State Indoor Track: L-B’s Butler blazes to 60-meter dash title

AKRON — Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler blazed across the finish line in a time of 7.74 seconds to win the girls Division II-III 60-meter dash and lead the way for area athletes at Saturday’s Ohio High School Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s indoor state track and field championships at the University of Akron.
It was a particularly strong day for area girls performers.
Butler also finished ninth in the 200 (26.52) and teamed with Mackenzie Briggs, Madi Greiner and Katie Hyre for 12th in the 1,600 relay (4:24.71).
Area girls dominated the weight throw as Riverdale’s Carrol Pauley led the way by finishing second with a throw of 49-91/2.
Columbus Grove’s Aubrey Fruchey was fourth (43-7), McComb’s Molly Leppelmeier placed fifth (42-81/4) and Leipsic’s Holly Averesch (41-71/2) ended up sixth.
Averesch was also second in the shot put (41-103/4) while Leppelmeier placed fourth with a toss of 39-113/4.
Mackenzie Shepherd earned all-Ohio honors for Hardin Northern in the pole vault by finishing sixth with a jump of 10-0.
Liberty-Benton’s Greiner, Briggs, Devony Miller and Taylor Thomas teamed up to finish seventh in the 3,200 relay (10:15.77) while Megan Peplinski placed eighth in the high jump (4-10).
Sarah Hunter was the second Riverdale placer as she finished seventh in the triple jump (31-3).
Findlay High School’s Emily Stahl, the only area competitor in the Division I meet, finished sixth in the girls 3,200 with a time of 11:18.15.
In the boys meet, Patrick Henry’s Zach Nye was the top area finisher as he was fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.19).
Liberty-Benton’s Brian Miller recorded a fifth-place effort in the high jump (6-3). Dylan Cornwell also placed for the Eagles finishing in a tie for eighth place in the pole vault at 14-0.

Other Area Girls Finishes
HJ — 13, Samantha Thepsourinthone (McC) 4-8. SHOT — 12, Katie Dewey (Elm) 33-7. PV — 9, Samantha Johnson (L-B) 9-6. 16, Courtney Emmitt (Elm) 8-6. WEIGHT THROW — 10, Dewey (Elm) 37-91/4. 12, Livie Smelcer (L-B) 36-101/2. 3,200 — 13, Megan Bartel (L-B) 12:40.69. TJ — 15, Johnson (L-B) 29-4.
Other Area Boys Finishes
LJ — 12, Chase Cook (L-B) 20-4. WEIGHT THROW — 12, Shae Watkins (Arc) 45-101/2. TJ — 9, Logan Whitaker (L-B) 38-10.

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