OTTAWA — Every track season, it seems like Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton battle it out for the title at the annual Gold Medal Meet at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
Last season, Liberty-Benton took home the girls and boys team titles, while O-G settled for second.
At Saturday’s Gold Medal Meet, O-G’s boys slipped past L-B for the team title, 114-87, while Bluffton finished third (69.50) and Van Wert was fourth (69). There were nine teams at the meet.
For the girls, L-B got by O-G for the girls team crown, 144-126.50. Van Wert finished third (97.50) and Allen East came in fourth (53.50).
The O-G boys’ strong performances in the field events carried over onto the track as the Titans garnered the victory.
The Titans scored in every field event and then registered points in nine events on the track, en route to the team title.
“I think we started early,” O-G boys coach Rick Hughes said. “We had great efforts from top to bottom, all the way down. I challenged the kids at the beginning and told them that this was a tough field coming in.
“I wanted them to run their personal bests today, and most of them did. The important thing was going to be our No. 2 guy in each event. And I think our No. 2 guys came through, PR’d and scored some points where we wanted them to.”
One of the big scorers for O-G was distance specialist Matias Trampe-Kindt, who won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
In the 1,600, Trampe-Kindt fought off a very competitive field and pulled away for the win in 4 minutes, 37.71 seconds. Lima Central Catholic’s Alex Rigg finished second in 4:43.69. O-G’s Alex Pracht was a very close third (4:44.93).
Then in the 3,200, Trampe-Kindt pulled away from the pack, en route to a winning time of 9:59.97. Rigg was a distant second place (10:20.86).
The Titans started off the running portion of the meet by winning the 3,200 meter relay in 8:25.28. The relay team consisted of Brad Recker, Trevor Ellerbrock, Chris Hyman and Trampe-Kindt.
Van Wert’s quartet of Dylan Lautzenheiser, Connor Shaffer, Ryan Rice and Connor Holliday finished second in 8:32.87.
On the girls’ side, O-G competed well, but fell short to its nonconference nemesis.
“This is the closest we have ever been to them (Liberty-Benton), and we’ll take it,” O-G girls coach Vicki Doty said. “It would be nice to beat them at one point and time, but it is what it is and I’m happy with that and their performances.”
Leading the way for O-G was Elissa Ellerbrock, who had four first-place finishes (800-meter relay, 1,600-meter relay, 400 meters and 800 meters). Also scoring well for O-G was Anna Bellman, who won the discus and was part of the winning 1,600 relay. Madison Stechschulte was part of both the winning 800- and 1,600-meter relays.
LCC’s Mykale Rogers won both the 100 (11.51 seconds) and the long jump (21-feet, 1 ¼ inches). Rogers’ teammate Jamir Coleman won the 200 (22.96), took second in the long jump (20-9 ½) and was third in the 100 (11.63).
Bath’s Jocelyn Ayers won the 200 (26.56) and was second in the 100 (12.96).