Prep Track Roundup: Records fall at Schultz

FOSTORIA – Hopewell-Loudon’s boys track team won its own meet Friday night, besting an eight team field at the Dick Schultz Invitational at Fostoria Stadium.

Gibsonburg took home the crown on the girls side.

And along the way, a number of meet records fell.

“I was extremely happy with the way we ran,” Chieftains boys coach Jill Welty said. “We didn’t get a lot of first place finish but with all the seconds and thirds, it helped us tonight.”

What also helped was Mother Nature.

“We’ve been working on PRs of late and we PR’ed in nearly every event tonight,” she said. “The weather definitely helped. We’ve been running in the 40s and cold almost all year and on a gravel track. The weather and a fast track helped them.”

Marcus Ardner was the sole individual to win an event for H-L, taking the 800 run (2:09.9). The 4×1,600 relay team of Dylan Napier, Alex Wood, Robert Kniss and Chet Swartzmiller took the other top HL finish with a time of 21:37.

Calvert was second on the boys side, trailing the Chieftains, 165-128. But the Senecas set three meet records.

Austin Ball, Tim Puesey, Donavon Stith and Dan Reineke combined on the 4×100 relay for a new record of 45.6. Ball and Reineke joined Shane Boehler and Ren Boehler to top the 4×400 relay mark with a time of 3:33.3. Shane Boehler also set a new time in the 200 dash in 23.0.

Calvert’s girls, who were fourth behind the Golden Bears (145), St. Wendelin (123) and Lakota (115) with 98 points, also proved to be record setters. The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Smith, Danielle Kontak, Marisa Horn, Olivia smith finished in 4:15.4 to set a new meet standard.

“I told the kids when we got back that top to bottom I’m pleased with how we progressed,” Calvert coach Stewart Behm said. “I know later in the meet, we had ideal weather for running. We’re a half a step ahead of where we were last year so I’m very optimistic.”

Lakota’s Mac Flanagan, who won the shot with a toss of 46-11, shattered the record in the discus with a heave of 154-1. Buckeye Central’s Austin McDonnell has set a meet mark in 40.7 in the 300 hurdles. While not a new record, he won the 110 hurdles as well in 15.8.

Hopewell-Loudon’s girls were fifth in the meet with 71 points but coach Marie Coleman was pleased with her team’s efforts.

“We had some really good things happen. We had some really big PRs. It’s nice when you have some good things happen at your home invitational that’s not at your home,” Coleman said.

Gibsonburg twin sophomore sisters Colleen Reynolds and Kendall Reynolds proved it’s hard to tell the two apart. Colleen won the 100 dash (12.7) in a new meet time, the 400 dash (1:00.3) and the 200 dash in a meet record (26.3). But her other half Kendall was just an eyelash behind her in second in each of those races: 100 dash (12.8), 200 dash (26.7) and 400 dash (1:00.6).

On the boys side, Buckeye Central tied for third with Gibsonburg with 92 points. Lakota, New Riegel, St. Wendelin and Bettsville rounded out the second half of the standings.

The girls side saw Lakota in second (115) with Hopewell-Loudon, New Riegel, Buckeye Central and Bettsville finishing out the bottom half of the meet standings.

CASTALIA – Seneca East’s Jason Willman ran to a pair of wins is the distance events and the Tigers also picked up triumphs from Ben Hahler in the shot put, Kevin Moore in the 110 hurdles and Zach Gregg in the pole vault to take first at the Margaretta Invitational. The Tigers beat out Edison 133-118. Fostoria took ninth with 37 points.

Willman took first in the 1,600 (4:28.40) and the 3,200 (9:41.42). Hahler took the shot with a toss of 56-0, and backed that up with a second place finish in the discus (146-11). Moore crossed the line first in the 110 hurdles in 14.78 and added a third in the 200 (23.28). Gregg smashed a meet record in the pole vault clearing 14-7, seven inches better than the previous mark.

Fostoria’s top finish was a third from Rayshon Martin in the 400 (51.80). Martin added a fourth in the long jump (19-6).

On the girls side, Smithville won the meet with 133 points. Seneca East took fifth with 50 and Fostoria was 11th with 14.

Seneca East’s Ashton Daniel won the shot put (39-11 ) and took second in the discus (122-7). The Tigers also got a first place finish from Anna Willman in the 3,200 (12:02.33).

Fostoria got a fifth place finish from Olivia Valenti in the long jump (15-3).

Mohawk’s Daniel takes 1,600 in Bucyrus

BUCYRUS – Mohawk’s Julia Daniel won the 1,600, and the Warriors claimed a pair of relays at the Bob Boyer Relays at Colonel Crawford Friday.

Mohawk finished fifth at the eight team event, with 65 points. The Warriors were one point behind Upper Sandusky, which did not win an event. Galion won the meet with 130 points.

Daniel claimed the 1,600 in 5:56.27. Mohawk also picked up wins in the distance medley ( a meet record 14:01.81) and the 4×800 (10:48.65).

The Rams Alex Cameron went second in the high jump relay in 13-10.