Despite falling to defeat in the 2017 season opener, Stow-Munroe Falls boys track and field coach John Roseman was encouraged by what he saw of the Bulldogs.
Stow lost to Suburban League National Division foe Wadsworth by the score of 91-46 at home March 29. However, the Bulldogs were at a disadvantage for a couple of reasons.
First, Stow schools were on spring break that week and Wadsworth schools were not. Second, the Bulldogs were also at a loss of personnel due to injuries and other maladies.
"We were down in numbers because of spring break and we have some key athletes that are injured, so we were not at full strength," said Roseman. "Despite that, I thought we competed well and there are some events that look promising as we round into shape."
Stow accounted for a number of first-place finishes in individual events. The Bulldogs even boasted a double winner: Scott Cunnington.
Cunnington finished first in a pair of events. He accomplished the feat in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.6 seconds and the 400 with an effort of 51.89.
All three of Stow's other first-place finishers competed in the field events. Senior Jeremiah Gyulai claimed the shot put with an effort of 45-feet-11.75.
In addition, Adrian Woliver captured the discus with a heave of 135-feet-4. Last but not least, Dominic Bruner was triumphant in the long jump, winning the event with a leap of 20-feet-8.
Woliver was also part of Stow's 800-meter relay team, which finished in first place with a time of 1:35.42. The other members of that unit were Mark Dages, Leandros Tosko, and Kyle Sommer.
Since the Bulldogs' ranks were depleted due to spring break and also an assortment of injuries, the defeat in the season opener should not be viewed as a harbinger for the 2017 season. In fact, Roseman was quite pleased with what he saw of his squad against Wadsworth.
"Overall I was happy with the efforts and performances of the athletes who competed," said Roseman.
On April 4, Stow welcomed division nemesis Nordonia to town at 4 p.m.. On April 8, the Bulldogs will travel to Macedonia to compete in the Nordonia Relays.