By From staff reports
With all the field events except girls' pole vault and the 3,200-meter relay being the only finals on the day, Minster retains its usual place on top of the girls standings with 44 points. Versailles stays close with 31 points with an improving St. John's currently third with 27. Coldwater is fourth with 24 and Fort Recovery fifth with 21.
On the boys' side, a tight battle looks to carry on through Friday as New Bremen and Versailles are tied after day one with 41 points each. Minster is third with 341/3 points and St. Henry is less than a point ahead of Coldwater for fourth by a 261/3 to 251/2 margin.
Minster had a lot of depth to get points on Tuesday. Amy Kremer won the high jump with teammate Ashley Meiring taking second. Minster also got a second-place showing from Mindy Hackemoeller in the discus with Kelli Noykos taking fourth in the shot. Minster also kept up its domination in the 3,200 relay, holding off New Bremen by four seconds.
Fort Recovery's Holly Stein helped the Indian girls out on the first day by winning both the shot put and discus for the Tribe.
Among the qualifying events, St. Henry standout sophomore Catie Evers positioned herself well for three wins on Friday, posting the top qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. Minster standout Kacie Otting will also look to try an individual hat trick after qualifying in the 100 and 200 as well as the 100 hurdles. Defending champ in the 100 and 200 Abby Schulte of Marion, who had missed a majority of the season due to injury, finished ninth in the 100 and did not qualify, but made the cut in the 200 with the sixth best time.
In the boys qualifiers, must-see races will be the 110 and 300 hurdles. New Bremen's Troy Lammers, Versailles Jeff Hileman and Parkway's Jacob Fox were the top three qualifiers in both events. Lammers had the top time in the 300 with Hileman edging Lammers in the 110. Lammers also qualified in the 200 dash.
Parkway's Brandon Bowen got a good start to his own hat trick in posting the top times in the 100 and 200 as well running a leg of top qualifying 400 relay team, but his chance to get three individual titles sank as he was edged out by New Bremen's Chris Grant in the long jump by the margin of just 1 3/4 inches.
Marion Local posted two wins on the day as the 3,200 relay team won by 16 seconds over Versailles and Lee Schwieterman's mark of 6-foot-4 earned the high-jump title.
Ben Pax captured the pole vault crown at the meet, hitting a high mark of 15-3.
The MAC meet will conclude on Friday. The girls pole vault will begin at 5 p.m. with the running finals beginning at 6 p.m.