Local athletes shine at Stark County Track & Field meet


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Minerva's Hera Hoffee leads the field in the 4x800 Stark County championship race. (JMN Photo | Jordan Miller)
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Hundreds of athletes and spectators toughed out the rain Saturday afternoon at Perry High School for the Stark County track and field championships.

Minerva’s girls 4×800 team of Hera Hoffee, Hannah Ison, Annabelle Crissman and Kayla Crissman dominated the field, winning the event in 9:54.03 – :11 better than the competition. GlenOak finished second with a time of 10:05.05.

“Hera Hoffee went out and had us a big lead with a 2:23 split. The other girls continued to build off of that momentum and we remained in first the next three legs of the race,” Minerva Head Coach Olivia Scott said. “I am super proud of them. A 9:53 is a great time so early in the season. They will continue to do big things.”

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East Canton’s girls 4×800 relay team of Rayla Clapper, Hailey Holestine, KanRyn VanRyswyk and Audrey Wade placed 13th with a time of 13:01.26.


In the boys 4×800 race, Marlington’s team of Logan Citino, Cohen Boyce, Luke Ryan and Colin Cernansky won the race with a time of 7:56.08. Minerva’s team of Grasyn Rettig, Mason Steel, Ryan Cassidy and Rowen Hoffee posted a time of 8:36.46 to finish fifth.


East Canton’s boys team placed eighth in the event with a time of 8:56.83.

Alliance junior Brendan Zurbrugg set a personal record with a time of 14.60, winning the 110 hurdles. He also placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.20. East Canton’s Brennan Betz placed fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.82. Minerva’s Garrett Ault placed eighth with a personal best time of 16.32.

Ross Ky’Ara of St. Thomas Aquinas won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.57. Alliance’s Emmerson Frank placed seventh in the event with a time of 13.13.


Daniela Scheffler of Lake won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:07.30. East Canton’s Audrey Wade finished third with a time of 5:13.91. Bella Graham from Marlington placed fourth with a time of 5:15.78. Minerva finished with two in the top eight. Kayla Crissman (5:24.80) and Hannah Ison (5:27.23).

Marlington’s Colin Cernansky placed won the boys 1600 race with a personal best time of 4:13.84. He also won the 800 meter run. Brylan Holland of East Canton placed third in the 1600 with a time of 4:24.95.

Massillon won the boys 4×100 relay with a time of 43.55. Alliance finished fifth and East Canton placed seventh.

In the field events, Northwest’s Connor Satterfield won the discus throw with a throw of 143′ 11″. Braxton Davis finished eighth with a throw of 120′ 4″.


Alliance’s Frank placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16′ 4.5″. Minerva’s Cleo Mueller placed fifth in the event with a jump of 15′ 1.75″.

Canton South’s Xavier Williams won the boys high jump with a jump of 6′ 2″. Sandy Valley’s Jason Morris placed second with a jump of 6′ 1″.

East Canton’s Ella Carter placed second in the girls discus throw with a throw of 91″.

East Canton’s Audrey Wade placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:22.40. Gianna Ritchie of Lake Center Christian won the event with a time of 2:22.15. Minerva’s Annabelle Crissman finished fifth with a time of 2:27.79.

Marlington’s Bella Graham finished third in the 3200 with a time of 11:04.39. Minerva’s Hera Hoffee placed fourth in the event with a personal best time of 11:20.54.

Marlington’s Michael Nicholls and Nash Minor placed third and fourth, respectively, in the boys 3200. East Canton’s Holland finished sixth with a time of 9:34.98.