Amherst Comets look to continue success (Track Notebook)

The Amherst girls track team has been on a tear in recent weeks. On April 18, the Comets won the Lorain County Invitational. On April 26, they won the Comet Relays — the first time doing so since 1981. Today, Amherst looks to continue its success at the Berea Kiwanis Relays at Baldwin-Wallace University.

“To win the Berea Relays is truly going to be a team effort,” Amherst coach Rob Glatz said. “There are not that many individual events.”

At the Berea Relays, the only individual event is the 3200m. With that in mind, keep tabs on the Comets’ Cassie Vince. She placed second at the Comet Relays in the 3200m (11:25.11) and won at the Lorain County Invitational (11:58.04)

Sixteen teams competing at the Berea Kiwanis Relays. Officials will score 10 places instead of the regular eight places. The first place team at the Relays will get 15 points instead of a prototypical 10 points for coming in the top spot. With that said, Glatz said that it changed his strategy for the upcoming meet.

“What we have done, we’ve loaded up our relays with our best athletes,” Glatz said. “We didn’t have some of our athletes last week, which we will this week, and we’re going to win several events so we can rack up those points.”

After defeating Brunswick by 32 points and Medina 36 points at the Comet Relays, Glatz said that winning the Berea Relays will be tougher this time around.

“Brunswick was missing three of their top athletes; a distance runner and two of their best sprinters.” Glatz said. “Medina is also going to be very good competition as well.”

Eagles seek win

The Avon Eagles boys track team was dominant at the Lorain County Invitational, placing first and defeated second place Amherst by 43 points. The Eagles placed fifth at the Comet Relays and is looking to rebound and win its own event they are hosting tomorrow — the Avon Jim Reynolds Relays.

Emotions will be high at the Avon Relays.

“It’s named after Jim Reynolds former girls coach and he is right now recovering from a heart attack and he’s not going to be able to be there on Saturday,” Avon coach Scott Lanham said. “We’re loading up and we’re trying to go out there and win it for him.”

Lanham added that although his team is doing well, they can certainly improve.

“The team is not clicking on all cylinders yet,” Lanham said. “We had a DQ at the Comet Relays in the 4x100 which would have moved us from fifth to maybe even third or second. Saturday is another opportunity for us to start clicking as a team and for everyone to do their part.”

Arguably, the best athlete on Avon is hurdler Brentten Wiley. He won the 110m (15.29) and 300m (41.67) hurdles at the Lorain County Invitational. Wiley came in second at the Comet Relays in the 110m (15.27) and 300m (39.75).

“His hard work and dedication has paid off throughout the year, it shows in his performance,” Lanham said. “He’s a great role model in terms of leading these young guys. He stays after practice. Every night he’s usually the last one to leave.”

Who is Max Seipel?

If you don’t know who Max Seipel is, keep an eye on this phenomenal field athlete from Avon Lake.

Seipel won the shot put (50-7) at the Lorain County Invitational and the discus by more than 11 feet (139-0). At the Comet Relays he placed third overall in the shot put (52-1 3/4) and second overall in the discus (170-0). At the Avon Lake Invitational, Seipel came first in the discus (166-5) and second at the Avon Lake Invitational in the shot put (52-8).

Seipel has been consistent all season in the shot put and in discus. Expect him to do well in districts and regionals.



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Last Updated: 5/2/2013 11:06:00 PM EST

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