Matthew Doyle | Gazette
MEDINA — The Twin Sizzler prides itself on bringing families and friends closer together, but it’s rare to see a family have three children compete and bring home an award on the Fourth of July.
That’s exactly what the Dombi family did Thursday, with Zach, Dylan and Tessa placing in the top five of their respective age groups.
The Dombis, who are residents of Medina, picked up cross country in middle school and each has been a part of the cross country program at Medina High. Zach, who turns 19 on July 6, is on the club team at Ohio State, while Dylan and Tessa, both 17, are entering their senior year of high school. Last season, Dylan “wrecked and smashed” his older brother’s personal high school records, which was demonstrated in his impressive finish in the 5K at the Twin Sizzler.
With their cross country times vastly improving every season, the Dombis have seen their results in the Twin Sizzler improve as well.
“I think it’s kind of picked up — maybe it’s the food my mom’s feeding us, I don’t know,” Zach said. “But yeah, for the past couple years we’ve placed in the top 10.”
Dylan and Tessa competed in the 5K, where Dylan was the top for his age group and third overall with a time of 16:27.7. His twin sister finished fifth in her age group in 21:56.6.
Zach competed in the 10K for his second straight year and recorded a personal-best 38:04.9, which was second in his age group and fourth overall. After barely breaking 40 minutes last year, he was pleased.
The Dombis have come to the Twin Sizzler since middle school. The family atmosphere is what attracts Zach and his siblings to the square.
There’s another reason Zach loves the event so much, but unfortunately he couldn’t enjoy it this year.
“I like this event for two reasons. The first one is, for Medina, this is the probably the most involved the square gets. More so than the concerts they have. It’s always a good time,” Zach said. “The second reason, which we’re missing out on this year, there’s usually a ton of popsicles.”
The popsicle supply may have been low, but it didn’t stop the Dombis from making the traditional trip to the Twin Sizzler. Zach said following the race, he typically takes a shower and nap, and then it’s off to his grandmother’s house in Parma to celebrate holiday.
“We come here in the morning. We go to my grandma’s later in the afternoon,” Zach said. “Neither of my parents run. We just kind of picked them up and dragged them into it. They’re good sports. Come down, bring coffee and watch.
“So yeah, I’d say it’s a tradition.”
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