Berea-Midpark track and field closed out the Southwestern Conference Championships on Friday. The boys team finished second overall with a total of 102 points behind Amherst Steele who won with 113 points. The girls team took second with 126 points. Avon claimed the girls title with a total of 142.5 points.
The Titans brought home 10 first place medals after the two day championship meet.
Morgan Jankowski’s day two performance was simply amazing for the Titans. Her title in the 3200m run on Friday was her second consecutive title in the event at the SWC meet. Jankowski started fast and never looked back clocking a time of 11:30.64 on her way to a win in the event. She lowered her 3200m time fifteen seconds from last season’s victory. Jankowski also won the 1600m run (5:12.23) and the 800m run (2:17.27). She also helped the 4×800 relay team with teammates Megan Thai, Kenzie Howard and Shura Ermakov set a meet record by winning the race in 9:26.51 on Wednesday. Jankowski is now a five-time Southwestern Conference champion.
Shura Ermakov added to her champion hardware, winning three events. Winning the 300m hurdles on Friday with her time of 44.50, Ermakov is now a two-time champion in the event. A part of the winning 4×800 relay team and the 4×400 relay team with Howard, Brooke Kosakowski and Thai (4:01.89), Ermakov is now a four-time Southwestern Conference champion.
Mia Vargo earned her second SWC title on Wednesday in the high jump. The senior cleared 5-04 for the second year in a row to win the event on Wednesday. Freshman Faith Kingsley finished second in the high jump after clearing 5-00. She grabbed two conference titles of her own on Friday in her first year with the varsity track team. In the long jump, Kingsley defeated Avon senior Elizabeth Flynn by three inches with her jump of 17-01.00. The freshman picked up her second gold of the afternoon in the 100m hurdles winning by two-tenths of a second with her time of 15.95.
On the boys side, the Titans earned 102 points, highlighted by high jump champion Kai Yee. The junior won the event after clearing 6-00 on his first attempt and watching each of his competitors fail to clear the height. The Titans also earned key field points in the pole vault and long jump. Justin Muchewicz finished second in the pole vault after clearing 13-06. Luke Wolak spanned a distance of 21-00.50 in the long jump, earning him a third place finish.
The Orange and Blue had three relay teams finish in the top three. The 4×400 relay of Ian Daugherty, Kyle Rhoades, Zach Eble and Anthoney Miller finished in second behind Lakewood by 0.06 seconds after crossing the finish line in a photo finish in 3:30.85. The same team ran the 4×200 and finished in second with their time of 1:31.71. Ryan Rivera, ShaDaryll Clark, Dominic Zarzycki-Hall and Gabe Sanchez finished third in the 4×100 relay after posting a time of 44.67.
Berea-Midpark had two top three finishes in the sprint events. Rivera had the fourth fastest time in the 100m dash heading into the finals on Friday and finished third with a time of 11.60. Kyle Rhoades ran an impressive 22.89 in the 200m dash to finish third.
In the distance events, Ethan Bradt ran an impressive 3200m run, finishing third behind this year’s SWC Cross Country Champion Josh Hill and runner-up Joe Backus. Bradt crossed the finish line in 10:06. Ty Treiber finished the 800m run in fourth after posting a time of 2:00.96.
Daugherty added eight more team points for the Titans with his second place finish in the 300m hurdles. The senior crossed the finish line in 39.22.
The Berea-Midpark Track and Field teams will now turn their focus on the OHSAA District Track Meet at Brunswick High School. The two day meet will kick off on Wednesday May 15th with field events beginning at 4:00 pm and track events starting at 5:00pm.