COLUMBUS GROVE — Breaking records is something Pandora-Gilboa track and field standout Sam Spallinger is accustomed to doing.
Despite the windy conditions at Friday’s Putnam County League Meet at Columbus Grove, Spallinger broke three meet records.
Spallinger’s stellar performance helped pave the way for a team win for P-G. The Rockets ended the night with 144 points, defeating second-place Leipsic (119). Columbus Grove finished a close third (110).
On the girls side, Ottoville scored in all but one event en route to the team title. The Big Green scored 154 points, while Columbus Grove finished second (117). Fort Jennings was third (77). There were six teams at the league meet.
In the long jump, Spallinger crushed his own PCL mark on his very first attempt, pushing the new mark a foot further than the old record. His record-setting mark Friday was 23-feet, 2-inches.
In the 100-meter dash, Spallinger won in 11.40 seconds.
Later on in the 400, Spallinger got out to a strong start and pulled away for the win in a record time of 49.70 — breaking a record that stood for 47 years.
Spallinger wrapped up his day by winning the 200 in record fashion. His time of 21.30 broke his own record he set in 2009. Despite coming in second, Ottoville’s Nathan Turnwald’s time of 21.80 also eclipsed last year’s mark.
Spallinger said he is striving to improve each time he goes out to compete.
“My goal today was to show people that I’m not just a 100 (meter), 200 (meter) guy,” Spallinger said. “I’m pretty happy with a 49.7, especially with all of the wind.”
In the long jump, Spallinger said his form on his record-setting leap was not the best.
“The first jump was my best,” he said. “But, it wasn’t my best jump, as far as mechanics and form. So, with me doing that well on the first jump, I think I got a little excited on the rest of my jumps.”
Spallinger will be competing next school year at Miami of Ohio University.
Columbus Grove’s Dylan Vogt took first in both the discus (163-9) and shot put (52-6.5) on Friday. Vogt, who just signed to compete at Ohio State, said Friday’s weather conditions made things difficult.
“I don’t want to make any excuses, but it (windy conditions) was tough,” Vogt said. “It was tough for everyone, today.”
Vogt said he is looking forward to being a part of the OSU track and field team.
“I’ll be redshirted,” Vogt said. “I’ll be able to get bigger and will be able to work on the weight and hammer (throws) more. I’ve thrown the hammer during indoor (track season). But, I’ll have someone there to really coach me.”
The Ottoville girls were balanced on Friday, scoring in every event except in the 200.
The Big Green took first in seven events. Shayla Siefker won both the 1,600 (5:39.20) and 400 (1:03.60). Teammate Molly Maag won the 800 (2:28.60) and finished second behind Siefker in the 1,600 (5:47.20).
Ottoville coach Vaughn Horstman said his team came through in nearly every event on Friday.
“Overall, I’m pleased with our team’s effort,” he said. “Molly (Maag), she’s a trooper. She ran well in the 1,600 as well. And Shayla, running the 400, it’s worked out well for us by putting her in there.”