DELPHOS — Scoring points in the field events can be key for a track and field team.
Such was the case for Delphos St. John’s in its win for both the boys and girls teams at Saturday’s St. John’s Invitational.
On the boys side, St. John’s slipped past second-place Hopewell-Loudon, 123-102, while the girls defeated cross-town rival Delphos Jefferson 117-101. There were eight teams at the invitational.
Bailey Calvelage led the St. John’s girls with first-place finishes in both the pole vault (9 feet) and long jump (15-2.50). She also was part of the winning 400-meter relay team, while she finished fourth in the 100 (13.52 seconds).
St. John’s girls coach Dave Desenberg said his team rose to the occasion Saturday.
“We challenged them at the beginning of the week,” Desenberg said. “We haven’t put that one (strong) meet together this season. I’m estactic on how the girls stepped up this week.”
Desenberg said his team got off to a strong start Saturday morning.
“We scored well in the field events,” he said. “Tiffany Geise did 5-2 (first place) in the high jump. Bailey Calvelage goes 15-3 in the long jump and wins the pole vault. We took first and second (Alicia Ankerman) in the pole vault today, which was big.”
“We scored in every event except for the 4-by-8 (3,200-meter relay). So it was nice to come out of the field events with some points and then watch it carry over onto the track.”
The Jefferson girls team kept it close. However, an injury to one of their key performers before this weekend, did not help its chances.
“I thought we did really good, considering the adversity we went through this week with (Kennedy) Boggs injuring her leg,” Jefferson girls coach Ryan Carder said. “She’s in three of our relays and is our top high jumper. But we competed well.”
Allen East freshman Hailey Perkins won both the 800 (2:40.90) and 1,600 (5:47.62).
On the boys side, St. John’s Evan Burgei led the list of top performances, winning the 100 in 10.94 seconds. Burgei also was part of the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams.
St. John’s boys coach Jay DeWitt said this year’s team could be a little stronger than last year.
“I think overall, we really competed today,” DeWitt said. “We have a lot of balance on this team. I told the guys that every little point in a meet like this is going to count. When you come out of the field events with some points, then you start feeling pretty good.”
Delphos St. John's track defends home turf