Wentling leads area efforts at Liberty-Benton Invite

FINDLAY – Carey’s Gwen Wentling won the 400 Saturday at the Liberty-Benton Invitational, helping the Blue Devil girls to an eighth-place finish.

Host Liberty-Benton won the meet with 126 points. Carey had 28, while Old Fort – the only other area team there, finished 14th with four points.

Wentling took the 400 in 1:02.84, while teammate Amber Spurlock finished second in the 200 (26.67).

The Stockaders were paced by the sixth-place finish of Alexis Rhoads, who finished the 3,200 in 13:35.69

On the boys side, New Riegel brought only one athlete, long jumper Tim Ink, who also competed in the Dick Schultz Invite in Fostoria Friday.

Ink collected all eight of New Riegel’s points by finishing second in the long jump (20-4).

Carey finished ninth at the meet, led by Tommy Arredondo’s fourths in the long jump (19-11 1/4) and the high jump (5-10).

Old Fort came in right behind the Blue Devils, getting a second from Adam Alexander in the pole vault (14-0).

Columbus Grove won the boys meet with 101 points.

TC girls take second

TOLEDO – Columbian’s girls took second at the Nancy Erme Relays with 140 points, just three shy of top finisher Sylvania Northview’s 143. Columbian was followed by Toledo Christian’s 124, Bowsher’s 101, St. Ursula Academy’s 99 and Start’s 51.

The Tornadoes had three individual winners as Samantha Fry took the pole vault (8-0), Madison Zimmerman took the 400 (1:04) and Amanda Schwartz took the 800 (2:37). Tornadoes Derra Cheatham, Tierra LeGrant, Zimmerman and Schwartz also won the 4×400 (4:23.73).