Eagles win OCSAA state meet
Despite taking only seven athletes to the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association State track and field meet, the Gilead Christian boys team finished in third place as all seven boys contributed to their 89 point total.
The Eagles were bested only by Youngstown Christian and Lake Center Christian at the meet held at Lake High School in Hartville on Saturday, May 12.
Sophomore Danny Bruce led the way as he was state champion in the long jump and 300 meter hurdles. Bruce also placed third in the 100 meters. Senior Tanner Kurilec took second in the high jump and fourth in the 800 meter.
Sophomore Caleb Mosher secured second in the 3200 meters and third in the 1600 meters. Sophomore Aaron Martin threw the discus for second place and finished a strong fourth in the 400 meters. Freshmen Nick Kerman took fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and fifth place in the discus and fellow frosh Joey McCormish took eighth in the shot put.
Senior Jason Ziegler joined Kurilec, Martin, and Mosher to claim second in the 4x800 relay. The 4x200 relay team of Kurilec, Bruce, Mosher & Martin claimed third place.
On the girls’ side, The Lady Eagle tracksters secured fifth place in the state while having only two athletes compete — senior Lyndee Sayers and sophomore Cassie Smotherman. Sayers was state champion in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, finished third in the 100 meter dash and jumped to fifth place in the long jump. Smotherman’s efforts in the throwing events took home fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
GCS coach Marty Mckenzie was very proud of his teams’ tremendous efforts. McKenzie shared, “My boys and girls were focused and outstanding overachievers today. I couldn’t have had asked any more of them. This was a great prelude to the upcoming OHSAA state district meets this week, where I expect the momentum to continue for our team.”