NEW BREMEN — It was a day for records.
Despite windy conditions, six meet records were set at Saturday’s 11th annual Cardinal Invitational at New Bremen.
In the final team standings, Russia won the girls’ title, scoring 102 points. Waynesfield-Goshen finished second with 91, while Spencerville was a close third (90).
On the boys’ side, Covington took first (97), while Spencerville was second (89) and St. Henry was third (84). There were 12 teams at the invite.
In the 400-meter dash, Spencerville’s Kelli Ley outkicked Sidney Lehman Catholic’s Sarah Titterington down the stretch, clocking a meet-record time of 58.61 seconds to take first.
Ley was trailing Waynesfield’s Ivy Horn with 150 meters left in the race. On the last turn, both Ley and Titterington began their kicks to the finish line. Ley pulled away down the stretch for the victory.
Ley was hoping to maintain her sprint to the finish.
“I knew she (Horn) would have a fast (first) 200 (meters),” Ley said. “I was hoping I could use my endurance and run as fast as I could as long as I could.”
Horn won two events, the 100-meter hurdles (16.04) and 100-meter dash (12.61). In the 100 hurdles, teammate Abbey Gray was a close second to Horn (16.29).
Ivy’s twin sister, Morgan Horn, set a meet record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet-3 inches. She also finished third in the 100 (13.05) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.0).
Morgan Horn was pleased with her performance in the pole vault.
“It’s tough to go from event to event, especially when you go from the 300 hurdles to the pole vault,” she said. “But luckily they give you a little bit of time.
“You just have to stay focused and make sure you have a good approach, and you focus on your steps.”
St. Marys’ Mekayla Breland, last year’s Division II state champion in the shot put, shattered her own meet record by nearly two-and-a-half feet. Breland’s mark of 44 feet easily defeated teammate Sarah Walker, who finished second with a heave of 33-9.
In the boy’s 800, New Bremen’s Dillon Webster outlasted Russia’s Luke Pohlman en route to a first-place finish and meet record and school record time of 1:56.28. Pohlman’s time of 1:59.91 also was better than the previous meet record time (2:00.90).
The University of Findlay-bound Webster settled behind Pohlman until the final 150 meters.
“I knew I had to get out fast the first lap or I might lose him,” Webster said. “When he got in front of me (on the second lap), I used him to block the wind. I knew with past experience that I had a better kick. My motto is that nobody outkicks me.”
Pohlman said it’s always been a battle between him and Webster.
“We’ve been racing against each other since junior high, but I’ve never beaten him in the 800,” Pohlman said with a smile.
Lehman Catholic’s Justin Stewart set a new mark in the 400 (50.63), while Russia’s Bethany York set the meet record in the high jump (5-4).