BATH TOWNSHIP — The wind was blowing at Friday’s Bath Ehresman Invitational.
But that didn’t stop the area track-and-field athletes from competing at their best.
In the boys final team standings, Shawnee won the team title over second-place Bluffton, 103-77. Elida was a close third (74), while Van Wert (67.50) and St. Marys (54.50) rounded out the top five squads in the 10-team field.
In the girls competition, Ottawa-Glandorf notched the team title, slipping past second-place Elida, 90-67. Van Wert finished third (66), while Lima Central Catholic (65) and Shawnee (61) were close behind.
A couple meet records fell Friday.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Bluffton’s Trevor Bassitt broke a 37-year old record, clocking a time of 14.20 seconds. Bassitt also won the 300 hurdles (40.28). Last season, Bassitt won the Division III state title in the 110 hurdles.
In the girls 3,200-meter run, LCC standout Emily Sreenan crushed the old mark by 22 seconds. Sreenan led from start to finish, winning in a record time of 11:28.45.
Sreenan also won the 1,600 in 5:22.44. Sreenan is a state champion in cross country and a state-placer in track.
“I was really excited about the mile (1,600),” Sreenan said. “I haven’t run that low of a time. I’ve run 5:21, 5:22, but I usually don’t run that until districts. So, I’m really excited about starting out with lower times now, and hopefully I’ll drop them more by the end of the season. In the 3,200, I was going for the record.”
Sreenan was also the anchor leg of the winning 3,200 relay for LCC on Friday, which won in 10:37.46. She was joined by Jocelyn Morrisey, Madison Stolly and Avery Rice.
In the boys 800, O-G’s Ben Wischmeyer, last year’s Western Buckeye League champion in the 800, won his specialty in 2:06.37. Wischmeyer pulled away from Shawnee’s Jon Wahlie (2:08) down the stretch for the win.
“The first lap is the most important part of the race,” Wischmeyer said. “Right now, I try to go out 59 or 60 (seconds, in the first lap). Then the second lap, I just follow my conditioning.”
Wischmeyer feels confident, especially since it’s still early into the season.
“I ran a 2:03 at Celina (last Saturday), but the weather was a lot nicer than it was today,” he said.
In the boys 1,600-meter relay, Elida came roaring back in the final leg to notch the win (3:35.15). Elida’s anchor leg, Sam Quaintance, who also won the open 400 (51.55), got the hand-off and made up the deficit to lead Elida to the victory.
“Baylen (Stinson, Elida’s third leg) came back and caught us up really well,” Quaintance said. “I don’t like getting beat. So, I was just trying to catch up, push and do my best. And that’s what I did.”
Also on the winning Elida 1,600 relay was Jayden Pullen and Xavier Gilkey.