Northmor has big day in district field events Thursday

By Rob Hamilton

After the second day of the Division III district track meet, Northmor moved into the lead in the boys’ District One competition.

In Thursday’s competition, hosted by Watkins Memorial, the Knights won three different field events to finish the day with 46 points, 16 better than second-place Fairfield Christian.

Demetrius Johnson won the long jump by soaring 23’6.5”. Tony Martinez added a win in the pole vault with an effort of 11’6”, while James Walker claimed first in the high jump after clearing 6’. Also advancing to next week’s regional action was Kolton Smith, who took second in the high jump with an effort of 5’11”. Also, Aaron Berg finished sixth in the pole vault.

In the District Two meet, the only running finals taking place were the 3200-meter relays. Mount Gilead qualified both their boys’ and girls’ teams in that event.

Nicholas Weiss, Brandon Stevens, Casey White and Austin Hallabrin combined to win their race in 8:22.65. In the girls’ race, Micah James, Hannah Bush, Baylee Hack and Darcy Picker took third in 10:18.21.

In the girls’ race, Northmor advanced to regionals with a fourth-place finish. Julianna Ditullio, Rachel Morrison, Samantha Peters and Maddie Jordan placed with a time of 10:32.61.

Cardington took sixth place in the boys’ race, with Racine Hallabrin, Brandon Steckel, Brydon Ratliff and Ty Landon competing for the Pirates.

In the District Two girls’ meet, Cardington still leads with 32 points, while MG is two points behind in second place and Northmor is fifth with 22. The boys’ meet is a two-team race, as Grandview Heights has 64 points and the Indians have 52, with no other team having more than 22. Cardington is 10th with five.

Division II

Highland advanced an individual to regionals in girls’ field event competition Thursday.

Taylor Belcher moved on by placing in a tie for third in the high jump thanks to clearing 4’10”.

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