|Area track and field to be well-represented at Piqua|
|Monday, May 27, 2013 11:35 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
SPENCERVILLE — It’s all about moving on when it comes to the post-season, whether one is talking about track and field, baseball or basketball.
The Tri-County area will be well-represented at the Piqua Division III Regionals starting Wednesday after top-4 finishes in Thursday and Saturday’s Spencerville District finals.
The top finisher of all was Spencerville sophomore Kacie Mulholland, who paced the Lady Bearcats to a third-place team finish as she won three solo events: the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and teaming with Kennedy Sharp, Karri Purdy and Jacey Grigsby to end up fourth in the girls 4x400-meter relay.
“I like all the races but I prefer the 400. I feel more relaxed because I feel like I have more time to make up for slow starts,” Mulholland explained. “II have struggled with slow starts all season but have enough to make up for them in all the events. I know with the competition stepping up more and more each week, especially next week, I have to figure out how to avoid those so I can be at top speed quicker. I had my personal record in the 400 today; I hope I can keep getting faster. I also run cross country, which is different because I don’t run the distance events in track and field.”
St. John’s senior Will Buettner clinched in three events: anchoring the boys 4x4 relay to a second-place finish (Jared Knebel, Mark Boggs and Jake Hays); the second leg of the second-place 4x1 relay — behind the record-setting LCC quartet — with Luke MacLennan, Ben Youngpeter and Nick Martz; and fourth in the boys open 200.
“We seem to be hitting our strides in the relays. We’ve slowly built this team over the course of this year,” Buettner asserted. “This has been a tough year to really work on handoffs, especially early on when the weather wouldn’t allow you to work outside. We all believe we can get faster; we haven’t peaked yet.”
The all-senior 4x4 crew was in a jovial mood after the race.
Knebel seemed to sum up the team’s attitude best.
“We made the Regional finals in football, the Regional finals in basketball and now we’re heading to Regionals in track,” he added. “We have a look on the track in our performance and we have a look off the track. We have a lot of fun and have great chemistry. Plus, we have great coaches, especially Dan Hermiller, that are really good on relays.”
Jefferson senior Chelsey Bishop and freshman Brooke Gallmeier were part of the third-place 4x100-meter relay (Corinne Metzger and Taylor Stroh) and the fourth-place 4x2 (Rileigh Stockwell and Brooke Teman).
Bishop summed up the mood of the two teams.
“We feel like we’ve got a good tradition in the sprints at Jefferson, especially in the relays, over the last several years. There’s some pressure there to continue but we also have some great coaching that knows how to put teams together,” Bishop added. “I and Corinne are the only seniors on our whole team and we learned from the girls that came before about what it takes to do well at this level. We hope we can help the younger girls learn that lesson, about how to carry on the tradition that has been established.”
Jefferson senior hurdler Cody Biglow pulled a double-qualification in the hurdles, earning first in the 110s and second in the 300s.
“I did well in both; I prefer the 110s but I don’t mind the 300s,” Biglow asserted. “I’ve had good coaching throughout my career; you need it because it’s a such a technique race and you really have to have those basics down to do well. I preferred the weather today because it was a lot warmer than Thursday and you can stay warmed up and stretched out. I will warm up twice before each event anyway to make sure I can ready; you don’t want to pull anything. At the same time, this spring weather has made it more important to be mentally tough; you worry about your race and your technique and not about who’s alongside you. That’s what I will focus on; running my race, as well as being smart on the turns.”
“My goal is to win state, especially in the 110s. I know I have to make sure I get off quickly; they often say that the first hurdle sets up the rest of the race, so I will be working hard on that this week for Regionals.”
Spencerville’s Anthony Schuh did the same in both of those events: second in the 110s and third in the 300s.
“I had beaten Cody in the 110s once this year and I had won some other meets. I think I needed to have this happen today so I could re-focus,” Schuh said. “Maybe I had lost some of that over the last couple of weeks, so I know what I need to do for next week for both events, especially the 110s. I need to get back into that concentration I need to do well.”
Spencerville’s Schylar Miller posted a second-place pole vault and a fourth in 100-meter hurdles.
“I had my PR in the pole vault (10-0) and that was also the girls school record. I jumped well and I’m not yet peaking,” Miller added. “I was already warmed up when I ran the hurdles and had to go back to the pole vault. That got me going a little more.”
St. John’s junior Megan Joseph surprised even herself with her third place in the girls 1,600.
“I don’t know where it came from. I was 10 seconds slower than a lot of girls in today’s race,” she explained. “I just had a positive attitude today, versus my normal being down in the dumps. I just decided to run my best without worrying about anyone else and I was surprised I was passing girls that I generally don’t. It’s encouraging to know I can keep lowering my times, especially since I’m healthy this spring after being hurt last spring.”
Other local performers that clinched Regional berths were a girls crew from Fort Jennings: the champion 4x200 relay of Emily Grone, Lori Bruskotter, Kaitlin Stechschulte and Macy Schroeder; the third-place 4x4 (Stechschulte, Bruskotter, Elaina Maag and Schroeder); Bruskotter, second in the 400; and Schroeder, third in the open 200.
Three Ottoville girls also advanced: second-place Taylor Mangas (300 hurdles); third-place Tammy Wannemacher (shot put); and fourth-place Alyssa Delong (long jump).
Spencerville had a boatload of other events they qualified for.
On the girls side, Abby Freewalt and Katie Merriman went first and fourth in the shot put; Sharp was third in the open 400; Purdy, third in the 800 run; Jenna Kahle, third in the 100 hurdles; and Katie Merriman, fourth in the shot put.
On the boys side, Lucas Shumate and Logan Vandemark were first and third in the discus; and Trevor McMichael, Zach Goecke, Joe Wisher and Derek Goecke were fourth in the 4x4.
Lincolnview’s Bayley Tow won the 1,600-meter run and Jeff Jacomet third. Evan Williams and Hunter Blankmeyer went 3-4 in the 110 hurdles.
The Lady Lancers had senior Kaylee Thatcher end up second in the 100 hurdles and its 4x1 relay of Thatcher, Taylor Miller, Sarah Harris and Haley McAbee fourth.
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