April 29, 2008
ASHLAND — In high school, Joe Horn and Blaine Maag dominated in track and field.Now at Ashland University, the two former high-school standouts are picking up right where they left off.Horn, a redshirt freshman from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, is part of a 400-meter relay team that has recorded the fourth-fastest time in the nation (NCAA Division II) this season, clocking a time of 40.85 seconds.In his senior year at Waynesfield in 2006, Horn swept the 100-meter, the 200-meter, the 400-meter dashes and anchored the winning 800-meter relay team to lead Waynesfield to its first-ever state title in track and field.Horn is still displaying his versatility by being utilized in many events this spring — including the decathlon. AU track coach Jud Logan said Horn is quite capable of scoring points in several events.“He did not get to run with us last year because of spring football,” Logan said. “This year, he’s going to score a ton of points for us at the conference meet.“He’ll do the one (100-meter dash) and two (200 dash), the open 400, the four-by-one (400 relay) and the four-by-four (1,600 relay).”Horn also played wide receiver for the AU football team this past fall. He caught seven passes for 61 yards in the nine games in which he saw action.Maag, a former two-time state champion in the discus from Columbus Grove, is making his mark for AU in the throwing circle. He has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the discus and shot put.“He’s the purest athlete on the team,” Logan said. “He’s decided that football was starting to take a toll on his body, so he’s now focusing on track and field. We’re happy that he’s decided to do that.”Maag is not the only Columbus Grove graduate showing promise on the AU track team. Cory Meuleman, a freshman, is being redshirted this spring. Like Maag, Meuleman was a two-time state champion for Columbus Grove in the discus.“I like what Rick Maag (Columbus Grove throwing coach and Blaine Maag’s father) has done there at Columbus Grove,” Logan said. “With Cory Meuleman, we expect big things out of him. We decided to red-shirt Cory. But, he’ll surprise a lot of people next year.”Sophomore Kayla King — also a Columbus Grove grad — is throwing for the women’s team this spring.KOPILCHACK LEADING RAIDERS: Wright State University senior John Kopilchack (Shawnee) is among the leaders on the baseball team this spring.Kopilchack is eighth on the team with a .297 batting average. He is third in the Horizon League in home runs (9), first in triples (5), fifth in total bases (88) and sixth in slugging percentage (.607).Kopilchack was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the week ending April 21. WSU is 21-17 on the year.PETERS HITTING WELL: Senior Jeff Peters (Lima Central Catholic) is among the leaders for the University of Findlay baseball team this spring.Peters is batting .295 with seven home runs (second on team) and 20 RBI (fourth). UF is 24-19 on the season.