FOSTORIA – The second season is here for area high school track and field teams.
At Friday’s finals of the Division II district meet at Fostoria, area athletes competed for the right to advance to next week’s regional meet at Lexington. The top four placers in each event at the district meet advance to regionals. Then, the top four placers in each event at Lexington will compete at the state meet at Ohio State on June 7 and 8.
The Fostoria district meet was broken down into two districts for the girls — District 1 and District 2. For the boys, there was one district.
In the final team standings, Liberty-Benton’s girls won the title in District 1, slipping past Ottawa-Glandorf 133-110. Napoleon was third (106), while Clyde finished fourth (71). There were 14 teams in District 1.
In District 2, Celina’s girls took first, defeating second-place Coldwater 118-88. Ontario and Van Wert tied for third (64). There were 13 teams in District 2.
In the boys competition, Clyde ran away with the title with 103 points. Van Wert finished second (72), Ontario was third (67.5) and Galion was fourth (62.5). There were 17 squads in the boys’ district.
The Celina girls scored well in both the field events and on the track. Michaela Wenning took first in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.65 seconds) and 300 hurdles (45.56). Wenning also finished second in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) and was part of the Celina 1,600 relay team that finished second in 4:08.13. Celina’s 1,600 relay team was comprised of Emily Jackson, Gina Strable, Carr and Wenning.
Celina’s Katie Sutter won the discus (121 feet, 10 inches). In the long jump, the Bulldogs went one-two as Gina Strable won with a mark of 17-3 ¼ and teammate Bekah Carr finished a close second with a jump of 17-0. On the track, Carr finished second in the 300-meter hurdles (47.13).
“I’m very proud of the girls,” Celina assistant coach Bill Sell said. “They were hitting on all cylinders, scoring all over the track. When you score in both the field events and running events and come through in a couple of the middle distance events, then you will have a good chance of winning it.”
Celina head coach Dan Otten was with his boys team at Friday’s Division I district meet at Tiffin.
In District 2, Bath’s Jocelyn Ayers won both the 100 (12.67) and 200 (25.83). Kenton’s relays were strong. The Wildcats took first in the 400 relay (50.64), 800 relay (1:44.99) and 1,600 relay (4:03.49). All four winning relays for Kenton were comprised of Terrill Webb, Audrey Miller, Brooke Bostelman and Kailey Whitaker.
In the boys competition, Van Wert’s Jared Fleming won the 1,600 in 4:20.75 and finished second in the 800 to Ottawa-Glandorf’s Jacob Leopold. Leopold won the 800 in 1:56.92, while Fleming crossed the finish line in 1:57.96. Shawnee’s Brandon Sevitz came in third (1:58.59) to advance to Lexington.
Fleming, who won last year’s Division II state title in the 800, was doing a very challenging double on Friday — competing in both the 1,600 and 800. Fleming also was part of the 3,200 relay (third, 8:19.64) and 1,600 relay (second, 3:26.25).
“The strategy in the 800 was just advancing,” Fleming said. “We’re not sure where the 1,600 will go after this week. So, I really wanted to get after it and PR, which I did by .2 seconds. But, I was hoping to go a little bit faster than that.”
Leopold also had a busy week at Fostoria. Along with the 800, he was the anchor of the 3,200 relay that finished second on Wednesday (8:17.24) and the anchor of the 1,600 relay that came in third on Friday (3:27.50).
“Tonight, I just wanted to go out with a 56(-second) first lap, push it in and refocus my energy for the next 200, and then just push it the last 200,” Leopold said.
Leopold was fully aware of Fleming, especially down the stretch.
“He’s got a great kick,” Leopold said. “I lost to him last week at the WBL meet. …He’s a great competitor. He had that mile in him and you know he had those tired legs. So, you just hope to squeak one out against him.”
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Matias Trampe-Kindt advanced individually in both the 1,600 (4:24.60) and 3,200 (9:45.04). He also was part of the 3,200 relay that finished second on Wednesday to advance. Joining Trampe-Kindt in the 3,200 relay were Colt Haselman, Brad Recker and Leopold.
Elida’s Quentin Poling scored well at Fostoria. In the 300 hurdles, Poling edged out Ontario’s Lenell Shelby at the finish line for the victory. Poling’s winning time was 39.52, while Shelby finished in 39.64.
This is the first season that Poling, a senior, has competed in the 300 hurdles. Poling is headed to Ohio University next school year to play football.
“Times just keep getting better, as my competition does,” Poling said. “I think it will be a good race next week at regionals. I really probably should get out a little faster. And I’ll have to (get out quicker at the start) next week at regionals if I want to make the finals, or even get to state.”
Poling also finished third in the shot put (51-3) and was the anchor of the winning 1,600 relay team that broke the meet record with a time of 3:24.22. Joining Poling on the 1,600 relay were Brandon Stinson, Clark Etzler and Nick Pauff. Poling also was part of the 400 relay that finished third (44.93).