Wauseon boys capture NWOAL championship


First title since 2018

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Jack Callan of Wauseon leads the pack early in the boys 1600m race. He would finish third in the 1600m and later earn runner-up honors in the 800m.

Jack Callan of Wauseon leads the pack early in the boys 1600m race. He would finish third in the 1600m and later earn runner-up honors in the 800m.


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Swanton’s Kayden Davis clears 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump on day one of the NWOAL Track and Field Championships on Tuesday, May 10. For the meet, Davis secured league titles in the high jump, long jump and in the 300m hurdles.


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Andrea VanWert of Evergreen heads to the finish line in the 100m Friday. She would win the race with a time of 12.97.


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Brooke Dockery of Swanton runs the 800m Friday at the NWOAL meet. She finished third with a time of 2:29.31.


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Archbold’s Chloe Merillat over the last hurdle in the girls 100m hurdles. Merillat took home the title in the event, finishing the race in 17.31.


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Grace Rhoades of Wauseon leads Liberty Center’s Makayla Meller in the 1600m. Rhoades would finish third ahead of Meller in fourth.


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Wauseon’s Jonas Tester and Sam Smith square off with Archbold’s Dane Riley, right, in the final of the boys 100m Friday at the NWOAL Track and Field Championships in Archbold. Although Riley ultimately took home first in the 100, Tester claimed wins in the 200m and 400m. This helped Wauseon earn first in the team standings for their first league title since 2018.


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When the running finals were completed Friday night, Wauseon had beat out Archbold in the boys meet for the league title at the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Track and Field Championships which Archbold hosted.

It was the program’s first league title since 2018. Liberty Center handily won the girls meet, 190-103 over runner-up Bryan. The Wauseon girls recorded 85 points and took third.

“The boys championships was a great team effort,” said Wauseon boys track coach Joe Allen. “I was really impressed by how many events we had double placers in. We only had champions in thre events but in multiple events we had high placing doubles. This was a concept that was discussed multiple times this season with the team. I was really impressed by how the guys were excited for their teammates upon watching a teammate finish really well in a race.”

During Friday’s finals, the Indian boys were led by Jonas Tester who took home titles in the 200m and 400m. He posted a time of 23.12 in the 200m and 51.79 in the 400m.

Jack Callan of Wauseon added a runner-up finish in the 800m.

“I feel like the team really hit its stride after the 400,” noted Allen. “I believe at that point in time in the meet we were behind Liberty Center in points but that event seemed to get us rolling towards the championship.

“I was also really impressed by how our field events performed on day one. They were able to give us a tie for the lead after day one and give us a chance to win on day two.”

Winning an individual event for Archbold Friday was Dane Riley in the 100m. Riley finished with a time of 11.38.

He was also a member of the 4×200, 4×100, and 4×400 relay teams that took first for the Blue Streaks.

For the Swanton boys, Kayden Davis added to his trophy case with a win in the 300m hurdles, after winning the high jump and long jump titles during the field event finals three days prior.

Delta’s Eli Mora was second to Davis in the 300 hurdles, while the Panthers’ Ronnie Wyse finished second in the 110m hurdles.

Evergreen’s Evan Lumbrezer took second in the 200m.

The Wauseon girls got a second place finish from Grace Rhoades in the 3200m. She also took third in the 1600m.

Archbold’s Chloe Merillat won the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.31 and finished second in the 300m hurdles. The Streaks’ Sophie Rupp added a win in the 400m, running the race in 1:00.84.

Andrea VanWert won the 100m for Evergreen, posting a time of 12.97. The Swanton girls’ best finishes Friday came from Brooke Dockery who took third in the 800m and Jessica Finfera who placed third in the 200m.

NWOAL titles won on first day of meet

The Wauseon boys picked up wins in the 4×800 and shot put Tuesday, May 10 during the first day of competition at the league meet. In the 4×800, their quartet of Hunter Wasnich, Jack Callan, Zaden Torres and Aidan Pena won with a time of 8:23.84. Matthew Shaw took home the shot put title for the Indians, posting a best throw of 48 feet, 11 and 1/2 inches.

Furthermore, Wauseon’s Jonas Tester was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 2 and 1/2 inches.

Tester was beaten by Swanton’s Kayden Davis, who won the event by exactly a foot. Davis defended his high jump league title, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches. Karter Behnfeldt of Archbold finished second in the event at 6 feet.

Josh Tresnan-Reighard of Delta was first in the discus with a top throw of 139 feet, 7 inches. Sam Worline of Evergreen was runner-up at 134 feet, 10 inches.

Teagan Rupp cleared 9 feet to win the girls pole vault title for Wauseon. She also finished runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 5 and 3/4 inches.

The Indians’ Marie Hutchinson finished runner-up in the discus with a throw of 114 feet, 8 inches.

Also in the county, Sophie Rupp of Archbold won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 1 inches and Swanton’s Trista Eitniear claimed the shot put title with a throw of 38 feet, 6 and 1/4 inches.

NWOAL Championships

Boys

Wauseon 130.5, Archbold 103.5, Bryan 101, Liberty Center 98.5, Evergreen 80, Delta 59, Swanton 37, Patrick Henry 33.5.

4×800- Wauseon (Wasnich, Callan, Torres, Pena), 8:23.84; 110 hurdles- Long (LC), 15.72; 100- Riley (A), 11.38; 4×200- Archbold (Behnfeldt, Miller, Bailey, Riley), 1:32.51; 1600- Taylor (B), 4:18.17; 4×100- Archbold (Riley, Miller, Dominique, Behnfeldt), 44.77; 400- Tester (W), 51.79; 300 hurdles- Davis (S), 41.45; 800- Taylor (B), 2:01; 200- Tester (W), 23.12; 3200- Taylor (B), 9:39.69; 4×400- Archbold (Behnfeldt, Bailey, Miller, Riley), 3:33.18; High jump- Davis (S), 6-2; Long jump- Davis (S), 20-3.5; Discus- Tresnan-Reighard (D), 139-7; Shot- Shaw (W), 48-11.5; Vault- Perry (LC), 12-6.

Girls

Liberty Center 190, Bryan 103, Wauseon 85, Patrick Henry 63, Evergreen 60, Archbold 59, Swanton 50, Delta 32.

4×800- Liberty Center (Meller, Oelkrug, Stark, Miller), 9:53.25; 100 hurdles- Merillat (A), 17.31; 100- VanWert (E), 12.97; 4×200- Liberty Center (Kate Mohler, Haley Mohler, Armey, Elle Mohler), 1:46.1; 1600- Oelkrug (LC), 5:20.85; 4×100- Liberty Center (Haley Mohler, Kate Mohler, Armey, Elle Mohler), 50.53; 400- Rupp (A), 1:00.84; 300 hurdles- Kate Mohler (LC), 47.06; 800- Miller (LC), 2:24.38; 200- Elle Mohler (LC), 25.92; 3200- Thormeier (B), 11:39.64; 4×400- Liberty Center (Armey, Haley Mohler, Miller, Elle Mohler), 4:11.25; High jump- Rupp (A), 5-1; Long jump- Fireovid (B), 15-11; Discus- Cramer (LC), 116-11; Shot- Eitniear (S), 38-6.25; Vault- Rupp (W), 9-0.

Jack Callan of Wauseon leads the pack early in the boys 1600m race. He would finish third in the 1600m and later earn runner-up honors in the 800m.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Callan-leads-pack.jpgJack Callan of Wauseon leads the pack early in the boys 1600m race. He would finish third in the 1600m and later earn runner-up honors in the 800m. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Swanton’s Kayden Davis clears 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump on day one of the NWOAL Track and Field Championships on Tuesday, May 10. For the meet, Davis secured league titles in the high jump, long jump and in the 300m hurdles.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Davis-over-5-10.jpgSwanton’s Kayden Davis clears 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump on day one of the NWOAL Track and Field Championships on Tuesday, May 10. For the meet, Davis secured league titles in the high jump, long jump and in the 300m hurdles. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Andrea VanWert of Evergreen heads to the finish line in the 100m Friday. She would win the race with a time of 12.97.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_VanWert-runs-100.jpgAndrea VanWert of Evergreen heads to the finish line in the 100m Friday. She would win the race with a time of 12.97. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Brooke Dockery of Swanton runs the 800m Friday at the NWOAL meet. She finished third with a time of 2:29.31.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Dockery-in-800.jpgBrooke Dockery of Swanton runs the 800m Friday at the NWOAL meet. She finished third with a time of 2:29.31. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Archbold’s Chloe Merillat over the last hurdle in the girls 100m hurdles. Merillat took home the title in the event, finishing the race in 17.31.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Merillat-over-hurdle.jpgArchbold’s Chloe Merillat over the last hurdle in the girls 100m hurdles. Merillat took home the title in the event, finishing the race in 17.31. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Grace Rhoades of Wauseon leads Liberty Center’s Makayla Meller in the 1600m. Rhoades would finish third ahead of Meller in fourth.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Rhoades-in-1600.jpgGrace Rhoades of Wauseon leads Liberty Center’s Makayla Meller in the 1600m. Rhoades would finish third ahead of Meller in fourth. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Wauseon’s Jonas Tester and Sam Smith square off with Archbold’s Dane Riley, right, in the final of the boys 100m Friday at the NWOAL Track and Field Championships in Archbold. Although Riley ultimately took home first in the 100, Tester claimed wins in the 200m and 400m. This helped Wauseon earn first in the team standings for their first league title since 2018.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/05/web1_Boys-100m.jpgWauseon’s Jonas Tester and Sam Smith square off with Archbold’s Dane Riley, right, in the final of the boys 100m Friday at the NWOAL Track and Field Championships in Archbold. Although Riley ultimately took home first in the 100, Tester claimed wins in the 200m and 400m. This helped Wauseon earn first in the team standings for their first league title since 2018. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest
First title since 2018

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.