|Columbus Grove adds to list of state qualifiers|
|Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:11 AM|
By Charlie Warnimont
TIFFIN — Columbus Grove added to its list of state qualifiers Friday evening as the finals of the Division III regional at Tiffin were contested.
After qualifying two individuals and a relay team Wednesday , the Bulldogs added to that list by picking up seven more bids on a wet Friday evening.
All but two of the qualifications were on the boys side as the Lady Bulldogs were able to advance in three events. That gives the Bulldogs athletes in 10 events at the Division III state meet next Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Two of the events the Bulldogs advanced in Friday evening were the hurdle events as Derek Rieman advanced to state in both and Collin Grothaus picked up a second state bid in the 300 hurdles.
After a 90 minute storm delay Friday evening, Rieman picked up his first state bid when he finished second in the 110 hurdles in 14.96. Rieman finished second to Patrick Henry’s Zach Nye as he won the race in 14.56.
In the 300 hurdles, Rieman and Grothaus went two-three behind Tinora’s Robbie Wuo. Rieman finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.21 and Grothaus was third with a time of 40.35.
“It’s a perfect way to end your high school career,” Collin Grothaus said of the two senior teammates. “It’s what you dream about, your senior year and getting to state. There’s nothing better. We are hoping to go down, perform and end the season on a high note.”
“This just shows what this senior class is all about,” Rieman said. “We’ve showed up in the NWC and PCL, districts and regionals, We have done what is expected of us. It was my goal this year to get down (to state) in both. Last year I just went in the 110s as I was fifth in the 300 hurdles by a tenth of a second. It’s been my goal to peak and get to state in both.”
Another senior picking up added duties in Columbus next week as senior distance runner Jake Graham. After helping the Bulldogs’ 3200 Relay team qualify Wednesday, Graham won the 3200 meter run easily in a time of 9:48.22. Although Graham steadily pulled away from the field after the first two laps, he was hoping for a better time as he continues his quest to break the school record time in the event.
“I was disappointed because I’ve been running well all year, so there is no excuse not to PR. I wasn’t even close to my PR,” Graham said. “It was a little wet out, but that isnt an excuse to run nine second slower than my PR (9:39).”
Graham’s teammate Alex Shafer was looking to join him in the 3200, but came up a little short as he finished fifth in 10:07.97. Graham bypassed the 1600 meter run earlier in the evening to stay fresh for the 3200. Sophomore Colton Grothaus ran the 1600 and finished sixth in 4:39.75.
The final qualifier for the male Bulldogs Friday night was Trevor Schroeder in the shot put. Schroeder finished fourth with a top throw of 52-2 3/4. Liberty Center junior Nick Demaline won the event setting a record with a throw of 59-11 1/2.
In the high jump, freshman Baily Clement finished tied for ninth as he could only clear 5-10.
With their efforts over the course of the two day regional, the Bulldogs brought home a regional championship as they outscored rival Liberty-Benton 75-72.
“We knew it was going to be close. Their (Liberty-Benton) kids really performed well,” Grove coach Chris Grothaus said. “The bottom line is my seniors performed well. They got us off to a good start in the field events Wednesday and we had a couple of kids score some big points. Colton Grothaus scored three points in the 1600 and they were points we were not expecting. Trevor Schroeder had a big throw in the shot put and got us some points. It was a team effort and that is what is nice.”
Much like her male counterparts in the field events, Lady Bulldog junior Megan Verhoff qualified in the discus with a throw of 118-1 to finish fourth.
On the track, sophomore Sydney McCluer picked up an invitation to state when she finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.65. The Bulldogs 400 Relay team of Raiya Flores, Julia Wynn, Jessi Smith and McCluer advanced as they finished third in 50.75.
McCluer later finished sixth in the 300 hurdles in 47.07 and Julia Wynn was seventh in the 200 dash in 26.45. The Bulldogs 800 Relay team failed to finish their event.