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Prep track: Spencerville takes early lead at NWC meet

SPENCERVILLE — Columbus Grove’s boys track and field team got event victories i nthe 3,200-meter relay and from Baily Clement in the high jump and sits in second place after the first day of the Northwest Confererence championship meet at Spencerville.
Lynea Diller won the discus for Grove’s girls as the Bulldogs are also second. Spencerville leads both the boys (four events) and girls (three events) meets, with the remaining finals set to resume at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Clement cleared 5-10 to win the high jump. Ada’s Blake Willeke (5-8) was sixth. Grove’s Kyle Shafer (12-4) was second in the pole vault, with Bluffton’s Clay Wilson (12-4) third and Columbus Grove’s Caiden Grothaus (11-0) seventh. Bluffton’s Hunter Smith (45-51/2) was third in the shot put, with Grove’s Rece Roney (45-4) fourth and Will Vorhees (42-31/2) sixth.
Columbus Grove’s quartet of Alex Giesege, Colton Grothaus, Boone Brubaker and Bryce Sharrits won the 3,200 relay in 8:28.57. Bluffton (9:01.12) was fourth.
Spencerville’s boys lead with 47 points ahead of Columbus Grove’s 38. Bluffton (17) is tied for fourth and Ada (5) is eighth.
Diller threw 127-8 to win the girls discus. Bluffton’s Kayla Edgington (95-3) was fourth and Ada’s Grace Nelson (92-0) sixth.
Ada Carlee Marshall (15-31/2) was second in the long jump, followed by Bluffton’s Ashley Baker (14-11/2), and Grove’s Mackenzie Clymer (13-10) and Hallie Malsam (13-81/4) in third through fifth.
Bluffton (10:37.17) was third in the 3,200 relay, Ada (11:03.84) fourth and Columbus Grove (11:24.70) sixth.
Spencerville’s girls lead with 32 points, followed by Grove (22), Bluffton (17) and Ada (16).

BOYS Team Standings
through four events
1, Spencerville 47. 2, Columbus Grove 38. 3, Lincolnview 18. 4 (tie) Paulding & Bluffton 17. 6, Convoy Crestview 8. 7, Allen East 6. 8, Ada 5. 9, Delphos Jefferson 0.
winners and Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 1, Vandemark (Spe) 49-81/2. 3, Smith (Blu) 45-51/2. 4, Roney (CG) 45-4. 6, Vorhees (CG) 42-31/2. 8, Agin (Ada) 39-101/2. HJ — 1, Clement (CG) 5-10. 6, Willeke (Ada) 5-8. PV — 1, Miller (Spe) 12-4. 2, Shafer (CG) 12-4. 3, Wilson (Blu) 12-4. 7, Ca. Grothaus (CG) 11-0. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Giesege, Co. Grothaus, Brubaker, Sharrits) 8:28.57. 4, Bluffton (Hoff, Begg, Andreas, Harnish) 9:01.12. 8, Ada (Mi. Wilcox, Secor, Tabor, Armbrecht) 9:49.71.
GIRLS Team Standings
through three events
1, Spencerville 32. 2, Columbus Grove 22. 3, Bluffton 17. 4, Ada 16. 5, Convoy Crestview 12. 6, Delphos Jefferson 8. 7, Paulding 6. 8, Lincolnview 4. 9, Allen East 0.
Winner and Area GIRLS Finishes
DISCUS — 1, Diller (CG) 127-8. 4, Edgington (Blu) 95-3. 6, Nelson (Ada) 92-0. LJ — 1, Miller (Spe) 15-51/4. 2, Marshall (Ada) 15-31/2. 3, A. Baker (Blu) 14-11/4. 4, Clymer (CG) 13-10. 5, Malsam (CG) 13-81/4 . 3,200 RELAY — 1, Spencerville (Adams, Hardesty, Sharp, Purdy) 10:15.21. 3, Bluffton (Marshall, Sommers, Humphreys, Steinmetz) 10:37.17. 4, Ada (Bagais, Sutton, Hunter, Walden) 11:03.84. 6, Columbus Grove (Smith, Myerholtz, Malsam, Ricker) 11:24.70.

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