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Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:22 AM

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent


OTTOVILLE — Field events were key at the Putnam County League track and field championships Friday night at Ottoville’s Bob Kaple Athletic Complex.

Columbus Grove was able to score a bunch of points in the field events that helped them to repeat championships at the PCL meet.

The Grove boys scored 184 points Friday to repeat as league champions as Leipsic finished second.

In the girls meet, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings.


Points in the field events were especially key for the Lady Bulldogs in the field events. With Fort Jennings fielding a strong group of sprints, Grove coach Tim Staley knew gettings as many points in the field events would be key. His expectations proved true as the Lady Musketeers scored all of their points on the track.


“It was a team effort,” Grove coach Tim Staley said. “The entire team, we challenged them this week. because we knew Fort Jennings was going to so tough on the track and after our invite (Bulldog Invitational), I think our girls felt it was going to be a given that we would win this meet. I knew with their top end girls having such good speed it was going to take an effort of the girls going out and doing everything they could. They took ownership of that gave everything they could and it started in the field events.”

The Bulldogs took first and second in the high jump with Cassie Schroeder and Alexis Ricker second. Grove also was first and second in the discus with Megan Verhoff winning and Annie Schramm second. They also scored well in the shot put and pole vault

“I give a lot of credit to Kevin and the job he has done with that team,” Staley said. “Not having a junior high program or track, they deserve a lot of credit for what they have done. If we were going to lose I wouldn’t mind losing to them, but I don’t like to lose. We did everything we could. I couldn’t ask for a better performance from the girls.”

After not scoring in the field events, the Musketeers used a strong effort on the track led by senior sprinters Macy Schroeder and Lori Bruskotter. Schroeder won the 100, 200 and anchored the 800 Relay team to a win, while finishing second to Bruskotter in the 400. Bruskotter also placed in the 100, 200 and 800 Relay.

Senior Kaitlin Stechschulte won the 800 meter run and was part of the winning 1600 Relay team for the Musketeers that included Emily Grone, Stephanie Korte and Elaina Maag.

“We knew coming in it was going to be an uphill battle,” Fort Jennings coach Kevin Horstman said. “We knew realistically we could get there, but we knew we could do the best we have done here before and we did that. The girls did a great job. The girls ran PRs all over the place and hopefully we can continue you that in a couple of weeks.”

Fort Jennings finished with over 130 points in the meet which is a new high for them at the PCL. Their previous best was 122 points according to coach Horstman.

While the Ottoville girls did not make a strong run for the title, coach Vaughn Horstman was pleased with what his squad did at the meet.

“We looked good,” Horstman said. “We had a lot of PRs and that’s what you want to see. At this point of the season you are still trying to get better with the tournament coming up in a couple of weeks.”

Taylor Mangas was one athlete Horstman mentioned as she ran well in the 100 and 300 hurdles and ran a strong opening leg in the 1600 Relay.

Columbus Grove’s boys team also got off to a strong start in the field events as Dakota Vogt won the discus, Collin Grothaus the pole vault and Trevor Schroeder the shot put. The Bulldogs had double placements in these events and the ones they did win to give them a comfortable margin heading to the track.

“I think our depth paid off,” Grove coach Chris Grothaus said. “We have a lot of seniors and are going to miss them next season, but I was pleased with what I saw from some of our younger kids tonight. It seems like that is a trend for us to get off to a good start in the field events. It’s been a staple for us and our program and I give my assistants a lot of the credit for that.”

On the track the Bulldogs continued to build their lead as Derek Rieman won the 110 hurdles and Collin Grothaus the 300 hurdles.

One of the highlights for the night was senior Jake Graham in the 3200 meter run as he set a new meet record of 9:39.9 to win the event.

“We were relaxed once we got on the track,” Grouhaus said. “The guys really took care of business. After the field events, I think they knew we were kind of in control. They ran well. They put up some good numbers and times.”

The Ottoville boys also performed well Friday night on their home track.

“The kids really stepped up,” Ottoville coach Ryan Horstman said. “On the tarck we did as well as we have done all year. It was really impressive and my pole vaults did a good job as did our senior high jumper. We were pretty strong all the way through and the boys like to come out and perform before the home crowd.”

Complete results of the meet were not available as of presstime.

Last Updated on Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:27 AM

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