By ROB HAMILTON
Both Mount Gilead track teams took home championships at the Division III district meet held at Whitehall-Yearling High School on Saturday.
The boys scored 132 points to easily win over Fairbanks, who was second with 96.5. In the girls’ meet, MG tallied 119 points, while Columbus Academy finished second with 83.
During Saturday, finals were contested in all the running events except the 3200-meter relay, which was held earlier in the week. The Indian boys won five of those events, with Sawyer Shipman taking first in the 110 hurdles in 15.07 and the 300 hurdles in 40.9. Shipman also ran with Deondre Cook, Jonah Barnett and Dustin Fraizer in winning the 800-meter relay in 1:33.39. Barnett added a win in the 200 with a time of 22.81, while Austin Hallabrin took the 1600 in 4:22.8.
A number of other Indians qualified for regionals by placing in the top four in their events. Brandon Stevens took second place in the 400 in 52.25. He would also team with Barnett, Fraizer and Cook to take third in the 400-meter relay (45.18) and with Nicholas Weiss, Kyle Ciballi and Hallabrin to finished third in the 1600-meter relay in 3:33.49.
Weiss placed third in the 800 in 2:04.02, while Hallabrin finished fourth in 2:05.4. Ciballi ran third in the 4:33.99, while Barnett was fourth in the 100 in 11.48. Also, Casey White was fourth in the 3200 in 10:15.72.
Just missing out on qualifying was Fraizer in the 100, where he placed fifth. Drake McCallen ran fifth in the 200, while Kyle White was sixth in the 3200, Cook finished seventh in the 400 and Jason Robinson was eighth in the 110 hurdles.
The Lady Indians were able to win a pair of events Saturday. The 400-meter relay team of Makaylee Elkin, Addison Chapman, Corrin Watts and Olivia Brewer took first in 52.28, while Brewer also won the 200 in 26.65. Brewer also took second in the 100 (12.82) and teamed with Elkin, Chapman and Savannah Randall to finish third in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:53.3.
Jenna Shipman was second in the 400 in 59.85 and in the 800 in 2:25.62. Darcy Picker also qualified in the 800, finishing third in 2:26.41. In the 1600, Micah James was second in 5:32.28 and Hannah Bush finished fourth in 5:37.49.
Bush also finished sixth in the 3200 and teamed with James, Erin Zmuda and Picker to run sixth in the 1600-meter relay. Kelsey Snyder added an eighth-place finish in the 3200.
The Northmor teams also had a strong district performance, with the boys finishing third with 92 points and the girls placing fifth with 55.
Demetrius Johnson was second in the 100 (11.34) and the 200 (23.1) to highlight Northmor’s Saturday. Collin Berg qualified in the 300 hurdles by placing third in 41.97, while Kolton Smith was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.15 and Spencer Adams took fourth in the 1600 in 4:48.72.
James Walker ran fifth in the 300 hurdles, while Berg took sixth in the 110 hurdles. Also, the 1600-meter relay team of Walker, Berg, Drew Zoll and Johnson ran seventh.
For the Lady Knights, Isabelle Ditullio advanced to regionals by placing second in the 3200 in 12:07.66. A number of her teammates also scored points on the day.
Kristen Duryea was fifth in both the 1600 and 3200, while Brooke Bennett ran fifth in the 200 and eighth in the 400. Bennett teamed with Vivenne Cutrupi, Rachel Morrison and Samantha Peters to take fifth in the 1600-meter relay.
Maria Lee finished sixth in the 1600 and the 400-meter relay of Cutrupi, Cristiana Boggs, Hope Miracle and Brooke Buzzard ran seventh. Also, Morrison was eighth in the 800 and Selena Cortez took eighth in the 100 hurdles.
Cardington’s girls finished sixth with 40 points, while the boys were 13th with 12. On Saturday, the girls got a sixth-place finish from Lilly Grooms in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, while Abigail Lorimer finished seventh in the 300s.
For the boys, Josh Queener took fifth in the 1600. Michael Queener was sixth in the 1600 and seventh in the 800, while Quinn Maceyko took eighth in the 3200.
Highland competed on Saturday in the Division II track districts at Westerville South, but no runners advanced to regional competition in that day’s running events.
For the girls, Sophia Thompson was fifth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200. Laura Spearman finished seventh in the 1600 and teamed with Meg Mitchell, Jena Buchholz and Taylor Belcher to finish eighth in the 1600-meter relay.
For the boys, Austyn Albanese finished sixth in the 400. He also teamed with Dakota Bunting, Garrett Mentzer and Kaden Bunting to run seventh in the 1600-meter relay. Travis Mentzer added an eighth-place finish in the 1600.
Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS