MEDINA — For nearly three decades, the Medina Relays has been the lid-lifter to the season, and Medina’s girls have always gotten off on the right foot in recent years.
The Bees did so again in the 31st edition Saturday, winning the title for the fourth straight year by outlasting a field of 16 teams at Kenneth Dukes Stadium.
“It is always important for us to win Medina Relays as a team,” senior Maddie Miller said. “We want to defend our home track, and because Medina is one of the first invitational meets of the year, it really helps set the tone for the rest of the season.”
Miller had a lot to do with the win, as she had a hand in the Bees’ two victories that were more than enough for them to pick up a convincing 98-74½ win over Twinsburg.
The 4x1,600-meter relay wasted little time getting the meet started, as Miller, Carmela Henning, Olivia Roberts and Jessica Campbell cruised to a win in 21:39.55.
Miller, Roberts, Valerie Suttman and Angela Dobson then provided the most thrilling victory, as they clocked 10:00.65 in the 4x8 to hold off Hudson (10:02.22) thanks to a crafty anchor leg by Suttman.
“By the last lap of race, we had a pretty good lead, but the last Hudson runner in second was running really well and closing quickly,” Miller said. “Val did an excellent job of just staying composed and giving it her all until the finish.”
The Bees’ depth was too much for any other team to handle.
The long jump relay also posted a win, paced by Haley Anspach’s 16 feet, 2¾ inches, while Medina also picked up second-place showings in the high jump, pole vault, sprint medley and distance medley.
“This shows we are an all-around, solid team,” Henning said. “Even if we aren’t necessarily in first, we always have some right there giving a strong performance.
“Everyone pushes each other to be their absolute best, which you can easily see in our results.”
Highland was impressive in its event debut, placing third with 72 points.
Senior Kaylie Kenne put on a show, as the Kentucky recruit broke the meet and the school record in the 3,200 (10:40.30) while posting a 13-second win over Olivia Howell of Solon.
Kenne went all out, especially in her final lap. She wasn’t sure what her time was in relation to the previous meet (11:07) or program (10:48) marks.
“I knew Olivia would be right with me, so I was ready to push my comfort zone more than usual,” she said. “I tried to listen to my coaches and keep a steady lap pace, throwing in some faster sprints to try to make space each lap. At the end, I wanted to kick it in because I wasn’t sure of my time.”
The All-Gazette selection also helped the distance medley to a win, teaming with Madelynn Madison, Marley Wylie and Amanda Orban for a 12:24.17 to beat Medina (12:28.96).
Those were far from the only highlights for the Hornets, who also picked up a win in the shuttle hurdles thanks to Alexandra Mazzaro, Gabrielle Miller, Brooke Stuart and Andrea Filote combining for a 1:07.60. Wiley also recorded the top mark in the long jump (16-3ﾼ).
Filote was second in the 100 hurdles (15.96), as was Ava Mastrianni in the high jump (4-10).
“I wasn’t sure what place we got as a team, but I believe we surprised ourselves with how we did,” Kenne said. “I think as a full team, we did really well. We had a lot more people run at the meet, and lots of people got a chance to show what they can do.”
The boys meet also was a thriller, with the host Bees finishing fourth in the loaded field with 56 points. Solon took the title with 103ﾽ, followed by St. Ignatius (94).
Medina was paced by its sprint relay. Chris Kelly, Nick Yanky, Jack Hutz and Michael Kelly broke the school record by a second, winning in 1:33.61.
Chris Kelly had a perfect view watching his younger brother speed past Twinsburg’s Darren Robinson for the win by 0.08 seconds.
“I saw my brother hawk down the kids that were in front of him and watched him run one of his best times and watched my teammates perform at a high level as well,” Chris Kelly said. “Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about that record, just to go out and run fast and try to improve every day … We can thank Mikey for that for running a great anchor.”
The same group was third in the 4x1, while the high jump relay led by Evan Storey’s 6-0 also was third. The pole vault and distance medley were fourth, and Chris Kelly took fifth in the 200.
Highland’s boys were ninth in the 15-team field, with Eli Fragnoli and Vince Manning earning second-place finishes. Fragnoli and St. Ignatius’ John Wetula had a neck-and-neck finish in the 110 hurdles, with Wetula taking the win by a tenth of a second.
Manning clocked 9:42.01 in the 3,200 just ahead of Medina’s Caleb Cummings, who was fourth.
The Hornets 4x16 took third and their 4x8 fourth. Owen Wendl placed fifth after a 137-4 in the discus.
Before the running finals, the meet gave its eighth annual Friends of Medina Track and Cross Country Award to Joe Swinglish. A former science teacher at Medina, Swinglish spent 1969-75 as Bees boys track coach. The Strongsville resident guided the program to its first conference title, capturing the Southwestern Conference, as well as 10 athletes to the state meet. Six placed seventh or better. Swinglish returned as an assistant under coach Jim Demo from 1978-92 before retiring from teaching in 1997.
MEDINA — Results Saturday from the 31st Medina Relays held at Kenneth Dukes Stadium. Winner in each event listed, along with area placers.
Team standings: 1. Solon 103½, 2. St. Ignatius 94, 3. Twinsburg 63, 4. Medina 56, 5. Austintown-Fitch 55, 6. Hudson 50, 7. Berea-Midpark 43½, 8. CVCA 39, 9. Highland 38, 10. Avon Lake 34, 11. Brush 28, 12. Firestone 8, 13. North 7, 14. Lorain 4, 15. VASJ 1.
Shot put: 1. Solon, 8. Highland (21. Owen Wendl 37-5ﾾ, 22. Connor Klein 37-5, 35. Blake Kucinski 33-6ﾽ), NP Medina (18. Nicholas Manley 38-9, 29. Alexander Dewey 34-5ﾼ, 30. Jackson Tupa 34-2ﾾ). Individual: Nate Leskovic (So) 50-3. Discus: 1. Solon, 5. Highland (5. Wendl 137-4, 23. Kucinski 101-7, 28. Klein 94-11), 7. Medina (12. Tupa 117-10, 21. Dewey 106-4, 29. Manley 93-3). Individual: Evan Johnson (So) 175-0. High jump: 1. Twinsburg, 3. Medina (T-5. Evan Storey 6-0, T-19. Jason Naylor, Branden Johnson 5-6), 5. Highland (T-13. Matt K’Meyer, Max Goettler 5-8, T-23. Isaac McPherson 5-3). Individual: Etaijen Easter (T) 6-9. Long jump: 1. Twinsburg, NS Medina (14. Robert Pfaff 19-3, 28. Jett Suggs 17-11, 35. Tristan Wright 17-2), Highland (15. Christian Dulaney 19-2ﾾ, 36. Charlie Latkovic 17-1, 39. Lovis Paul 16-8ﾼ). Individual: Tre Tucker (CVCA) 21-11ﾽ. Pole vault: 1. St. Ignatius, 4. Medina (T-4. Colin McClowry 12-0, T-12. Thomas Albrecht 10-6, T-20. Elijah Schmeller 9-0), 7. Highland (T-8. Davey Jones 11-0, T-15. Zander Throckmorton 10-0, T-20. Lairdy Lee 9-0). Individual: Justin Muchewicz (BM) 14-0. 4x1,600: 1. St. Ignatius 18:16.07, 3. Highland (Max McAdams, Avery Finding, John Naizer, Vince Manning) 18:42.27, 5. Medina (Harry Custer, Graham Hayden, Jackson Parkhurst, Cameron Schontzler) 19:09.88. Sprint medley: 1. Medina (Christopher Kelly, Nick Yanky, Jack Hutz, Michael Kelly) 1:33.61, 9. Highland (Eli Fragnoli, Joe Friedl, Jacob Tecco, Greg McKee) 1:39.42. 4x800: 1. Hudson 7:58.41, 4. Highland (Finding, Teddy Van Fossen, Naizer, McPherson) 8:37.07, 6. Medina (Bryce Vein, Darren Leupp, Anthony Acierto, Nicholas Stump) 8:47.60. 110 hurdles: 1. John Wetula (St. I) 14.71, 2. Fragnoli (H) 14.72. 100: 1. Tucker (CVCA) 10.66, 10. Yanky (Med) 11.58, 12. Goettler (High) 11.65. Distance medley: 1. Hudson 10:47.87, 4. Medina (Hayden, Logan Robinson, Cameron Schontzler, Custer) 11:16.22, 12. Highland (McAdams, Tyler Madison, McPherson, Joe Sewell) 11:54.17. 4x100: 1. CVCA 43.16, 3. Medina (C. Kelly, Hutz, M. Kelly, Yanky) 43.61, 15. Highland (Friedl, Klein Dulaney, K’Meyer) 46.58. Shuttle hurdles: 1. Berea-Midpark 1:02.04, 7. Medina (Ryan Miller, Gavin Hules, William Kissner, Jacob Berger) 1:13.27. 200: 1. Tucker (CVCA) 21.56, 5. C. Kelly (Med) 22.86, 11. Tecco (High) 23.94. 3,200: 1. Steve Zucca (St. I) 9:33.27, 2. Manning (High) 9:42.01, 4. Caleb Cummings (Med) 9:52.42. 4x400: 1. Solon 3:28.52, 6. Medina (C. Kelly, Hutz, Yanky, M. Kelly) 3:35.72.
Team standings: 1. Medina 98, 2. Twinsburg 74½, 3. Highland 72, 4. Solon 66, 5. Avon Lake 59, 6. Austintown-Fitch 56, 7. Hudson 54½, 8. Lorain 30, 9. Medina ‘B’ 21½, 10. Firestone 19, 11. North 16, 12. Brush 15, 13. Berea-Midpark 12½, 14. CVCA 12, 15. VASJ 11, 16. Sylvania Northview 7.
Shot put: 1. Avon Lake, 5. Highland (6. Jordan Waddell 31-3ﾾ, 19. Kennedy Liggett 28-2ﾾ, 22. Hattie Furyes 27-1), 8. Medina (23. Maria Cipro 26-7ﾼ, 26. Olivia Bowser 25-6, 33. Madelyn Newell 23-0ﾽ). Individual: Brooke Lumpkin (AL) 38-9ﾼ. Discus: 1. North, 6. Highland (4. Ellen Fuller 102-4, 17. Waddell 85-9, 25. Liggett 71-4), NP Medina (14. Bowser 87-6, 29. Cipro 69-6, 36. Ella Pickens 57-2). Individual: Jordan Baith (F) 120-3. High jump: 1. Hudson, 2. Medina (4. Madison Luthy 4-10, T-6. Desiree Schafer, Riley Nicol 4-8), 4. Highland (2. Ava Mastrianni 4-10, 10. Madison Miller 4-8, T-24. Christine Headrick 4-3), 7. Medina B (T-11. Lauren Turk, Alex Newman 4-6). Individual: Molly Stecker (Hud) 5-6. Long jump: 1. Medina (2. Haley Anspach 16-2ﾾ, T-8. Desiree Schaefer, Chloe Tesny 15-3), 4. Highland (1. Wylie 16-3ﾼ, 16. Amy Urban 14-4ﾾ, 29. Lilly Latkovic 13-1ﾼ), 8. Medina B (T-18. Elizabeth Zimmerer 14-1ﾾ, 24. Alison Kollar 13-10, 30. Grace Koehler 13-0ﾽ). Individual: Marley Wylie (High) 16-3ﾼ. Pole vault: 1. Avon Lake, 2. Medina (T-3. Gillian Wagner, Luthy 8-0, T-11. Lindsey Coleman 7-0), 6. Highland (T-17. Bailey Tessena, Lauren Bischof, Nicole Sherman 6-0). Individual: Madison Skelly (AF) 10-1. 4x1,600: 1. Medina (Carmela Henning, Olivia Roberts, Jessica Campbell, Maddie Miller) 21:39.55, 6. Medina B (Jenna Razavi, Kate Stump, Reagan Kole, Claire Schmeller) 23:48.61, 9. Highland (Kaitlin Herman, Hannah Kunzler, Emma Cox, Penelope Castillo) 25:48.24. Sprint medley: 1. Twinsburg 1:46.01, 2. Medina (Abby Smith, Hannah Neiger, Mary Beth Blakemore, Rachel Smith) 1:51.32, 6. Highland (Lauren Choban, Kaeley Filion, Tessena, Gabrielle Miller) 1:59.86, 8. Medina B (Elizabeth Zimmerer, Kelsey Norris, Sophia Boston, Maddie Kerr) 2:00.98. 4x800: 1. Medina (Roberts, Valerie Suttman, Dobson, Miller) 10:00.65, 3. Medina B (Jenna Razavi, Kayla Kutcel, Emma Chester, Sarah McKee) 10:19.13, 10. Highland (Herman, Makayla Grecenuk, Origlio, Cox) 11:12.04. 100 hurdles: 1. Maroa Leskovec (So) 15.83, 2. Andrea Filote (High) 15.96, 4. Luthy (Med) 17.37, 6, Emma Clardy (Med B) 17.56. 100: 1. Nya Bussey (T) 11.78, 4. Anspach (Med) 12.78, 6. Haneberg 13.40, 10. Gavlak (Med B) 13.76. Distance medley: 1. Highland (Madelynn Madison, Wylie, Orban, Kaylie Kenne) 12:24.17, 2. Medina (Henning, Suttman, Campbell, Juliette Keller) 12:28.96, 8. Medina B (Kate Stump, Natalie Wolanin, Kayla Kutcel, Schmeller) 14:11.20. 4x100: 1. Twinsburg 49.32, 4. Medina (A. Smith, K. Smith, Anspach, Alli Pankow) 50.76, 5. Highland (Choban, Haneberg, Vitko, Filote) 51.82, 8. Medina B (Norris, Grace Koehler, Gavlak, Chloe Bertemes) 52.88. Shuttle hurdles: 1. Highland (Alexandra Massaro, Miller, Brooke Stuart, Filote) 1:07.60, 3. Medina (Luthy, Nicol, Clardy, A. Smith) 1:09.05. 200: 1. Nia Robinson (T) 25.47, 4. Pankow (Med) 26.56, 11. Bertemes (Med B) 28.78. 3,200: 1. Kenne (High) 10:40.30, 5. Razavi (Med B) 12:45.25, 6. Savannah Kole (Med) 12:55.62. 4x400: 1. Twinsburg 3:57.64, 3. Medina (K. Smith, Blakemore, Dobson, R. Smith) 4:06.49, 4. Highland (Orban. Wylie, Tessena, Jhoni Ervin) 4:11.84, 11. Medina B (Gavlak, Chester, McKee, Wolanin) 4:30.99.