Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Strong showing for local tracksters
By Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater's Maria Wermert looks down after clearing the bar during the pole vaul. . .
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina swept both team portions of a mainly Western Buckeye League track affair on Tuesday at West Elementary in St. Marys.
The Runnin' Women finished well ahead of Shawnee and St. Marys with 140 points with Shawnee second at 64 and St. Marys third with 52.
The Bulldog boys finished first with 1181/2 points with St. Marys edging Shawnee 691/2 to 68 for second place. Grand Lake Christian School also took part in the meet, but did not score points.
Celina's Julie Snyder was 4-for-4 in the meet for wins, sweeping the 100, 200 and 400 dashes to go along with a win in the high jump. Teammate Eryn Langenkamp also completed the grand slam, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles to go along with the pole vault, tying the school record of 10 feet, and the long jump.
Melissa Roth added two wins of her own, beating St. Marys' Katie Burke in both the 1,600 and 3,200 and running the first leg of the winning 3,200 relay. Lindsey Watercutter added a win in the discus.
The St. Marys girls posted just one individual win on the day. Freshman Mekayla Breland took the shot put with a top effort of 36 feet.
In the boys meet, Celina got a quartet of wins from Kelby Rosengarten, who took the 110 and 300 hurdles to go with the 200 dash and the long jump. Celina also swept the throwing events with Aaron Snyder winning the discus and Jacob Archer taking the shot put. Todd Hertel took the pole vault.
St. Marys was paced by Scott Kinkley winning the 400 as well as the high jump while Jordan Minnich added a win in the 100 dash.
Shawnee's Chase Viole, a contender for the distance titles at the WBL meet, won the three long races, beating Celina's Andrew Goodwin in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and adding the 800 title by beating Celina's Brad Smith by half a second.
Celina heads to Bryan on Saturday for the Golden Bear Invitational. St. Marys gets in a Friday track meet at Sidney.
St. Henry's boys and Marion Local's girls captured the team titles as Coldwater hosted a quad featuring Russia at Cavalier Stadium on Tuesday.
St. Henry won the boys title with 1081/2 points with Marion scoring 60, Coldwater 53 and Russia 181/2. Point totals do not include the pole vault, which was incomplete.
On the girls' side, the Flyers took the title, edging the host Cavaliers 87-82. St. Henry was third with 53 with Russia fourth with 32.
The Redskin boys won nine events on the day. Patrick Reichert took the 200 dash, 110 hurdles and long jump titles. Teammate Doug Ranly swept the long distance with wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Also getting wins for the Redskins were Michael Gottemoeller (300 hurdles), Tony Stahl (high jump), Mark Thobe (shot put) and Scott Weitzel (800).
Marion Local took the two long relays in winning the 1,600 and 3,200. Jordan Schmackers added an individual win in the 400 dash.
Coldwater took the sprint relays and got a big race from Nick Eilerman in the 100 dash. Trevor Robbins wrapped up the Coldwater wins on the day in taking the discus.
In the girls meet, Maria Wermert of Coldwater was the lone triple winner, taking the pole vault to go along with the long jump and 300 hurdles.
St. Henry was paced by Carla Neitfeld's taking the 200 dash and the 100 hurdles.
Marion Local's Kathy Dirksen swept the throwing events to pace the Flyers.
Coldwater winners also included Larissa Kohn (800) and Ashleigh Kahlig (3,200) to go along with the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. St. Henry picked up wins from Carmen Moorman (400) and both the 400 and 800 relays. Marion Local winners included Allison Bruns (100 dash) and Holly Bruns (high jump).
All three local teams will compete on Saturday. Marion Local and St. Henry will be at New Bremen for the Cardinal Invitational while Coldwater heads to West Milton for the Kenny Beard Invite.