The week was jammed packed with Track and Field action as the first step toward the State Meet in Columbus was taken with the district competitions. The area teams competed in both Division II and Division III meets at tracks in Defiance, Archbold and Gibsonburg. At the Division II meet, teams from Bryan and Wauseon were in action. In team standings Wauseon finished third in the boys meet with 75 points, Bryan was sixth with 57 and Swanton with 47. In the girls meet, Wauseon was seventh with 48 and Bryan was 12th with 20. When all was said, and done, Bryan sent 11 athletes onto this week’s Regional meet in Piqua. Pole Vaulter Parker Harris (3rd, 12’8”) moved as the lone field event representative for the Golden Bears. As the running events took off, Bryan’s 4×800 relay team of Tyler Manon, Austin Johnson, Evan Smith and Logan Deel were District Champions with a time of 8:28.23. The same four captured another District title in the 4×400 relay in 3:27.60. Other Golden Bears moving on included: Brycen Andrews (3rd, 15.96), the 4×100 relay with Andrews, Alex Potvin, Drew Peters, Thibaut Woolace (2nd, 45.38), Johnson also moved on in the 800 meters (2nd, 2:00.78). Tyler Manon qualified for his first regional meet as the freshman in the 300 meter hurdles (3rd, 41.02). During the girls meet, another Bryan freshman, Audrey Zimmerman qualified in both the 1600 meters (4th, 5:29.10) and in the 3200 meters (2nd, 11:45.47). Also, competing during the two-day event at Defiance was the Wauseon Indians. The Indians had a total of eight athletes advancing to the regional meet. The boys 4×800 relay team of Aaron Beck, Owen Newlove, Joshua Lowry and Kyle Vernot (3rd, 8:33.15) were the first Indians qualifiers. Vernot (2nd, 4:36.00) and Beck (3rd, 4:40.69) advanced in the 1600 meters. Lowry (2nd, 10:14.95) joined Vernot (1st, 10:14.18) to advance in the 3200 meters. Kyle Zirkle threw is way to a regional berth (3rd, 144’10”) in the discus. The Lady Indians have two representatives at Piqua with Halen Mealer in the 300 meter hurdles (2nd, 46.37) and Paige Smith in the 200 meters (4th, 27.61). The Swanton Bulldogs had success at Defiance as well with the Bulldogs’ boys taking part in the Division II meet. The highlight for Swanton was a district record mark in the Long Jump where Jonny Shanks won with a leap of 21’11.75”. Tanner Prentice and Anthony Howard joined their teammate advancing to Piqua as Prentice was second in the 400 meters in 52.31 and Howard ran to a third-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.91. Gunnar Oakes rounded out the Swanton qualifiers finishing second in the High Jump clearing 6’.
DIVISION III @ ARCHBOLD: On the Bluestreaks home track, the boys ran to a district championship with 119 points while the girls were second with 102 points. Other teams of interest in the boys meet included: Montpelier (4th, 58 points), Edgerton (9th, 25 points), Edon (10th, 23.5 points), Pettisville (12th, 15 points), Hilltop (13th, 14 points), North Central (17th, 4.50 points), Stryker (18th, two points). In the girls meet, Pettisville (3rd, 71 points), Montpelier (9th, 33.50), North Central (10th, 24 points), Edon (11th, 23 points), Stryker (12th, 18 points), Edgerton (13th, 17 points), Hilltop (15th. 12 points), Fayette (16th, 10 points). Between their two teams, the Bluestreaks take 20 athletes to the Regional meet in Tiffin. Archbold crowned 10 district champions. Included in the list was the 100 meter hurdles with Lexa Richardson in 15.78, both 4×200 meter relay teams. Nick Waidelich, Noah Blankenship, Kegan Ott and Jack Fisher won in 1:32.35 and the girls quartet of Macey Rupp, Emily Roth, Gwynn Riley and Dakota Stamm ran to victory with a time of 1:44.26. The relay sweeps continued as both 4×100 relay teams were winners. Waidelich, Ott, Sam Petersen and Clay Gerig turned in a time of 44.49. Shylo Richardson, Roth, Julia Lambert and Rupp teamed up to win the girls race in 51.66. Stamm won her second event, her specialty, the 400 meters in a district record 58.24. The Streaks again doubled up in winning an event when Jack Fisher sprinted his way to a 50.76 in the 400 meters. The meet ended with Archbold sweeping their third and final relay race. The boys team of Deven Girdham, Blankenship, Petersen and Fisher sped to a district title in the 4×400 meters in 3:28.66. Sydney Ranzau represented Archbold in the field events with a win in the Pole Vault with a leap of 9’5”. Grabbing second places for the Streaks included: Levi Carmody (Shot Put, 48’2”), Lexa Richardson (300 meter hurdles, 49.16) and Blankenship (400 meters, 52.50). Clay Gerig was third in the 300 meter hurdles in 42.02 and Macey Rupp added a third in the 200 meters in 26.29. Devan Girdham qualified in the 110 meter hurdles finishing fourth in 16.08. The Lady Blackbirds led the BBC contingent with a third-place finish in the Division III meet. Five ladies represented Pettisville with three district titles including one district record. The record occurred when the 4×800 meter relay team of Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Morgan Leppelmeier and Alexa Leppelmeier outdistanced runner up Holgate by 13 seconds with a time of 9:34.52. The foursome broke their own mark of 9:40.16 set last season. Alexa Leppelmeier added the 1600 and 3200 meter qualifications. Leppelmeier was second in the 1600 in 5:13.32 while Foor was two spots behind in fourth with a qualifying time of 5:16.76. Alexa Leppelmeier’s exploits continued with a district title in the 3200 meters. She ran the distance in 11:24.41. Foor again ran with her team mate and qualified third in 11:40.95. Elizabeth Sauder added a district title in the 800 meters in 2:20.87. The ‘fab four’ then teamed up for another regional qualification in the 4×400 relay with a second-place finish in 4:15.60. Katie Hauter will accompany the four as she was a fourth-place finisher in the discus with a toss of 105’4”. Pettisville’s lone male regional qualifier was high jumper Jaret Rychener with a district championship leap of 6’1”. The Montpelier Locomotive teams finished with 17 athletes moving on to the regional meet. In the first day of competition both the girls and boys 4×800 relay teams advanced. The girls’ foursome of Jacqueline Carlson, McKenna Quaderer, Kimme Engels and Lydia Grime finished fourth with a qualifying time of 10:23.35. The boys team of Jared Rediger, Austin Miller, Kolden Uribes and Michael Blake won a district championship in the event with a winning time of 8:28.30. The relay qualifications continued as both 4×200 meter relay teams, 4×100 meter relay teams and 4×400 meter relay teams all advanced. Hanna Bumb, McKenna Quaderer, Jaelyn Lyons and Jacqueline Carlson finished third in 1:50.54 while the boys team of Bryce Cooley, Brandon Stein, Austin Miller, Kolden Uribes were second in 1:33.02. Two different faces went with six of the same in the 4×100 relays. Gabby Cox joined Quaderer, Carlson and Bumb in the 4×100 for the girls while Austin Grubb joined Uribes, Stein and Cooley for the boys. The girls finished fourth to advance with a time of 53.47 while the boys were third in 45.01. In the two 4×400 meter relay qualifying teams it once again was Quaderer, Carlson and Bumb being joined this time by Destiny Oliphant. The girls qualified third in 4:19.50. The boys team of Miller, Blake, Uribes and Stein finished the trifecta with a third-place finish in 3:32.45. Blake gained an individual district title in the 800 meters in 2:00.18 and moved to the High Jump for a second-place finish with a clearance of 6’. Marie Schoenefeld and Zac Mason join their teammates to regional as Schoenefeld qualified third with a toss of 35’ 3.5” and Mason vaulted his way to regional with a height of 12’. The North Central Lady Eagles showed next on the scoreboard with 24 points. Two Lady Eagles will be making the trip to regional as Kailey Siebeneck qualified third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.72. Vada Lashaway jumped her way to a thirdplace finish in the Pole Vault with a leap of 9’ to advance. The Bombers were led by the Family Bloir as Riley qualified in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump and brother Logan won the district title in the 110 meter hurdles and qualified in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Riley’s time in the 100 meter hurdles was 16.96, good for fourth and her long jump of 14’11.5” was good for third. Logan ran to a first-place finish in the hurdle event with a time of 15.7. He then placed third in the 100 meters in 11.28 and fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.99. Other individuals qualifying for the Division III Regional included: Chanse Evans (Edgerton, high jump), Kelsey Fruchey (Fayette, high jump), Kara Brown (Hilltop, 100 meter hurdles) and Taylor Trent (Hilltop, long jump) and Paige Speelman (Stryker, 100 meters and 200 meters.) In Division III District action at Gibsonburg the Evergreen and Delta teams plus the Swanton girl took part and made their presence felt as between the three schools 19 athletes advance to regional action. The Swanton girls took third in the split district meet with 82 points. In the other split district, Evergreen girls finished third with 80 points and Delta was 10th with 22 points. The Lady Bulldogs were winners in three events as Haley Nelson ran to victories in the 100 meters (12.62) and the 200 meters (25.88). Nelson was joined by teammates Bobbie Oberle, Ally Hendricks and Bridget Harlett as they foursome won the 4×100 relay in 51.20. The same four sprinters advanced with a second-place finish in the 4×200 relay in 1:49.33. Sidney Taylor joined Nelson as a multiple winner as she qualified in both the shot put (33’7.25”) and discus (114’7”). Julia Smith set a district record in winning the high jump with a leap of 5’8” to win the event and Hannah Grabke placed third to advance in the pole vault with a leap of 8’8”. The Evergreen Lady Vikings, competing in the split district, were led by Alyssa Noe. Noe qualified individually with wins in the 100 meters (13.00) and 200 meters (26.64). She also qualified with a second-place finish in the 400 meters (1:02.12) and was the anchor leg on the qualifying 4×200 relay as she was joined by Amelia Kennedy, Bailie Sutter and Asia Gensch placing second in 1:49.33. Kennedy was a district champion in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.28. Sutter advanced also in the 300 meter hurdles with a third-place finish in 48.68. The 4×400 relay closed the meet by qualifying second with a time of 4:20.94. The four runners were Gensch, Sutter, Kennedy and Savannah VanOstrand. The lone Evergreen boy to qualify for the regional meet was Hunter Van Wert who captured the district title in the 100 meters with a time of 11.08. The Delta Panthers ended the meet advancing four girls and two boys onto the regional meet. The Lady Panthers’ 4×100 meter relay team moved on with a fourth-place finish with a time of 53.73. The foursome included Mckenzie Berger, Brooklyn Wright, Kali Zicovich and Mary Miller. Miller also qualified with a third place finish in the shot put with a heave of 34’7.25”. On the boys’ side, Maverick Wright qualified in both the 1600 meters (2nd, 4:37.00) and 3200 meters (3rd, 10;20.48). Peyton Phillips was a double qualifier as well with finishes in the 300 meter hurdles (3rd, 42.88) and high jump (1st, 6’4”). Delta was seventh in the boys scoring with 36 points while Evergreen was ninth with 25 points.