August 22, 2014

Medina
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Track and field: Bees edge Brunswick for first title since ’08

AMHERST — The Medina girls track and field team won five events Saturday, including four in the field, to win the 59th annual Comet Relays at Richard S. Cooley Track.

The Bees amassed 93 points and won the meet for the first time since 2008 and fourth overall. Brunswick (78) was second for the second year in a row.

“Our strength is in our depth,” Medina girls coach Scott VanFleet said. “This format here allows us to get more kids in the meet. I thought the kids performed very well. Field events were strong, but I thought we did well on the track, too. It’s that time of year where you are starting to turn the corner. Hopefully, it’ll get a little warmer.”

Medina’s only win on the track came from the sprint medley of Megan Clardy, Anna Francis, Nicole Bennett and Sarah Pack (1:52.90), which just held off Amherst (1:52.95).

Pack was a second-place finisher later in the 1,600 (5:15.59). She led until the last 60 meters before being chased down by Oregon Clay’s Haley Hess (5:14.49).

“It’s fun. I’m still learning these events even though I’m a junior,” Pack said after the 1,600. “I wanted to take charge today because we’re talking pace. It’s fun. It’s nice weather.”

Pack capped the day by anchoring the Medina girls’ second-place finish in the 4×400 relay (4:07.64), right behind Amherst (4:07.45).

The shot put relay of Carolyn Wilder, McKenzie Moran and Caitlin Gold (101-0) won by more than six feet over Brunswick (94-11). Wilder had the meet’s top throw (37-8). Moran, Wilder and Ava Koehler took the discus relay (341-9), which easily outdistanced Twinsburg (309-9). Moran had the meet’s top toss (120-11).

Kelsey Duhaime, Leah Svodoba and Anna Francis won the high jump relay (14-3). Alyssa Acevedo, Morgan Wickey and Kira Palmer took the long jump relay (46-6 ¾). Acevedo had the meet’s top long jump mark (17-0 ¾).

Brunswick was within striking distance most of the meet, trailing by less than 10 points most of the way.

The Blue Devils’ top performance came in the 4×100. Bailey Lack, Gaby Maslowski, Ashley Denisi and Amber Neitzel held off Sandusky 50.75-50.79 for the win.

“We switched out Lexi Kilbane with Ashley Densi for today, and things worked out great,” Neitzel said. “They (Sandusky) had a little bit of lead when I took the anchor, so I knew that I had to respond quickly.”

The Medina boys led county teams with wins in the shot put and discus relays. Mike Hierholzer, Austin Hazek and Brad Gallitz won shot (151-11 ½). Hierholzer, Hazek and Jake Wickey took the discus (464-5).

St. Edward senior and Medina resident Steele Wasik of Medina cruised to convincing wins, as the 2013 state runner-up won the 110 (14.37) and 300 (38.87) hurdle events. He also was a member of the winning long jump relay (62-4 ¼) as Wasik jumped 21-7 ½.

“We’re getting into the part of the season, you’re getting into the groove of things,” Wasik said. “I’m happy about today. We were hoping to get the meet record for the long jump relay (64-4 ¾), but two of us were about a foot off of our PRs (personal records).”

Contact Paul Heyse at sports@medina-gazette.com.