2022 News-Herald girls track and field all-stars

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Maddie Moretti

Madison, senior

What a campaign it was for Moretti, The News-Herald coverage area's premier girls thrower and, with the way she peaked as a senior, an easy choice for 2022 News-Herald girls track and field athlete of the year. The senior was the Division I state champion in shot put with a best effort of 44 feet, 6 1/4 inches and in discus with a 134-8. Moretti is the first girls track and field state champion in school history. With her deep 44-plus ability in shot and 140-plus ability in discus, much like Nolan Landis did on the boys side for the Blue Streaks in 2018 and 2019, Moretti redefined what is possible for area girls throwing and made throws particular appointment viewing all spring long.


Larry Nosse, Euclid

Under Nosse's tutelage, the Panthers are one of the most prepared and talented programs The News-Herald coverage area boasts year after year. The magic he worked amid a rash of injuries this spring, though, deserves another coach of the year nod here. Euclid stalwart Alexis Cain was visibly not at optimal health all postseason but still managed to get fifth in 400 and anchor the Panthers' D-I runner-up 4×2. Sophomore Eve Clark continues to blossom as an area standard-bearer in sprints. Euclid was without dependable relay leg Ya Jhaira Reid, but seniors Taylor Alexander and Jade Neal and junior Dajanay Bailey rose to the occasion. The Panthers were also second at the Division I Austintown-Fitch Regional, the program's first regional team top-two since Jessica Beard's sophomore season in 2005.


(in alphabetical order; S: state, R: regional, D: district)

Sarah Brown, Sr., Beachwood

S (D2): 3rd 4×1, 3rd 4×2, 4th shot put; R: 1st shot

Alexis Cain, Sr., Euclid

S (D1): 2nd 4×2, 5th; R: 1st 400, 1st 4×2

Eve Clark, So., Euclid

S (D1): 2nd 4×2, 4th 200, 14th 100; R: 1st 200

Savannah Dennison, Jr., Mentor

S (D1): 8th 4×8, 10th 1,600, 12th 800; R: 1st 4×8

Karah Henderson, Sr., Gilmour

S (D2): 2nd 4×1, 2nd 4×2, 4th 100h; R: 6th LJ

Rose Hoelzel, Sr., Chagrin Falls

S (D2): 3rd 4×8, 9th 1,600; R: 2nd 4×8, 5th 1,600

Asia Nicholson, Sr., Brush

S (D1): 8th 300h; R: 1st 300h, 4th 4×1, 7th 100

Makenzie Stuckert, So., Mentor

S (D1): 4th 400; R: 2nd 400, 4th 4×4, 6th 4×2

Amy Weybrecht, So., Gilmour

S (D2): 7th 800, 12th 4×4, 12th 4×8; R: 2nd 800

Makayla White, Sr., Hawken

S (D2): 3rd 100, 3rd 200; R: 2nd 100, 2nd 200


(in alphabetical order; S: state, R: regional, D: district)

Amelie Cotta, Sr., Beachwood: S (D2) — 3rd 4×1, 3rd 4×2

Dakota Houston, So., Beachwood: S (D2) — 3rd 4×1, 3rd 4×2

Lauren Luxenberg, Jr., Beachwood: S (D2) — 3rd 4×1, 3rd 4×2

Becca Martin, Sr., Madison: S (D1) — 14th shot; R — 9th discus

Leila Metres, So., Hawken: S (D2) — 5th 400; R — 2nd 400

Mariyah Moore, So., Gilmour: S (D2) — 2nd 4×1, 2nd 4×2

Patricia O'Neill, Sr., Beaumont: S (D2) — 1st 4×4, 9th 400

Gabbi Selman, Sr., Geneva: S (D2) — 7th PV; R — 1st PV

Kylie Walters, So., Beachwood: S (D2) — 4th LJ; R — 4th LJ

Mariya Washington, Jr., Beaumont: S (D2) — 1st 4×4; R — 10th 200


(in alphabetical order; S: state, R: regional, D: district)

Taylor Alexander, Sr., Euclid: S (D1) — 2nd 4×2; R — 3rd 4×4

Dajanay Bailey, Jr., Euclid: S (D1) — 2nd 4×2; R — 1st 4×2

Claire Coffey, Sr., Chagrin Falls: S (D2) — 3rd 4×8; R — 7th 800

Claire Duricky, So., Lake Catholic: S (D2) — 8th 300h; R — 7th 100h

Rielyn Jackson, Fr., Gilmour: S (D2) — 2nd 4×1, 2nd 4×2

Candace Johnson, Jr., Beaumont: S (D2) — 1st 4×4; R — 8th 4×2

Michala Johnson, Sr., Brush: S (D1) — 14th HJ; R — 2nd HJ

Paige Masson, Jr., Kenston: S (D1) — 14th 4×8; R — 5th 800

Karalyn Rutkowski, Sr., Cardinal: S (D3) — 5th HJ; R — 1st HJ

Deasia Washington, Jr., Beaumont: S (D2) — 1st 4×4, 12th 400


Andrews Osborne: Tai Roberts, Beachwood: Aaliyah Edwards, Beaumont: Madyson Treharne, Berkshire: Tara Barcikoski, Brush: Janiah Sims, Cardinal: Lily Ayer, Chagrin Falls: Wren Opperman, Chardon: Eve Downs, Cornerstone Christian: Dekotah Barnes, Euclid: Jade Neal, Fairport: Madison Hunt, Geneva: Delaney Marrison, Gilmour: Kaleigh McNamara, Harvey: Leizett Garay, Hawken: Rosie Murray, Kenston: Cecelia Paglia, Kirtland: Sylvia Vosicky, Lake Catholic: Carly Duricky, Madison: Taylor Hennessey, Mayfield: Ryanne Abernathy, Mentor: Kylie Beucler, NDCL: Francesca Carlo, North: Abigale Zappola, Perry: Alyssa Vis, Richmond Heights: Penelope Zoldals, Riverside: Jayda White, South: Molly Finch, VASJ: Jasmine Ellul, West Geauga: Shannon Swinerton, Wickliffe: Emily Wills