Here’s a look at some of the highlights and top moments from the past decade of high school track and field in Stark County:
The St. Thomas Aquinas boys and Hoover girls 3,200 relay teams earn wins at the state meet.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Julia Pusateri earns a state championship in the 1,600-. It was the first of 14 state titles won by the Knights girls team during the decade.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Cory Glines sets a Division III state meet record in winning the 1,600 in 4:12.93.
Athena Welsh, Kalee Soehnlen, Kacee Soehnlen and Molly Pusateri win the first of four straight Division III state championships won by St. Thomas Aquinas’ 3,200 relay. Welsh also earns the first of three straight individual titles in the mile.
On the strength of five wins, the St. Thomas Aquinas girls earn their first team state championship in Division III.
Repository Stark County Athletes of the Year: Jacob Caniford, St. Thomas Aquinas; Athena Welsh, St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas becomes just the fourth school to win the boys and girls state team championships in the same year.
Aquinas’ Athena Welsh joins Fairless’ Joel Marchand as the only Stark County runners to win state championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 in the same year. Welsh also teams up with Hannah Soehnlen, Kacee Soenhlen and Kalee Soehnlen for a 3,200 relay state title in an all-time Division III record 9:05.84.
Kalee Soehnlen repeats as state champ in the 800.
Jacob Caniford wins a Division III state title in the 1,600 and helps lead Aquinas’ 3,200 relay team to a win.
Repository Stark County Athletes of the Year: Kalee Soehnlen, St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas’ girls 3,200 relay wins Division III state title for the fourth straight year. Twins Kacee Soehnlen and Kalee Soehnlen were part of all four winning relays. Kalee Soehnlen ends her career with eight outdoor state championships.