Girard's Cachet Murray, Maplewood's Jen Grayson and Springfield's Nick Panezich leave a tough act to follow.
By MARK W. MILLER
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
YOUNGSTOWN -- Among the area athletes in the Vindicator's final 2005 top track marks' list are senior and four-year state qualifiers Cachet Murray of Girard, Jennifer Grayson of Maplewood and Nick Panezich of Springfield.
No strangers to the list, they represent a continuing trend of outstanding track and field performers that give future athletes a solid standard of times, heights and distances to try and improve on.
A year ago high school athletes in eight boys and three girls events bettered top track marks established in 2003. This past season, the track marks in 13 girls and 11 boys events bettered those of 2004.
Tough act to follow
Murray, the best female athlete in Girard history, leaves a tough act to follow in the 100 and 200 sprints, relays and long jump.
The past four years at state, Murray's 10-for-10 individual wins set a precedent that may stand, in any division, for years to come.
Although she shared the area's best time in the 100 meters (12 seconds) with Chaney's Latalia Jones this year, Murray's 2004 state record (11.8) is the standard for future athletes to shoot for.
She had the area's best time (24.7) in the 200 this year, but set a state record a year ago at state (24.05). She bettered the area's best 2004 long jump (19 feet, 11/4 inch) with a winning (19-71/2) jump at the state meet.
Panezich won Div. III state titles in the shot and discus last year. He repeated in the shot at Columbus last week, but placed second in the discus. His heave earlier this season of 60 feet, 7 inches was the area's best toss.
He had the best throw in the discus (190) just missing his 2004 effort of 192.
In four Div. III state appearances, Grayson won the 2004 high jump with a record (5-71/2). Her jump of 5-5 was the area's best this season and she had the top 100 hurdles time -- 14.9 seconds -- which bettered last year's (15.0). She was All-Ohio in 10 events at the state meet during her career.
Poland High senior Colleen Moran, a Div. II state qualifier and a veteran distance runner, completed an outstanding career for the Bulldogs with the area's top marks in the 1600 (5:09) and 3200 (11:23.4), surpassing 2004 efforts of 5:14 and 11:40 respectively.
Senior Angelene Cicero of Warren JFK repeated as the Div. III state 300 hurdles champ with the area's top time (43.8) that bettered her 2004 mark (44.7).
Boardman's Brooke Katzman, a senior, had the best toss in the shot (41-61/2) topping the 40-1/2 effort last year.
Canfield's Natasha Kassim's throw (135-2) in the discus bettered the 2004 throw (124-2). Teammate Stephanie Jarvis, a senior, cleared 10-7 in the pole vault, which topped her 9-9 effort last year.
McKenzie Wallace of West Branch ran the fastest 800 (2:15.6). The best effort in 2004 was 2:16.
The area's best marks in girls' relays this season were by Chaney in the 4x100 (49.3) and 4x200 (1:44.5); Poland in the 4x800 (9:34) and Boardman in the 4x400 (3:58.3) which bettered last year's times of 49.9, 1:46, 9:44 and 4:01.
Lordstown's Tom Andriko posted the area's top 800 time (1:53.3) in winning the Div. III event at state. He also anchored the Red Devils' 4x800 relay to a state title. The two events won were the first ever in the history of the school for any sport. The area's best 800 time last year was 1:57.8.
Warren Harding's Benja'Lan Provitt won the 200 meters (21.4) in Div. I at the state meet. He also had the best 100 time (10.5). The top efforts in the 200 and 100 a year ago were 22.1 and 10.7.
The area's best times in boys' relays were by Boardman's 4x800 (9:55); Struthers' 4x200 (1:28.6) and 4x400 (3:21) and Warren Harding's 4x100 (42.2), which bettered 2004 efforts of 9:59, 1:29.5, 3:26 and 43.0.