COLUMBUS – It’s all how you finish.
For Ottawa-Glandorf senior Matias Trampe-Kindt, finishing third in the 1,600 meters at the Division II state track meet Saturday at Ohio State with a personal-best and school record time of 4 minutes, 20.30 seconds, is definitely the way to wrap up a high school track career.
Trampe-Kindt will continue his track career, collegiately, when he attends the University of Findlay next school year.
In Saturday’s 1,600, Trampe-Kindt stayed with the front pack of runners until the fourth lap.
However, the pack responded in the final lap.
In the final 200 meters of the race, CVCA’s Ryan Adams and Chagrin Falls’ Joe Bistritz passed Trampe-Kindt.
At the finish line, Adams leaned for the win (4:18.44), while Bistritz finished a close second (4:18.60). The O-G standout held on for third.
“Coming in, I knew the race wouldn’t really start until the fourth lap,” Trampe-Kindt said. “So, I stuck close and tried to get into good position. You knew it was going to come down to 8 to 10 guys. I was pretty happy with my last lap. I was sitting second coming in. … I got passed toward the end. The main goal when you come down here is to win. But to place third isn’t too bad.”
GRANDSTAFF COMES CLOSE TO TITLE
Crestview junior Mycah Grandstaff knew he had to run his best in order to have a shot at the Division III state title in the 3,200 Saturday.
Grandstaff did run his best, and had a shot at the state title.
However, Division III cross country state champion Bobby Johnson from McDonald wasn’t going to allow Grandstaff the chance to ruin his final state appearance.
The Butler University-bound Johnson pushed the pace early and Grandstaff responded.
However, Johnson put it into another gear in the second half of the race and pulled away for the win in 9:22.85. Grandstaff finished third in a personal-best 9:31.57.
“I knew that Bobby (Johnson) was a very strong runner,” Grandstaff said. “He was the (Division III) state cross country champion last year. I just tried to stay with him and see what I could do. I really haven’t run from behind all season. So, it was a little tough to run from the back. I hung with him for the first four (laps) and then he pulled away a little bit. I knew with him not doing the mile (1,600) that I’d have to run the race of my life.”
DEFIANCE’S MURRAY WINS 800 TITLE
Defiance’s Samantha Murray won the Division II state title in the 800 Saturday. Murray won in a time of 2:09.25. O-G’s Elissa Ellerbrock finished eighth (2:17.41).
“I could tell that everyone wanted to go fast,” Murray said. “I knew I wasn’t the only one who wanted to lead. So, I just had to be strong and (run) faster than the other girls.”
LIMA SENIOR’S STAFFORD AND RELAY ON THE PODIUM
Lima Senior sophomore Rico Stafford finished fifth in the Division I 400 Saturday, finishing in 48.87, in his first year on the track team.
“I’m pretty happy,” Stafford said. “I came out and did the best I could. I thought I could go lower (on the time), but I got two more years. Most of these guys out front were seniors. So, I have to come back next year and improve.”
The Lima Senior 1,600 meter relay (Jaden Walker, Bryan Mays Jr., Diamonte Fisher and Stafford) finished seventh in 3:22.50.
COLDWATER’S KANNEY IN THE HUNT
Coldwater junior Sarah Kanney finished third Saturday in the Division II 1,600 (4:53.66).
DOWDY GETS FOURTH
Van Wert junior Alexis Dowdy finished fourth Saturday in the Division II shot put (42-3 ¼ ).
BLUFFTON 800 RELAY COMES CLOSE
The Buffton boys’ 400 meter relay (Adam Wannemacher, Dylan Alt, Andrew Lee and Isaac Little) finished second Saturday in 43.54. Bluffton also got on the podium in both the 800 relay (fourth, 1:29.07) and 1,600 relay (fourth, 3:22.14).
The 800 relay was comprised of Little, Robbie Stratton, Noah Stratton and Alt.
Demellweek, Robbie Stratton, Alt and Noah Stratton made up the 1,600 relay.
Allen East’s 1,600 relay (Evan Thomas, Chris Kleman, Logan Rex and Matt Shuey) finished eighth (3:26.63).