Track athletes reach regionals
By ROB HAMILTON
Both Mount Gilead and Northmor had big meets in the Central District Division III track and field championships last week.
In the meet, which was held Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at Gahanna-Lincoln High School, Northmor finished second in the boys’ meet and fourth in the girls’ meet; while the Indians were third in both.
The boys were seperated into two district meets, while all the girls’ teams competed in the same meet.
The Lady Indians scored 74 points to only finish behind Columbus Academy (83) and Grandview Heights (77) in a meet where 23 teams scored at least one point.
In the first two days of the meet, a number of girls advanced to the regional meet.
Shelby Rizor won the pole vault for the Indians by clearing 12’. In the discus, Jessie Baldridge took third with a throw of 108’7” and Marisa Nelson was fourth with an effort of 102’. Also, the 3200 relay team of Raychel Gress, Bryanna Bolha, Mikaela Bush and Rachel Bush took third place in 10:06.08 to advance.
On Saturday, Mikaela Bush won both the 1600 (5:08.61) and the 800 (2:18.04). Rizor took second in the 200 in 27.53, while Rachel Bush finished third in the 300 hurdles in 48.09.
Also, the team took third in the 1600 relay, as Rachel Bush, Bolha, Gress and Mikaela Bush ran the race in 4:15.21.
Not qualifying for districts, but still placing were Baldridge in the shot put (fifth), Rachel Bush in the pole vault (tied for seventh), Kara McNamee in the shot put (eighth) and Sophia Friesen in the 3200 (eighth).
Northmor claimed fourth place with 70 points in the meet. Over the first two days, Kris Pfister won the shot put with a throw of 34’6”, while teammate Kyndall Williams placed third with an effort of 33’9.75”. Chantel Cline also moved on, as she took third in the long jump with an effort of 15’2.75”.
On Saturday, the 400 relay of Cline, Tayler Coulson, Gabrielle Woods and Allie Tupps claimed first place in 52.9. Tupps also qualified in the 400, where she was second in 1:00.73. The Knight freshman added a fifth-place finish in the 200.
Dani Blum placed second in the 3200 in 11:58.87 and also was sixth in the 1600. Coulson added a third-place finish in the 200 (27.55).
While they didn’t move on to the regional meet, Lauren Bood placed sixth in the pole vault and Alisha Pletcher claimed eighth in the discus. Also, the 3200 relay squad of Dani Blum, Brie Heminger, Kelly Pope and Sarah Ruhl placed sixth and the 1600 relay team of Cline, Heminger, Ellen Petulla and Tupps placed eighth.
Gilead Christian finished with eight points in the meet, all scored by Lyndee Sayers, who finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.97.
Cardington also competed in the meet, but didn’t score any points on the girls’ side.
For the boys, Gilead Christian was in the first of two district meets, while Northmor, Mount Gilead and Cardington were in the other.
Gilead Christian finished with 20 points as Danny Bruce moved to regionals in two events. He placed third in the 200 in 23.45 and was fourth in the long jump (20’8.5”).
Bruce also was fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 300 hurdles, while teammates Aaron Martin and Caleb Mosher took eighth in the discus and 3200, respectively.
In the second meet, Northmor’s total of 87 was second to Grandview Heights’ score of 125 points.
Clint Crose moved on to regionals in two individual events and two relays. He won the 200 in 23.28 and was second in the 100 in 11.62.
Also, he teamed with Garrett Karcher, Lorin Campbell and Tyler Beck to take second in the 400 relay (45.82) and with Campbell, Beck and Jamie Baldridge to take fourth in the 800 relay (1:35.49).
Both Beck and Brandon Neyman advanced in two individual events. Beck took third in both the discus (120’9”) and shot (41’6”), while Neyman ran the 3200 in 10:57.66 for third place and the 1600 in 4:47.66 to take fourth.
Three more Knight boys advanced in the field events. Ethan Nichols (13’3”) and Baldridge (12’6”) took second and third, respectively, in the pole vault; while Karcher cleared 5’10” to place fourth in the high jump.
Also advancing was the 3200 relay team of Eric Linn, Neyman, Jacob Hill and Brandon Loyer, who took fourth in the 3200 relay in 9:03.54.
Also, Loyer took fifth in the 1600, as did Campbell in the 200. Also, the 1600 relay of Trevor Pryor, Campbell, Baldridge and Loyer finished eighth.
Mount Gilead’s 77 points put them in third place. For the Indians, Ethan Harris won the 110 hurdles in 15.22, was first in the 300 hurdles in 40.93 and took second in the long jump with an effort of 19’2.25”. He also teamed with Jason Heacock, Logan Chapman and Kolby Snyder to win the 1600 relay in 3:33.96.
Chapman also advanced to regionals in the two throwing events. Chapman was second in the shot put (42’3.5”) and discus (131’3”). Also, Heacock took third in the 400 in 52.14 and the 3200 relay of Paul Melcher, Branson West, Camden West and Heacock was second in 8:52.35.
Snyder also was sixth in the 400 and long jump, while Branson West took eighth in both the pole vault and 3200 and Noah Scott placed eighth in the high jump.
Cardington sent two athletes to the regional meet, as they scored 20 points at districts.
Zach Zvansky won the high jump with a leap of 6’1” and took fourth in the pole vault (12’6”) to also move on in a pair of events. Also, Mitchel Yake placed fourth in the 800 in 2:06.53.
The Highland boys advanced two athletes to this week’s regional meet, as they scored 34 points at their Division II district held at Westerville South.
Logan Ebersole placed third in the 3200 with a time of 11:09.26, while Shawn Beltz took fourth in the 300 hurdles in 41.79. Beltz also was fifth in the 110 hurdles.
The team’s 1600 relay also was fifth, while the 3200 relay was sixth. James Hubbard was sixth in the 1600, while Josh Irvin took that same place in the 3200 and Kyle Minyo was seventh in the 110 hurdles. In the field events, Colton Stanley was sixth in the shot and eighth in the discus.
The girls scored 19 points, but advanced Amanda Mosier to regionals. The junior hurdler won the 100 hurdles in 15.8.
Casey McCarty placed seventh in the shot put, while the 400 relay was sixth and both the 800 relay and 1600 relay took seventh.