AMHERST — The Medina High girls track team extended its district win streak to six for the 4×800-meter relay, while the boys team had its victory string snapped at five Wednesday afternoon at the Amherst Division I District.
Senior Alexis Smith, juniors Maria Scavuzzo and Kimmy Vidika and sophomore Sarah Pack clocked 9:30.63 at the Richard S. Cooley Track. The Bees took control on the third lap and stayed in the lead the rest of the way.
Medina was the No. 2 seed (9:45.00) to Bay (9:37.56). The Rockets never seriously challenged for the lead and ended up third (9:37:37).
“We just wanted to defend the title,” said Pack. “(The No. 2 seed) gave us the motivation to claw back to the top. It definitely gave us motivation to get it in gear. We all contributed. We didn’t want to put any one girl in a bad position.”
Pack and Smith were members of last year’s 4×8, while Scavuzzo was an alternate.
The Medina boys 4×8 lost to Amherst in a nail-biter following an unusual turn over events. Both clocked 8:01.2.
Medina senior Ian McKee appeared to hold off Amherst junior Mike Kardos at the wire to win the event. However, the finish line photo was voided when an official inadvertently walked in front of the camera as the two runners finished.
Meet referee Larry Dixon said hand times had to be used instead of fully automatic time due to the camera obstruction. After a 1-hour, 40-minute delay, the result was finally announced.
“It’s a little disappointing,” McKee said. “Everyone I know is saying we had it, but it doesn’t really matter. We all go to regionals next week.”
McKee has been on the 4×8 the last three years. His brother Evan was part of the relay’s winning district tradition when it started in 2008. Senior Tommy Menyes and juniors Dan Schwendler and Dylan Dombi were the other members of the relay.
Medina junior Mike Hierholzer captured his second straight district title in the discus with a toss of 174 feet, 9 inches. He defeated Avon Lake junior Max Seipel (169-10).
The top four finishers in each event advance to the Amherst Regional. District action continues Friday with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 6.
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