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Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Bulldog ladies take title

By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina girls track team came up with a spectacular day of competition to claim the Division I district championship at Tiffin Columbian on Friday.
The Runnin' Women finished with 90 1/2, edging Perrysburg by 1 1/2 points.
The clinching race for Celina was the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. The Celina quartet of Eryn Langenkamp, Lisa Canary, Cayla Hellwarth and Lindsey Schmitmeyer won the race in 4:03.89, 0.54 seconds ahead of Perrysburg. The 10 points won took Celina from a half-point down to 1 1/2 points up to capture the title.
The win in the 1,600 relay wasn't the only win for Celina. Julie Snyder captured two titles on the day, winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.37 and taking the long jump with a 17-8 effort. Snyder also took second in the 300 hurdles to go with the third taken Wednesday in the high jump.
Schmitmeyer, the WBL champ in the 800, earned another win in taking the half mile at Tiffin on Friday to earn the ticket to Amherst next week.
In addition to the mile relay, Langenkamp will also go to Amherst after placing third in the 300 hurdles. Langenkamp, Schmitmeyer and Canary were joined by Katie Hague to place second in the 800 relay while Kelsey Waterman replaced Schmitmeyer in the 400 relay, which finished fourth to move on.
Hellwarth also will get another event to compete in after placing second in the pole vault with a top effort of 10 feet.
Melissa Roth placed eighth in the 3,200 run.
On the boys side, only Kelby Rosengarten will move on to Amherst after winning the 300 hurdles to move on.
Freshman standout Andrew Goodwin finished fifth in the 3,200, missing the top four that move on by four seconds. Chris Johnson also missed by four seconds to move on after placing fifth in the 1,600.
Regional action takes place next Wednesday and Friday at Amherst Steele High School.
Coldwater came up strong to finish fourth at the Division II district at Elida Middle School on Friday.
One of the most anticipated races came in the 3,200 with four-time Midwest Athletic Conference cross country champ David Wilker and teammate Dusty Kuess battling the Shawnee tandem of Chase Violet and Tom Scott for the right to move on to Lexington next week. At the end, Violet and Wilker dueled with Wilker winning in 9:44.35 with Violet just 0.72 seconds behind for second. Kuess picked up the fourth spot to advance.   
Wilker, who did qualify for the 1,600 but did not run to focus on the 3,200, will also move on after the Cav 3,200 relay finished fourth on Wednesday.
Also moving to Lexington for the Coldwater boys are Nick Eilerman, who placed third in the 100 and 200 dashes to qualify for regionals. Andre Woeste, the big surprise in going to state in the high jump last season, finished second at Elida to earn the regional ticket. Kyle Buening added a fourth-place in the discus to go with his third in the shot on Wednesday to earn a regional berth in both events.
St. Marys' boys placed 12th in the team standings while the Lady Roughriders placed eight.
Kaysha Dietz paced St. Marys in winning the 200 dash title to go with a third in the 100.
Alex Spencer and Leslie Humphries moved on in boys and girls' pole vault, respectively. Spencer placed second on Wednesday with Humphries taking fourth on Friday. Sara Wolfe finished in a tie for second in the high jump on Wednesday.
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