OTTAWA – Records are made to be broken.
At the 54th annual Ottawa-Glandorf Gold Medal Meet on Friday night, Ottawa-Glandorf sophomore Alexa Fortman broke two meet records.
In the 400 meters, Fortman got out strong and went on to set a new meet record with a winning time of 57.61 seconds.
Then in the 800 meters, Fortman set another meet record, winning in a time of 2:17.53.
Fortman’s all-time personal best in the 800 is 2:14.38, while her PR in the 400 is 57.49. Both of her personal bests were set this season.
Fortman knew the meet records were well in her reach.
“Those two records were in the back of my mind,” Fortman said. “I mainly wanted to rely on God to pull me through the races, because they are very close together (in event order). So, I wanted to go out and do my very best.”
Fortman said she wanted to run smart in the 800, so she would not fatigue too early in the race.
“I went out a little slower than I usually do,” she said about the 800. “But I still wanted to maintain consistency, and really push the whole time.”
Fortman also competed in the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay for the Titans.
Fortman has set some lofty goals for this season, especially since last spring track season was cut short, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t think it’s ever been done (at O-G), to go (to the state meet) in both the 400 and 800,” Fortman said. “I really want to strive to do that. I think by relying on God, he is going to help get me there.”
In the boys 1,600 meters, Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer outkicked the field down the stretch to win in a time of 4:47.41.
Scherer came back later in the evening to finish third in the 800 (2:08.22).
“At the end of the third lap and the beginning of the fourth lap is where I told myself, ‘It’s time to go now’,” Sherer said in reference to the 1,600. “So, that’s when I started to make some moves. I started to run on the outside, so I could start passing some guys. … Then, I just went after that.”
Liberty-Benton’s Izzy Granger broke the meet record in the discus with a winning toss of 144 feet.
Go to Ottawa-Glandorf Gold Medal Meet results to learn Friday night’s outcome.
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