GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME: AVON GIRLS TAKE SECOND AT COMET RELAYS AFTER FINISHING EIGHTH LAST YEAR

Paul Heyse

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    Avon’s Lexie Firment anchors the winning 4×800 relay Saturday at the 63rd Comet Relays. The other members of the relay were Sydney Firment, Kelsey Gannon and Evelyn Pelfrey. The Eagles finished second in the meet after coming in eighth last year. JOE COLON / CHRONICLEAvon’s Lexie Firment anchors the winning 4×800 relay Saturday at the 63rd Comet Relays. The other members of the relay were Sydney Firment, Kelsey Gannon and Evelyn Pelfrey. The Eagles finished second in the meet after coming in eighth last year. JOE COLON / CHRONICLE

      

AMHERST — Second isn’t first but sometimes it feels like it.

After finishing eighth at last year’s Comet Relays and struggling to even crack the top 10 until the past three years, the Avon girls came through with their best performance at the event, finishing second to two-time defending champ Brunswick, 108-72.5 on Saturday.

It was an all-around effort for the Eagles, who were sixth in 2015 and seventh in 2016.

The discus relay of senior Hannah Sedlak (115-3), senior Juliann Walker (113-10) and freshman Molly Radcliffe (112-9) combined for a meet-record 341 feet, 10 inches, breaking the 1991 mark of 334-9 set by Medina. Avon outdistanced runner-up Strongsville by more than 23 feet.

“It was obviously a team effort and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” Sedlak said. “I knew we had a good chance of winning discus but I didn’t think we could beat the record. We’re pleasantly surprised and very excited.”

The discus performance came on the heels of a win in the shot put relay. Sedlak (37-1 3/4), Radcliffe (33-1 1/4) and junior Amanda Ulery (33-1) combined for 103-4 to beat out Brunswick (99-0 3/4).

“We couldn’t have done it today without all of my other teammates and coaches,” Sedlak said of the team’s overall finish. “Our coaches are helpful in every way possible.”

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