Archbold boys victorious at home district meet


Blue Streak girls runner-up, Pettisville third

Staff Report



Archbold got to host the Division III district track meet which finished on Saturday and they did not disappoint, winning the boys meet and finishing runner-up in the girls meet.

The boys took first with 119 points, placing ahead of Liberty Center with 92. Pettisville’s boys placed 12th with 15 points.

The Archbold girls finished second with 102 points, six behind district champion Holgate. Pettisville took third with 71 points and Fayette placed 16th with 10.

In the boys meet, Archbold got started by qualifying their 4×800 team of Jack Fisher, Daniel Nieves, Logan Garrow and Caden Garrow. Those four took second with a time of 8:29.48.

The Blue Streaks also qualified their other three relay teams. They won both the 4×200 and 4×400, and finished second in the 4×100.

Archbold advanced three athletes out of the field events.

Nick Waidelich took second in the long jump (19-10.5), Levi Carmody was runner-up in the shot put (48-2), and Isaiah Esquibel finished runner-up in the pole vault (12-4).

Jaret Rychener of Pettisville placed first in the high jump after clearing 6 feet, 1 inches.

Archbold had a pair of qualifiers in the hurdle events. Deven Girdham placed fourth in the 110 hurdles, while Clay Gerig finished third in the 300 hurdles. Gerig was also fifth in the 110 hurdles.

The Streaks then went one and two in the 400. Fisher won the event at 50.76, while Noah Blankenship took second at 52.5.

Caden Garrow finished fourth in the 800 to advance.

Lexa Richardson of Archbold qualified in both hurdles events. She won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.78, and also took second in the 300 hurdles at 49.16.

The Streaks also had some qualifiers in the mid-distance and distance events.

Dakota Stamm won the 400 and set a new district record with a time of 58.24. Gwynne Riley placed third in the 800 at 2:23.05.

In the sprints, Archbold’s Macey Rupp finished third in the 200 (26.29). She also earned the top spot and advanced in the high jump (5-1). Shylo Richardson advanced for the Streaks in the high jump as well, placing fourth after clearing 5 feet.

Archbold’s Sydney Ranzau won the pole vault by clearing 9 feet, 5 inches.

The Streaks earned wins in three relays: the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400.

Rupp, Emily Roth, Riley and Stamm took first in the 4×200 with a time of 1:44.26. In the 4×100, Shylo Richardson, Roth, Julia Lambert and Rupp took first at 51.66. Lambert, Roth, Riley and Stamm placed first in the 4×400 (4:08.4).

The Pettisville girls had a winning team in the 4×800 relay as the quartet of Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Morgan Leppelmeier and Alexa Leppelmeier was victorious with a time of 9:34.52. That mark also set a district record which was previously set by the same Pettisville team in 2016.

Sauder, Foor, Morgan Leppelmeier and Alexa Leppelmeier then qualified in the 4×400 (4:15.6) where they finished second to Archbold.

The Blackbirds had success in the distance events all day.

In the 1600, both Alexa Leppelmeier and Foor qualified for the regional. Alexa Leppelmeier was runner-up with a time of 5:13.32, while Foor finished fourth at 5:16.76.

It was the same in the 3200 where Alexa Leppelmeier placed first (11:24.41) and Foor third (11:40.95) to advance.

Sauder took home a title in the 800 (2:20.87). Katie Hauter of Pettisville just qualified in the discus as she took third with a toss of 105 feet, 4 inches.

For Fayette in the field, Kelsey Fruchey placed third in the high jump (5-0) to advance to the regional along side the pair from Archbold. She also just missed out on advancing in the 400 (1:04.74) where she finished fifth.

Blue Streak girls runner-up, Pettisville third

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