TROY — There’s the Triple Crown in baseball.
There’s the Triple Crown in horse racing.
Then there’s the Triple Crown in track-and-field — which now belongs to Ottoville senior Brendan Siefker.
At Friday’s finals of the Division III regional track-and-field meet at Troy, Siefker ran away with first-place finishes in the 1,600 (4:19.97), 800 (1:55.03) and the 3,200 (9:44.54).
Siefker, last year’s Division III state champion in the 1,600, advanced to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State in all three events.
Siefker also competed in all three events at last year’s state meet. The top four placers in each event at the Troy regional meet advance to the state meet.
In Friday’s 1,600, it quickly became a battle for second, third and fourth, as Siefker pulled out to a commanding lead and was never challenged.
A little later in the 800, Siefker jumped out to a good lead, but had to fight off a pack down the stretch for the victory.
Then, in the 3,200, Siefker led the entire way. However, in the final stretch, Arcanum’s Tanner Delk came up on Siefker’s right hip. Siefker responded, shifting into another gear and pulling away for the win. Delk finished in 9:45.21.
“Going into the (3,200) race — just having the two tough races before it — I knew I couldn’t really get after it in the first mile, like I normally would,” Siefker said. “So, the first mile I went out and kind of loosened up a little bit. It seemed like the field was pretty comfortable with it (the pace), and we ran in a pretty big pack for the first four laps. Coach (Ryan Horstman) started yelling out splits to me and with three laps to go, I felt like I got that surge back. Then with 300 (meters) to go, I started kicking it in. Then, Tanner (Delk) got close to me on the straight away, and I found another gear.”
Siefker started his day with an uncontested win in the 1,600.
“I was ecstatic when I got done,” Siefker said about his stellar time in the 1,600. “I saw the time coming around the last 100 (meters), and I kind of knew at that point that I had a chance to go under 4:20. I just kicked it in down the stretch.
“I finally feel like I have my pace down for this race. The last couple weeks were a little discouraging, because I felt like I was running hard, but my times weren’t quite there. Today, it finally came together.”
At last year’s state meet, Siefker won the 1,600 in 4:13.69.
In the boys’ final team standings, Waynesfield-Goshen won the title, edging out Fort Loramie 72-66. Fort Recovery (47) finished third, while Covington (42) rounded out the top four teams.
On the girls’ side, Minster won the team title, defeating Columbus Grove, 85-60. Covington (54) finished third, while Fort Loramie (42) rounded out the top four squads.
Both Waynesfield-Goshen and Minster were coming off victories at last week’s Spencerville district.
“We’re extremely happy about it,” W-G coach Jim Epperly said. “It’s something we really didn’t look at until after last week’s results. We started looking around and we thought that we really have a nice opportunity to win this regional.
“We talked about it earlier this week, and our guys really performed well. Wednesday (the semifinals) was all about checking boxes, and getting people through to the finals. And we checked all our boxes on Wednesday.”
For the Columbus Grove girls’ squad, it’s two weeks in a row, finishing second to a very talented Minster team.
“Carlee McCluer has been a steady performer for us in both the 100 (-meter) hurdles and 300 hurdles,” Columbus Grove girls coach Tim Staley said. “And these girls have fed off of her. Rylee Sybert (fourth in 100, fourth in 200) is her best friend on the team. And those two together, just pull those other girls up with them and have done an excellent job.”
On Friday, McCluer (15.31) finished second in the 100 hurdles to Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden (15.01). In the 300 hurdles, McCluer clocked a winning time of 45.40, while Burden was third (46.34). Burden also was part of the 400 relay (Gillian Goecke, Ariana McMichael, Gabrielle Goecke) that placed fourth (50.41). Gabrielle Goecke finished third in the pole vault Friday with a height of 11 feet, 4 inches.
“I was really excited, especially with switching regions,” McCluer said. “I knew I would have that competition that I’ve been looking for all season long.”
McCluer was a state-qualifier last season in the 100 hurdles. Burden was a state-placer in the 100 hurdles.
Waynesfield-Goshen senior Tyler Eller led the way for the Tigers on Friday night with a win in the 100 (10.99), a second-place finish in the 400 (50.08) and a third-place performance in the 200 (22.38). Eller also anchored the 1,600-meter relay (Gabriel James, Brandon James, Alan Hatfield), that finished fifth (3:28.95). Eller placed third in the 400 at last year’s state meet.
“I came out planning to give it my all,” Eller said about his win in the 100. “I knew I had a little bit left in the tank and I knew I had that extra gear to help me push it out in that last 10 to 15 meters.”
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