BRUNSWICK — Mother Nature did everything she could to affect the 26th annual Medina Relays on Saturday.
She dished out rain, hail, high winds and cold temperatures, but nothing could stop the competition on the track.
From down-to-the-wire finishes and comebacks, the event at Judy Kirsch Field had a little bit of everything, even if most of the athletes went running for a warm place to wait for their next race.
“It was really, really cold and miserable, but you just have go out and run,” St. Edward standout Anthony Young said. “You had to warm up extra hard. I ran in hail, winds, everything, but we still have to go out and give the crowd a show.”
Young, a Liverpool Township resident, did just that as he squared off with rival Khoury Crenshaw of Solon in a rematch of the Division I 100-meter dash final.
It didn’t disappoint, as Crenshaw, who beat Young for the state crown last June by 0.05 seconds, edged Young in the bitter cold by a mere 0.01.
“I thought (I had him), but it’s all right,” Young said. “It was a great race. We push each other and make each other better.
“This is probably the last time we will see each other until states, so we’ll just have to wait until then.”
Young also anchored the winning 4×100 and sprint medley relays.
A balanced effort helped Medina’s girls to a runner-up finish behind Solon for the third straight year. The Comets had 110 points, 49 more than the Bees.
Medina’s distance medley team built an 18-second lead going into the final leg but finished second, as Sarah Pack, Anna Francis, Alexis Smith and Maria Scavuzzo clocked 13:07.71.
That lead was erased after Solon anchor leg and Oregon recruit Therese Haiss brought the Comets all the way back to win by more than 4 seconds.
Despite the loss, the Bees were still proud.
“We all contributed because we knew she was running, so we wanted to get that lead,” Pack said. “I think we all ran really well and we’re happy.”
Pack, Francis and Smith joined Morgan Wickey on the runner-up 4×4, while Scavuzzo placed third in the open 3,200 in 12:06.52. The 4×1 also was second, as Sarayah Kress, Anna Francis, Grace Nemeth, Ashlyn Sydorenko finished in 52.46.
In the field, thrower Cari Pallini took second in the discus (116-2) and third in the shot (34-5¼), while Wickey placed third in the long jump (15-10¾).
Thanks to a pair of event wins, Medina’s boys were third behind Solon (92) and St. Ignatius (80).
The boys distance medley relay was impressive, Ian McKee, Sean Masters, Tommy Menyes and Dan Schwendler won in 10:58.47.
Schwendler took the baton in third place in the final leg, the 1,600 run, and was able to pass Midpark and St. Ignatius. He pulled away with 150 meters left.
“I just focused on catching up to the Ignatius guy,” he said. “Once I caught up, I stayed back and did what I had to do. I have to thank the guys that put me in position to do what I did.”
The win of the day came in the high jump thanks to a personal best Andrew Stenger and the combined efforts of Chase Johanson and Stephen Gazley. The Bees won with 17 feet, 7 inches.
Stenger soared over the bar at 6-1, drawing the attention of coach Bob Jenkins.
“He’s a bright spot,” Jenkins said. “He started at 5-3, so he literally jumped 12 times. His legs should’ve been dead.”
Like the 100 final, the pole vault was full of the state’s best. Medina junior Kyle Hutchinson proved he belongs in that category as cleared 14-6 to finish behind reigning state runner-up and state indoor champ Aaron Owens of Midpark (15-0). The pole vault relay, which also included Robert Sprung and Nate Schoelert, finished second.
The discus unit also was second led by Mike Hierholzer’s toss of 154-8, while Sprung placed third in the 110 hurdles in 15.89.
The meet was ran at Judy Kirsch Field after meet officials ruled that the track at Kenneth Dukes Stadium was not fit to host the event due to deterioration of several lanes.
• Medina distance runner Dylan Dombi did not run because of flu-like symptoms. He was scheduled to run in the open 3,200.
• The girls pole vault was not held due to weather.
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