Lean and mean — Seneca East gets district title in 4×1

BUCYRUS – In the finals of the 4×100 at the Division III district meet in Bucyrus, Seneca East’s Kirsten Camp got the baton for her anchor leg in a battle for second and third. Camp took off and soon the battle was for first.

As she approached the finish line with Colonel Crawford’s Sam Mutchler, the difference between first and second came down to one word.

“Lean,” said Camp. “Try and get as close as I can as possible.”

It worked.

Camp crossed the line one-hundredth of a second ahead of Mutchler to claim the district title. Seneca East, with Amber Hescht, Brittany Brookes and Hannah Hahler making up the rest of the team, finished in 53.08 to Colonel Crawford’s 53.09.

“The 4×1 was awesome,” Seneca East coach Elizabeth Crapo said. “On our hand-times, we hand them in at 54-something coming into this. On our hand-time we ended up with a 52-something. They blew a second-and-a-half off their time, which in a 4×1 is a lot of time. We work on a lean all the time and Kirsten does it beautifully. In 2010 our 4×2 made it to state with the lean, so we always, come district and regionals, we make sure they learn how to lean, and she did it to perfection and it got them the win.”

Camp, also a member of the regional-qualifying 4×800 team, made sure she was going to have a busy weekend at next week’s Lancaster Regional. She added a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping 16-2 .

And to finish off the day, she tacked on one more team point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the 800.

“It was a very stressful day,” she said. “Good running weather though.”

As a team, Seneca East took fourth in the team standings with 71 points. Colonel Crawford (131 ) took first, followed by Wynford (109 ) and New London (78).

Mohawk grabbed sixth in the team standings with 51 points. Leading the way for the Warriors was Ali Konkle, who is going to regionals in four events. Konkle took third in the 100 (16.4) and 300 hurdles (48.51), and was a member of the 4×100 team along with Aubrie Flood, Kayla Risner and Addie Thiery that took the fourth and final regional qualifying spot with a time of 54.25.

Mohawk also got second and third-place finishes from Shauna Leeth (12:18.76) and McKensie Richardson (12:39.75) in the 3,200.

Also qualifying for regionals was Haley Leeth, who finished third in the 1,600 (5:53.65).

“Girl wise I think things went really well,” Mohawk coach Brock Cleveland said. “Ali Konkle had a big day. We dropped the baton in the 4×2, but she got out in the 100s the 300s and the 4×1, so that was good day for her. Two-mile, a couple great performances there. Both of them PR’d for the girls and both of them are freshmen, so this is going to be good experience to get them to the regional level.”

Qualifying in multiple events is something that happens frequently. Getting out in both hurdle events happens frequently. Doubling up in a sprint and a jumping event isn’t usually a surprise. But a thrower also making it on a sprint relay? It’s not common. Yet, that’s what Hahler accomplished Saturday.

In addition to running on the the sprint relays for Seneca East, Hahler also finished third in the shot put with a toss of 34-1/4.

“She runs the 4×2 and the 4×1,” Crapo said of Hahler. “When she went to check out for the 4×2, the guy thought she was kidding. He kind of looked at her, and then when she had to come back and check out for the 4×1, he told her ‘you take your warm up throws, so when you come back you can just throw.’ She didn’t throw as well after she ran both relays, but she did well enough to get out.”

She also nearly made it on her own in the 200, just missing out on a qualifying spot finishing fifth in 27.61, three-hundredths out of fourth.

Also adding points to Seneca East’s team tally was the 4×200 team that took fifth (1:53.97). Lydia Depinet finished sixth in the 1,600 (6:08.31) as did Jenna Larick in the 800 (2:34.88). Hescht finished eighth in the 200 (28.35) and Anna Willman took eighth in the 3,200 (14:01.83). The 4×400 team also finished eighth (4:41.01), Brookes finished seventh in the long jump (14-6 ), Cynthia Duston finished seventh in the pole vault (7-0) and Kaylyn Gosche backed up her district title in the discus earned on Day 1 Thursday with a sixth place finish in the shot put (32-11 ).

Mohawk’s 4×200 team finished sixth (1:58.21) and Olivia Welter took fifth in the pole vault, clearing 8-6 but missing out on a trip to regionals due to criteria.

Buckeye Central got a pair of regional qualifiers. Aubrey Wright finished fourth in the long jump (15-1/4) and Tamara Metzger overtook New Riegel’s Abby Mathias on the final half-lap to finish fourth in the 800 (2:30.5). Mathias’ finish (2:31.11) was the only points in the meet for New Riegel.

Buckeye Central also got a fifth-place finish from Emma Breyley in the 400 (1:04.55) and a seventh from Isabelle Biglin in the 300 hurdles (51.56).