DELPHOS — Many coaches feel that the midway mark of the track-and-field season is usually a good gauge of where your team is at.
If that’s an accurate statement, then Lincolnview and Delphos St. John’s have to feel pretty good about their respective programs.
At Saturday’s Delphos St. John’s Invitational at Delphos Jefferson High School, the Lincolnview boys team notched the team title, while St. John’s garnered the girls team title.
The Lincolnview boys finished with 185 points followed by St. John’s (109), New Knoxville (65), Delphos Jefferson (63), Lima Central Catholic (47) and Fort Jennings (30).
The DSJ girls had 139 points followed by Lincolnview (112), Delphos Jefferson (89), New Knoxville (84), Fort Jennings (55) and LCC (24).
Longtime Lincolnview head coach Matt Langdon came away with a lot of positives from Saturday’s invite.
“Today, we had some really good individual performances,” Langdon said. “This is the only meet for us this week. So, it was good to have a nearly perfect day of weather. … It was good to see them respond.
“Then, we go into next week with our (Van Wert) county meet on Tuesday, then New Bremen (Cardinal Invitational) next Friday. … It (Cardinal Invite) will have a district final, regional feel to it. We did what we needed to do to get into next week. This gave us time to figure some things out.”
Lincolnview started out strong in the field events Saturday.
Lincolnview junior Daegan Hatfield won the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 2 inches. Hatfield attempted 6-4 three times, but could not quite clear it. His all-time personal best is 6-5.
“My freshman year (when he cleared 6-5), I went to regionals,” Hatfield said. “When I was warming up (his freshman season at regionals), I slipped and that kind of got in my head, and I didn’t jump very well.
“My goal this year is to beat our school record, which is 6-7. So, if I can get over that, it would be really nice.”
Hatfield also was part of the winning 3,200-meter relay that finished in a time of 9 minutes, 8.8 seconds. Jackson Robinson, Joshua Haines and Ethan Scaggs teamed up with Hatfield.
Robinson and Haines also went one/two, respectively, in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Robinson won the 1,600 in 5:02.56, while Haines crossed in 5:12.59. In the 3,200, Robinson’s winning time was 11:04.40, while Haines came in at 11:04.94.
Langdon was pleased at how his girls squad battled against a strong St. John’s team Saturday.
“We don’t have as much depth on the girls side,” Langdon said. “So, we were really happy at the way the girls scored.”
One of the key contributors for the Lancers on Saturday was Coach Langdon’s daughter, Madison. The senior standout won the 800 (2:36.85), 1,600 (5:54.37) and 3,200 (12:50.23).
“We put her (Madison Langdon) in the mile (1,600), two-mile (3,200) and also put her into the 800 to score points,” Coach Langdon said. “But we also had some good things happen with our other girls. We’re really happy with our progress. Hopefully, next week we can keep this moving. It’s crazy how fast the track season goes. We’re just two weeks away from conference (Northwest Conference Championships). So, we’re really happy with the kids today.”
Madison Langdon feels like she is where she needs to be at this point of the season.
“I definitely think by the time we get to conference, and then start the (postseason) tournament, I’ll be ready,” the Purdue Fort Wayne-bound Langdon said. “I’m definitely ahead, compared to my sophomore year. … We didn’t have a season last year (due to COVID-19). My best times that I ran my sophomore year, are the times I’m at now. So, I’m definitely on track for hitting the goals that I have.”
The St. John’s girls squad opened the running events by winning the 3,200 relay in 10:52.01. The relay was comprised of Kitty Kopack, Kambrynn Rohr, Ava Milligan and Elayna Will.
In the long jump, the Blue Jays went one/two as Elly Wrasman and Addison Mueller notched the top two spots. Wrasman just edged out her teammate as she landed a jump of 15-9 ½, while Mueller’s best mark was 15-9.
St. John’s girls coach Archie Metcalfe was pleased at the overall performance of the girls team.
“They really pushed hard in a couple events that they normally don’t do,” Metcalfe said. “They worked hard for this. They really stepped up.”
Delphos Jefferson freshman Lyv Lindeman won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles Saturday.
On the boys side, St. John’s junior Brenden Oleson broke the school record in the long jump Saturday with a winning mark of 20-10 ½.
Oleson bettered his previous personal best by more than a foot.
“I want to hit 21 (feet). … That’s what I want to do,” Oleson said.
Oleson said the stoppage of last year’s track season (due to COVID-19) helped motivate him.
“It definitely lit a fire for me to do better this year, for sure,” Oleson said.
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