanessa Lane (Tallmadge). The other field event performer will be Chanavier Robinson (Ravenna) in the long jump (17’ 7”) who is currently ranked 16th on the NJCAA performance list. The distance medley relay team of Sonnie Sauvinsky (Rootstown), Kamry Brown (Lima), Shelbie Sporcich (Ashtabula) and Caroline Lapish (Madison) have the 10th best time in the NJCAA with a 13:11.05. Coming back to run in open individual events after running the DMR will be Caroline Lapish in the 3000m (currently ranked 14th in the NJCAA), Sonnie Sauvinsky ranked 25th in the 1000m run in 3:13.5 and Kamry Brown in the 400m with a season best time of 59.45.