COLUMBUS — This weekend, Minster added its 13th girls’ state title to its resume as it notched the Division III state crown at the OHSAA State Track-and-Field Championships at Ohio State.
Minster ended the two-day meet with 57 points, compared to second-place Covington’s 32 points.
Highlighting Saturday’s finals was the performance from Minster sophomore Emma Watcke, who won her second consecutive state title in the 1,600 (5:00.15). Lima Central Catholic senior Emily Sreenan finished second in the 1,600 (5:04.92).
In the 3,200, Watcke (11:13.45) finished second to Peebles’ Jenny Seas (11:04.93). Columbus Grove sophomore Alyssa Ellerbrock finished a close third (11:17.58), while Sreenan finished sixth (11:26.95).
Sreenan closed out her illustrious high school career with two spots on the podium.
“This means so much,” Sreenan said. “Coming in, I wasn’t sure on how I was going to place. I was coming off a stress fracture in cross country, and wasn’t running super well throughout the season. So, my goal was just to make it to the state meet. I definitely didn’t expect to make runner-up.”
Ellerbrock was ecstatic on her performance on Saturday.
“I wasn’t trying to go out too hard, because last week I went out kind of hard, and didn’t have much left for the middle laps,” Ellerbrock said. “So, I wanted to start to pick it up in the middle laps. Then, whatever I had left, just sprint the final lap.”
Watcke also was on the 3,200-meter relay that took first (9:18.41). Joining Watcke in the 3,200 relay were Cassie Francis, Kaitlynn Albers and Madeline Magoto.
“I was just trying to hang on through the last lap,” Watcke said about Saturday’s 1,600.
Madeline Magoto, Minster girls’ coach Jessie Magoto’s daughter, finished third for the third consecutive year in the 800 on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 2:15.10. Francis finished a close fourth (2:16.07).
“We never want to put unnecessary pressure on the girls,” Coach Magoto said. “So, the whole mentality is to train hard, make sacrifices and compete every single time; and you walk away with your head held high.
“But of course, you have goals and you want to go for the highest; and that (state title) is in the back of your mind.”
on high note
Every time Temple Christian senior Cameron Worsham ties his running spikes, he’s reminded of how this whole journey began.
His sophomore season, Worsham was introduced to track-and-field by friend Madison Yingst. Yingst went on to win a state title for Temple Christian in the 300 hurdles in 2017. She now competes in track-and-field at Ashland University.
Ever since Worsham hit the track, he’s been totally focused on getting better in the hurdle events.
“In my left shoe, I’m wearing her (Yingst’s) shoe string that she had in her spikes, and she’s wearing mine in hers,” Worsham said. “I am who I am today, because of her. I’m very thankful of her. Three years ago, I thought I would be somewhere in soccer. … Now, it’s just quite the opposite.”
On Saturday, Worsham placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.58) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (39.50).
Smithville senior Cole Smith won both the 110 hurdles (14.18) and 300 hurdles (38.04) on Saturday.
“That was an incredible race,” Worsham said. “I love racing behind Smith. You don’t realize how fast you’re going. That’s my fastest time for this whole year. What a great experience. What an honor to be here. I’m so blessed to have all these people in my life – who coached me and everything.”
Worsham got a late start in track. His favorite sport was always soccer.
“I started running my sophomore year,” Worsham said. “I got to regionals that year, and ever since then I’ve been focused on the hurdles.”
Worsham is headed to Huntington University this coming fall, where he will compete in track, and possibly soccer as well.
Waynesfield-Goshen senior Tyler Eller had a busy day Saturday, placing third in the 400 (49.51), sixth in the 100 (11.00) and fifth in the 200 (22.06).
“I got third in the 400 again this year (third in 2017), and got sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200,” Eller said. “I can’t really be too upset with that. The competition was amazing this year. The times were really fast.”
girls on podium
Lima Senior’s Suerethia Henderson notched two third-place finishes Saturday in Division I.
Henderson, a senior, was third in the 100 (11.95) and 200 (24.22). Dublin Coffman’s Abby Steiner broke the Division I record in both races, winning the 100 (11.38) and 200 (22.73).
“I’m pretty happy, especially with my PR last week at regionals and getting out with an 11.70,” Henderson said. “But, I’m happy to place third this year at state.”
In the throwing events, Lima Senior’s Briana Wright placed fifth in the discus (131-0), but did not make podium in the shot put (33-3 ¾ ).
among top six
Shawnee junior Christian Ford placed fifth in the Division I 200 (21.71). Teammate Faith Baxter finished sixth in the 400 (57.16) on Saturday.
Other area state placers on Saturday (not already mentioned): Division III boys: Fort Recovery’s Robby LeFevre (fifth in the 100, 11.0; fourth in 200, 22.05), Fort Recovery’s 400 relay (Riley Pearson, Jacob Acheson, Brayden Schoen and LeFevre – eighth, 44.04), Kalida’s Josh Verhoff (sixth in 200, 22.07), Kalida’s 800 relay (Trevor Vorst, Grant Laudick, Carter Moore, Josh Verhoff – fifth, 1:30.58), Marion Local’s John Tangeman (eighth in 400, 51.10), Waynesfield-Goshen’s Brandon James (ninth in 300 hurdles, 40.18).
Division III girls: Columbus Grove’s Carlee McCluer (seventh in 300 hurdles, 45.91), Columbus Grove’s Rylee Sybert (fifth in 200, 25.49), Minster’s 1,600 relay (Cassie Francis, Janae Hoying, Madeline Magoto and Lillian Hirschfeld – fourth, 4:00.52), New Bremen’s 1,600 relay (Julia Goettemoeller, Rachel Kremer, Macy Puthoff and Paige Jones – eighth, 4:01.98), Parkway’s Sydney Crouch (sixth in 400, 58.15), Spencerville’s Nelaya Burden (third in 100 hurdles), Spencerville’s 400 relay (Gillian Goecke, Ariana McMichael, Gabrielle Goecke and Burden – sixth, 50.72). Also, Jill Gemmer of Delphos St. John’s finished eighth Friday in the shot put.
Division II boys: Coldwater’s Thomas Schwieterman (eighth in discus, 149-01), Elida’s Xavier Gilkey (sixth in 300, 39.02), Elida’s 400 relay (Dravyn Jones, Cole Harmon, Nazareus Wright and Noah Paris – fifth, 43.50).
Division II girls: Van Wert’s Megan Braun (fifth in 400, 58.0), Celina’s Lauren Jackson (fourth in 800, 2:16.51), Van Wert’s 1,600 relay (Braun, Cassidy Meyers, Julia Springer and Caylee Phillips – seventh, 4:04.67).
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