Area athletes give all at competitive Comet Relays

By Joe Ostrica

	With 49 teams – 25 for boys and 24 for girls – competing at the 61st Comet Relays at Amherst High School last Saturday, there was plenty of talent on display for fans of local high school track and field. Magnificat placed the highest among area schools, finishing fourth overall in girls action. Avon's Lady Eagles tied Brunswick for seventh. Westlake led area boys with an 11th-place finish to tie with Perkins. 
	The Avon girls 4x1,600 relay team of freshman Jules Frombach, sophomore Abby King and juniors Haley Parker and Claire Robertson gave the Lady Eagles their only first-place finish with a time of 22:11.47. Their time not only bested No. 1 seed Thomas Worthington, it set a new school record for Avon, beating the 2015 record of 22:24 set at last year's Avon Relays by more than 12 seconds. 
	Avon sophomore Kamryn Sharer finished third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.71. Sharer also took seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.42, behind Westlake senior Maya Bauer, who took fourth with a time of 47.72. Frombach finished the open 1,600 with a season-best time of 5:21.55 to take sixth. Avon's Erin Laird placed sixth in the open 3,200 with a time of 11:42.50. 
	“I'm incredibly proud of our team and how they competed against the some of the best competition in the state,” Avon girls track and field head coach Sam Ulery said. “We are progressing in the right areas, and are seeing some of the areas we need to focus on in the next couple weeks.”
	The Magnificat 4x800 relay team – which features Avon Lake resident Annie Ubbing – won with a time of 9:32.58. The effort by senior Lily Kramer, freshman Lindsay Bush, and seniors Bina Frost and Ubbing was an exciting one. 
	“They came just one second off the meet record, pushing the pace by themselves out in front,” Magnificat head coach Kendra Mooney said. 
	Ubbing also helped the Lady Blue Streaks win the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:03.03, beating out runner-up Thomas Worthington by one second. Ubbing was joined by senior Anne Harter, Kramer and senior Kaeley Bush in the event. 
	Bay senior Olivia Bechtel, who recently accepted a scholarship to Miami University, finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17-2 3/4.  
	“Olivia had the highest finish for our team,” Bay girls head coach Claire DeChant said. “The long jump relay of Jillian Dubil and London Phillips landed in fifth place. Olivia was also a part of sixth-place distance medley relay, running the 800 leg of the race. Amanda Cusimano was fifth in the 3,200 with her best time of the season and was the final leg of the distance medley relay. Aubrey Crabb and Ellie Frey also ran in the relay for us.
	“The girls pole vault relay of Mara Kinsey and Kaylie Harden won the meet with a combined jump of 18-6. Our girls high jump of Meredin Oster, Delaney McDonald and Nora Ziebarth placed fourth.”
	In field events, Avon Lake's Victoria Harper, Arica Schiely and Alexandra Harper combined for distance of 100-4.75 to place third overall in shot put. Avon's Hannah Sedlak, Mikayla Pierce and Juliann Walker placed fifth in shot put and discus. Westlake's Kirsten Clark and Eliza Stineman finished third overall in pole vault (18-0 combined). 
	A runner from Avon won the boys open 3,200. It wasn't an Eagle, but rather a Wildcat. St. Ignatius senior C.J. Ambrosio won the race with a personal-best time of 9:24.38. 
	Avon Lake sophomore Caleb Burr had an impressive finish in the boys 100 dash, taking seventh with a time of 12.02. The top six finishers featured five seniors and one junior.  
	Westlake duo Mike Sedlak and Matt Akers combined to finish second overall in the pole vault relay with combined vaults of 26-6. Avon's Josh Brown and Max Ambrosio finished fourth (25-0). 
Comet Relays
Girls results
Final standings: 1. Berea-Midpark 58; 2. Strongsville 56; 3. Warren G. Harding 56; 4. Magnificat 51; 5. Amherst 50; 6. Medina 45; 7. (tie) Avon, Brunswick 43; 9. Twinsburg 41; 10. Solon 37; 11. Walsh Jesuit 26; 12. Bay 26; 13. Thomas Worthington  24; 14. Orange 21; 15. (tie) Westlake, Keystone 16; 17. Normandy 12; 18. Ashland 11; 19. Sandusky 9; 20. Perkins 7; 21. Avon Lake 6; 22. Clay 5; 23. 3; 24. 1.   
Boys results
Final standings: 1. Solon 96; 2. Berea-Midpark 90; 3. St. Ignatius 81; 4. (tie) St. John's Jesuit, Medina 44; 6. Twinsburg 38; 7. Strongsville 35; 8. Kenston 26; 9. Sandusky 25; 10. Thomas Worthington 24; 11. (tie) Westlake, Perkins 22; 13. (tie) St. Edward, Ashland 18; 15. Brunswick 16; 16. Orange 13; 17. Avon 12; 18. Lakewood 10; 19. Amherst 8; 20. Normandy 6; 21. Avon Lake 5; 22. (tie) St. Francis, Clay 3; 24. Walsh Jesuit 2; 25. North Olmsted 1.

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