April 16, 2014

Medina
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Cross country: Highland girls are marvelous in the mud

SULLIVAN TWP. — It wasn’t automatic, but with Westlake opting out of this year’s J.B. Firestone Invitational, it pretty much cemented the Highland girls winning for the fourth straight time Saturday. The Hornets outdistanced Keystone 42-67 to win over the 14-team field despite missing two regulars. A year ago, Highland barely squeezed past Westlake 30-32. Read More…

Track: Medina relay extends streak

Sarah Pack

AMHERST — The Medina High girls track team extended its district win streak to six for the 4×800-meter relay, while the boys team had its victory string snapped at five Wednesday afternoon at the Amherst Division I District. Senior Alexis Smith, juniors Maria Scavuzzo and Kimmy Vidika and sophomore Sarah Pack clocked 9:30.63 at the Read More…

Track: Staruch sisters show their mettle

CLEVELAND — First-time jitters were non-existent as Hinckley Township’s Cortney Staruch finished fifth at Sunday’s 36th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. The 2008 Highland graduate clocked 2 hours, 57 minutes and 45 seconds in her marathon debut. “I didn’t know what to expect, so I’m very happy,” she said. “I definitely wanted to run 3:15 or Read More…

Track: Bucks miss chance at title

Chance Ziegler

FAIRVIEW PARK — What seemed to be impossible or highly unlikely became reality Thursday evening. The Buckeye boys track team’s streak of consecutive Patriot Athletic Conference titles ended at seven, as Firelands rallied to win the eighth annual PAC Championships 114½-106½. The Bucks captured their seven titles by an average margin of 60 points. Only Read More…

Track: Buckeye boys lose key senior in Kupetz

FAIRVIEW PARK — The Buckeye boys track team’s title defense at the Patriot Athletic Conference Meet will be much more difficult. If the Bucks win their eighth straight title Thursday, they will have to do it without senior Caleb Kupetz. Kupetz is nursing a slightly tweaked right hamstring aggravated Friday at the Jim Hauser Pirate Read More…

Track and field: Hunter Williams leads Grizzlies to gold

Wadsworth's Hunter Williams anchors the first place 4x200 relay at the Avon HS Reynold's Relays. Avon's Jake Bitter is in second. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

AVON — The Wadsworth boys and Highland girls track teams made up for lackluster performances at last year’s Avon Reynolds Relays with stellar efforts. The Grizzlies won Saturday’s 36th edition, while the Hornets were second. Last year, the Wadsworth boys managed only 21 points and were ninth. Highland’s girls totaled 34 points and placed seventh. Read More…

Comet Relays: Blue Devils girls second to Amherst

Morgan Wickey helped Medina to second place in the long jump at the Comet Relays. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

AMHERST — The Brunswick girls track team’s four-year reign at the Comet Relays was snapped Saturday by host Amherst. The Comets ruled the 58th edition with 100 points, with the Blue Devils (68) and Medina (64) third. It Amherst’s first win at its home event since 1987. St. Ignatius dominated the boys side with 71 Read More…

Track and field: County brings out the brooms at invitational

Brunswick freshman Amber Neitzel, right, crosses the finish line first in the 4x200-meter relay. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

AVON LAKE — Medina County picked up where it left off as it ruled again at Saturday’s 17th annual Avon Lake Invitational. The Brunswick girls defended their title with 130 points to outdistance Medina (107). The tides turned in boys action, as the Bees (125.5) edged the Blue Devils (92). The Brunswick girls ruled by Read More…

Buckeye seniors take All-Ohio honors in cross country

Buckeye senior Ryan Gallagher finishes seventh at the Division II state cross country meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

HEBRON — Ryan Gallagher went for the gusto. The Buckeye senior vowed at last year’s state cross country meet he would go for the top prize. For 2 miles Saturday, Gallagher appeared to have a shot. He trailed leader Abel Flores of Defiance by only 5-7 yards. Gallagher went through the 1,600 meters at 4:52 Read More…

Medina County cleans house in cross-country action

Brunswick freshman Vanessa Pasadyn finished 10th individually at the Tiffin Division I Regional. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDAL)

TIFFIN — It was another outstanding year for Medina County cross country runners at the Tiffin Regional at Hedges-Boyer Park. The Brunswick girls earned their third straight ticket to the state meet. The Blue Devils led the way for the area with a second-place finish in Division I. No. 6-ranked Sylvania Northview won the meet Read More…