Beacon Journal Women’s All-Star Team Buchtel, Norton, STVM, Walsh

The Beacon Journal Women’s All-Star Team for the 2021 season includes athletes from the Buchtel, Norton, St. Vincent-St. Mary and Walsh Jesuit.

Junior Buchtel DaMya Barker, Norton rookie Morgan Hallett and Walsh Jesuit senior Abby Knouff each reached first place on the podium as individual state champion, and junior Kya Epps joined three STVM teammates on a stint for first place.

Student-athletes from all schools in Summit County, as well as Highland and Wadsworth are eligible for selection to All-Star Teams.

The other eight athletes selected for the Women’s All-Star Team are Stow rookie Jayla Atkinson, Woodridge junior Izzy Best, Twinsburg senior Nighyah Carthen, Highland senior Andrea Filote, Green Olivia senior Gang, Wadsworth senior Mina Leopold and Buchtel senior Nevaeh Lewis and Woodridge rookie Reese Reaman.

Barker won two Division II State Championships to lead Buchtel to second in the team standings. Barker was first in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.75 seconds, first in the 300 hurdles in 44.35, second in the 800 relay in 1: 42.70 and second in the 1600 relay in 3: 57.50. She has also won track and field titles in City Series, district and regional championship competitions.

Lewis qualified for the Division II state competition in three events – the 100 relay, 800 and 400 relay – to help Buchtel finish second in the state competition. She was on the state’s 800 relay finalist, and her season has included successes in the City Series, district and regional championships.

Epps led STVM to third place in the Division II state competition after competing in three events. She won a state title in the 800 relay in a time of 1: 41.97 with teammates Nye Kimble, Olivia Mathis and Malaya Young, was second in 100 (12.23) and third in 200 (25.27 ). His season included victories at district and regional meetings.

Knouff concluded his senior season with a Division I state championship in the 12-foot 8-inch pole vault following strong performances in district and regional fixtures.

Hallett finished his freshman season with a Division II state championship in the shot put with a result of 43 feet, 7.5 inches and was third in discus with a throw of 140 feet, 10 inches. She has successfully gained confidence at the Metro Athletic Conference, district and regional meetings.

Woodridge teammates Best and Reaman also thrived in MAC, district and regional competitions before entering state competition.

Reaman and Best were each on the Woodridge 3,200 relay which finished third in the Division II State competition in 9: 28.60, and the 1,600 Bulldogs relay which was a qualifier for the state competition.

Reaman’s State competition included a third place in the 1600 in 5: 01.14, and Best also finished fourth in the 800 in 2: 15.00.

In addition to Knouff, the Division I state meeting also featured Atkinson, Carthen, Filote, Gang, and Leopold.

Gang finished second in the state competition, Atkinson and Filote each finished third in one event, Carthen stood out as the top pitcher, and Leopold competed in the 100, 200 and 1600 relays of the state competition. .

Gang crossed the finish line second in the 3,200 in 10: 45.23.

Atkinson was third in the 800m in 2: 11.69 and Filote third in the 100m hurdles in 14.86 seconds.

Carthen was fourth in the discus throw with a 126-8 throw and fifth in the shot put with a result of 42-6.

The following athletes were selected as honorable mention selections: Buchtel teammates Aaliyah Banks, Breanna Banks, Da’Veonna Nash, Zoe Sanders and Tayonia Whitaker; Sarah Masuoka from Copley; Grace Lowe of Cuyahoga Falls; Maddie Miller of Highland; Hudson’s teammates Brenna Beucler, Sydney Gallagher, Emmaline Hannan and Jordyn Hopgood; Emily Eterovich from Nordonia; Twinsburg teammates Sophie Besett, Akira Johnson and Rana Thornton; Saint-Vincent-St. the teammates of Mary Emily Bame, Theresa Hagey, Laney King, Nye Kimble, Olivia Mathis, Katie Saum and Malaya Young; and her Woodridge teammates Anna Rorrer, Eloise Willett and Evelyn Willett.

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