July 26, 2014

Medina
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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…

Cross country runners are gearing up for state

Buckeye senior Ryan Gallagher leads the pack at the Elyria Division II District. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

ELYRIA — There’s still work to be done, but Buckeye’s cross country program accomplished its missions at Saturday’s Elyria District, as the boys and girls teams advanced to regionals for second straight year. The No. 13-ranked boys qualified with a third-place finish by scoring 95 points at the Elyria D-II event behind No. 8 Bay Read More…

Hornets victorious in battle vs. Black River in cross country

Highland’s Cole Vandenberg defeats Black River’s Gus Kazek at the J.B. Firestone Invitational. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

SULLIVAN TWP. — Gus Kazek hoped to join an elite class of Black River runners who have won the J.B. Firestone Invitational. Highland’s Cole Vandenberg had other plans. Vandenberg pulled away midway through the race after the two seniors bumped elbows in a wooded section of the course. The Hornets runner clocked 16 minutes, 37.41 Read More…

Cross country: Brunswick takes third vs. stacked field

Vanessa Pasadyn

TIFFIN — The Brunswick girls team held true to its consistency as it finished third out of 33 teams in the Division I-A race at Saturday’s 44th annual Tiffin Distance Carnival. The No. 8-ranked Blue Devils scored 231 points as they finished behind Centerville (154) and Springboro (165). Seven of the top nine teams in Read More…

Wadsworth’s Michelle Farr finishes 13th in Rite Aid Marathon

Michelle Farr

CLEVELAND — The heat index soared into the 90s and played with Michelle Farr’s will at Sunday’s 35th annual Rite Aid Marathon. The 39-year-old Wadsworth High track and cross country coach struggled but didn’t quit as she finished the marathon in a personal-record 3 hours, 19 minutes and 53 seconds. “There are four times I Read More…

Boyert paces Medina

Paul Heyse The Gazette AMHERST — The night didn’t finish quite on the upbeat note hoped for, but the Medina girls track team still had plenty to hang its hats on Friday after winning the Amherst Division I District for the second year in a row. Medina amassed 103 points in outdistancing second-place Lorain (84). Read More…

John Guilford spins away with discus title

John Guilford

EATON TWP. — Black River senior John Guilford could have given himself a lot of reasons not to look at himself as the discus favorite Thursday at the Midview Division I District track meet. Guilford missed his entire junior year with a torn labrum and fouled out of the discus a week ago at the Read More…

Medina 4x800s rule on the first day of postseason

Tommy Menyes

AMHERST — The Medina boys and girls 4×800-meter relays find a way to rise up for the postseason. Wednesday was no different, as both won Amherst Division I District titles for the fifth year in a row. Each relay found a different way to win. The Medina boys trailed archrival Brunswick nearly the entire way. Read More…