BRUNSWICK — Gabby Maslowski couldn’t have imagined a better way to start the track season.
The Brunswick sophomore did a little bit of everything Saturday afternoon at the Brunswick Elite meet, having a hand in two wins and a pair of second-place finishes to help the host Blue Devils finish runner-up.
“It just feels really good; I can’t really describe it,” Maslowski said. “It’s our first meet and I got my PR in the 200 and 100. It was good.”
Maslowski helped the 4×200-meter relay team of Bailey Lack, Olivia Young and Amber Neitzel place first in 1:47.13, along with running career-low times in second-place finishes in the 100 (13.18) and 200 (27.21).
The sophomore capped off her day in the grueling 300 hurdles, where she clocked a 49.44 to beat out Medina’s McKenzie Kelly for the win.
“It was heart; I just didn’t want to lose,” Maslowski said of her final race. “I’m not very good at the hurdles, so I just make it up in the middle, because I just jump over them.”
Maslowski’s efforts, combined with two other event wins by the Blue Devils, helped Brunswick compile 153.66 points to finish behind team champion Solon (191). Medina was third with 95 poins, while Buckeye took sixth with seven.
Brunswick senior Anastatia Fitzroy won the 100 hurdles (16.94), while Young clocked a 1:00.52 to take first in front of teammate Alyssa Biedron (1:01.67) in the 400. Young was sidelined last season with a hamstring injury.
Picking up second for the Blue Devils were Kristine Camper in the 800 (2:26.16) and 1,600 (5:26.95) and Vanessa Pasadyn in the 3,200 (12:06). Brunswick’s 4×1, 4×4 and 4×8 relays all placed second.
“We ran very well from sprints to relays to everything,” Brunswick coach Melissa Wojtala said. “On the track we did very well in almost every event. I believe we double scored in every event. I’m pleased with the team effort today.”
Medina’s 4×8 won a thrilling opening race as the team of Alexis Smith, Kimmy Vidika, Sarah Pack and Haley Robinson beat out Brunswick by 0.31 seconds to finish in 10:20.26.
In the field, Jenna D’Errico matched her personal record with a leap of 11-feet to win the pole vault, while thrower Cari Pallini took second in both the shot (36-10½) and discus (109-1).
“I’ve really fixed my plant and have improved on that,” D’Errico said. “I still need to work on my trail leg and the top half of my vault.
“I’m feeling good. I hope the next few meets that I get 11-6 and keep going up.”
Buckeye’s highest individual finish belonged to Rhyanna Wroblesky, who placed sixth in the 200 (28.25).
The Bees also took first in the boys pole vault as junior Kyle Hutchinson cleared a career-best 14-8 on his second attempt and had a good look at 15-feet to end the meet.
And despite coming off an impressive indoor season in which he tied for third at the state indoor meet, Hutchinson even surprised himself with his performance Saturday.
“I wasn’t expecting to go that high,” he admitted. “I’m really excited, because it gives me more hope for later meets, where there isn’t as bad of tailwinds and better weather.”
Medina’s Josh Oswald won the 100 in impressive fashion, edging Solon’s Darian Hicks by 0.04 seconds. Oswald, who also was second in the 200, clocked a winning time of 11.62, followed by Hicks (11.66) and Brunswick’s Keith Yohman (11.67).
Mike Hierholzer was second in both the shot (52-1) and discus (156-1), while Tommy Menyes recorded a 2:01.03 to place runner-up in the 800. The Bees’ Stephen Gazley and Chase Johanson cleared 6-feet to tie for second in the high jump with Brunswick’s Alex Hartill.
Earning second were Hartill in the long jump (20-3) and teammate Tyler Laffin in the 300 (52.53).
Solon ran away with the team title on the boys side with 177 points, followed by Medina (81) and Brunswick (77). Buckeye was eighth with 15.
Like the 100, the 300 hurdles came down to the final second and was so close they needed to go to the video review to see who won.
In the end, it was Brunswick’s Brandon Emert who leaned at the last second to beat out Kegan King of Solon 40.65-40.67.
“I love doing the lean, because you never know who’s going to win,” said Emert, who also recorded a personal-best leap of 12-0 in the pole vault. “It was intense. I love this race.
“Off those last two hurdles I still clipped them, but my coach and my friend says just keep going even if you hit them and that’s what I did.”
Despite taking second in the 4×2, Buckeye’s team of Lee Mandanici, Kyle Zacharyasz, Curtis Kinney and Caleb Kupetz clocked an impressive 1:34.52. The same foursome was third in the 4×1.
“That was a real positive,” Bucks coach James Huth said of both sprint relays. “Once we fix the handoffs, they need a little work; they’re going to be pretty good.”
Reigning Gazette MVP Ryan Gallagher of Buckeye was not in attendance, due to just having his wisdom teeth pulled, according to Huth. County residents Anthony Young and Steele Wasik also did not participate in the meet for St. Edward.
• Alex Wasik, a 2011 state champ in the pole vault, was on hand to watch Medina vaulters compete.
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