GIBSONBURG – At the time of the year when an athlete should peak, Evergreen’s Alyssa Noe and Swanton’s Haley Nelson did just that, each coming home with duo titles in the individual sprints to lead their respective teams to third place finishes in the District 1 and District 2 track meets at Gibsonburg Wednesday through Saturday.
Noe brought home first place finishes in the 100, 200, a second in the 400, and anchored the Vikings’ 4×200 relay that came from way behind to finish fourth to qualify for next week’s regional meet in Tiffin.
Evergreen finished with 80 points and narrowly missed second place with Liberty Center who scored 83. Huron easily won the District 1 meet with 122 points.
The Vikes’ Amelia Kennedy started the day off right with a win in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.28.
Then Noe coasted through the 100, winning by over a quarter of a second.
However, the Vikings’ 4×200 was the victim of their own exchange problems and found themselves as far back as seventh before Asia Gensch made up ground to get within the leaders, only to have another bad exchange hamper the comeback.
That’s when Noe caught and passed the anchor from Margaretta to get the fourth and final qualifying spot to advance.
The Vikings’ Bailie Sutter also advanced to next week by finishing third in the 300 hurdles, in a race that Kennedy was nosed out for the fourth spot.
Evergreen’s 4×400 team of Gensch, Sutter, Kennedy and Savannah VanOstrand rang up a second place finish to get to the regional.
In District 2, much like Noe, Nelson had her way with the competition in the 100 and 200, winning the 100 with a time of 12.62, and the 200 in 25.88. Bridget Harlett also advanced in the 100 with a third place finish.
Nelson also ran a leg in the Bulldogs’ winning 4×100 team with Ally Hendricks, Bobbie Oberle and Harlett, with that same combination grabbing a second in the 4×200.
The Bulldogs as a whole scored 82 points, seven behind runner-up Fremont St. Joseph’s and 19 behind champion Woodmore.
In the field events, the Bulldogs’ Sidney Taylor placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot to make it to Tiffin.
Julia Smith skied a district record at 5’8” to win the high jump, two full inches above second place.
Hannah Grabke took third in the pole vault to find her way to the regional.
For the Delta Panthers, Mary Miller took third in the shot and the Panther 4×100 relay team of Miller, Brooklyn Wright, Kali Zicovich and Mckenzie Berger, finished fourth, after a final filled with controversy and a two team run-off between Margaretta and Old Fort.
On the boys side, Evergreen’s Hunter VanWert and Delta’s Peyton Phillips highlighted area athletes.
VanWert took first in the 100 with a time of 11.08, but the Vikings narrowly missed having three more regional qualifiers as the 4×100 was nosed out by less than .01 for fourth, the 4×200 also finished fifth and Hunter Svoboda was fifth in the 400.
Phillips, as he has much of the year, easily outleaped the rest of the competitors with a jump of 6’4” to take the high jump by four inches.
Delta also got a qualifier in the 3200 with a third place finish out of Maverick Wright.
The regional at Tiffin begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. with some of the field events, and continues Friday with the finals in all other events.
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