DAKRON — Steele Wasik is the first to admit his starts aren’t always the best.
The 6-foot-5 Medina resident and St. Edward standout changed that Saturday and recorded a personal best en route to winning the 60-meter hurdles and helping the Eagles claim the team title at the OATCCC Indoor State Championships.
Wasik’s start gave way to a winning time of 7.97 as St. Edward cruised to its second straight crown and third banner in the last year, which includes the outdoor meet championship last June. The Eagles compiled 72 points to win by 34.
“We knew what we needed to do, and all of us executed,” Wasik said. “It’s an amazing feeling to finally break 8 (seconds) and win the title. It’s one of the greatest moments I’ve ever had.”
Wasik, who also was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, made it look easy as he defeated the field by 0.11 seconds.
Thanks to some work with teammate Shaun Crawford, a standout sprinter, the junior got his quick start.
“I’m a big guy, so my starts for any race are the weakest for me,” Wasik said. “During the week, coach had me and Shaun do starts side-by-side, and that played a huge role in my win.
“I didn’t have any hurdles. I was just smooth and relaxed.”
Liverpool Township resident Anthony Young also had a big role in the Eagles’ championship as he placed in each of his three events.
The senior recorded one of his best times of the winter in the 200, clocking 21.79 to finish second by 0.4 seconds to Granville’s Casey Lenfest. Young also placed fifth in the 60 in 6.98 and helped St. Ed’s 4×200-meter relay to fifth.
Medina’s Kyle Hutchinson finished tied for third in the pole vault (14-6), while teammate Mike Hierholzer tossed the shot put 54-11½ to take fourth.
The Bees’ 4×8, which consisted of Dan Schwendler, Dylan Dombi, Ken Kutcel and Tommy Menyes, was sixth in 8:07.80.
Junior Nick Winkler was impressive in the 800 final, as the Wadsworth junior ran a personal-record 1:57.04 to place fourth.
Winkler had ran in just two prior indoor meets.
“It felt really good,” he said. “I was not expecting (to place fourth). I was just hoping to get in the top seven.
“I got out pretty clean and was in a pretty good lane to run my pace. I got my pace and had a strong kick at the end.”
Fellow Grizzly Nick Seme was 15th in the shot (46-4½).
Brunswick had four athletes compete in field events, led by a 10th-place finish by Alex Hartill in the high jump. Keith Yohman was 12th in the long jump (19-9), while Dan Jindra and Nate Hunter placed 12th and 15th in the weight throw, respectively.
The girls meet also saw its share of personal records as Brunswick’s Gabby Maslowski and Medina’s Maria Scavuzzo ran career-low indoor times in their respective events.
Maslowski clocked 1:00.42 to take seventh in the 400, while Scavuzzo was eighth in the 1,600 in 5:18.28.
Maslowski, a sophomore, also joined Alyssa Biedron, Bailey Lack and Anastatia Fitzroy on the Blue Devils’ 4×4 that finished fifth in 4:05.53.
Medina’s Morgan Wickey cleared 16-2 in the long jump to earn eighth.
Cari Pallini (12th, shot), Baylee Geiss (13th, weight) and Leah Svoboda (15th, high jump) also competed.
In the D-II/D-III meet, which was held later in the day, county resident Autumn Young put together one of the best meets of her young career.
The CVCA sophomore and Liverpool Township resident won the title in the 200 after running a PR 25.83 to take first by 0.18 seconds. She also was runner-up in the long jump (17-4¾) and third in the 60 (7.94).
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