October 25, 2014

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Track and field: Steele Wasik, Sarah Berger help Ohio win

GRANVILLE — When describing her final high school track meet, Sarah Berger was just appreciative of the honor.

To represent Team Ohio and help it to another title Saturday afternoon at the Midwest Meet of Champions was a perfect capper to an already highlight-packed career for the recent Wadsworth graduate.

Beating the school up north in the process wasn’t too bad, either.

“It was so awesome to be able to represent Team Ohio and it was such an honor,” Berger said. “And anytime we can beat Michigan is a great day in my book.”

Indeed it was, as Ohio’s boys and girls teams took down Michigan and Indiana in the annual tri-state meet that had seniors who spent their whole high school careers competing against each other team up to battle.

Ohio compiled 264 points on the boys side to take down Indiana (111) and Michigan (100), while the girls also cruised to victory with 214 to beat Michigan (158) and Indiana (101).

“This was probably the most relaxed track meet I’ve been to,” St. Edward grad and Medina resident Steele Wasik said. “There was no pressure at all and we cheered on our teammates. There were actually a lot of PRs despite our Team Ohio sand volleyball game that took place the night before with the local high school kids and got pretty intense.”

Berger and Wasik were the lone Medina County residents to take part.

All fun off the track aside, the two represented the area as well as they have the last four years.

Wasik competed in both hurdle events, walking away with a first- and second-place medal. The UCLA recruit clocked 14.03 to win the 110-meter hurdles over Ohio teammate Jack Lint (14.21). The two battled again in the 300 hurdles, this time with Lint (36.59) beating Wasik (37.11).

“Jack is a good friend and pushed me a lot,” he said. “It was relaxed and we were happy with our times and places.”

For Berger, who broke the Wadsworth record in the 1,600 last weekend at the state outdoor meet, she shined once again in the event. The Walsh signee was fifth in the race, registering 5:06.18.

Michigan’s Rachel Barrett won in 4:54.30.

“It was a little warm on the track, but overall a good day to run,” Berger said. “All of the competitors were really talented, and it was a good race. I struggled a bit on the third lap, but I’m not totally disappointed with the race.”

But at the end of the day, it was about sharing their final moments as a high school athlete with some of the other standouts seniors that the state has to offer.

“It was such a great experience to become teammates with my former competition,” Berger said. “Everyone was so nice and we had such a fun time. I couldn’t think of a better way to end my senior season.”

For Wasik, it reminded him why he always feels at home on a track.

“The experience of competing on the same team as my rivals from the past few years was awesome,” he said. “Everyone bonded immediately and I made some great friends. Ending my high school career with this meet was perfect.

“It reminded me how much fun track and field can be.”

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