WESTERVILLE — Leipsic senior Ella Rigel knew her third toss had to be good, if she wanted a chance to make it to the finals in the shot put.
After fouling on her first two attempts in Saturday’s preliminaries, there was not much room for error on Rigel’s third and final try.
The Miami University-bound Rigel definitely made her third attempt count, as it landed 41 feet, ½ inch away, good enough to hold off the competition in the finals for the Division III state title in the shot put at the second and final day of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III State Track and Field Championships at Westerville North High School.
Patrick Henry’s Trista Fintel finished a close second in the shot put with a mark of 40 feet, 9 ½ inches.
Other area girls who placed in Saturday’s shot put were Marion Local’s Molly Winner (fourth, 38-11), Fort Recovery’s Whitley Rammel (sixth, 38-5 ½) and Ella Rigel’s teammate and cousin Sara Cupp (seventh, 37-5 ½).
Rigel said she regrouped after Saturday’s first two failed attempts.
“I was like, ‘Well, here it is’,” Rigel said with a grin. “You just have to turn self-disappointment into self-motivation. That’s all you can do. You don’t take it for granted.”
Rigel said she felt a little better after landing the big toss in the preliminaries. However, she still wanted to improve on her mark during the finals.
“I definitely felt relieved, but I still wanted to throw better,” Rigel said. “That’s all you can do.”
Rigel is a little surprised at how far she has come this season.
“Shot put is not my main event,” she said. “It’s been a struggle since I started throwing it in junior high. I never expected to be here. It’s definitely a surprise.”
On Friday, Rigel struggled in the discus as she placed 16th.
In the final team standings, Leipsic had the best Lima area finish as the Vikings came in eighth. Minster had the next best area girls team performance (10th). West Liberty-Salem won the girls team title (52), with Mount Gilead coming in second (42).
on podium in two events
Waynesfield-Goshen sophomore Taylor Spencer knew Mount Gilead’s Allison Johnson was going to make a move sometime during the girls 1,600.
However, when Johnson made her move, Spencer could not counter quick enough, as Johnson pulled away for the win in an impressive time of 4 minutes, 56.18 seconds. Spencer finished in a solid time of 5:03.21.
“My goal was to try to stay close (to Johnson),” Spencer said. “She made it (a surge) a little bit earlier than I thought she would, so it kind of surprised me. I knew I had to go with her.”
Johnson set a D-III state meet record in the 800 on Saturday, as she won in 2:08.81.
Spencer’s day was not done.
Later on, Spencer came back to compete in the 3,200.
In the 3,200, Spencer fell off the pace midway through the race, but battled back to finish sixth (11:21.89).
Kalida’s Berheide finishes
high school career strong
Kalida senior Hannah Berheide placed third Saturday in the 200 (25.90).
“I believe I got fifth (place) my sophomore year,” Berheide said. “This year, I was able to come back and get third. I know it wasn’t my best race, but I’m very proud to make it this far.
“It was a little tougher one (this season), because of the wind and heat; and there are so many fast girls this year. It was really fun running against them.”
Berheide will compete collegiately next year when she attends Ashland University.
on podium in pole vault
Continental senior Shelby Collier placed fifth in the pole vault Saturday with a clearance of 10 feet, 6 inches. Collier tied for fifth place with Newton Local’s Rylie Resides and Fisher Catholic’s Abbey Krile.
“Not being here last year (because of COVID-19 pandemic), made me drive harder,” Collier said. “I really wanted it more this year.”
to the podium
Leipsic junior Peyton Heitmeyer ended her season with a personal best en route to a seventh-place finish in the long jump (16-9).
“I PR’d, so that was really nice,” Heitmeyer said. “I’m excited about it.”
Heitmeyer said she did not feel too much pressure at the state meet.
“I didn’t want to worry about it, because looking at all the jumps from the regionals – a lot of them were a lot farther than mine. So, I was going to go in and have fun with it,” she said.
Area relay teams
The Spencerville 400 relay team of Gillian Goecke, Ariana McMichael, Lilyan Goecke and Claire Hoback finished fifth. In the 800 relay, Coldwater’s Mallory Kremer, Becca Wenning, Maria Clune and Ava Giere were fourth, and Clune, Sara Honigford, Wenning and Giere were third in the 1,600 relay followed by Marion Local’s Lynn Schwieterman, Jayden Huelsman, Sam Hoelscher and Alana Pohlman in seventh and Minster’s Cameo Cedarleaf, Margaret Hemmelgarn, Ava Grieshop and Taylor Roth in eighth.
PICKERINGTON — Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman was third in the girls 400 (56.74) and fifth in the 800 (2:15.66) at Pickerington High School North. Both times were PR’s.
“It was definitely very competitive,” Fortman said. “You definitely see your times drop at the state meet for sure.
“I was able to see what the state meet truly is. And it definitely gave me some better goals to work for next year.”
The O-G girls (10 points) were 20th with Oakwood (53) winning the team title.
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