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By: Jonathan Huff
Obtained From: Medina Gazette

BRUNSWICK— If nothing else, Saturday served as a starting point for the Brunswick and Buckeye track and field teams. The Blue Devils finished fourth (girls) and fifth (boys), while the Bucks took sixth (boys) and seventh (girls) at the Brunswick Elite Meet. The St. Ignatius boys and Solon girls won the titles. Brunswick’s Bailey Lack started the season at the top, finishing first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88 and the 200 in 26.17.

The Akron recruit then helped Bailey Blythin, Nellie Bykova and Cam Scott in the 4×400 relay that took a close second to Strongsville. “The competition here is good with Strongsville and Solon,” Lack said. “It’s pretty impressive. I think the competition helped push everybody. I can’t complain (about the day). We had a couple new faces for the 4×4. Nellie Bykova looked good along with Bailey and Cam.” Blythin and Scott added points individually. Blythin won the 300 hurdles in 47.52, while Scott finished fourth in the 400 (1:03.71). The field events provided more points, as Nyree Mushanagzhiki tied for third in the high jump at 5 feet and Amber Neitzel finished third in the long jump with a 14-7.

The pole vault served as the big point-getter with a win from Sam Gibson (9-0) and a second from Ashley Danesi (8-0). The Blue Devils boys found their own success in the pole vault, as Sean Kilbane (13-0) won the event and Alan Strauss (11-6) finished third. “I wish I could’ve (set a personal record) but I’m happy with where I’m at right now in the season,” Kilbane said. “Coming off injury, I’m definitely where I want to be compared to a month ago.” Andre Bollam-Godbott had a solid day for the Brunswick distance crew. The junior finished second, by one second, to St. Ignatius’s Luke Wagner in the 1,600, crossing in 4:20.67. Bollam-Godbott returned to take third in the 3,200 (10:00.75). “I feel like I’m a bit rusty,” Bollam-Godbott said. “It’s good to get an outdoor race under my belt. (Wagner) made a big move with 600 to go and I tried to make it up. I’m happy, though. Last year I opened with a 4:30.”