SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee needed all the points it could muster in order to come away with the Western Buckeye League boys track team title this week at Shawnee High School.
Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns was right there to lend a hand.
Johns scored in three events on Friday to help lead the Shawnee boys team to the WBL title. The Indians outscored Van Wert 153–118 to nab first place.
St. Marys (62), Defiance (49) and Ottawa-Glandorf (35) rounded out the top five squads in the 10-team field.
On the girls side, Celina won the team title, as it outscored second-place Ottawa-Glandorf 103 – 78. St. Marys (68), Van Wert (64) and Elida (58) rounded out the top half of the girls team standings.
Johns opened up Friday with a win in the 1,600 meters.
Johns led from start to finish, en route to a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 31.85 seconds. Van Wert’s Gage Wannemacher finished second in 4:37.45.
“It was pretty tough,” Johns said about his heavy load on Friday. “It’s WBLs, so you have all this great competition. To go out there and compete against these great competitors is a blessing.”
Johns was especially pleased with his performance in the 1,600.
“To get that personal record is great, “Johns said. “I’m more than happy with that time.”
Johns went on to place fifth in the 800 (2:02.73) and second in the 3,200 (10:26.93).
In the boys 800, Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer pulled away from a tight pack of runners in the final 100 meters, which included Johns, to garner the victory in a personal-best time of 1:59.99.
“It is never a given at the WBL Meet,” Sherer said about his win in the 800. “I’ve been running against Isaiah (Johns) for a long time. We both wanted it so bad. It all came down to that corner (final 100 meters).”
Shawnee went one/two in the boys 100-meter dash on Friday.
K.J. Upshaw won the 100 in 10.84 seconds, while teammate Alec Robertson was a very close second in 10.96.
“I’m very happy,” Upshaw said. “I’m trying to get ready for districts, and hopefully move on to regionals.”
On Wednesday, the first day of the WBL Meet, Elida’s Conner Douglass won the pole vault with a clearance of 14 feet, 2 inches. Coming in, Douglass’ personal best was 14 feet.
On Wednesday, the Elida junior vaulter wanted to aim for another all-time best.
“I usually come in at 11 (feet),” Douglass said. “I figured that would be too many vaults, when I’m going for a PR. So, I wanted to come in a little higher and save my legs a little bit. … I think it worked. I didn’t feel as tired in those last vaults – going with some bigger poles.”
With the winning vault, Douglass moved into second place on the all-time list at Elida.
Douglass did attempt 14-6 on Wednesday, which is one inch higher than the WBL Meet record. However, he couldn’t quite clear that height.
“I had some close attempts at it, but I didn’t get it,” Douglass said in reference to his attempt at the WBL record. “I’ve gotten on a bigger pole for the past three or four meets now. So, I’m pretty excited about that.”
Also on Wednesday, the Van Wert boys 3,200-meter relay (Gage Wannemacher, Trey Laudick, Gage Springer and Hunter Sherer) clocked a winning time of 8:17.44.
On the girls side, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman ran away with victories in the 400 (57.55), 800 (2:18.89), and was the anchor of the winning 1,600-meter relay (4:08.44) on Friday.
On Wednesday, Fortman was part of the winning 3,200 relay for the Titans. Madelyn Hovest, Olivia Fenbert and Lily Haselman teamed up with Fortman to clock a stellar time of 9:51.47.
For the Celina girls, sisters Kaylie Dameron and Joscelyn Dameron finished first and second, respectively in the 3,200. In the 1,600, Kaylie Dameron finished second, while her sister came in third.
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