BRYAN – Preliminary running finals and the finals of field events took place during day one of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Track and Field Championships Tuesday at Bryan High School.
The Bryan boys are ahead with 47 points in the team standings after the first day. Archbold is second at 39.5 points, Liberty Center third with 33, and Wauseon rounds out the top four with 31.5.
The Liberty Center girls lead with 49 points followed by Swanton at 43. Wauseon, at 33 points and Patrick Henry, with 32.33, round out the top four.
The only running final that took place was the 4x800m relay. In the girls race, Archbold’s team of Gwynne Riley, Brittney Ramirez, Karley Ramirez and Kylie Sauder won with a time of 10:05.03. The team from Liberty Center won the boys race and Swanton’s quartet of Brett Bettinger, Donovan Avalos, Blaine Pawlowicz and Dylan Gilsdorf finished second.
Several area athletes won titles in the field.
In the boys high jump, Evergreen’s Mason Loeffler took first at a height of 6 feet, 3 inches. Dylan Gilsdorf of Swanton finished runner-up, going out at 6 feet.
Jasmin Kenzie and Avril Roberts, both of Swanton, went one and two in the girls high jump. They eached went out at 4 feet, 10 inches, but Kenzie did so in fewer attempts.
The long jump titles were also won by locals. For the boys, Xavier Torres of Wauseon leaped 20 feet, 5 and 1/2 inches to take first.
Brooklyn Wymer of Delta won the girls title with a jump of 15 feet, 8 and 3/4 inches. Paige Allison Smith of Wauseon was runner-up at 15 feet, 5 and 1/2 inches.
The next title for Fulton County went to Delta’s Hunter Tresnan-Reighard who threw 53 feet, 5 and 1/2 inches to win the shot put. Matthew Gladieux of Archbold finished second (50-5.5).
Tresnan-Reighard then finished runner-up (161-11) in the discus for the Panthers. He finished behind Bryan’s Keegan Brown who set a new league record with a throw of 181 feet, 6 inches. Gladieux took third (158-3).
In the girls pole vault, Swanton’s Hannah Grabke took second to Taylor Peters of Bryan. They both finished at 10 feet, 4 inches, but Peters did so in fewer attempts.
The NWOAL Championships will conclude Friday at 7 p.m. with the running finals.
NWOAL Championship Prelims
Bryan 47, Archbold 39.5, Liberty Center 33, Wauseon 31.5, Delta 23, Swanton 22, Evergreen 21, Patrick Henry 12.
4×800 relay- Liberty Center (Connor Keller, Kundo, Jordan Keller, Meller), 8:19.34; High jump- Loeffler (E), 6-3; Long jump- Torres (W), 20-5.5; Discus- Brown (B), 181-6; Shot- Tresnan-Reighard (D), 53-5.5; Vault- Garretson (LC), 11-4.
Liberty Center 49, Swanton 43, Wauseon 33, Patrick Henry 32.33, Archbold 23.33, Bryan 21, Delta 19.33, Evergreen 7.
4×800 relay- Archbold (Riley, Brittney Ramirez, Karley Ramirez, Sauder), 10:05.03; High jump- Kenzie (S), 4-10; Long jump- Wymer (D), 15-8.75; Discus- Fintel (PH), 135-9; Shot- Fintel (PH), 38-2.25; Vault- Peters (B), 10-4.