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Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:32 AM

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent


BATH TWP — Van Wert boys track team scored more points at the 2013 Western Buckeye League tournament than they did when they won a championship in 2012.

While the Cougars’ overall performance improved this season, they could not match the performance Ottawa-Glandorf put together at the two day tournament.

O-G denied the Cougars a repeat in the WBL outscoring them 103-94 to win the 2013 championship at Bath High School Friday night. Celina finished third with 77.5 points and Elida was fourth with 65 points.

On the girls side, the Lady Cougars finished eighth with 35 points. Celina won the girls team championship with 116 points and O-G was second with 79 points. The Elida girls finished tenth with 13 points.


“The kids performed well. I told them our goal is to win and that will be our goal next year, we just came up a little short this year,” Van Wert coach Mark Collins said. “We scored more points this year than we did last year when we won, I guess technically we had a better meet, it was just O-G’s time to win. We were down 40-0 after the field events and just came up nine points short.”


While the Cougars came up short of repeating they were able to win five events, including three by senior standout Jared Fleming, who set two WBL records in winning two individual events. His third win came in a relay.

Fleming’s two individual wins came in the 1,600- and 800-meter runs.

In a tough 1,600 field, Fleming held off O-G sophomore Matias Trampe-Kindt for the win. Fleming ran a 4;22.16 to break the existing WBL record of 4:22.9, while Trampe-Kindt was second in 4:23.76. In the 800 meter run, Fleming ran a 1:57.12, a new league record, to defeat the Titans Jacob Leopold, who ran a 1:59.23.

Fleming finished the night by anchoring the Cougars’ 1,600 Relay team to a win in 3:27.51, as once again he held off the Titans for first place. Joining Fleming in that relay were Seth Kopp, Quincey Salcido and Nick Krugh. In the 3,200 Relay, Van Wert finished third Wednesday in 8:23.51 with the team of Kase Schalois, Jordan Butler and Connor Holliday.

“Jared is a very talented young man,” Collins said. “Obviously, he is a state champion and has been here four years for us. What an accomplishment winning two individual events and setting WBL records in both of them and winning the 1,600 Relay. He is a hard worker and has high expectations for himself.”

Van Wert won three of the four relays as Kevon Pierce, Terrance Branson, Krugh and Kopp combined to win the 800 Relay in 1:32.28 and the 400 Relay in 44.68 with Pierce, Branson, Caleb Lloyd and Krugh.

Kopp finished second in the 400 (51.17), Krugh was second in the 200 (23.05), while Branson was third in the 100 (11.85) and Schalois finished third in the 3,200 (10:00.77).

Elida senior standout Quentin Poling paced the Bulldogs with a win, two seconds and a third.

Poling won the shot put Thursday with a throw of 52-8 3/4 and finished second in the discus at 146-1. He took second in the 300 hurdles in 23.59 and was third in the 200 in 23.59.

Nick Pauff finished second in the pole vault clearing 12-6 and Brandon Stinson was second in the long jump with a leap of 21-0 3/4.

Van Wert’s girls team recorded one win at the league meet as sophomore Alexis Dowdy repeated in the shot put with a throw of 36-11 3/4. Dowdy was second after the prelims before uncorking her winning throw in the finals.

Amanda Clay was third in the 100 (13.17) and the Cougars 400 Relay team of Whitney Meyers, Dowdy, Clay and Alicia Danylchuk were third in 52.0.

“Our girls scored in a lot of events and we have good balance, it’s just that we are at the fourth or fifth place level,” Collins said. “We just have to move up to that next level and they are coming along. Dowdy won the shot put for the second straight year, Clay was third in the 100 and came close to the school record in the 200 and finished fifth. It was just a tough meet for the girls.”

The top performance for the Lady Bulldogs was Tori Brown in the pole vault as she finished fourth clearing 9-0.

Last Updated on Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:33 AM

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