September 2, 2014

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Track and field: Injured Wasik places third in pentathlon

NEW YORK — Steele Wasik wasn’t going to let anything slow him down Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

Despite sustaining a shoulder injury, the Medina resident and St. Edward senior battled through the pain and placed third in the pentathlon with a personal-record total against a stacked field at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York.

After winning his marquee event, the 60-meter hurdles, Wasik hurt his shoulder while competing in the long jump.

He battled through it to compile 3,882 points and earn bronze. Gabe Moore of Freeport, Fla., won with 4,054.

“I’m very proud of my third-place finish, but it was a difficult day,” Wasik said. “I injured my shoulder in the long jump. In any other meet, I would’ve been done, but I didn’t come all the way to New York not to finish.”

Wasik clocked 8.02 to beat Jack Lint of Westerville (8.08) in the hurdles before posting third-place finishes in the long jump (22 feet, 1½ inches) and shot put (45-10½). His throw in the shot was a personal record.

The pain in his shoulder, however, became too much as he tied for fourth in the high jump and then took fifth in the 1,000 in 2:58.84.

“I was happy with my first three events, and then in the high I hurt the shoulder even more. I knew my day was coming to an end,” said Wasik, who cleared 6-4½ in the high jump. “The top two placers PR’d in just about every event. I realized that today was their day and that my day will come soon.

“This weekend proved to be a mental test. Focus and willpower got me through the five events.”

Medina freshman Jake Wickey shined in the Emerging Elite weight throw competition. Wickey uncorked a toss of 54-6 on his final attempt on Friday to place ninth.

A pair of Medina pole vaulters participated at The Armory as well.

Senior Kyle Hutchinson of Medina cleared 14-4½ on his second try to tie for 20th in the Elite competition, while McKenna Baluch participated in the Emerging Elite field and tied for 35th with a 10-1¼.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.