MG track takes titles at MOAC championships

By Rob Hamilton -

Mount Gilead reigned supreme in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference’s Blue Division track meet.

After Thursday’s running finals, hosted by Pleasant, the MG girls had finished with 165 points to easily outdistance second-place Fredericktown. Highland was third with 98, Northmor took fourth with 91 and Cardington tallied 78 for fifth place.

The boys’ team scored 176 points, while second-place Northmor had 122. Highland finished third with 107 and Cardington was eighth with 15.

Mount Gilead won two of the three relays contested on Thursday. The 800-meter squad of Jessica Brewer, Bridgette Millisor, Corrin Watts and Olivia Brewer took first in 1:51.79 and the quartet of Jessica Brewer, Addison Chapman, Watts and Olivia Brewer won the 400-meter relay in 53.16.

Olivia Brewer won the 100 (12.78) and 200 (26.9), while Jessica Brewer was second in both events. Micah James claimed the 1600 in 5:29.63 and the 800 in 2:31.46.

Darcy Picker took second in the 800, as did Baylee Hack in the 3200. Also finishing second was the 1600 relay team consisting of James, Millisor, Hannah Bush and Picker.

Highland got a second-place finish from Chalsea Sweet in the 300 hurdles.

Jenna Brown, Meg Mitchell, Christina Rose and Stephanie Rose teamed up to finish third in the 800-meter relay. Alex Debord added a third place finish in the 1600, as did Taylor Belcher in the 400. Belcher, Christina Rose, Stephanie Rose and Laura Spearman were third in the 1600 relay.

Northmor picked up a first place finish in the 1600-meter relay, as Brooke Bennett, Julianna Ditullio, Maddie Jordan and Rachel Morrison won in 4:25.14. Bennett also took first in the 400 with a time of 62.6 and was third in the 100 and 200.

For Cardington, Lilly Grooms won the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.73 and also finished second in the 100 hurdles.

The MG boys joined the girls in winning a pair of relays on the evening. In the 800-meter relay, Drake McCallen, Jonah Barnett, Dustin Fraizer and Brandon Stevens finished first with a time of 1:32.66. Stevens also teamed with Liam Dennis, Nicholas Weiss and Austin Hallabrin to win the 1600-meter relay in 3:33.84.

Barnett also claimed the 100 in 11.33 and the 200 in 22.77. Hallabrin also was a double winner, taking the 1600 in 4:36.2 and the 800 in 1:56.2. Casey White won the 3200 with a time of 10:14.5 and also placed second in the 1600. Stevens added a win in the 400 with a time of 51.86.

In the 110 hurdles, Dennis placed second, while Connor Page was third. Dennis also ran second in the 300 hurdles. The 400-meter relay team of McCallen, Barnett, Fraizer and Bryceton Gaines placed second in their race. Weiss ran second in the 800.

Northmor’s Kolten Smith won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.34 and was third in the 300 hurdles. James Walker added a win in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 41.43.

Demetrius Johnson ran third in both the 400 and 200. Drew Zoll, Walker, Calvin Komer and Alec Moore added a third-place finish in the 1600-meter relay.

For Highland, Brock Veley was second in the 100; as was the 1600-meter relay team of Austin Albanese, Jack Weaver, Caleb Matos and Brock Veley. Albanese also was second in the 400.

Logan Veley, Brock Veley, William Parsley and Albanese took third in the 400-meter relay. Matos added a third-place finish in the 800.

Cardington’s top finish on the night went to Mason Goers, who took fifth place in the 100.

By Rob Hamilton

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS