(May 15th, 2015) – ARCHBOLD: With the specialty events already taken care of, the athletes of the North Western Ohio Athletic League (NWOAL) competing at the Friday portion of the meet were limited to sprinters and hurdlers.
Going into the second day of the meet with a sizable lead, Wauseon was able to take the NWOAL crown, scoring 156 points to win the event. Montpelier earned sixth place, netting 60 points along the way.
Quintin Reiser, a senior for Wauseon, came within a second of setting a new NWOAL meet record in the one mile run, as his 4:23.92 victory time fell just shy of the 4:23.01 set by Delta runner Collin Fisher in 2011. Sixth place in the race was taken by Caleb Blanchong, as the Indian boy crossed the finish line at 4:43.15. Jared Rediger finished in tenth place for Montpelier, running a 5:00.72. Fellow Loco Shawn Ramey completed the race with a time of 5:27.5.
The 800 meter run was also quite kind to Reiser, as he came within 2 seconds of that record as well. At 1:58.48, the senior standout won the event, but fell just short of the 1:56.93 mark set by Scott Whisler, of Bryan, back in 2012. Montpelier runner Michael Blake came in sixth place, as the sophomore finished the race in 2:04.49. Wauseon’s Aaron Beck stepped over the finish line eight overall, doing so in 2:08.3, while Loco senior Jake Dewire ran a 2:11.85.
Dylan Snyder earned the title of the NWOAL’s best 110 meter high hurdler, winning the event with a time of 15.2 for the Locomotives. Wauseon’s Joe Richer came in third place with a time of 16.1, while his teammate, Derek Rupp, finished sixth at 16.9.
In the 400 meter dash, Tabb Gype handed Wauseon second place, thanks to his time of 50.78, which was exactly 1 second behind first place finisher Levi Wyse, of Archbold. Indian Mason Creager rounded out the top five, running a 52.19. Austin Miller, of Montpelier, was close behind him, taking sixth place at 53.12.
Winning most of the events on the day, and having at least 1 top five finisher in virtually all of them, Wauseon cruised to a league crown. Montpelier came very close to scoring much higher, as the times separating their runners from higher places were quite slim.