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Monday, May 26, 2014 8:00 PM

BY CHARLIE WARNIMONT

dhi MEDIA Correspondent

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FINDLAY – At this point of the track season, winning team championships is secondary to advancing athletes.

If a team wins a championship, it can mean you’ve had a pretty good meet. That was the case for the Columbus Grove girls track Thursday and Saturday at the Liberty-Benton Division III district meet.

The Lady Bulldogs qualified in 10 events to the regional meet and won a district championship to cap off a solid meet. Columbus Grove outscored Putnam County League rival Pandora-Gilboa 103-90 for the win.

While the Lady Bulldogs advanced in 10 events, the boys team moved on in six events to the regionals. As a team, the Bulldogs finished third with 87 points behind Liberty-Benton (109) and Bluffton (101).

The Division III regional meet will be held in Tiffin at Frost-Kalnow Stadium Wednesday and Friday starting at 4 p.m. each day.

“This is a lot different than a conference or league meet,” Lady Bulldog coach Tim Staley said. “You still take a peek at whether or not you can win the team title but you are trying to advance girls on. We put some girls in some events that they probably won’t run next week but they did a nice job today.”

 

The Lady Bulldogs accomplishments at Liberty-Benton were led by senior Julia Wynn and junior Sydney McCluer as each girl advanced to the regional in four events. McCluer had a solid day with three wins and a third-place finish for the Bulldogs.

McCluer won the 100 hurdles in 16.17, the 300 hurdles in 47.23 and joined Raiya Flores, Julia Wynn and Linnea Stephens to win the 400 relay in 50.72. In the 1,600 relay, McCluer, Kristin Wynn, Stephens and Julia Wynn finished third in 4:09.66.

“It’s pretty rough moving on in four events,” McCluer said. “I was able to win my two hurdle races and the 400 relay but we were sitting fifth in the 1,600 relay and we needed to run our PR (personal record) by two seconds to finish in the top four and we were able to do that. Now my attention turns to the regional, getting into the finals and see what happens there. I’m trying not to look ahead but stayed focused and concentrate on getting into the top four.”

Julia Wynn helped anchor the 800 relay team to a win in 1:47.06. She was joined by Raiya Flores, Kristin Wynn and Stephens in winning the event. Wynn finished third in the 200 in 26.94 and Flores was third in the 100 in 13.09.

In the field events, Megan Verhoff overcame the disappointment of the past two weeks to win the discus with a throw of 125-10. Lyne’a Diller won the shot put with a toss of 38-7 and Aubrey Fruchey was second with a throw of 37-0 3/4. Alexis Ricker was fourth in the high jump clearing 4-10.

“You have to hand it to the girls,” Staley said. “They have stepped up at the end of the season. We have a lot of young girls out here and although all of them didn’t advance we had a lot of PRs today. We have our Julia Wynns and Sydney McCluers and Megan Verhoff in the discus, the girls you count on, but to step in and keep the tradition going that’s where your program is built right there.”

On the boys side, the distance events stood out for the Bulldogs as they recorded three wins and a second place.

Columbus Grove opened the meet Thursday by winning the 3,200 relay in 8:23.95 with the team of Alex Giesige, Colton Grothaus, Lee Altenburger and Bryce Sharrits. On Saturday, Grothaus followed with a win in the 1600 in 4:40.05 and Altenburger was fourth in 4:43.08.

Altenburger later won the 3200 in 10:18.6 and Grothaus was fourth in 10:34.81. Sharrits was second in the 800 in 1:58.65 and Giesige was fourth in 2:01.59.

Columbus Grove’s 800 relay team of Joey Warnecke, David Bogart, Austin Price and Baily Clement were fourth in 1:33.70. Clement, Bogart, Giesige and Sharrits were fourth in the 1,600 relay in 3:30.61.

“It went pretty much as expected,” Bulldog coach Chris Grothaus said. “There’s always a few you wish would have gotten out and got that regional experience but we were happy with what happened. Overall on the track, I thought we were pretty good. We didn’t get any field events out but it would have been nice for them to experience the regionals.

“I felt my 800 guys performed really well and the 1600 relay kind of caught me off guard. Those 800 kids ran that race so hard, that they were face down in the grass. I didn’t know if they were going to have anything left but they gave a very gutsy performance today. We knew our strengths coming into the season, our intermediates, our 800s and our distance guys and they had a great meet.”

Full Results:

DIVISION III

At Liberty-Benton

Final Results: Points 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 - Top 4 advance to Regionals at Tiffin

Girls Team Rankings: Columbus Grove 103, Pandora-Gilboa 90, Arlington 83, Van Buren 77, Bluffton 69, Riverdale 51, Allen East 50, Ada 46, Upper Scioto Valley 34, Cory-Rawson 25, Waynesfield-Goshen 15, Hardin Northern/Ridgemont 9.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Pandora-Gilboa 10:10.44; 2. Van Buren 10:21.28; 3. Bluffton 10:23.07; 4. Cory-Rawson 10:23.07; … 8. Columbus Grove (Sydni Smith, Leah Myerholtz, Kirsten Malsam, Macy McCluer) 11:16.52.

High Jump: 1. Willow (AR) 5-0; 2. C. Marshall (AD) 5-0; 3. Holbrook (US) 4-10; 4. Alexis Ricker (CG) 4-10.

Shot Put: 1. Lyne’a Diller (CG) 38-7; 2. Aubrey Fruchey (CG) 37-0.75; 3. Pauley (RI) 33-11.5; 4. Swary (PG) 33-1.5.

100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Sydney McCluer (CG) 16.17; 2. Sheehan (BL) 16.8; 3. Silone (AE) 17.01; 4. Perez (AE) 17.32.

100 Meter Dash: 1. Holbrook (US) 12.77; 2. Archer (AD) 12.78; 3. Raiya Flores (CG) 13.09; 4. Lasley (VB) 13.36; … 6. Sarah Schroeder (CG) 13.79.

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Columbus Grove (Raiya Flores, Kristin Wynn, Linnea Stephens, Julia Wynn) 1:47.06; 2. Arlington 1:47.87; 3. Riverdale 1:47.88; 4. Pandora-Gilboa 1:49.9.

1,600 Meter Run: 1. Hovest (PG) 5:28.24; 2. Velasquez (PG) 5:34.01; 3. McMath (AR) 5:36.46; 4. Resnik (VB) 5:43.25; … … 14. Gracyn Stechschulte (CG) 7:07.27.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Columbus Grove (Raiya Flores, Julia Wynn, Linnea Stephens, Sydney McCluer) 50.72; 2. Arlington 51.02; 3. Van Buren 51.91; 4. Pandora-Gilboa 51.95.

400 Meter Dash: 1. Hunter (RIV) 58.64; 2. Woods (AE) 1:01.32; 3. Baker (BL) 1:02.62; 4. Schmelzer (VB) 1:04.28.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Sydney McCluer (CG) 47.23; 2. Silone (AE) 49.43; 3. Baker (BL) 49.65; 4. Sheehan (BL) 49.73; … 6. Mackenzie Clymer (CG) 51.19.

800 Meter Run: 1. Roebke (CR) 2:20.39; 2. Manns (RIV) 2:25.3; 3. Resnik (VB) 2:25.89; 4. Steinmetz (BL) 2:26.47; … … 11. Sydni Smith (CG) 2:42.87; 12. Kirsten Malsam (CG) 2:48.95.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Holbrook (US) 26.15; 2. Archer (AD) 26.37; 3. Julia Wynn (CG) 26.94; 4. Johnson (AR) 27.38.

3,200 Meter Run: 1. Hovest (PG) 12:02.41; 2. Velasquez (PG) 12:09.37; 3. McMath (AR) 12:35.56; 4. Flanagan (VB) 13:03.71; … 7. Macy McCluer (CG) 14:08.33; 8. Leah Myerholtz (CG) 14:13.03.

4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Riverdale 4:09.31; 2. Van Buren 4:09.32; 3. Columbus Grove (Kristin Wynn, Sydney McCluer, Linnea Stephens, Julia Wynn) 4:09.66; 4. Allen East 4:11.23.

Discus: 1. Megan Verhoff (CG) 125-10; 2. Lingo (RID) 115-2; 3. Pauley (RIV) 114-4; 4. Swary (PG) 113-2; … 7. Lyne’a Diller (CG) 109-4.

Long Jump: 1. Beach (AR) 15-11.5; 2. Holbrook (US) 15-10.25; 3. Morman (PG) 15-10.25; 4. C. Marshall (AD) 15-6; … … 10. Hallie Malsam (CG) 13-11; 15. Mackenzie Clymer (CG) 13-6.

Pole Vault: 1. Thompson (AR) 12-1; 2. Shepherd (HN) 10-8; 3. Beck (AR) 10-0; 4. Lutes (AE) 9-4; … … 10. Lauren Roose (CG) 7-6; 12. Megan Langhals (CG) 7-0.

Boys Team Rankings: Liberty-Benton 109, Bluffton 101, Columbus Grove 87, Waynesfield-Goshen 66, Upper Scioto Valley 49, Carey 36, Riverdale 33, Van Buren 29, Arlington 26, Ada 24, Cory-Rawson 23, Allen East 22, Pandora-Gilboa/Leipsic 20, Vanlue 11, McComb 3, Ridgemont/Hardin Northern 1.

4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Columbus Grove (Alex Giesege, Colton Grothaus, Lee Altenburger, Bryce Sharrits) 8:23.98; 2. Riverdale 8:26.11; 3. Van Buren 8:35.88; 4. Waynesfield-Goshen 8:37.75.

Discus: 1. Huber (WG) 149-5; 2. Boes (PG) 146-4; 3. Smith (BL) 145-2; 4. Swartz (CA) 142-4; … 5. Rece Roney (CG) 141-3.

Long Jump: 1. Lawson (LB) 21-4.75; 2. Cook (LB) 20-8.5; 3. Stephens (US) 20-1; 4. Starr (AR) 20-0.5; … 7. David Bogart (CG) 19-3.75.

Pole Vault: 1. Cornwell (LB) 14-4; 2. Knoll (RIV) 14-0; 3. C. Wilson (BL) 13-8; 4. Starr (AR) 13-4; … 6. Kyle Shafer (CG) 12-6; 7. Caiden Grothaus (CG) 12-0.

110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Murriel (LE) 15.6; 2. Lament (WG) 15.68; 3. Snook (LB) 15.93; 4. Huston (VA) 15.99.

100 Meter Dash: 1. Little (BL) 11.29; 2. Warnimont (CR) 11.4; 3. Wilcox (AD) 11.48; 4. Sloan (US 11.51.

4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Bluffton 1:29.55; 2. Upper Scioto Valley 1:33.25; 3. Cory-Rawson 1:33.53; 4. Columbus Grove (Joey Warnecke, David Bogart, Austin Price, Baily Clement) 1:33.7.

1,600 Meter Run: 1. Colton Grothaus (CG) 4:40.05; 2. Harnish (BL) 4:40.24; 3. Simmons (VB) 4:41.52; 4. Lee Altenburger (CG) 4:43.08.

4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Bluffton 44.1; 2. Liberty-Benton 44.49; 3. Cory-Rawson 44.74; 4. Upper Scioto Valley 45.11; … 7. Columbus Grove (Joey Warnecke, David Bogart, Alec Gladwell, Austin Price) 46.07.

400 Meter Dash: 1. N. Stratton (BL) 49.89; 2. Bauer (US) 50.43; 3. Wilcox (AD) 50.93; 4. Shuey (AE) 51.57.

300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Murriel (LE) 41.18; 2. Rath (LB) 41.71; 3. Huston (VA) 42.24; 4. Lament (WG) 42.36.

800 Meter Run: 1. Simmons (VB) 1:58.36; 2. Bryce Sharrits (CG) 1:58.65; 3. Pever (RIV) 1:59.05; 4. Alex Giesege (CG) 2:01.59.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Little (BL) 22.87; 2. N. Stratton (BL) 22.87; 3. Sloan (US) 23.25; 4. Wilcox (AD) 23.32; … 5. Baily Clement (CG) 23.41.

3,200 Meter Run: 1. Lee Altenburger (CG) 10:18.6; 2. Cook (CA) 10:20.25; 3. Gleason (LB) 10:21.46; 4. Colton Grothaus (CG) 10:34.81.

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Bluffton 3:24.43; 2. Allen East 3:27.21; 3. Liberty-Benton 3:29.42; 4. Columbus Grove (Baily Clement, David Bogart, Alex Giesege, Bryce Sharrits) 3:30.61.

Boys High Jump: 1. Lament (WG) 6-4; 2. Garver (LB) 6-2; 3. Arredondo (CA) 6-2; 4. Howard (US) 6-0; … 6. Baily Clement (CG) 6-0; … 9. Marshall Downing (CG) 5-6.

Boys Shot Put: 1. Goble (CA) 50-1.75; 2. Inniger (AR) 48-10; 3. Combs (LB) 48-6.5; 4. Huber (WG) 48-2; … 6. Rece Roney (CG) 46-0; 8. Will Vorhees (CG) 45-7.25.

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