MG girls pick up track district championship

By Rob Hamilton -

The Mount Gilead girls’ track team claimed a district championship on Saturday, winning the District Two meet of the Division III meet hosted by Watkins Memorial with 108 points.

Along with winning the meet, the Lady Indians also sent a large number of athletes to this week’s regional meet. The 400-meter relay team of Jessica Brewer, Addison Chapman, Corrin Watts and Olivia Brewer won in 52.97. Olivia Brewer also won the 100 in 12.66 and the 200 in 26.57. She qualified for regionals in a fourth event, as well, teaming with Bridgette Millisor, Watts and Jessica Brewer for third in the 800-meter relay with a time of 12.66.

Baylee Hack also tallied a win for MG, taking the 3200 in 11:36.01. Micah James took second in the 1600 in 5:43.19, Darcy Picker was fourth in the 800 in 2:29.29 and Jessica Brewer finished fourth in the 100 in 13.05 to also move on to regionals.

The Indians earned placement points in several other events to add to their winning total. James, Millisor, Hannah Bush and Picker took fifth in the 1600-meter relay, while Jessica Brewer was fifth in the 200. Also, Bush was sixth in the 1600, James took seventh in the 800 and Savannah Randall placed eighth in the 100 hurdles.

The Mount Gilead boys finished with a whopping 171 points, but finished second to Grandview Heights in a district meet that was a two-team team, with no one else reaching the 100-point mark. Brandon Stevens, Liam Dennis, Nicholas Weiss and Austin Hallabrin won the 1600-meter relay in 3:28.31; while Drake McCallen, Jonah Barnett, Dustin Fraizer and Bryceton Gaines placed first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 44.68.

Hallabrin added wins in the 1600 (4:28.84) and 800 (1:58.2), while Barnett won the 200 in 22.75 and placed third in the 100 in 11.35. Barnett also teamed with McCallen, Fraizer and Brandon Stevens to take second in the 800-meter relay in 1:32.82. Stevens also won the 400 in 50.64.

Dennis took third place in the 110 hurdles in 16.19, while Connor Page was fourth in 16.33. The two duplicated that feat in the 300s, with Dennis finishing in 41.85 and Page placing in 42.74. Also, Weiss ran second in the 800 in 2:01.94, Casey White took third in the 1600 in 4:40.13 and Kyle White ran fourth in the 3200 in 10:46.87.

Dustin Fraizer added a fifth-place finish in the 100.

Northmor’s girls took fifth place in the District Two meet. Brooke Bennett advanced to regionals by placing third in the 400 (61.2) and fourth in the 200 (27.17). She also teamed with Julianna Ditullio, Maddie Jordan and Brooke Huntsman to take fourth in the 1600 relay in 4:20.93. Jessica Duryea advanced in the 1600 by finishing third in 5:43.23. She also was sixth in the 3200.

The team of Vivenne Cutrupi, Cristianna Boggs, Sabrina Kelley and Bailey Wiseman was seventh in the 800-meter relay. Cutrupi, Boggs and Wiseman also teamed with Brooke Huntsman to take seventh in the 400 relay. Also, Ditullio ran eighth in the 300 hurdles.

Both Cardington teams ran eighth in their district meet. The boys were paced by Mason Goers on Saturday. He advanced to regional in the 100 (11.54) and 200 (24.0) by finishing fourth in both events.

Also, Racine Hallabrin was sixth in the 3200 and the team of Tyler Villella, Brydon Ratliff, Goers and Ty Landon ran seventh in the 400-meter relay.

For the Lady Pirates, Lilly Grooms advanced to regionals by taking fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.67. Grooms also was sixth in the 300 hurdles and teamed with Alicia McElwee, Sage Brannon and Katelyn Denney to run sixth in the 800-meter relay. Katelyn Denney added a seventh-place finish in the 400.

For the Gilead Christian boys, who finished 12, Sean Linder was sixth in the 1600, while Justin Jones took eighth in the same event. Also, the 1600-meter relay team of Kuann Whitt, Seth Breker, Linder and Jones ran eighth.

The Northmor boys competed in the District One meet and finished second with 92 points. Kolton Smith won the 110 hurdles in 15.33 to highlight the Knight finishers on Saturday. He also was third in the 300 hurdles in 42.12.

James Walker finished second in the 300 hurdles in 41.45 and teamed with Drew Zoll, Calvin Komer and Alec Moore to take fourth in the 1600 relay in 3:33.35.

Demetrius Johnson finished fifth in the 200 and eighth in the 100 for the Knights, while Moore placed fifth in the 400 and Komer was seventh in the same event. Anthony Petulla was seventh in the 110 hurdles and teamed with Zoll, Wyatt Lessick and Komer to take seventh in the 800-meter relay.

Division II

The Highland boys’ track team finished ninth at the Division II district meet hosted by Westerville South, while the girls took 15th.

On Saturday, the Scot boys advanced a pair of runners to regionals, as Austyn Albanese finished second in the 400 in 50.69 and Brock Veley was fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.53.

Albanese and Veley teamed with Alex Mason and Jack Weaver to finish fifth in the 400-meter relay, while Gavin Kafka was seventh in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Also, William Parsley, Albanese, Logan Veley and Brock Veley were eighth in the 800-meter relay.

For the girls’ team, Sophia Thompson placed fifth in the 3200 and Alex Debord was seventh in the 1600. Jenna Brown, Meg Mitchell, Christina Rose and Stephanie Rose teamed to finish eighth in the 800-meter relay.

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