SPENCERVILLE — Coming into this week’s Division III district track and field meet at Spencerville, it was quite evident on paper that Minster had plenty of depth on both the girls and boys teams.
At Saturday’s finals, Minster demonstrated just how deep it was as both squads won district championships.
On the boys side, Minster defeated second-place Lima Central Catholic 142-97. Coldwater finished third (77), while Spencerville was fourth (48). There were 15 teams in the boys competition.
It was more of a battle for second place for the girls’ title. Minster had little trouble in notching the district crown, defeating second-place Marion Local 149-109. Spencerville was a very close third (106). Fort Jennings, New Knoxville and Ottoville all finished with 36 points. There were 17 schools that battled for the girls district title.
The top four placers in each event at the district meet advance to this coming week’s regional meet at Piqua. Then, the top four placers in each event at regionals move on to the state meet at Ohio State on June 7 and 8.
The Minster boys scored in all but one event on the track, having three first-place finishes. The Wildcats scored in all of the field events.
Minster scored big points in the 1,600 as Dominic Slonkosky finished second in 4:33.66 and teammate Andy Albers was sixth in 4:40.56.
In the relays, Minster finished first in the 3,200-meter relay (8:22.13); first in the 1,600 relay (3:26.45) and second in the 400 relay (1:31.38).
Minster went one-two in the pole vault (Alan Tebbe and Anthony Huelsman, both 12 feet, 8 inches) and second and third in the shot put (Wes Hegemann and Jon Heuker, 50-3 and 48-2).
“We’re deep, and that’s how we win everywhere we go,” Minster boys coach Larry Topp said. “We have a lot of good kids and they don’t want to let the town down.
“On the track, we had some good things happen. We scored really well in the field events, too. This was a pretty good week for us.”
The Minster girls squad scored in every event at Spencerville.
In the 3,200, Katherine Burke and Kaci Bornhorst went one-two for Minster, respectively. Burke won in 11:43.63, while Bornhorst crossed the finish line in 11:53.84.
Julia Slonkosky won the 800 for Minster. Slonkosky crossed the finish line in 2:20.02. Olivia Enneking won the 300 hurdles in 47.31 for the Wildcats.
On Thursday, Minster’s 3,200 relay took first in a time of 10:01.29.
“We had some highs and some lows,” Minster girls coach Jessie Magoto said. “But, most importantly, we just try to get them through to next week (regionals). Right now, it’s whatever you have to do to stay alive and keep competing into next week.”
Spencerville’s Kacie Mulholland won three events on Saturday. The sophomore sprinter took first in the 100 (12.70); 200 (26.31) and 400 (58.07). Her winning time in the 400 was both a new stadium record and district record.
Mulholland also was the anchor on the 1,600 relay that finished fourth (4:09.99). Mulholland was most proud of the way she ran in the 400 on Saturday.
“I was just trying to keep up with the Fort Jennings girl (Lori Bruskotter, second in 58.72) and then pass her at the end. …And I did that,” Mulholland said. “I got my goal of breaking the record. I was proud of that, too.”
The LCC boys looked primed for next week’s regional meet. The Thunderbirds won both the 400 relay and 800 relay.
The T-Birds’ winning time of 1:29.33 in the 800 relay broke both the stadium record and district record. LCC’s 400 relay and 800 relay were both comprised of Nick Taflinger, Darius West, Jamir Coleman and Mykale Rogers.
LCC’s winning time of 43.56 in the 400 relay was a new stadium record.
Taflinger, a freshman, had to make a tough decision when he got to the high school level.
“I did both baseball and track in junior high.” Taflinger said. “I knew we had an opportunity to go to state (in track), so I might be able to get on the relay teams. I’m doing my part. …I’m just here to run.”
In the 100, West and Coleman led the way for LCC with one-two finishes. West won in 11.02 and Coleman clocked a time of 11.34.
In the 200, Rogers just edged out West at the finish line for the victory. Rogers was clocked at 22.50, while West registered a time of 22.55.
In the long jump, Rogers won with a mark of 21-1 ¼. Coleman was second with a jump of 20-6 ¾.
“There’s not too much that we’re disappointed about today,” LCC coach Nathan Garlock said. “We got through the day and we got through unscathed, with not many injuries.
“We knew it was going to be between us and Minster. Minster is so deep; they have such a good program, year in and year out. But, we’re really proud of our guys. A lot of them stepped up.”