Beau­mont opens dis­trict in style with 4x8 crown

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - SPORTS - By Chris Lill­strung CLill­strung@news-her­ald.com @CLill­strungNH on Twit­ter

Such is its mighty tra­di­tion in 4x800-me­ter re­lay that no one will ever see it cross the fin­ish line on a big stage and won­der in­quis­i­tively, “Beau­mont?”

The Blue Streaks have been to state 21 times in their rich his­tory — break­ing a nine-year drought in 4x8 by mak­ing it last spring — and have cracked the top four 18 times, in­clud­ing 12 state cham­pi­onships.

May 17 dur­ing Day 1 of the Divi­sion II Perry Dis­trict, with plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence back from a year ago, Beau­mont went back to tra­di­tion — it left no ques­tion.

The Blue Streaks’ quar­tet of fresh­man Ella Lisac, ju­nior Ash­ley Ruli­son and sopho­mores Ad­di­son Ciecier­ski and Mia Mlynek broke the meet record with a time of 9 min­utes, 45.18 sec­onds.

There was an early chal­lenge from Perry, but Ruli­son gave Ciecier­ski the ba­ton in the lead. Ciecier­ski did nicely with a back­stretch at­tack on her open­ing 200 to stretch out the ad­van­tage, and Mlynek de­liv­ered a well-paced an­chor to ice the re­sult.

“It’s kind of a hot day out, but since we’re not used to train­ing in that, I thought we did re­ally well,” Mlynek said. “We did a good job get­ting out. Ella did a good job get­ting out. Ash­ley re­ally chased down the girls, so that was good with her. I think, over­all, we all ran pretty well.”

The Blue Streaks briefly led The News-Her­ald cov­er­age area with a 9:45.39 to take sec­ond at the Amherst Steele Comet Re­lays and fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son third in the area be­hind two-time de­fend­ing D-II state champion Cha­grin Falls (9:30.03) and Men­tor (9:31.27).

Cha­grin went 9:23.26 over at the Bed­ford Dis­trict, and af­ter be­ing a key part of a state charge a year ago as a fresh­man, Mlynek knows there’s a sense of ur­gency to get deep un­der 9:40 at the D-II Austin­town-Fitch Re­gional.

“We strug­gled a lit­tle bit mid­sea­son, but I think we’re about to get our groove back,” Mlynek said.

“I didn’t think we found our con­sis­tency yet, but hope­fully we’ll get it to­gether for next week, too.

“I think (the keys are) good work­outs next week and just push­ing our­selves and re­al­iz­ing it’s all or noth­ing.”

The host Pi­rates crowned a pair of in­di­vid­ual win­ners, Justin Haywood tak­ing dis­cus and Cameron Rogers cap­tur­ing pole vault.

Haywood, who fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son third in the area with a 153-9, didn’t need quite that much to win in his home circle, tak­ing first with a solid 148-6.

The se­nior wouldn’t have minded a 150 for a base­line to take into Fitch, but get­ting a pair of 148s — one each in pre­lims and fi­nals — pro­vided some so­lace.

“I would have liked a lit­tle more,” Haywood said. “It’s a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing to be a lit­tle bit un­der 150. But I’ve got­ten into the 150s. It’s just some­thing else to com­pete for.

“(The 148-6 felt good tech­ni­cally,) es­pe­cially the re­lease. Some­thing about the end of it felt re­ally good, so I think that’s some­thing re­ally good to work on and con­tinue on to re­gional.”

Rogers, with just 12 pole vaulters in the dis­trict field, didn’t have to en­dure the usual lag time that goes with the event and came out of it with a 12-6.

Af­ter a reg­u­lar sea­son rav­aged at the be­gin­ning by the weather and a sub­se­quent se­vere lack of out­door prac­tice time and a tail end to the cam­paign foiled by a ham­string ail­ment, the CVC Cha­grin champion was glad to take a dis­trict ti­tle and con­tinue his push for state.

“Well, ob­vi­ously it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to come out af­ter all that’s hap­pened and win,” Rogers said. “That’s al­ways the goal.

“I got (12-6) on my first at­tempt, and we bumped up to 13 and I had three solid at­tempts at it. Hope­fully next week I get it fi­nally.”

Other area dis­trict cham­pi­ons crowned at Perry on May 17 were Beach­wood’s Mad­die Alexan­der, who cleared 5-1 to take high jump, and Lake Catholic’s Mar­shai Cooper, who won shot put with a 34-5 1/2.

BARRY BOOHER — THE NEWS-HER­ALD

Beau­mont’s Mia Mlynek nears the fin­ish line as the Blue Streaks won 4x800 on May 17 dur­ing the Divi­sion II Perry Dis­trict.

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