Orange senior Eddie Harrell was the meet MVP, and deservedly so, but the depth of Lion sprinters was too much for Geneva to handle during the Chagrin Valley Conference track and field championship last week in Pepper Pike.
A double-event champ, Harrell defended his league title in the 800-meter run in 2:01.13 to fend off Geneva senior Forrest Long by 1.12 seconds. And Harrell won the 1,600 run in 4:33.64, besting Geneva junior Jacob Mirabell by 1.62 seconds.
Both victories helped key the Orange boys repeat CVC title with 136 1/2 points, besting runner-up Geneva, 124 points, third-place Perry, 88 points, and the rest of the eight-team field. Chagrin Falls finished fourth with 78 points.
The runner-up Eagles were attempting to take back their banner from 2017, but the host Lions didn’t budge behind a trifecta in the sprint relays, outscoring Geneva, 30-16, with their four-by-100, -200 and -400 quartets.
Specifically in the four-by-400 relay, Orange’s foursome of senior Armon Frey, junior Brian Pernell, junior Michael McNeil and Harrell clocked a 3:29.01 to defeat runner-up Geneva by 2.88 seconds and ice the cake.
In the four-by-100 relay, McNeil, sophomore Gregory Beard, junior Josh Daniel and junior Diante White circled their home quarter mile in 44.44 seconds to defeat runner-up Perry by 1.02 seconds.
And in the four-by-200 relay, Beard, Daniel, White and Frey clocked a triumphant 1:33.46 to best runner-up Harvey by 1.44 seconds.
The host Lions also cleaned up with Frey and Pernell in the hurdles.
In the 110 highs, Frey took first in 15.62 seconds, and Pernell was runner-up in 16.05 seconds. And in the 300 intermediates, Pernell took first in 40.25 seconds, while Frey was runner-up in 40.96 seconds for a solid 36 points in those two events.
It took 39.60 seconds to punch a state berth in the 300 hurdles out of the Division II Austintown Region last year, but the top five guys in that race all graduated.
Leading Orange in the field, junior Justin Pilloff cleared 13 feet in the pole vault to finish runner-up to Perry freshman Javin Richards’ clearance of 13 feet, 3 inches, and Lion senior Donald Hughes took third in the long jump at 20 feet, 10 1/2 inches.
Back-boning Chagrin Falls, meanwhile, senior Mick Lawrence won the 100 dash in 11.20 seconds, edging Orange’s Beard, 11.22 seconds, Chagrin sophomore teammate Camron O’Connor, 11.23 seconds, and Hawken junior Mikhail Stiffler, 11.35 seconds.
Lawrence also won the 200 dash in 22.61 seconds, edging Geneva junior runner-up Dakota Harvey, 22.63 seconds and third-place Stiffler, 22.97 seconds, while O’Connor took fifth in 23.64 seconds.
In the 400 dash, Beachwood junior Langston Gaines-Smith clocked a triumphant 51.51 seconds, while West Geauga senior Mario Ghosn, 51.65 seconds, Chagrin’s O’Connor, 51.97 seconds, West G sophomore Patrick Garrett, 52.40 seconds, and Orange’s McNeil, 53.31 seconds, went two-three-four-five.
Chagrin was also led by senior Duncan Taber’s third-place finish in the 800 run in 2:02.76, while West Geauga junior Joey Tirabasi took fifth in 2:04.21.
In the 1,600 run, West G sophomore John Patterson took fourth in 4:38.26, Chagrin sophomore Hunter Longo was fifth in 4:43.79 and Chagrin junior Tyler Feeney was sixth in 4:45.69.
Leading the Wolverines with the distance double, Patterson went on to finish runner-up in the 3,200 run in 10:20.84, bested by Harvey sophomore JT Basco’s 10:17.85, while fellow West G sophomore Kenneth Kirk took fifth in 10:59.98.
In the four-by-800 relay, Geneva took first in 8:12.27, while West Geauga’s quartet of Garrett, Patterson, Tirabasi and Kirk finished runners-up in 8:21.46, and Chagrin’s quartet of Taber, Longo, senior Marshall Sadowski and Feeney took third in 8:33.29.
The Tigers also took third in the four-by-200 relay with O’Connor, junior Paul Fierman, junior Andrew Zimmer and Lawrence clocking a 1:36.01.
Standouts for Hawken School, senior Michael Snyder cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump by 3 inches, while junior William Lindsey took third in the shot put at 45 feet, 6 inches and fourth in the discus throw at 133 feet, 11 inches.
Also scoring points for Orange, meanwhile, White took sixth in the 100 dash in 11.54 seconds and sixth in the 200 dash in 23.73 seconds; Daniel took seventh in the 200 dash in 24.85 seconds, after going 23.60 seconds in prelims; sophomore Victor Ononogbo took seventh in the 400 dash in 54.24 seconds; junior Omer Sarig took seventh in the 800 run in 2:09.65; junior Myles King took sixth in the discus throw at 122 feet, 11 inches, while sophomore Steve Daly was seventh in 116 feet, 1 inch; junior Christian Davis was seventh in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches; and freshman Nicolas Lazer took seventh in the pole vault at 8 feet.
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place points added up for the Lions, who outscored runner-up Geneva by 11 1/2 points with those efforts.
Adding up points for Chagrin Falls, junior Brian Lordan took fifth in the pole vault at 11 feet, while sophomore Michael Tropf was sixth at 10 feet, 6 inches; senior Thomas Wirbel took sixth in the 3,200 run in 11:09.32, and senior Jacob Freese took eighth in 11:11.87; sophomore Andrew Neimeier took seventh in the 110 hurdles in 17.27 seconds; Lawrence finished seventh in the long jump at 19 feet, 1/4 inch; and Sadowski took eighth in the 800 run in 2:11.72.
And getting those second-tier points for West Geauga, sophomore Peter Sanelli took seventh in the 300 hurdles in 44.14 seconds; senior Gabriel Phan took seventh in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches; and Ghosn took eighth in the 100 dash in 11.71 seconds.
Up next, Orange, West Geauga and Hawken will compete at the Division II Perry District on Thursday and Saturday, while Chagrin Falls will compete at the Division II Bedford District.