Now that spring is here, it won’t be long until the high school track season gets underway.
It’s safe to say that Michael Brajdic is ready.
The Bay senior turned in record-setting times to win both the 1600 and 3200 Saturday at the OATCCC Ohio State Indoor Track and Field Championships. Brajdic and the Rockets scored 29 points to finish fourth overall in the Division II/III competition.
Several Westshore athletes capped off the indoor season at the University of Akron’s Stile Athletics Fieldhouse. But none was more impressive than the future Ohio State Buckeye.
Brajdic won the 1600 with a time of 4:13.18, breaking the state indoor meet record of 4:18.75 set back in 2006 by Aiman Scullion of Salem. Senior teammate Nick Banks came in sixth for the Rockets with his time of 4:30.85.
In the 3200, Brajdic beat the record he set last year with a first-place time of 9:22.65. That crushed the mark of 9:32.85 he set in last year’s meet.
Bay also got a fifth-place finish from Sam Allen in the 800 as he turned in a time of 1:58.27. The rockets also got points from Marek Mutch, who took seventh in the pole vault with a 13-0.
Bay’s girls finished 19th in the Division II/III competition, while Magnificat was 13th in the Division I meet. Jack St. Marie of Westlake and Gage Falcone of Fairview also competed.
Leading the Rocket girls was Bridget Doughty, who competed in three events. In the 60 hurdles, she finished fifth in a very competitive field with her time of 9.11 after running a 9:49 in the prelims. Her old nemesis, Jerica Sanders of Lake Catholic, won it with her record-setting time of 8.76.
Doughty also took fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.09 and 12th in the 200 with a 27.48 clocking. Kaylee Kish was 10th in the pole vault with a 9-6, while Amelia Strickler took eighth in the shot put with a 37-1.
It was a tough day for Falcone in the boys shot put. He fouled on his first two attempts, then managed a 40-01 on his third and final throw of the day.
In Division I, Magnificat had a strong showing in the 3200 relay, finishing fourth. Kat Stultz, Abbie Marquard, Laura Hogan and Shannon Sullivan crossed the finish line with a time of 9:49.62. Medina won the race with a 9:27.64.
The Blue Streaks also competed int he 1600 relay, taking 12th as Stultz, Sam Birchfield, Marquard and Rachel Hlatky ran a 4:14.88. Hlatky had a busy day, finishing seventh in the 60 (7.87) and fourth in the 200 (25.53). Stultz was ninth in the 800 with her time of 2:24.75, while Marquard was 13th in the 400 with a 1:01.72.
In the triple jump, a pair of sophomores competed for the Streaks. Jacquelyn Misencik was fourth with a 33-9.5, while Isabelle Haney was 15th with her 29-7.5.
For the Demons, St. Marie competed in the 3200, finishing 11th with a time of 9:43.23.
For complete meet results, go to http://oh.milesplit.com/meets/68369.