McDonald aiming for another state run

NEWTON FALLS — Athletes from Brookfield, Crestview and McDonald gathered Tuesday with host Newton Falls on a gorgeous day for a track and field meet.

“When you’re the host, it makes it kind of hard to coach,” Newton Falls coach Jon Hill said. “When you’re competing against McDonald and Crestview, that’s a tall task. They have a forever reputation of having a couple of the top programs in the area. My a can learn from them. They are very well coached.”

Both teams showed that Tuesday.

McDonald boys coach Louis Domitrovich has plenty of reasons for optimism, but he stays in the moment when it comes to his squad.

“We have 14 throwers,” he said. “The top four guys could probably be the top two on any team in our area. We finished third at the state meet two years ago. We had everybody back on our team last year. It was tough not to be able to have a season. We want to move guys along this year and not look too far ahead.”

Domitrovich’s sister, Mary Domitrovich, coaches McDonald’s girls team.

“Megan Hipple (first in the 1,600 at 6.03.27 on Tuesday) has done a real nice job for us in the distance crew,” she said. “She and Lily Cappuzello (first in the 800, 2.33.31) lead our distance runners. Brooke Lewis and Naomi Domitrovich are two seniors who have come together for the sprint relays. They are doing a good job.”

Lewis was part of the Blue Devils’ Division IV state finalist basketball team this year. She quickly transition to track and field and was part of the first-place 4×200 relay team (1.50.68).

“Naomi and I are both returning,” Lewis said.

“We both made it to state in 2019. We’re both looking to get back there. This season has been going really smoothly, and we’re going to continue working.”

Naomi Domitrovich, who won the 100 hurdles (16.0) and 300 hurdles (50.0), takes a page from the boys coach.

“I don’t like to think too far ahead,” she said. “I love my teammates and my coaches. I’m so blessed to have them. Even though there wasn’t a season last year, I trained year-round. I’ve been running track my whole life.”

Newton Falls may have been facing some of its best competition, and Hill was proud of his young Tigers.

“I’ve got some freshmen who are doing so well,” he said. “Natalie Strader (second in the 100, 13.86) and Mia Colosimo (second in the high jump, 4-foot-4) are knocking their times down. Same goes with the boys (Camryn Brainard and Nick Ball).”

Crestview coach Greg Woolman has a number of runners to boast about. Senior William Hardenbrook didn’t compete on Tuesday because of an ankle injury, but Woolman knows how much he means to the team.

“He’s the anchor to everything,” Woolman said. “He really is. He is a good leader and does whatever we ask him to do. He can do it all.”

Hardenbrook runs on the 4×200 relay and both sets of hurdles, plus competes in the high jump.

“It’s not only a goal to make it to state this year,” Hardenbrook said. “The goal is to win. I want to win the 110 hurdles at the state meet. Right now, I run a 14.99 and I’m working to go lower.”

Hardenbrook’s teammate, senior Ethan Powell, was part of the 4×200 relay that set a stadium record (1:27.7) at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus in the state meet in 2019.

“It was a pretty crazy experience,” Powell said. “It was a lot to take in. It was one of the greatest times of my life. It was a lot of fun. Our relay teams are really good this year. We have the potential to go back and do some damage.”


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