Garfield’s Svonavec keeps cool, wins regional title

BEDFORD – Edie Svonavec tried to adjust to the weather as much as possible.

But when you’re dealing with stifling humidity and temperatures in the 90s, things can get a little dicey.

In between trying to build her energy, drinking water and staying cool with towels, Svonavec tried to breeze through the the shot put, so to speak.

“It just makes you tired, so that was a big factor,” she said.

However, it didn’t hinder the Garfield thrower from claiming Thursday’s Division II regional title at the Bedford Regional track and field meet.

She took third at last year’s regional.

This year, she threw 41 feet, 7 inches in finals. Svonavec held off Salem’s Ciera Trybend, who threw 41-5.5.

The Garfield sophomore, who bench presses 200 pounds and squats about 275 to 300 pounds, relied on good form to carry her through Thursday’s meet.

“I was trying to get my technique down. I did what I needed to do,” Svonavec said.

Her technique changed last week with the wet, colder weather at Lakeview.

“I threw better at Lakeview, but the conditions were really bad, plus I was doing a step back,” Svonavec said. “The full spin was a little off today. I was kind of nervous about it (Thursday).”

She won the district with a throw of 42-6.25.

The top four in each regional final advance to next weekend’s state meet in Columbus.

When she gets to Columbus, winning state will be foremost on her mind. Also, she’d like to break the Division II state record of 49-2.5 set in 1999 by Rebekah Green of Columbus School for Girls. And, Svonavec wants to set the new standard in all divisions, breaking the Division I mark of North Canton Hoover’s Ashley Muffet of 50-10 set in 2005.

Svonavec finished fourth in the state last year.

“I want to throw 50 feet or more, break the state record and the Division II record,” Svonavec said.

CLOSE CALLS: Lakeview’s 4×800-meter boys relay team had one of its best times of the season, but it wasn’t good enough to get them to state. The Bulldogs took fifth (8 minutes, 6.88 seconds).

“It’s regionals. We’re expected to come out and step up,” said Lakeview senior anchor Eric Harris, whose team won last week’s district 4×800 title. “Everybody PRed (personal record) on their splits. We just fell a little short.”

Harris tried to get the Bulldogs to state.

“With 250 (meters) to go, I think I got cut off,” he said. “Questionable. They’re not going to call it. With 100 to go, I was where I needed to be. I just couldn’t come up with it.”

Also, Garfield’s Alex Radwanski was fifth in the boys long jump (21-7) and Lakeview’s A.J. Miller took sixth in the boys pole vault (12-6).

Saturday’s field event finals start at 11:30 a.m., while the running finals begin at 12:30 p.m.