NEW BREMEN — Stellar individual performances are not mandatory in order to be a successful track and field team.
Such was the case with Spencerville at Saturday’s New Bremen Cardinal Invitational.
Despite having just one first-place finisher out of all the events, the Spencerville boys track team won the Cardinal Invitational, defeating second-place New Bremen, 102.33-99.
The Spencerville girls completed the sweep, winning the invitational over Marion Local, 116-97.50. There were 11 teams in the girls meet and 12 teams on the boys side.
Tyler Obringer posted the lone first-place finish for the Spencerville boys team, winning the shot put. Obringer and Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Miller battled it out with Obringer winning by a mere 2 ˝ inches. Obringer’s best put was 54 feet, 8 ˝ inches, while Miller’s best was 54-6.
On the girls side, Lyndie Brown led Spencerville with victories in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Teammate Ashley Gilroy finished second to Brown in both races. Brown’s winning times were 5:30.74 (1,600) and 11:45.07 (3,200). Kelli Ley took first in the 400 in 60.90 seconds. The Spencerville girls 3,200 relay (10:29.56) and 1,600 relay teams (4:21.50) took firsts as well.
Spencerville coach Bruce McConnell said his squad performed well.
“We had a lot of kids that got home really late from state choir and band competition last night, so we had some tired kids today,” McConnell said. “We didn’t write down any goals for today. We just wanted to come out and compete. We had a lot of kids that came out and ran about the same, so that means we can improve.”
New Bremen’s Zach Speckman won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. In both races, Speckman was challenged to the very end. In the 110 hurdles, Speckman edged Parkway’s Hank Bevington for the gold. Speckman won in 15.36, while Bevington finished in 15.46.
It was nearly a photo finish in the 300 hurdles as Speckman (41.68) won by a lean over St. Marys’ Devon Fitzgerald (41.90).
Speckman, who finished fifth in the 300 hurdles at last year’s state track meet, said Saturday’s performance was a confidence-booster.
“The last couple of meets before this one, I had a couple falls,” Speckman said. “So, it was good to get this race in.”
“I have good endurance, so I like the 300 (hurdles) better. Last year I went to state in the 300s and I got fifth at regionals in the 110 (top four finishers advance to state meet).”
Speckman’s teammate, Justin Eilerman, who took first in the 1,600 (4:39) and second in the 3,200 (10:24) on Saturday, said he will focus more on the 3,200 when he gets into the post-season.
“Last year, I tried to do both (at regionals),” Eilerman said. “I got fifth in the 1,600 (at regionals) and then barely got out in the 3,200. Eilerman finished fourth at the state meet in the 3,200 (9:38.86).
“So, I’ll do both (up to the regional meet), but will try to get out in the 3,200. I’m better in the 3,200.”
Eilerman, a senior, will compete in both track and cross country at the University of Findlay next school year.