BATH TOWNSHIP — The track-and-field season is still in the early stages. But if Friday’s performance at the Bath Ehresman Invitational was any indication of how competitive Ottawa-Glandorf is going to be this season, then the Titans should be in good shape.
Both the girls and boys teams for O-G took first place at the Ehresman Invitational.
The O-G girls ended the meet with 157 points, compared to second-place Shawnee’s 113 points. Van Wert finished third (88), Bath was fourth (40) and Allen East was fifth (35). There were nine teams at the invite.
For the boys, the Titans ran away with the first-place trophy, outscoring second-place Bluffton 118-81. Van Wert finished third (60), Lima Central Catholic was fourth (58) and Shawnee rounded out the top five (54). Allen East was a close sixth (53).
Matias Trampe-Kindt scored big for the Titans, finishing first in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
In the 1,600, Trampe-Kindt got out strong and pulled away from the pack, finishing in 4 minutes and 34.92 seconds. Van Wert’s Connor Holliday finished second in 4:48.47.
Later on, Trampe-Kindt came back to win the 3,200 in 10:02.15. Trampe-Kindt had some tough competition in the 3,200, as LCC’s Alex Rigg was with him until late in the final lap. Trampe-Kindt pulled away as Rigg finished in 10:16.28.
Trampe-Kindt also was part of the winning 3,200-meter relay team, and the 1,600 relay that finished second to a very strong Allen East quartet. Joining Trampe-Kindt on the 3,200 relay were Brad Recker, Trevor Ellerbrock and Chris Hyman.
For Trampe-Kindt, doing four events in a meet is not uncommon.
“I doubled-up all last year,” Trampe-Kindt said. “Hopefully this year I can get more 800s and stuff. But, I’m used to it now. …It’s not that difficult.”
The O-G boys’ strengths were in the field events and distance events.
“For the most part, we had good balance between the field events and the running events,” O-G boys coach Rick Hughes said. “I kind of challenged them — coming into the meet — to show a little bit of courage. I think, for the most part, the kids were pretty good competitors.”
O-G’s Colin Laubenthal won the pole vault with a clearance of 13 feet. He also finished second in the long jump (21-3.75) to LCC’s Jamir Coleman (22-0).
In the 110-meter hurdles, Logan McDermit and Austin McDermit finished first and second, respectively, to record big points for the Titans.
The O-G girls scored well in the relays and field events.
The O-G girls won the 3,200 relay (10:32.19), 800 relay (1:47.43) and 1,600 relay (4:04.60). In the long jump, the Titans went 1-2 as Michelle Maag won with a mark of 16-5 and teammate Amanda Sahloff was second with a jump of 14-11.
“We had a tremendous meet,” O-G girls coach Vicki Doty said. “We had some pleasant surprises in a few of the events. Some of the younger kids stepped up and really performed well. We had a lot of personal bests tonight. It was just an overall tremendous effort by all the kids. I can’t say enough, because we didn’t know what to expect.”