AMHERST — Sher Champe, Brianna Shagovac, Alexis Szivan and Lindsay Sands emphatically ended the long district championship drought of Amherst’s girls track team.
The quartet ran a school-record time of 3:55.56 in winning the 1,600-meter relay Friday night, allowing the Comets to claim the Amherst Division I district team title by one point over Medina.
Amherst entered the relay — the final event of the meet — trailing the Bees by three points in the team standings, but powered past them when Brunswick finished second and Medina was third.
That combination of events gave the Comets (89) their first district championship since 1990.
“We knew it was up to our 4×400 to come through,” said Champe, a junior. “That was fine with us because we’ve got the best group of girls you could ever run with.
“The way it ended definitely made it sweeter because Medina and Brunswick are our rivals. We were sticking around them all day, waiting for our opportunity and we finally took it.”
Champe, senior Shagovac and sophomores Szivan and Sands shattered their own school record, set two days earlier in the district semifinals. Their win in the final came by a whopping 4.68 seconds over the Blue Devils.
Senior Sara Moore earned Amherst’s other individual district title, winning the 300 hurdles in 45.38 by 0.82 seconds over Brunswick’s Gabby Maslowski. She also was second in the 100 hurdles.
The Comets also counted runner-up showings by Szivan in the 800, senior Cassie Vince in the 3,200 and their 400 (Shagovac, Sands and seniors Becki Stuckart and Bakita Hill) and 800 (Shagovac, Champe, Sands, Stuckart) relays. The top finishers in each event advance to next week’s Amherst regional.
“We’re such a close team, when things go well for one person, it’s almost like it’s contagious,” Shagovac said. “With the support we had today from students, fans, our coaches and the community here, we believe we can keep getting faster.
“Honestly, we can take three to four more seconds off in the 4×4. If we do that, it would be amazing to see how far we can go.”
While Amherst was the headliner in the team competition, Lorain junior Jocelynn Rogers was the star attraction in the individual events.
Rogers captured four district championships — winning the 100 (12.51), 200 (25.95), 400 relay (49.99) and 800 relay(1:45.01) — and appears ready to repeat, or perhaps better, her three state meet berths as a sophomore.
“Everybody brought their best performances to the table today, even though it was kind of cold out here,” Rogers said. “On our relays, all of the handoffs were great, and we didn’t let anything stand in our way.
“I love my team. We really are like a family. Being able to share this with our track family, it’s a wonderful feeling.”
Juniors Andresja De’Armas and Lamia Scott joined Rogers and senior Tierra Goodman on the victorious 400 and 800 units. De’Armas also placed second in the 100 at 12.70.
Avon Lake senior Christine Bohan accounted for Lorain County’s other title, adding the discus (133-foot-0) to the shot put crown she won Wednesday. Elyria freshman Erin Mariner was second in the 1,600 (5:21.88).
In the boys competition, three local athletes won championships.
Midview junior Jeffrey Ondo claimed the high jump (6-4), North Ridgeville freshman Demario McCall took the 100 (11.26) and Avon senior Brentten Wiley captured the 300 hurdles (39.46).
Second-place finishes were recorded by Avon’s Jake Bitter (200), Amherst’s Mike Kardos (800), Avon Lake’s Tim Villari (3,200), Wiley (110 hurdles), Avon Lake’s Max Seipel (shot put) and North Ridgeville’s 400 relay (McCall, senior Paul Sonego, junior Jason Lucas, sophomore Billy Dwulat).