SHEFFIELD — It had been more than 18 years since Midview had won an invitational.
Behind an injured yet still impressive Isiah Johnson, the Middies changed that Thursday, winning the boys side of the sixth annual Brookside Invitational.
Johnson was named MVP by anchoring three first-place finishes and winning the 200-meter dash.
“Track really makes you feel like it is a team effort and it’s all about the team,” Johnson said. “I just tried to fight through and do what it takes to get that team trophy at the end.”
Johnson was dealing with leg issues throughout the competition but fought through to lead the Middies.
“I’ve got to give it to my teammates, they really stepped up,” Midview senior runner Hayden Meek said. “You see other players pushing through injury and it makes you want to go even harder.”
Midview finished with a final score of 103, easily overtaking second-place Vermilion (80). Brookside finished third with 60 points.
“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win an invitational,” Midview coach Kevin Radigan said. “That’s what we’re trying to do and these guys are helping build it.”
Avon’s girls dominated the competition, cruising to first place with a score of 151.
Midview was second with 80, Brookside was third with 72 and Western Reserve and Normandy rounded out the top five with 60 and 54.
“We had a pretty impressive night and the girls came out and performed well,” Avon coach Sam Ulery said. “We had a lot of girls stand out.”
Vermilion’s Marianna Plas won the girls MVP. The freshman won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and placed second in the 400.
“All my teammates push me to be better and it feels amazing to pay off,” Plas said. “I pushed myself to this spot and I’m going to continue to push myself.
“I just try to focus on finishing the race and beating my best times. It means a lot to be recognized for the talents I have.”
Brookside’s Lauren Sheehan also had an outstanding performance.
The junior took home two first-place finishes as she dominated the shot put and discuss throws.
Sheehan recorded a 103-03 in the discuss and a 37-0 in the shot put, winning both by a wide margin.
“I’m happy about my performance but the wind did affect me a bit,” Sheehan said. “There was some good competition, including my teammates who really pushed me.”