Boehler paces Calvert attack

PEMBERVILLE – When Shane Boehler crossed the finish line in Saturday’s 4×100 relay at the district track meet in Pemberville, the peak of Calvert’s day had been reached.

Boehler, along with Austin Ball, Tyler Long and Tim Puesey, gave the Senecas their only win of the day in that race.

But it was like baseball. One home run is nice, but it rarely satisfies on its own.

On Saturday, the Senecas had plenty of other hits – and regional qualifiers – to go around.

Of the 14 events contested Saturday, Calvert had 10 top four finishes, and ended the two day meet with 84 points, good enough for a third-place finish.

As is typically the case for Calvert, the relays led the way. Calvert ran in three relays on Saturday and one on Thursday.

It qualified for regionals in all of them.

The 4×100 team won its race by more than two full seconds (44.47). It was one of four events that Boehler qualified for regionals in. He was also in the second-place 4×200 (with Ball, Long and Dan Reineke), placed second in the 100 dash (11.34) and second in the 200 (22.67).

Not a bad day.

Afterward, Boehler was quick to point out that the Senecas didn’t run their top time in the 4×1.

“The guys ran pretty well today,” Boehler said. “We didn’t run our season-best time, but the time’s still dropping, so we’re doing pretty well. I’m glad we got first.”

“Having Shane anchor the 4×1 and the 4×2, and then his open events in 100 and 200… his leadership is absolutely tremendous on this team,” Calvert coach Stewart Behm said.

But as Behm pointed out, there were contributions up and down the result sheet for the Senecas.

Calvert’s 4×4 team, which finished second (3:38.38) was run by Ball, Reineke and Donavon Stith.

“We just took runner up in the 400, didn’t have either of the Boehler boys on it,” Behm said. “We had kids that don’t normally run that race, and don’t normally… the 400 isn’t usually their forte, and they stepped up and did absolutely wonderful today.

And they weren’t the only ones. Calvert’s Austin Schultz ran the 3,200 in 10:32.14, placing second, while Jared Thompson ran the 800 in 2:04 to take fourth. Reineke advanced with a fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.48), while Joe Boehler punched a ticket to next week’s event with a fourth in the 400 (53.77). Long placed fourth to move on in the 100 (11.54).

The other area first place came from Old Fort’s Marcus Meyers, who took the 1,600 in 4:38.31. The distance runner took to the track with confidence – he had the sunglasses to prove it – and just beat out Toledo Christian’s Daniel Burket for the title.

“I just wanted to position myself in the top four,” Meyers said. “I’m very confident with my kick. I know if I’m up there in the last 400, no one can get me.”

Meyers’ coach, Tony Miller, said the distance runner is reaching his potential.

“Once he’s in the zone, he can run with anybody,” Miller said. “It’s getting him to that point, and today he was in that zone.”

Old Fort also advanced Adam Alexander Saturday, who cleared 12-0 in the pole vault.

Lakota got fourth-place finishes from Nick Alexander (pole vault, 11-0) and Kevin Crowe (discus, 127-3), while Hopewell-Loudon advanced Ben Bodart, who took fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.89. The Chieftains’ 4×400 squad of Noah Breidenbach, Zach Clouse, Marcus Ardner and Robert Kniss also moved on, placing third in 3:40.17.

Josh Burns paced New Riegel’s effort, getting out to regionals in the 110 hurdles, placing third (16.65). He also placed third in the 300 hurdles (42.44).