Indians sweep Morrow County track meet
By ROB HAMILTON
The host school had a big day Tuesday when Mount Gilead held the Morrow County Track Meet at their facilities.
The Indians took wins in both varsity meets. In the girls’ competition, they edged Northmor 99.5 to 95. Highland was third with 36.5 points and Cardington scored 19.
Mount Gilead won 10 events on their way to taking the trophy, with Shelby Rizor taking three of those first place finishes.
She claimed the pole vault by clearing 11’6” and took the 100 in 13.4, as well as claiming the 200 in 27.5.
Jessie Baldridge added a pair of wins, taking the shot put with a throw of 35’7” and the discus with an effort of 109’8”.
Mount Gilead added wins in a pair of relays, as the quartet of Rachel Bush, Bryanna Bolha, Raychel Gress and Mikayla Bush took the 3200 relay in 10:08. To finish the meet, the same four girls took the 1600 in 4:19.
Bolha added a win in the 100 hurdles (17.6), while Rachel Bush won the 300 hurdles in 49 seconds and Mikayla Bush took the 800 in 2:21.3.
Northmor’s second-place finish with highlighted by five event wins. Dani Blum provided two of them, as she took first in the 1600 in 5:42.4 and won the 3200 in 12:14.8.
The team of Chantel Cline, Taylor Coulson, Allie Tupps and Gabrielle Woods took the 400 relay in 53.7. Cline added a win in the long jump, by going 15’4” and Melissa Danner cleared 4’6” to finish tops in the high jump.
Both Highland and Cardington won one event apiece in the meet.
The Scots were led by Katie Davies winning the 400 in 1:05; while Cardington’s 800 relay team of Sami Bennett, Chesney Adams, Sydney Zierden and Shelby Harper took first in 1:57.
In the girls’ JV meet, Northmor and Mount Gilead combined to win every event. The Knights took eight, while the Indians claimed four.
Northmor’s Jamie Vanderkooi won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200 dash; while Michelle Waugh took first in the high jump and 400. Also, Megan Milavec won the long jump, Sierra Bell took the discus and Jesamie Houghtby claimed the 100.
For Mount Gilead, Kenzie McKirgan took the 1600 and 3200, while Emily Garry won the shot put and Taylor Hack took first in the 800.
The boys’ meet saw the Indians finish with 90 points, while Northmor scored 82. Highland took third with 43 and Cardington tallied 39.
Logan Chapman claimed wins in both throwing events for Mount Gilead, winning the shot with a throw of 43’6” and the discus with an effort of 130’6.5”.
The Indians added wins in two relays. The team of Paul Melcher, Camden West, Tyler Beck and Branson West took the 3200 relay in 8:54. Also, Jason Heacock, Chapman, Kolby Snyder and Ethan Harris won the 1600 relay in 3:42.
Also, Snyder took the long jump with an attempt of 18’9.25”, Heacock won the 400 in 53.0 and Harris claimed the 300 hurdles in 41.8.
The Knights won eight events to help them claim second place. The 800 relay of Garrett Karcher, Clint Crose, Lorin Campbell and Trevor Pryor won in 1:38; while Tyler Beck, Crose, Jamie Baldridge and Karcher took the 400 relay in 46.9.
Brandon Loyer won two events, taking the 1600 in 4:48 and the 800 in 2:09. Ethan Nichols cleared 13’ to win the pole vault, while Crose won the 100 in 11.5, Campbell claimed the 200 in 23.8 and Brandon Neyman won the 3200 in 10:52.
Shawn Beltz of Highland took first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.8 to pace the Scot effort. For Cardington, Zach Zvansky won the high jump by clearing 5’10”.
Mount Gilead won all but one event in the JV meet, while Highland’s C.J. Moser took first place in the 400 for the other win.
Alex Blanton won the pole vault and high jump for the Indians, while Keane Delp took the shot put and 100 and Joseph Elson took the 300 hurdles and 200. Also, Kenton Picker won the long jump, Ian Delp took the discus, Ethan Hatfield won the 1600, Grant Picker was first in the 800 and Nicholas Middaugh claimed the 3200.
Mount Gilead Invitational
The Mount Gilead girls track team claimed a big win on Saturday, as they took first place in their own invitational.
The Lady Indians scored 126 points to top West Holmes by five in the 12-team meet. Locally, Northmor was fourth (89.5), Gilead Christian took ninth (12) and Cardington was 10th (6.5).
For the Indians, Shelby Rizor won the pole vault by clearing 11’6” and took third in the 100 dash. The quartet of Raychel Gress, Bryanna Bolha, Mikaela Bush and Rachel Bush won the 3200 relay in 10:06.4. Mikaela Bush took the 800 in 2:24 and was second in the 1600. Taryn Chapman won the 400 in 1:00, while Rachel Bush claimed the 300 hurdles in 48.6
Mount Gilead’s Jessie Baldridge took second in both the shot and discus, while the team’s 1600 relay placed second. Hannah Scott placed in a tie for third in the high jump.
Northmor’s Dani Blum took the 3200 in 12:29.3 and was third in the 1600. Chantel Cline finished second in the long jump, along with the 400 relay. Kris Pfister finished third in the discus, as did the team’s 3200 relay, Allie Tupps in the 800, Taylor Coulson in the 200 and the shuttle hurdles relay.
Gilead Christian’s Lyndee Sayers took second in the 400.
For Cardington, their 1600 relay placed sixth.
In the boys’ meet, the Indians took second place with 93.5 points. Northmor claimed fourth with 79.5, while Cardington was seventh with 40 and Gilead Christian placed 10th with 29.
The Indians’ Logan Chapman won the discus with a throw of 130’7” and was second in the shot. The shuttle hurdles team of Camden West, Noah Scott, Joseph Elson and Branson West placed first in 1:08.
Kolby Snyder claimed second in the long jump, as did Ethan Harris in the 300 hurdles. Noah Scott took third in the shot, as did the 3200 relay team and Jason Heacock in the 400.
Northmor’s Ethan Nichols tied for first in the pole vault with an effort of 14’, while Lorin Campbell won the 200 in 23.2. The Knights were second in the 400 relay. Garrett Karcher placed third in the high jump, as did Clint Crose in the 100, the team’s 800 relay, Brandon Neyman in the 1600 and the 1600 relay.
Leading the way for the Pirates was Zach Zvansky, who won the high jump with an effort of 6’, was second in the 200 and also took third in the pole vault. Dustin Briggs placed third in the 110 hurdles.
Gilead Christian’s Danny Bruce won the long jump by going 19’11.25”, was second in the 100 and third in the 300 hurdles.
Due to space limitations, full results of the Mount Gilead Invitational will be in next week’s edition.
Mount Gilead took second place in both the boys’ and girls’ meets at the Elgin Invitational on Friday, April 27.
The Indian girls finished with 91 points to place second behind River Valley, who won both meets.
The duo of Shelby Rizor and Rachel Bush took first place in the pole vault. In the shot put relay, Jessie Baldridge, Kara McNamee and Marisa Nelson combined for first place.
Mount Gilead also won the 800 sprint medley, as Hannah Scott, Salina Mulkey, Rizor and Mikaela Bush won the race in 1:58.7.
To bolster their point tally, the team took second in the discus relay, the 6400 relay, 3200 relay and 1600 relay.
For Mount Gilead’s boys, the trio of Kolby Snyder, Noah Scott and Ethan Harris finished first in the high jump relay. Also, the quartet of Jason Heacock, Logan Chapman, Snyder and Harris won the 1600 relay in 3:41.6.
The Indians placed second in the long jump relay and shuttle hurdles and took third in the pole vault relay, discus relay, shot put relay, 6400 relay and 3200 relay.
Northmor finished third in the girls’ meet and fourth in the boys’ meet.
The Lady Knights claimed second place in the shot put relay, 400-meter relay, distance medley and 800 sprint relay. They also were third in the long jump relay, discus relay, 6400 relay, shuttle hurdles, 3200 relay and 400-meter hurdles relay.
In the boys’ meet, Northmor was paced by their 6400 relay team of Eric Linn, Brandon Neyman, Jacob Hill and Brandon Loyer; who took first in 20:22.9.
The Knights got second in the pole vault relay and 3200 relay. They also were third in the 400 relay, 800 relay, distance medley and sprint medley.
Gilead Christian Eagles
A couple Gilead Christian athletes had big days when the school competed in the Buckeye Central Invitational last Tuesday.
The boys finished sixth in the nine-team meet with 52 points, as Danny Bruce claimed two first-place finishes. He won the 100 in 11.35 and took the long jump with an effort of 19’8.75”. He also placed third in the 300 hurdles, while teammate Aaron Martin was third in the discus.
For the girls, who placed eighth with 30 points, Lyndee Sayers was the top scorer.
She took second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 400. Also, Mary Arrington was third in the 3200.