The Orange Lions’ track team sure was happy to be home.
Orange celebrated the Dale Kramer Relays with the girls taking second place with a score of 74 points and the boys finishing in third place with 77 points last Friday evening at Lewis Black Stadium.
“I think it helped being on our home turf because the team was really excited to be able to make us proud,” said Orange Coach Rachel Frutkin. “Dale Kramer was in attendance and they wanted to make sure that he had something to remember. I think a lot of that energy went into their performance on Friday.”
After 78 years, the Lions renamed their annual track meet in honor of longtime track coach Dale Kramer in 2021 to celebrate 61 years of devotion to the track program.
Sophomore Evelyn Campbell and her younger sister Lucy scored ten points in the 1600 meter run relay. Evelyn finished second with a time of 6:25.92 and Lucy was third with a time of 6:30.40.
The Lady Lions finished third in the 4x100 relay when the team of freshmen Elana Novak, Anna Meillat, Madelyne Pilloff and junior Nikayla Henderson set a personal record with a time of 53.84.
Orange came in third in the 4x200 relay when the quartet of freshman Cameron Norton, junior Lila Tye and seniors Peyton Weiss and Arwen Whiteman finished with a time of 2:02.22.
Senior Pannonica Silvestri, junior Meghan Zuccaro, freshman Audra Incledon and Lucy Campbell came in third place in the 4x800 relay with a time of 11:35.28.
The Lady Lions took third place in the 800 sprint medley when the team of Meillat, Novak, Henderson and freshman Ari DeMarionna Branch clocked a time of 2:04.41.
Orange clinched another third place finish in the distance medley when Lucy, Campbell, Evelyn Campbell, Zuccaro and senior Gwen Darrah ran a time of 15:09.53.
The quartet of Norton, sophomore Allison Alarafi, junior Lila Tye and senior Courtney Taylor captured third place in the 4x100 shuttle hurdle with a time of 1:14.12.
The Orange team of Darrah, Novak and Henderson scored 7.98 points in the high jump relay with Darrah clearing a height of four-feet-and-six-inches and finishing second in the event.
The pole vault relay team of seniors Katherine Hamilton and Sofia Pristash and freshman Claudia Fye scored eight points with Hamilton clearing the bar at eight feet and finishing third.
The long jump relay team of Branch, Meillat and Henderson scored 7.98 points with Branch jumping 15-feet-and-two-inches to finish third in the event.
After tying with the Wolverines for fourth place at the West Geauga relays, the Orange boys made a statement with their third place finish.
“I think the boys were hungry but I think being at home for Dale Kramer was the lightning what edged them forward,” noted Fruktin.
The 1600 relay team of junior Brian Gent and his younger brother freshman Brandon scored six points with Brian placing first with a time of 4:34.63.
The quartet of freshman Vincent Ononogbo, sophomores Cameron Evans and James Jordan and senior Nicholas Lazar came in third place in the 4x100 relays with a time of 45.81.
Seniors Joshua Joseph, Stephen Blakemore, Nolan Sindelar and sophomore Samuel Gissentaner finished as runners-up in the 4x103 weight relay with a time of 51.61.
Senior Holden Tomas, juniors Sam Russo and Sherman Page, and sophomore Beren Berber came in second place in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:37.30.
Junior Michael Robinson III, Brian, Page, and Thomas teamed up to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:45.43.
Brandon, sophomores Eddie Fatica and Gabriel Rubanenko and Brian came in third place in the 4x800 relay with a time of 9:42.10.
Lazar, Page, Russo and Ononogbo took third place in the 800 sprint medley relay with a time of 1:43.21.
Freshman Naashon Calliens teamed up with Robinson III, Thomas and Russo to take second place in the 4x110 shuttle hurdle with a time of 1:06.60.
Junior Bryant Mitchell, Jr. and freshman Bennett Thompson scored four points in the high jump relay with Mitchell finishing seventh.
Seniors Nicolas Lazar and Avi Zimmerman scored six points in the pole vault relay with Lazar finishing fourth in the event.
The team of Berber, Robinson III and junior Nicholas Nickens scored 9.99 points in the long jump relay with Berber taking first place in the event.
Seniors Stephen Blakemore and Josh Joseph, and sophomore Samuel C. Gissantenner, Jr. scored six points in the shot put relay with Blakemore finishing eighth.
The discus throw relay team of Blakemore, Joseph and sophomore Benjamin White netted six points with Blakemore finishing third in the event.
Lady Wolverines finish in third place with 64 points
To cap off their big day, Orange edged out Chagrin Valley Conference foe West Geauga by ten points.
“I saw the kids battle in a few of their events there especially in the running events. I think there were some nice battles in the sprint medley as well as a few of the other events like the 4x100,” said Lady Wolverines’ Coach Mike Taurasi. “I thought they did pretty well. We weren’t at full strength yesterday. We had some kids that were out of town for a soccer showcase tournament.”
The quartet of seniors Shannon Swinerton and Holly Hamilton, juniors Grace Laster and Gabby Gudger were runners-up in the 4x100 relay with a time of 53.07.
Junior Alyssa Mobley, sophomores Maggie Furst and Ava Ayers, and freshman Carly Irvin clocked a time of 1:04.86 to place second in the 4x103 weight relay.
Junior Haleigh Williams, sophomore Kailey Wulfert, Ayers and Gudger took fourth place in the 4x200 relays by running a time of 2:02.88.
Senior Skye Hackathorn teamed up with Laster, Swinerton and Hamilton to finish as runners-up in the 4x400 relay with a time of 2:22.12.
Freshman Campbell Henrickson, sophomore Taylor Deets, senior Julia Martinez and Hackathron captured first place in the 4x1600 relay by clocking a time of 24:15.13.
Laster, Hamilton, Gudger and Swinerton won the 800 sprint medley relay with a time of 1:57.75.
Martinez, Deets, Henrickson and Hackathron won the distance medley with a time of 14:01.27.
The team of Swinerton, Furst and Mobley scored 7.98 points in the discus throw relay with Swinerton finishing fourth overall in the event.
The Lions will compete at the Mayfield Invitational beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Mayfield High School while West Geauga will prepare for the upcoming CVC meet.