Sprinting to success


Marissa Mastrangelo

Track members warm up before a practice.

The MHS Boys Track and Field season is coming up quick and the runners are rapidly working to prepare for a successful season. Following up on last year, when many track members found success in both conference and regional competitions, the Medina Boys Track team looks to outshine their previous performance.

Sprinters Coach and MHS health teacher Mr. Tobin Stepsis said, “[We] had a number of athletes perform at a high level because of their hard work they put into it.”

Stepsis noted that Medina finished 4th in the Greater Cleveland Conference meet last season with a 3-2 conference record. Returning senior Da’One Jordan and 2016 graduate Jayson Blankenship both won first place among others such as Zac Blake and Jake Wickey finishing second place all-conference.

Stepsis stated, “(It’s a) combination of great coaches with kids that are willing to put in the time necessary to be good, and eventually be great.”

Stepsis talked briefly about the way track and field meets are run. He spoke about two types of meets: dual meets and invitationals. Dual meets are a one versus one competition between two schools. Points are awarded 5-3-1 for first, second, and third respectively. The two schools play until one reaches the winning total of 69 points. As for invitationals, track teams invited will compete in each event in order to win with the largest cumulative score.

One thing Stepsis talked about as a challenge was taking a more individualized sport like track and bringing the players together as a team.

Junior track sprinter Adam Smith, who has been running since 7th grade, said, “the hard workouts we have every day really bring the team together because everyone is going through the same pain.”

Stepsis agreed players can use workouts to focus on getting better and not worry about what others are doing.

First-year track runner Junior Anthony Lebada said, “The thing that I don’t look forward to, that pressures me, is anything to do with endurance because I hear we do a lot of that.”

Lebada is coming from the MHS Junior Varsity Football team so track is a new challenge that he’s willing to take on. Stepsis even encouraged athletes not involved to give it a shot because of how it “offers the ability to become a better athlete.”


Track season is coming up faster than you think, don’t miss the boys’ first track meet on March 29th at MHS’ Kenneth Dukes Stadium.