BRUNSWICK — As a distance runner, Medina’s Maria Scavuzzo is trained to run in anything.
From the mud and rough terrain of the cross country season to the quick changes from bitter cold days to blazing hot ones on the track, it doesn’t seem to faze the senior.
So when the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Meet at Brunswick’s Judy Kirsch Field was postponed Wednesday with just two events left on the track, Scavuzzo was a little disappointed.
“I was on the line, ready to go,” said Scavuzzo, who was getting ready to start the 3,200-meter run when the meet was delayed and eventually called due to inclement conditions.
It wasn’t just distance runners that left the meet disappointed, as the six teams from the NOC’s big-school division will resume the championships today at 3:30 p.m. The girls 3,200 will start things, followed by both 4×400 relays and the boys 3,200.
The boys pole vault will also restart, as five competitors remain in competition. Medina’s Kyle Hutchinson and Nate Schollaert are among those vying for the league crown, along with Brunswick’s Clayton O’Dell. Schollaert currently is the leader, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.
The day wasn’t a total loss for Scavuzzo, who cruised to victory in the 1,600 in 5:10.26, beating Brunswick’s Rebecca Craddock (5:12.14) and Medina teammate Sarah Pack (5:14.47).
“It felt awesome,” Scavuzzo said. “It was a fun race to run with everybody. It was paced well. I’m just ecstatic. To do it my senior year, it’s awesome.”
Scavuzzo was one of five area athletes to walk away with NOC titles, highlighted by a career day in the field from Medina’s Mike Hierholzer.
After a delayed start, numerous other stoppages and a second-place finish in the shot put, the senior uncorked a personal-record toss of 182-7 to win the discus. The win came on the heels of a toss of 58-2¼ to place second in the shot.
Andrew Stenger cleared a modest 6-2 to win the high jump, while Medina’s Alyssa Acevedo capped a busy day on the track by winning the long jump for the second year in a row, going 16-7. Acevedo also was second in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best 15.88 and ran with the 4×1 that placed fifth.
Pack rounded out the winners, as the Medina junior clocked a 2:19.71 to take the 800 after finishing runner-up a year ago. Kristine Camper of Brunswick used a late kick to finish second in a season-low 2:22.65.
Along with the individual champs, Brunswick’s boys 4×1 also was a winner, as Sean Kilbane, Joe Pinzone, Austin Fallon and Richie Norman took the crown in 43.61. The group was technically second in the race, but earned the title after it was deemed Solon’s anchor leg was outside the exchange zone.
Brunswick’s Gabby Maslowski ran her best time of the spring in taking second in the 300 hurdles (46.65), along with helping the 4×2 of Kasi Safko, Bailey Lack and Amber Neitzel to the second-best time in 1:46.17.
Ian Crawley of Medina also was an individual runner-up, leaping 20-3 in the long jump.
Brunswick’s Andre Bollam Godbott recorded his fastest time in the 1,600 (4:19.76) to place third, while teammate Tyler Laffin was fourth in the 400 in a PR 51.62. Medina’s Nate Justice cleared a career-best 6-foot to take third in the high jump. Fellow Bees Dylan Dombi (800, 1:59.90) and Jake Gargiulo (200, 22.80) also clocked season lows.
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