AVON — For both the host Avon girls and the Amherst boys, it took a bit of doing from everyone as the teams ruled the 73rd Lorain County Track and Field Invitational on Friday evening at Joe Firment Stadium.
The Avon girls won the county classic for the third time since 2014 and 19th overall by outdistancing two-time defending champ Amherst, 170-134. The Amherst boys won the meet for the second time in three years and 20th time overall by holding off defending champ Avon, 137-112.
It was by no means an easy task for either team as temperatures dropped nearly 30 degrees from a high of 75 degrees when the meet started at 3 p.m. to when it ended at around 9:50.
Seniors Kamryn Sharer and Lexie Firment were the main catalysts for Avon.
Sharer defended her meet title in the 100-meter hurdles (15.74) and won long jump (16-8.25). She also handled the second leg of the winning 4×100 (52.09), pinch-hitting for teammate Melanie Farmer who was nursing a slight muscle pull. Sharer wrapped the night with a second to Avon Lake junior Amber Achladis in the 300 hurdles, 49.37 to 49.78.
“Tonight felt good,” said Sharer, a 2017 Division I state qualifier in long jump. “I’ll see a lot of this competition at conference and districts. I didn’t mind the temperature that much. We’ve run in a lot worse. It’s a little cold now, but earlier when I was running I didn’t notice it too much.”
Sharer switched over to the 4×100 from the 4×400 to help out. Firment stepped into Sharer’s spot in the 4×400 to help the Eagles win their third relay in four attempts on the evening. A regular on the 4×400, Sharer had only run the 4×100 once since the start of the 2017 season.
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