The Saint Joseph Academy track & field team opened its season on Saturday with a 1st place finish at the 62nd annual Longstreth Relays, held at Western Reserve Academy. The Jaguars (82 points), who won five events on the day, finished six points ahead of Akron Hoban (76) and 12 ahead of third-place Alliance Marlington (70 points). There were 11 girls teams in the field at the all-relay meet.
“We’re really excited to win our first meet of the season,” said first-year head coach Joe Magill. “Despite missing a few key components due to spring break, we were able to give a strong showing. Several athletes stepped up, including some who were experiencing high school track and field for the first time. I really can’t think of a better way for us to start the season.”
The team of Emma Pesicka (96 feet, 10 inches), Madison Wilson (85-7) and Alyssa Kiss-Benke (66-8) won the discus with a total of 249-1.
Emma Pesicka (35-4) and Madison Wilson (31-4) then teamed with Terriona Lee (24-5) to win the shot put with a total of 91-1.
Natalie Larkman (9-6), Grace Semon (8-0) and Maeve Kelley (6-6) combined to win the pole vault with a total of 24 feet. Natalie’s clearance was an all-time best for her.
The SJA distance runners won two events: Amanda Keim (5:38.6), Caitlyn Walsh (5:52.8), Sydney Seymour (5:18.9) and Annie Allen (5:23.5) won the 4×1600-meter relay with an overall time of 22:13.8. The distance medley relay and the distances run were 800-400-1200-1600. The team consisted of Amanda Keim (2:37.9), Maddie Cmolik (1:17.9), Sydney Seymour (3:58.9) and Annie Allen (5:28.1), who combined for a time of 13:22.8.
The Jaguars finished second in the high jump, where Maille Drellishak (4-3), Riley Drellishak (4-0) and Maddie Cmolik (4-0) jumped a combined 12-3.