TROY — Spencerville Nelaya Burden and Kalida’s Josh Verhoff each won two individual events Friday night at the Division III track and field regional.
Burden won the 300 and 100 hurdles and also qualified for state in the 100 with a third-place finish. She also joined Gillian Goecke, Ariana McMichael and Raigan Staup in finishing third in the 400 relay.
Verhoff won the 100 and 200 and was also on the second-place 800 relay team along with Grant Laudick, Brad Siefker and Josh Verhoff.
New Bremen’s Macy Puthoff (long jump), Botkins’ Grace Homan, Minster’s Madeline Magoto (800) and the Kalida 400 relay team of Abby Maag, Brenna Smith, McKayla Maag and Hannah Berheide all produced first-place efforts in the girls competition. Fort Recovery won the boys 400 relay with the team of Riley Pearson, Jared Timmerman, Brayden Schoen and Robby LeFevre and Pearson, Owen Moorman, Schoen and LeFevre were first in the 800 relay.
Other area athletes qualifying for state with top-four finishes included 100 hurdles: Botkins’ Adriana Jutte in the 100 hurdles (fourth), long jump: Addison Mueller of Delphos St. John’s in the long jump (fourth), Minster’s Kaitlyn Albers (third), Kalida’s Kenzie Fortmer (fourth) in the 1,600, Parkway’s Rachel Barrett in the 400 (fourth), Ottoville’s Quinley Schlagbaum (second) and Botkins’ Adriana Jutte (fourth) in the 300 hurdles, Fort Recovery’s Kierra Wendel in the 800 (third), Berheide in the 200 (second), Minster’s Gwendolyn Meiring in the 3,200 (fourth), 110 hurdles: Perry’s Dyonte Parker in the 110 (fourth) and 300 (fourth) hurdles, LeFevre (third) in the 100, the Lincolnview (Logan Williams, Gray Harshbarger, Cade Schmelzer and Andrew Cates) in the 800 relay (fourth), Marion Local’s Nick Tangeman in the high jump (third), Braden Ladd (second) of Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local’s Eric Schlarman (fourth) in the shot put,
1,600: Perry’s Braden Yingst in the 1,600 (third), the Crestview 400 relay team of Darrin Nihiser, Jordan Perrott, Caylib Pruett and Wade Sheets (third), Fort Recovery’s Drew Muhlenkamp (second) and Marion Local’s John Tangeman (fourth) in the 400, LeFevre in the 200 (second) and Minster’s Alex Albers in the 3,200 (fourth).
On Wednesday, the Minster 3,200 relay girls team of Kaitlyn Albers, Ella Boate, Gwendolyn Meiring and Madeline Magoto finished first in a regional record time of 9 minutes, 20.59 seconds. Lincolnview’s Brad Korte won the long jump.
Also advancing to state with top four finishes were the Fort Recovery girls 3,200 relay team of Kierra Wendel, Cassidy Martin, Ava Bubp and Chloe Will (fourth), the Lincolnview (Jacob Keysor, Karter Tow, Joe Sadowski and Alek Bowersock; third) and the Minster (Luke Barga, Austin Felice, Brady Hoelscher and Alex Albers; fourth) boys 3,200 relay teams, Braden Ladd of Delphos St. John’s in the discus (fourth), New Knoxville’s Melisa Waterman (high jump; fourth), Fort Recovery’s Jared Timmerman (long jump; fourth), Botkins’ Grace Homan (shot put; second) and Minster’s Broc Miller (pole vault; third).
The Minster girls (45 points) and Fort Recovery boys (60) each finished third in the team standings. Botkins (35), Spencerville (34), Kalida (32) and Fort Recovery (30) finished fifth through eighth respectively in the girls standings. West Liberty-Salem (96) was the girls team winner.
Fort Loramie (64) was the boys team victor with Lincolnview (36) finishing fourth and Kalida (30) sixth.
AMHERST — Lima Senior’s Deji’Ona Shurelds Simpson won the 400-meter dash.
Also advancing to state was Shawnee’s Christian Ford, who was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
Boys state tennis
MASON — The Ottawa-Glandorf doubles team of Carter and Colin Welch lost 6-3, 7-5 to Youngstown Ursuline’s Josh Khavari and Gavin Blacksher in the opening round at Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Division IV district
Minster 11, New Bremen 2
COLDWATER — Minster has been on a tear for most of May and kept it going by tearing into rival New Bremen’s pitching early in a Division IV district final on Friday at Veterans Field.
The Wildcats racked up 11 hits and took control early in a victory over the Cardinals in front of a capacity crowd of over 500 spectators. After New Bremen took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, Minster scored four runs in the bottom half and added three in the third to run away.
“Scoring early and playing with the lead in tournament games is such a big deal,” Minster coach Mike Wiss said. “I thought we just swung the bats well again.”
Minster (20-7) advances to face Mechanicsburg (21-7) in a Div. IV regional semifinal next Thursday at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield. The Indians beat Cincinnati Seven Hills 9-5 in a district final on Thursday to advance.
It’s the third consecutive district championship for Minster, which won the D-IV state title in 2017.
McComb 3, Leipsic 2
HAMLER — McComb advanced to play Kalida in the regional semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday at Patrick Henry High School.
LIMA — Due to the rainstorms this week and additional rainfall Friday along with lack of adequate drying time to make the track and grounds safe for the competitors, crews, and fans, Limaland Motorsports Park Management canceled the Memorial Cup event scheduled for Friday at Limaland Motorsports Park.
The next scheduled Limaland event is the Run for the Rabbit presented by Tim Hogans Carpet featuring the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders, Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modifieds and the Bud Thunderstocks. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m.with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
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