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GlenOak girls maintain perfect streak at Stark County track and field championships

GlenOak's Nora Salem passes the baton to Jada Ames in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the Stark County Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

GlenOak’s Nora Salem passes the baton to Jada Ames in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the Stark County Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

PERRY TWP. — Their perfect streak remains intact.

Here’s one more thing to say about the GlenOak girls track and field team’s undefeated run in 2024. The past two weekends have featured notable victories.

The Golden Eagles pulled away late to win the team title at Saturday’s Stark County Championships. That victory followed another impressive win at the 34-team Second Sole Eagle Elite Meet they hosted last week.

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“All these undefeated wins just give us the confidence we need going into the postseason,” said junior Sophia Ngetich. “We just really need to do what GlenOak knows how to do.”

All the Golden Eagles have done is win. Their doubles match record in the Federal League is unblemished. They also won invitations to Avon Lake and Cleveland Heights.

Any doubts about how good GlenOak really is were put to rest last week and Saturday.

“At Eagle Elite we competed against some competitive teams and still came out on top,” Ngetich said. “That gave us the confidence we needed going into this game.”

Ngetich had a hand in three of GlenOak’s five victories on Saturday. She won the 800 and ran on the Golden Eagles’ winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Ngetich defeated Lake Center Christian’s Gianna Ritchie by 29 hundredths of a second to win the 800. Ritchie became No. 1 in the province.

“I felt really great,” Ngetich said. “I was seeded fourth but still had the mentality that I could get the win.

“This whole season I’ve been feeling really good. I honestly lost three seconds off my PR from last season. I’ve gotten so much better, so I’m really happy with that. I feel like I’ve learned to run the 800 more .I’m excited for my postseason.”

GlenOak’s other wins came from Natalie Bisesi in the pole vault and Elena Knowles in the seated shot put. Knowles’ throw of 15 feet, 10.5 inches broke a meet record.

Perry's Kyson Walker (left) competes with GlenOak's Braedon Paolini in the boys' 110-meter hurdles at the Stark County Track and Field Championships on Saturday.Perry's Kyson Walker (left) competes with GlenOak's Braedon Paolini in the boys' 110-meter hurdles at the Stark County Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Perry’s Kyson Walker (left) competes with GlenOak’s Braedon Paolini in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at the Stark County Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Perry retires to the Stark Boys Team Championship

Anchor Jayden Wilson put the finishing touches on a winning race for Perry’s 1,600 relay and a winning day for the Panthers as a whole.

Perry led most of the way, winning the boys’ team title by 23 points over Federal League rival Jackson. It is the second league title in a row for the Panthers, who went thirteen years without a title last season.

“We all ran great,” Wilson said. “I’m really proud of our guys.”

The Panthers can run, and run fast. The depth of their sprinters helped them to a victory on Saturday.

Wilson also finished first in the 400, while Carson Basham won the 200. Both are ranked No. 1 in the province in their events.

Austin Mattox, Darnell McLeod and Tristan Swallen ran with Wilson in the 1,600 relay. Among hurdlers, Kyson Walker is one of the best in the province.

Wilson also gives Perry a versatile athlete in field events. He placed second in the high jump and cleared a season-best 6 feet 10 inches.

“I like being able to be a multi-event athlete,” Wilson said. “I want to give my team as many points as possible.”

Liston Seibert gave the Panthers their other win. He joined a long list of Perry County champions in the pole vault.

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This article originally appeared on The Repository: Perry, GlenOak high schools win athletics titles in Stark County