It will be an all-area field at Friday night’s Doug Mowrey Invitational track and field meet at Van Buren.
Van Buren’s girls and Elmwood’s boys teams will both be back to defend the team titles they won last season. Arcadia, Carey, McCiomb, North Baltimore and Vanlue are also scheduled to compete.
Arlington’s Jessica Beck (pole vault) and Arden McMath (3,200) are returning champs in the girls meet along with Carey’s Gwen Wentling (200) and Elmwood’s Madison Sears (400).
In the boys meet, Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold will be one of the top athletes to watch. He won the long jump and 400 for the Royals last season. Carey’s Tommy Arredondo (high jump) and Arlington’s Aaron Starr are also returning champs.
The meet gets started at 4:30 p.m. with the field events followed by the running event prelims and the 3,200 relay at 5:15 p.m.
Finals will start 15 minutes after the conclusion of the prelims.
The Mowrey Invitational isn’t the only meet around the region Friday night.
Findlay and Leipsic’s boys team will compete in their first invitational of the season when they travel to Bowling Green for the Bobcat Invitational.
Defiance, Fremont Ross, Napoleon, Lake and Lima Senior will join the host Bobcats, Findlay and Leipsic in the eight-team meet.
Field events start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the running preliminaries at 5:30 p.m. and the running finals at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
Columbus Grove’s boys track team will try and defend its championship Friday night at the 38th annual Spencerville Bearcat Relays.
Ada is also entered in the meet. Other schools in the eight-team field include Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. Johns, Fort Loramie, defending girls champ Marion Local and St. Henry.
Field events begin at 4:15 p.m. with the 6,400-meter relay kicking the track events off at 4:30 p.m. The other running relays begin at 6:30 p.m.
In other Friday night invitationals around the region, Continental will compete in Tinora’s Eisenhart Invitational, Upper Sandusky heads to Kenton’s Robinson Field for the Kenton Relays and Ottawa-Glandorf and Bluffton will run in the Bath Ehresman Invitational.
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