May 30, 2016

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Track and field: Grizzlies’ 4×4 has great debut

It didn’t take long for the Wadsworth girls’ 4×400-meter relay to find its chemistry.

The team broke a meet record Saturday afternoon as the Grizzlies finished third at the GlenOak Golden Eagle Relays.

Leah Runkle

Nick Seme

Courtney Palange, Sara Berger, Leah Runkle and Michalla Gordon combined to clocked a winning 4:05.10, which broke the meet standard of 4:05.47 that beat of GlenOak by a full 9 seconds.

Wadsworth’s 4×1 and shuttle hurdle units also won, while the sprint medley and 4×8 teams finished second to rack up key team points. Solon won with 114, followed by GlenOak (97) and Wadsworth (91).

The 4×1 of Gordon, Runkle, Taylor Fuller and Ally Malkowski won in 51.74 to edge Solon (52.01), while the foursome of Taryn Szalay, Emily Perebzak, Jessica White and Gordon were the only shuttle hurdle team to break 70 seconds, finishing in 69.68.

Wadsworth’s boys used a strong performance in the field to earn a third-place team finish behind Solon and GlenOak.

Behind the performance of senior Nick Seme, the shot put and discus relays were big winners. The shot group, which also included Ethan Reynolds and Alex Seme, combined to throw 139 feet, 2 ½ inches, while Reynolds and Aaron Driss paced a discus unit that finished with a total of 392 feet.

Seme, who is committed to Ashland University, tossed the shot a personal-record 50-6½ and flung the discus 152-6. The high jump and pole vault relays were second, along with the spring medley team.

The Grizzlies also got a convincing victory by the 4×8 team of Jeff Batey, Mike Hillegess, Eric Peltz and Nick Winkler won the race by more than 10 seconds, clocking 8:34.26.

In other meets:

Jaguar Invitational

FAIRVIEW PARK — Medina resident Steele Wasik earned MVP honors after winning three events and helping St. Edward to a runner-up finish at this event hosted by St. Joseph Academy at Fairview. Wasik won by multiple seconds in the 110 (14.61) and 300 hurdles (38.81), along with clearing 6-6 to take the high jump. Teammate Anthony Young was equally as dominant, as the Liverpool Township resident won the 200 in 22.05 and anchored the 4×1 and 4×4 relays to victory.

Don Faix Invitational

MANTUA — Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Autumn Young broke the meet record in the 200 as the Liverpool Township resident competed at Crestwood. Her time of 25.7 broke the previous mark of 26.10 and was good enough for a win in 0.6 seconds. Young also was second in the long jump (16-6¾) and helped the Royals 4×4 relay to third.

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