Tessa Medrano of the Village Academy girls track and field team had just received her fifth-place medal for the 800 meters in the Division III state meet when she was approached about running in an all-star meet this weekend.
Life at state was different this year for Medrano, a senior who earned a spot on the podium by running 2 minutes, 16.04 seconds June 3 at Ohio State, one year after finishing 14th in the same race in her first state appearance.
"I saw that I was (seeded) ninth coming in and I aimed for fifth," said Medrano, the only girl in school history to make state. "I held fifth place the whole time. I don't know how. I guess it was the adrenaline.
"My first lap was normal for me and I guess I sped up a few seconds on the second (lap)."
Medrano was joined at state by Jack DeLano of the boys team, a senior who was 14th in the 200 (22.99) and 15th in the 100 (11.33) on June 2 in his first state appearance.
"This track is the best I have ever run. This is so much different than the smaller meets," DeLano said. "This is such a great way to end my high school career. It's very satisfying and just great to be here.
"The individual coaching and attention we get (at Village Academy) is something special and it's such a big help. The bond we make with them is great."
DeLano will attend Ohio State, where he plans to participate in the Ohio State Running Club.
Medrano is headed to Harvard University, and she hopes her state performance helps her make the track team. She needs a 2:13 in the 800 to be considered for the team, and if she falls short of that, she plans to join the Crimson's club team.
"Somehow, I will be running again," Medrano said.