BRYAN – Although winning the boys competition handily, 137-113 over second place Liberty Center, the girls meet was much closer for Wauseon who swept the NWOAL track and field meet on Friday at Bryan. Wauseon overtook the Blue Streaks of Archbold for a 136-126 triumph in the girls meet.
It was the third straight title for the Wauseon girls and second straight for the boys.
“Wauseon girls track and field winning a third NWOAL title in a row is a great thing,” said Wauseon’s first-year girls coach Mike Colon. “We have really been trying to put all aspects of the season into perspective and figure out how everything would go down. We all new that line-ups would have to be figured just right and that all of the girls would have to step up and perform their best. Everyone did just that. We had many girls finish with their personal bests for the season and the girls in many events performed even better than anticipated.”
During the first day of competition on Tuesday the Indian boys picked up a pair of titles.
Ethan Baker won the discus for Wauseon with a best throw of 153-feet-5 inches. Also, their 4×800 meter relay team of Aaron Beck, Christian Suarez, Caleb Blanchong and Kyle Vernot won with a time of 8:18.56.
The Indians then got a win from Beck in the 800 meter run.
“I thought our boys performed very well on Tuesday and Friday,” said Wauseon boys coach Joe Allen. “Our field event athletes did a great job of getting us the lead. The throwers scored some really important events during the field events and then the jumpers just continued to add to the lead. The 4×800 team of Kyle Vernot, Aaron Beck, Caleb Blanchong, and Christian (Suarez) also ran a great race on Tuesday.
“On Friday our distance group really stepped up. Aaron Beck ran a very smart race in the 800 and I was very impressed by Caleb Blanchong’s and Kyle Vernot’s runs. Mason Creager, (in) the 4×200 and the 4×400, also ran really well to get all-league status. Seth Hutchison put together two nice hurdle races. Overall it was a very nice team victory. Again, I am proud of the young men on this team and how they performed.”
For the Delta boys, Bailey Storeholder won the 100m and Christopher Leffler the pole vault after clearing 13-feet. Gunnar Oakes of Swanton won the high jump after clearing 6-feet-2 inches.
Archbold got an individual title from Jack Fisher in the 400m. The Blue Streaks’ 4×400 meter relay team of Noah Blankenship, Kegan Ott, Sam Petersen and Fisher won with a time of 3:29.68.
“Prior to the league meet I tell the kids (to) do everything they can to place,” said head coach of both Archbold teams, Dina Gladieux. “Throughout the 2016 season we have had a team word – perseverance. We have stressed with the athletes that perseverance is the quality that allows you to continue working for something even though it is difficult. Track is not easy. You have to work for it. I can’t say it enough how impressed I am of the display of perseverance from the AHS athletes during the NWOAL meet.”
The Wauseon girls had numerous champions, including Seneca Wyse who placed first in both the 100m and 400m. Other winners for the Indians were Halen Mealer in the 300m hurdles, Avery Giguere in the 3200m, and Kallie Strauss in the shot put.
It was a nice end to the season for coach Colon who replaced longtime coach Robin Fisher before the season.
“It was a great end to a first season,” he said. “I could not have asked for a better finish to my first year as head coach.
“I really need to give credit to all of our coaching staff, Joe Allen, Tom Vernot and Kyle Borton, as well as our A.D. Matt Hutchinson. Without all of the collaboration and efforts from these guys, it would not have (been) possible.
Archbold was led by Emily Roth who was victorious in the 200m and long jump. She was also a member of the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams that won.
Joining Roth on the 4×200 team were Julia Lambert, Delanie Driver and Morgan Miller. In addition, Lambert, Miller, and Gwynne Riley were part of the 4×400 team.
Sydney Ranzau won the pole vault for Archbold as she cleared 9-feet.
Leading Delta was Raegyn Price who placed first in the 100m hurdles. Swanton got a first place finish from Julia Smith who cleared 5-feet-2 inches in the high jump.
District track and field begins this Wednesday and Thursday for area teams and concludes on Saturday.
Wauseon 137, Liberty Center 113, Archbold 84, Montpelier 80, Bryan 70, Delta 57, Swanton 50, Evergreen 37, Patrick Henry 33
4×800 relay- Wauseon (Beck, Suarez, Blanchong, Vernot), 8:18.56; 110 hurdles- Snyder (M), 15.07; 100- Storeholder (D), 10.90; 4×200 relay- Montpelier (Stein, Royer, Snyder, Wang), 1:32.25; 1600- Studer (L), 4:27.52; 4×100 relay- Montpelier (Cooley, Snyder, Royer, Wang), 44.55; 400- Fisher (A), 50.05; 300 hurdles- Myers (L), 40.68; 800- Beck (W), 2:02.59; 200- Dolan (B), 22.09; 3200- Studer (L), 9:57.10; 4×400 relay- Archbold (Blankenship, Ott, Petersen, Fisher), 3:29.68; Shot- Demaline (L), 53-4; Discus- Baker (W), 153-5; High jump- Oakes (S), 6-2; Vault- Leffler (D), 13-0; Long jump- Snyder (M), 20-4.25.
Wauseon 136, Archbold 126, Liberty Center 85.5, Montpelier 73, Swanton 68, Delta 64, Patrick Henry 48, Bryan 34.5, Evergreen 27
4×800 relay- Liberty Center (Detmer, Babcock, Davenport, Kundo), 10:12.13; 100 hurdles- Price (D), 15.97; 100- Wyse (W), 13.22; 4×200 relay- Archbold (Lambert, Driver, Miller, Roth), 1:50.52; 1600- Kundo (L), 5:08.06; 4×100 relay- Montpelier (Cox, Blake, Scholma, Quaderer), 52.69; 400- Wyse (W), 1:01.69; 300 hurdles- Mealer (W), 46.96; 800- Kundo (L), 2:21.44; 200- Roth (A), 26.33; 3200- Giguere (W), 12:03.65; 4×400 relay- Archbold (Lambert, Miller, Riley, Roth), 4:12.93; Shot- Strauss (W), 36-3; Discus- Miller (P), 125-11; High jump- Smith (S), 5-2; Vault- Ranzau (A), 9-0; Long jump- Roth (A), 16-2.5.
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