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LIMA — One of the toughest challenges for an athlete or coach is avoiding the temptation of looking ahead.

Since the first day of track practice in March, Lima Central Catholic track coach Nathan Garlock has tried to keep things in perspective.

But, it hasn’t been easy to hide the obvious.

This season, the LCC boys team returned a core of athletes who made an impact at last year’s Division III state track and field meet. And all season long, the Thunderbirds have been running away from its opponents.

Both the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay for LCC are two of the best in the state in Division III.

At last week’s regional meet at Piqua, LCC’s two relays took first place. The 400 relay won in 43.12 seconds, while the 800 relay won in a regional-record time of 1:29.49.

Both relays are comprised of the same four athletes — freshman Nick Taflinger and juniors Darius West, Jamir Coleman and Mykale Rogers.

Rogers, the defending state champion in the long jump, will long jump and run the 200 in Columbus. Coleman will also long jump at the state meet.

At Piqua, Rogers won the long jump (22-8 ¾) and Coleman finished third (22-1). In the 200, Rogers won in 22.52, while West was a close second in 22.79. West won the 100 at Piqua in 11.05.

As a team, LCC finished second at the regional meet to a very strong Minster squad, 81.50-71.

“We’re not going to lie. …It’s been exciting,” Garlock said. “We came into the year and I told them exactly how it looked, what we could do and what was waiting at the end of the season, if we lived up to our abilities. And they exceeded it.

“We weren’t sure if we would have a strong 4-by-2 (800 relay). We thought we would be strong in the 100, 200 and long jump, and of course the 4-by-1 (400 relay). With the 4-by-2 not even qualifying for state last year, we weren’t really sure where we would be this year with that. But, they’ve been a pleasant surprise.”

One of the most pleasant surprises for coach Garlock has been West, who had never ran track until this season.

West, who is being highly-recruited to play college football at the NCAA Division I level, was constantly being persuaded by his teammates to come out for track.

“They were begging me to run,” West said with a smile. “Last year, I didn’t want to because I had to handle some football stuff (school visits, camps). This year, the football stuff has kind of slowed down. I thought about it and decided to run. It’s great to be a part of a team like this, especially when it’s family; and also with the freshman Nick Taflinger, who I am pretty good friends with. It’s been a great season.”

Coleman, Rogers and West are cousins.

West is still trying to tweak some of his mechanics before this weekend’s state meet.

“Before I started (doing track), the hand-offs always seemed nerve-wracking,” West said. “But when I started doing it, it wasn’t all that tough. But, I still have to do a lot of block work. I’m always like the last one out of the blocks and I have to catch everybody. But, I’m going to work on it the rest of the week and try to get better at it.”

When it comes to track and field, Rogers is no stranger to being in the spotlight. Last season as a sophomore, Rogers won the long jump and finished fourth in the 200 (22.89) at the state meet.

Last season, the 400 relay finished third at the state meet in 43.25. Rogers and Coleman are two returners from that relay. Coleman also finished seventh in the long jump at last year’s state meet (21-1/2).

Rogers is confident his team will fare well in Columbus this weekend.

“We really don’t have to say much.” Rogers said. “We all know what we have to do. Once we step onto the track, we know we have to take care of business. I’ll hold up my end and they’ll hold up theirs.”

Taflinger, the youngest member of the relays, didn’t envision himself at the beginning of the season of being an integral part of the relays.

“It means a lot,” Taflinger said. “I didn’t think I would be in the relays at first, but there were a couple injuries. Coach told me that I would have to step up big. I’ve just done my part and I’m glad to be with my teammates.”

Coleman has been a mainstay on the LCC relays since last season.

“We knew when Darius came out that we had it (a chance for a state title), but nothing is guaranteed,” Coleman said. “We want to come into next season as the (defending) Division III state champs.”

Added Rogers, “I already had a picture in my head where we would end up. Now, we just need to go take care of business.


— Van Wert senior Jared Fleming is looking to defend his Division II state title in the 800 meters. At this past week’s regional meet at Lexington, Fleming broke his own school record in the 800 when he won the regional race in 1:53.88.

Fleming also will be competing in the 1,600, 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay for the Cougars. Fleming also won the 1,600 at Lexington, clocking a time of 4:24.04.

— Lexis Davis qualified for the Division III state meet with a second-place finish in the high jump (5-3) this past weekend at the regional meet at Piqua.

Davis’ jumps coach is Shaun Guice, a former Lima Senior standout who went on to become a seven-time Big Ten Champion in the high jump at Purdue.

— The Ottawa-Glandorf girls track team will be well-represented at the Division II state meet. The Titans will have athletes in six events.

Madison Stechschulte will be competing in the 100, 200 and 800 relay.

At the Division II regional meet at Lexington, Stechschulte was third in the 100 (12.44) and fourth in the 200 (25.55).

Joining Stechschulte on the 800 relay are Danielle Ellerbrock, Elissa Ellerbrock and Michelle Maag. At Lexington, O-G’s 800 relay finished second in 1:44.81.

Torie Allgire will be competing in the pole vault at the state meet for the Titans. At Lexington, Allgire tied for second place at 10 feet, 4 inches.

Elissa Ellerbrock will be running the 800 and Maag will also long jump for the Titans. At Lexington, Ellerbrock was third in the 800 (2:21.07), while Maag finished fourth in the long jump (16-6 ¼).

— The Minster boys track team will have 12 athletes involved in eight different events at the Division III state meet.

At the regional meet at Piqua, the Wildcats qualified all four relay teams (400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay).

The 400 relay is comprised of Josh Spieles, Jacob Stechschulte, Anthony Huelsman and Eli Wolf. The 800 relay is made up of Paul Dues, Troy Kauffman, Korey Schultz and Wolf.

Dues, Kauffman, Schultz and Alan Tebbe make up the 1,600 relay. The 3,200 relay is made up of Andy Albers, Eric Daulinghaus, Andrew Fausey and Dominic Slonkosky.

Slonkosky also will compete in the 1,600 run. Schultz will be in the 400. Huelsman and Tebbe also will compete in the pole vault for Minster.

OHSAA State Track and Field Championships

Friday-Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Ohio State University



Division I


Asher Roberts: Jr., 400-meter run

Division II


Jocelyn Ayers: Jr., 100-, 200-dash


Bekah Carr: Soph., 1,600 relay, long jump, pole vault

Kendra Fennig: Jr., 1,600 relay

Gina Strable: Jr., 1,600 relay

Michaela Wenning: Jr., 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay, high jump


Jill Kanney: Sr., 3,200

Sarah Kanney: Soph., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600

Christina Seas: Jr., 3,200 relay, 32,00

Lauren Seas: Soph., 3,200 relay

Kiersten Siefring: Soph., 3,200 relay


Samantha Murray: Jr., 800


Brooke Bostelman: Jr., 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Audrey Miller: Sr., 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Terrill Webb: Sr., 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay, pole vault

Kaily Whitaker: Sr., 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay


Torie Allgire: Sr., pole vault

Danielle Ellerbrock: Fr., 800 relay

Elissa Ellerbrock: Soph., 800 relay, 800

Michelle Maag: Jr., 800 relay, long jump

Madison Stechschulte: Soph., 100, 200, 800 relay

St. Marys

Kelly Heitkamp: Sr., pole vault

Van Wert

Amanda Clay: Jr., 400

Alexis Dowdy: Soph., shot put


Megan Hayzlett: Sr., high jump

Division III


Brittney Archer: Jr., 100, 200


Karli Leugers: Sr., high jump

Columbus Grove

Raiya Flores: Fr., 400 relay

Sydney McClure: Soph, 100 hurdles, 400 relay

Jessi Smith: Sr., 400 relay

Megan Verhoff: Jr., discus

Julia Wynn: Jr., 400 relay


Paige Ordway: Jr., 300 hurdles

Fort Jennings

Lori Bruskotter: Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Emily Grone: Jr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Macy Schroeder: Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Kaitlin Stechschulte: Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Jackson Center

Nicole Fogt: Fr., discus


Holly Averesch: Soph., discus, shot put

Marion Local

Rose Berning: Fr., 1,600 relay

Olivia Hemmelgarn: Jr., 1,600 relay, pole vault

Gina Kramer: Jr., 1,600, high jump

Allie Thobe: Soph., 1,600 relay, long jump


Gabrielle Barga: Soph., 1,600 relay

Kaci Bornhorst: Fr., 3,200 relay, 3,200

Katherine Burke: Fr., 3,200 relay

Olivia Enneking: Jr., 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay

Natalie Fausey: Sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 1,600 relay

Julia Slonkosky: Fr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600 relay


Tammy Wannemacher: Sr., shot put


Lexis Davis: Jr., high jump


Schylar Miller: Soph., pole vault

Kacie Mulholland: Soph., 400


Division II


Abel Flores: Sr., 3,200 relay, 3,200

Ben Rath: Sr., 1,600, 3,200 relay

Alex Schrag: Jr., 3,200 relay

Nate Wichman: Jr., 3,200 relay


Clark Etzler: Soph., 1,600 relay

Nick Pauff: Sr., 1,600 relay

Quentin Poling: Sr., 1,600 relay

Brandon Stinson: Sr., 1,600 relay

Van Wert

Terrance Branson: Jr., 800 relay

Jared Fleming: Sr., 800, 1,600, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay

Connor Holliday: Soph., 3,200 relay

Seth Kopp: Jr., 3,200 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Nick Krugh: Soph., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Kevon Pierce: Sr., 800 relay

Quincey Salcido: Soph., 1,600 relay

Kase Schalois: Sr., 3,200 relay

Division III


Kellen Decker: Sr., 800 relay

Russel Gray: Sr., 800 relay

Micah Roberson: Sr., 800 relay

Matthew Wilcox: Jr., 400, 800 relay

Allen East

Trey Gossard: Sr., 1,600 relay

Logan Rex: Jr., 1,600 relay

Matt Shuey: Jr., 1,600 relay

Evan Thomas: Jr., 1,600 relay


Robert Demellweek: Jr., 1,600 relay

Andrew Hoff: Jr., 1,600 relay

Noah Stratton: Jr., 400, 1,600 relay

Robbie Stratton: Soph., 1,600 relay


Jake Kramer: Sr., shot put

Dan Seas: Fr., 3,200

Columbus Grove

Alex Giesege: Fr., 3,200 relay

Jake Graham: Sr., 3,200, 3,200 relay

Collin Grothaus: Sr., 300 hurdles, pole vault

Colton Grothaus: Soph., 3,200 relay

Derek Rieman: Sr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

Trevor Schroeder: Sr., shot put

Alex Shafer: Sr., 3,200 relay

Dakota Vogt: Sr., discus


Mycah Grandstaff: Soph., 3,200

Isaiah Kline: Fr., 400

Delphos Jefferson

Cody Biglow: Sr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

Delphos St. John’s

Will Buettner: Sr., 400 relay

Spencer Ginter: Jr., shot put

Luke MacLennan: Jr., 400 relay

Nick Martz: Soph., 400 relay

Ben Youngpeter: Sr., 400 relay


Derek Steffan: Sr., high jump, long jump

Lima Central Catholic

Jamir Coleman: Jr., long jump, 400 relay, 800 relay

Mykale Rogers: Jr., long jump, 200, 400 relay, 800 relay

Nick Taflinger: Fr., 400 relay, 800 relay

Darius West: Jr., 100, 200, 400 relay, 800 relay


Ben Bilimek: Jr., 3,200 relay

Kade Carey: Sr., 3,200 relay

Jeff Jacomet: Sr., 3,200 relay

Bayley Tow: Soph., 1,600, 3,200 relay


Andy Albers: Jr., 3,200 relay

Eric Dahlinghaus: Sr., 3,200, 3,200 relay

Paul Dues: Jr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Andrew Fausey: Soph., 3,200 relay

Anthony Huelsman: Jr., 400 relay, pole vault

Troy Kauffman: Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Korey Schultz: Sr., 400, 800 relay, 1,600 relay

Dominic Slonkosky: Jr., 1,600, 3,200 relay

Josh Spieles: Sr., 400 relay

Jacob Stechschulte: Fr., 400 relay

Alan Tebbe: Sr., 1,600 relay, pole vault

Eli Wolf: Soph., 400 relay, 800 relay

New Knoxville

Andrew Mackie: Sr., 400, high jump


Anthony Eickholt: Sr., pole vault


Anthony Schuh: Jr., 110 hurdles

Lucas Shumate: Sr., discus

St. Henry

Jacob Rindler: Sr., 800


James Elliot: Soph., 400 relay

Daniel Fridley: Soph., 400 relay

Luke Hall: Soph., 400 relay

Christian Scholta: Jr., 400 relay



Danny Klinger: Jr., 100, 400

Van Wert

Robert Tyler Priest: Jr., shot put

State track
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