The Division I track and field district meet at Amherst High School May 19 had a little bit of everything — meet records, outstanding individual performances and tight team races.
The Avon boys literally ran away with their team title, scoring 133½ points to 98 for runner-up St. Ignatius, the defending champion. Rocky River was third with 76, followed by Amherst with 69½, Midview with 65 and Avon Lake with 51½. Avon outscored St. Ignatius, 58½-10, in the field events, and the Wildcats were never able to make up the deficit.
“When we face a strong program like St. Ignatius, it’s always good to beat them,” said Avon senior Drew Lindsay. “It was really fun to compete with them. It was a really good meet today. Every race was close.”
The girls team race was much tighter, as defending champion Westlake used its strength in the distance events to break open a close meet and take the title with 81 points. Avon was second with 71, followed by Olmsted Falls with 66.17 points, Rocky River with 65.17, Magnificat with 64, Lakewood with 59.17, Lorain with 57, Avon Lake with 56 and Amherst with 54.33. The unusual point totals came about because of a six-way tie for eighth place in the pole vault.
“I’m excited,” said Westlake senior Sydney Peer. “I’m so proud of everyone. We knew it was going to be between us and Avon. Some of the girls were saying, ‘I don’t know if we can do it.’ But I went through every event and added up all the scores, and I told them, ‘Guys, we can do this. If we all run really well, we can do this.’ And that’s what we did.”
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