Hohman vaults to win, TC lands in second

Julia Hohman won a title and set a personal record in the process, and Columbian finished second at Saturday’s Northern Ohio League Championships at Frost Kalnow Stadium.

Hohman cleared 9-6 in the pole vault, the Tornadoes only champion on a day where the team put up 106 points.

Bellevue, behind three titles, won the meet with 123 1/3 points. Ontario finished third with 102 points, and was followed by Willard (99 1/3), Sandusky (86 1/3), Shelby (74 1/2) and Norwalk (67).

Hohman and three other competitors in the pole vault all cleared 9 feet before moving to 9-6. One of those was Hohman’s TC teammate, Samantha Fry.

“We were gonna move [the bar] up three inches, but one of the girls decided six inches,” Hohman said. “We went up to that, and I got that, which was a new PR for me.”

Hohman said she was surprised she cleared 9-6.

“It’s been a lot of hard work to put in in practice; I’ve been practicing every day for hours, and it finally paid off,” she said.

Columbian coach Amy Cooper said Hohman’s efforts go beyond in-season training.

“She trains all winter long over in Bellevue,” Cooper said. “Julia works hard and (the other vaulters) all coach each other … I think coming from a kid, if you can help coach someone, you can vault better yourself.”

“I had all my teammates helping me, giving me pointers,” Hohman said. “I think everything just added up and was able to pay off.”

Fry finished third in the event. Hohman tried to break the Columbian vault record of 10-0 (set by Steph Shockley), but wasn’t able to clear 10-1.

While Hohman was able to celebrate, Bellevue coach Lee Booze had to wait to do so.

After all the events were completed, the Redmen mentor walked around the field, waiting for the announcement that his team had won.

When the announcement came, Booze cracked a smile as Redmen athletes erupted.

“Way back in the season previews in the newspapers, I told everybody it was a wide open meet,” Booze said. “And the results showed it; it was a wide open meet. Throughout the day, leaders were changing. Different teams have different strengths; we knew it was gonna be close. I think from the beginning of the season our goal was to build a complete team. This morning, I told the girls, ‘If you’re in eighth place, fight for seventh. If your in fifth fight for fourth; if you’re in second fight to win because every point’s going to count equal.”

Bellevue got a win in the 4×800, where the team of Kylie Vogel, Elizabeth Ish, Michaela Fox and Lauren Turner finished in 10:06.05. The Lady Redmen also got a two individual wins: Laiken Tester won the long jump (15-10), while in the 3,200 Madison Scagnetti outran Columbian’s Alexis Desjardins to finish in 12:00.88.

Tester said what she had to do was simple.

“I had to have good form,” she said. “Just jump far, I guess.”

In Scagnetti’s case, she said she never felt secure in the win. Desjardins finished in 12:06.85.

“I just tried to hold on,” she said. “We have a really strong group of distance girls in the area, and they really pushed me to get me there.”

Desjardins’ finish was one of two second-place finishes. Madison Zimmerman was the runner up in the 400 in 1:01.27.

Cooper said a number of athletes stepped up with good finishes to help TC to the runner-up finish.

“I think we scored in every single event today, so that’s a great thing,” Cooper said. “I was hoping (to finish) second, I was praying for second. I knew we could get third, but I was hoping we’d do better, and we did. They came, they performed, and it’s awesome to lead into next week.

Columbian will compete in the districts beginning Wednesday at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.