BATH TOWNSHIP – Coming into Friday’s 44th annual Bath Ehresman Track and Field Invitational, Bath had two of the better girl long jumpers in the area.
Alexandria Renner and Dasia Hardison were a solid one/two punch for the Bath girls track team. Heading into Friday’s invite, Renner had the better career jump over her teammate Hardison.
However, at Friday’s annual invite, it was Hardison who took first place in the long jump with a career best 16-feet, 9-inch jump. Elida’s Ephifany Johnson was second with a jump of 16-7 ¼, while Renner came in third with a mark of 16-3 ¼.
“My sophomore year, I think the best I got was a 14-something,” Hardison said. “So going in, me and Lexi (Alexandria Renner) had a game plan. We were just hoping we could jump 16 (feet). I had the mindset that I was going to jump 16, and I did on my first jump.”
Hardison said a great deal of the pressure was off, once she nailed her first jump.
“It definitely did (getting best jump on first try),” Hardison said. “Of course, I was nervous. … Everyone was nervous. My coach told me to just go in and jump with a clear mind. That’s exactly what I did, and it happened. My sophomore year was my first year (doing long jump). So, this is my second year in the long jump.”
In the 3,200-meter runs, the Dan Otten Memorial Award was given to the two winners of that event.
Otten was a longtime coach at Celina, who passed away earlier this year.
On the boys side, Bryan’s Joshua Taylor took first place in a time of 9:57. For the girls, Kalida’s Andrea Burgei won in 12:29.
At press time the Ehresman Invitational was still in progress. More information available at Ehresman Track and Field Invitational results.
The Gary Evans Memorial Award was set to be given out Friday to the top pole vaulters. Evans was a longtime track coach at Elida who passed away last year.
However, the pole vault was cancelled, due to the gusty winds.
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