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WAPAKONETA — It was all about teamwork at Friday’s Redskin Relays. Defiance showed the most teamwork as it took both the girls and boys titles in a track and field meet. Each event’s scoring was based on the combined effort of more than one competitor.On the girl’s side, Defiance slipped past a very balanced Ottawa-Glandorf squad, defeating the Titans, 105-82. Wapakoneta was third (55) while Shawnee finished fourth (50).For the boys, Defiance pulled away with the team title, scoring 97 points, compared to Wapakoneta’s 67. Spencerville finished a close third (62) while Anna was fourth (53). There were nine teams at the relays.Both Defiance squads won six of the 14 events on Friday.O-G’s 3,200 relay team (Emily Heitmeyer, Danielle Hershberger, Dana Lanwehr and Allison Schroeder) broke its own meet record, clocking a winning time of 10 minutes, 4.8 seconds. The Titans outdistanced second-place Defiance by 14 seconds.In the 1,600 relay, O-G’s girls won with a time of 4:04.8. The team was comprised of Jenna Ellerbrock, Schroeder, Heitmeyer and Lanwehr.O-G girls coach Vicki Doty said she was pleased with the way her team finished, despite losing to Western Buckeye League-rival Defiance.“My core group ran really well (Friday),” Doty said. “They scored a lot of points for us.“We knew coming in that our field events would be weak. We have some young kids in the field events. But, they are getting better. I just tell them to score a little better each time.”Doty said this year’s squad has a nice mixture of upperclassmen and underclassmen.“I tell them that we don’t have freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors,” Doty said. “We are all one team. “I’m pleased on how the older girls are taking ahold of the younger ones and working with them.”Lima Central Catholic’s throwers shone through in the shot put. The Thunderbirds were led by Jacob Hyland’s toss of 49 feet, 4 inches. Hyland helped lead the group to its third consecutive victory at the Redskin Relays in the shot put. Hyland was joined by Michael Corwin and Michael Tremoulis. The T-Birds had a combined distance of 139-4 ½ in the shot put.Hyland said the relays are a nice break from what he is used to.“This meet is nice because it’s more about the team,” Hyland said. “We won this event (shot put) the past three years. Last year, we had the same team.”Hyland, who placed eighth at the state meet last year, said he is hoping to get back to top form here before the postseason. His best put this season is 53-7.“I’ve kind of lost my form a little in the last couple of weeks,” Hyland said. “I usually throw right around 50 feet. The same thing happened last year, too. But, I was able to get it going and threw 53 feet at state.”For the girls, Van Wert won both the shot put (Hannah Phlipot) and discus (Jade Osenbaugh). 

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