WAYNESFIELD — Despite the cold and wet weather conditions this spring, area high school track-and-field athletes are striving to reach their goals by the end of the season.
At Friday’s Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger Invitational, the Bath girls track-and-field team looked to be heading in the right direction.
In the girls final team standings, Bath scored 129.5 points to win the title. Carey was a close second with 110 points, while Benjamin Logan was third (100.5). There were 12 teams in the field.
On the boys side, the final team points were not finalized by press deadline. However, Waynesfield-Goshen had already secured the team title before the final event, the 1,600 relay. Benjamin Logan finished second, while Spencerville came in third.
The Bath girls squad started Friday’s invite on a strong note, winning the 3,200-meter relay in a meet-record time of 10 minutes, 44.93 seconds. The closest tandem to Bath was Spencerville (11:15.22).
Senior Charis Barnes led off the 3,200 relay and also went on to win both the 1,600 meter run (5:44.43) and the 3,200 (12:11.26). Barne’s 3,200 performance broke both her own meet and stadium record. In the 1,600, Barnes just missed breaking the meet record by a little more than two seconds. Teammate Emma Deters finished second to Barnes in the 1,600 (5:57.65). Deters also won the 800 in 2:35.
Jenna Wireman and Quinnlyn Conley teamed up with Barnes and Deters in the 3,200 relay.
“The 4 x 8 (3,200 relay) was really interesting,” Barnes said. “All week, we’ve been planning on breaking the record. It was really exciting when we did (break the invite record), because it didn’t seem like we were going as hard as we could have. But, when we took off 11 seconds from our time from last week, it felt great.”
Barnes recovered after the 3,200 relay and came back strong in the 1,600, leading from start to finish.
“I know my coach wanted me to beat the (1,600) record,” Barnes said. “When I finished, I was two seconds off, which was upsetting. But I got first, so there wasn’t much I could do about it. I’m still really happy.”
Barnes came back in the 3,200 and smashed her meet and stadium record by nearly 11 seconds.
“The two-mile (3,200) is definitely my favorite,” Barnes said. “Two years ago I came here and ran 12:22 and broke both the meet and stadium record. But, last year I was hurt and was out for this meet. So, I told my coach that I was going to break it today.”
Bath also won the 800-meter relay Friday, doing it in both meet – and stadium-record fashion (1:50.11). Caitlyn Renner, Kylyn Schadewald, McKenna Hale and Kelsey Wallace made up the Bath 800 relay.
Bath coach Kendra Bassitt is pleased at how her girls performed on Friday.
“I would say at this point in the season, this is exactly where we want our girls to be,” Bassitt said. “Mentally, I would say they have learned how to run the race the way we want them to run. With our training, the closer we get to peaking them toward the end of the season, the times are going to drop. That, combined with the mental aspect of the race – that’s exactly what we want.”
On the boys side, Waynesfield-Goshen’s Tyler Eller (11.34) finished second in the 100 dash to teammate Gabriel James (11.31). Eller then came back and won the 400 (51.82), just missing his own meet record (51.30).
James came back later and won the 200 (23.26), while Eller finished fourth (23.78).