Mount Gilead’s track season got off to a good start at the Mike Armstrong Memorial Invitational at Cardington on Saturday.
The boys’ team won with 156 points, while the girls took second with 146.5 — only half a point behind Buckeye Valley. Highland took third in both meets, with the girls scoring 104.5 and the boys mustering 91.5 points. The Cardington girls were fifth with 61.5, while the boys took seventh with 19.
For the MG boys, their 1600-meter relay of Brandon Stevens, Jonah Barnett, Nicholas Weiss and Austin Hallabrin won in 3:34.71. Many of those athletes also claimed top-three placements. Barnett won the 200 in 22.96, Stevens took the 400 in 52.65 and was second in the long jump and Hallabrin won the 800 with a time of 2:02.02. Also, Weiss was second in the 1600.
Liam Dennis placed first in the 300 hurdles in 44.0 and also finished second in the 110 hurdles. The 800-meter relay of Drake McCallen, Bryceton Gaines, Dustin Fraizer and Barnett was second; as was the 3200 relay of Weiss, Casey White, Kyle White and Hallabrin.
Also taking second were Colten Clark in the pole vault and Casey White in the 3200. Connor Page finished third in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, as did Trevor Ball in the 1600 and McCallen in the high jump.
The Indian girls won three events on the day. The 3200 relay of Micah James, Hannah Bush, Baylee Hack and Jadyn Shipman finished first in 10:56.56, while James also won the 800 in 2:34.94. Randall took first in the discus with an effort of 105’11”.
Olivia Brewer ran second in both the 100 and 200, as did Hack in the 1600 and 3200, Skylar Edwards in the shot put and Kelsey Kennon in the discus. The 1600 relay of Zoie Barron, Makayla Weaver, James and Samantha Sullivan finished third, as did Alexis McCoy in the pole vault.
The Highland girls were paced by a pair of relay win. Madison Bolton, Jenna Brown, Meg Mitchell and Molly Delaney won the 400 relay in 58.0, while Brown, Mitchell, Bolton and Stephanie Rose took the 800 relay in 2:02.12.
The 1600 relay of Taylor Belcher, Mitchell, Rose and Alex Debord finished second; while the 3200 team of Belcher, Laura Spearman, Sophia Thompson and Debord ran third. Belcher also was second in the high jump and third in the 400. Thompson took third-place finishes in both the 1600 and 3200.
In the boys’ meet, Highland’s Brock Veley and Austyn Albanese tied for first in the 100 with a time of 11.31. Those same two runners also tied for second place in the 200, while Albanese also was second in the 400. Logan Veley, Alex Mason, William Parsley and Brock Veley won the 400-meter relay in 46.97.
Zach Baker placed second in the shot put for the Scots, while Alex Mason was third in the long jump. The 800 relay of Parsley, Austin Dixon, Logan Veley and Mason placed third; as did the 1600 relay of Albanese, Mason, Kris Poland and Brock Veley.
Cardington’s girls were led by Nadia Kerman, who won the shot put with a heave of 33’9.75” and was third in the discus. Abigail Lorimer finished third in the 300 hurdles and Alicia McElwee finished third in the long jump.
For the Pirate boys, Mason Goers led the way by finishing third in the 100.
The Northmor boys’ track team won at Ridgedale’s Dave Schorr Invitational on Saturday, while the girls took second place. In the boys’ meet, Northmor finished with 126 points, while the host team took second with 87. A total of 12 teams were in the meet.
The Knight boys won five events, with James Walker taking two of those first-place finishes. Walker won the 300 hurdles in 43.27 and also claimed the high jump with an effort of 5’10”. Demetrius Johnson claimed the long jump with a new meet record of 20’10.5”. Kolton Smith took first in the 110 hurdles in 16.23 and Tony Martinez won the pole vault with an effort of 10’.
Smith and Johnson added top-three finishes in other individual events. Smith took second in the high jump and Johnson was third in the 200. Also finishing second was the 1600-meter relay of Johnson, Drew Zoll, Calvin Komer and James Walker.
The 3200 relay of A.J. White, Kaleb Hart, Alec Moore and Walker finished third.
The girls finished with 140.5 points to only place behind Fredericktown’s 147 in a 10-team competition. Brooke Bennett, Selena Cortez, Julianna Ditullio, Hope Miracle and Maiya Craft claimed wins for the Knights.
Cortez won the 110 hurdles in 20.14 and added a third-place finish in the shot put. Bennett won the 200 in 28.83 and also was second in the 400 and third in the 100. Ditullio won the long jump by going 14’3” and was third in the 300 hurdles. Miracle took the pole vault by clearing 8’6” and Craft won the discus with an effort of 84’1”.
Cassady Healea finished second in the 100 hurdles for the Knights, as did Karalee Patterson in the pole vault.
Northmor was also third in all four relays. Ditullio, Jessica Duryea, Samantha Peters and Maddie Jordan placed in the 3200 relay; as did Vivenne Cutrupi, Healea, Miracle and Bailey Wiseman in the 800 relay; Cutrupi, Healea, Brooke Huntsman and Wiseman in the 400 relay and Bennett, Ditullio, Miracle and Peters in the 1600 relay.
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