Highland, MG win titles at Middle School County Meet
By ROB HAMILTON
Highland and Mount Gilead claimed team titles at last Wednesday’s Middle School County Meet.
In the track meet, hosted by Mount Gilead, the Lady Indians finished with 141 points, while Northmor scored 82, Highland had 66 and Gilead Christian tallied 18. Cardington did not score in the meet.
Mount Gilead won seven events on their way to claiming the team title. Olivia Brewer took first in the 100 in a time of 13.0 and won the 200 in 27.5. She also teamed with MaKaylee Wyatt, Cambry Arnold and Jenna Shipman to win the 800 relay in 1:56.6.
Raygan Walters took the shot put with an effort of 29’6”, while Morgan Brooke claimed the high jump by clearing 4’2”, Jenna Shipman won the long jump with an effort of 14’6.5” and Brittany Schuller tied for the pole vault championship by clearing 6’.
Northmor was led by Isabelle Ditullio, who won three events. She took the 1600 in 5:57.6, the 400 in 1:09.4 and the 800 in 2:48.8. Also, the 400 relay team of Brooklyn Mayes, Bailey Komer, Brooke Buzzard and Megan Simpson took first in 57.5 and Karalee Patterson tied for first in the pole vault at 6’.
For Highland, the 1600 relay team of Lizzy Russell, Meg Mitchell, Hannah Lucius and Anna Connors took first in 4:53. Also, Savannah Russell won the discus with an effort of 74’7.5”.
Gilead Christian also won two events, as Lydia Morgan took the 100 hurdles in 17.0 and the 200 hurdles in 33.0.
In the boys’ meet, Highland was boosted to their win by claiming five events. They scored 100 points, Northmor finished with 92.5, Mount Gilead had 74.5, Cardington placed fourth with 39 and Gilead Christian tallied six.
Garrett Mentzer won the 100 in 12.2 and the 200 in 25.0. He was also on the 400 relay with Andrew Davis, Nathan Bentley and Tyler Tolle. They won in 51.2.
Also, Noah Drake took the 110 hurdles in 18.8 and Bentley won the 200 hurdles in 31.2.
Northmor got wins in four events. Josh Caudill won the shot put in 39’2”, while James Walker took the high jump in 4’10”. Also, Jacob Marks won the long jump with a leap of 15’7.75” and Aaron Vitte cleared 8’6” to win the pole vault.
Mount Gilead claimed three events, including two relays. Kyle Blanton, Nick Weiss, Kyle Ciballi and Deondre Cook won the 1600 relay in 4:15; while Blanton, Weiss, Jonah Barnett and Jordan Jennings won the 800 relay in 1:51.4. Also, Josiah Schirtzinger won the discus with an effort of 103’2”.
For Cardington, Jacob Long claimed the 1600 in 5:06.5 and the 800 in 2:23. Also, Spencer Baxter won the 400 in 57.6.
Gilead Christian’s top placement was in the long jump, where Austin Hallabrin finished third.
North Union Relays
The Mount Gilead girls finished second at Friday’s North Union Relays, while Northmor took third.
The Lady Indians won a number of events in placing second behind Jonathan Alder in the meet.
The 6400 relay of Raychel Gress, Mikaela Bush, Kenzie McKirgan and Sophia Friesen took first in 24:15. Gress, Bush, Rachel Bush and Bryanna Bolha took the 3200 relay in 10:27.79.
The discus trio of Marisa Nelson, Jessie Baldridge and Kara McNamee also took first place. Those same three also won the shot put competition.
Mount Gilead also took second place in the shuttle hurdles, 800-meter sprint medley and 1600 relay.
Many of Northmor’s points came from second– and third-place finishes. They took second in the 6400 relay, distance medley, 3200 relay and shot put relay and also placed third in the 400 relay, 1600 relay, long jump relay and discus relay.
In the boys’ meet, Mount Gilead took third place, while Northmor was sixth.
Mount Gilead’s quartet of Ethan Hatfield, Ryan Hayes, Tyler Beck and Camden West won the 6400 relay in 20:48.
Finishing second were the shuttle hurdles, 3200 relay, 800 relay, pole vault relay and the shot put relay and taking third was the 1600 relay.
Northmor’s duo of Ethan Nichols and Jamie Baldridge won the pole vault relay. The team was second in the 1600 relay.
Yellow Jacket Relays
In Saturday’s Yellow Jacket Relays, the Highland girls took fourth in the Division II-III meet, while Cardington was fifth.
Highland’s 6400 relay team of Lydia Hockenberry, Nichole Carter, Angelica Presley and Sarah Klugh took first in 27:55.92.
Taking second was the 1600 relay; while third place finishes went to the 3200 relay and distance medley.
Cardington took third place in the 1600 sprint medley for their highest placement in the meet.
In the boys’ meet, Highland finished fifth, while the Pirates finished sixth.
Highland’s team of Logan Ebersole, James Hubbard, Quenton Miller and Josh Irvin took the 6400 relay in 21:44.06.
The Scot shuttle hurdle relay was second, as was the 3200 relay. Placing third was the 1600 relay.
Cardington’s 1600-meter special medley and distance medley both took third place in the meet.
Northmor vs. Highland
Northmor swept a triangular meet last Tuesday against Highland and Elgin.
The Knight boys scored 67 points to top the Comets (51) and Scots (43).
Northmor claimed three of the meet’s four relay races. Jacob Hill, Eric Linn, Brandon Neyman and Brandon Loyer took the 3200 relay in 9:48.1; Clint Crose, Jamie Baldridge, Trevor Pryor and Tyler Beck won the 400 relay in 47.6 and Lorin Campbell, Baldridge, Beck and Crose won the 1600 relay in 3:55.8.
Campbell added wins in the 400 (1:00.6) and 200 (24.1). Also, Loyer won the 3200 in 10:54.6, Neyman took the 1600 in 4:48.2 and Crose won the 100 in 11.8.
Highland got two wins from Shawn Beltz, who won the 110 hurdles in 16.9 and the 800 in 2:14.2. Tyler Dudgeon won the 300 hurdles in 46.7 and Colton Stanley took the discus with an effort of 112’6”.
In the girls’ meet, Northmor won with 99 points, while Highland scored 51 and Elgin tallied 15.
Northmor won the 3200 relay as Dani Blum, Brianna Heminger, Megan Milavec and Sarah Ruhl finished in 11:40.2. The team’s 400 relay of Chantel Cline, Taylor Coulson, Allie Tupps and Gabrielle Woods won with a time of 55.3.
Cline added wins in three events, as she took first in the high jump (4’4”), long jump (14’7.5”) and 300 hurdles (58.1).
Tupps won the 100 in 13.7 and the 800 in 2:38.5. Blum added wins in the 1600 (5:58.8) and 3200 (11:40.8). Also, Kris Pfister won the shot put with a throw of 35’0.5” and Coulson took the 200 in 28.3.
Highland won the other two relays. Chelsea Kane, Katie Davies, Taylor Hankins and Amanda Mosier won the 800 relay in 1:55.3. Also, Kayla Davies, Michelle Katona, Stacy Bennett and Autumn Mentzer took the 1600 relay in 4:46.
Katie Davies won the 400 in 1:07.8 and Mosier took the 100 hurdles in 16.2.
Cardington finished third in a triangular last week against Clear Fork and Loudonville.
The boys won four events. Zach Zvansky took the pole vault by clearing 12’, leapt 5’10 in the high jump and won the 200 in 24.24. Also, Mitch Yake topped the field in the 1600 in 5:02.9.
The girls didn’t win any events, but Chesney Adams was second in the 100 and the 1600 relay of Adams, Shelby Harper, Sami Bennett and Sydney Zierden also was runner-up.