Regional Track Roundup: O-G Titans have big day at Dayton

DAYTON — Ottawa-Glandorf had a big day on the first day of the Division II regional track and field championships at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Thursday.

The Titans could have an even bigger day when most of Saturday’s finals take place.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s boys and girls teams combined for two individual state qualifiers and one state-bound relay on Thursday. In addition, three more relays and five individuals advanced to the finals.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week’s OHSAA state championships at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.

In the boys meet, the Titans grabbed third place in the 3,200 relay as Brad Recker, Sid Moening, Trevor Ellerbrock and Matias Trampe-Kindt crossed the finish line in 8:07.63, the top time in the area this season.

Junior Colin Laubenthal also put together his best effort of the season to earn a spot in Columbus with a fourth-place showing in the pole vault at 14-2.

Logan McDermott made the finals in the 110 high hurdles (15.49) with the fifth-fastest time. Sid Moening will compete in the finals of the 300 hurdles with the No. 7 time (41.36).

In the girls meet, Anna Bellman earned her first trip to state by finishing fourth in the discus (121-0).

The busiest person on the track for the Titans will be Madison Stechschulte, who qualified for the finals in four races.

She advanced with the No. 2 time in the 100 (12.70) and with the seventh-best time in the 200 (25.91). She teamed with Megan Siefker, Michelle Maag and Elissa Ellerbrock for the No. 4 time in the 800 relay (1:45.25) and joined Maag, Bellman and Ellerbrock for the fifth-best time in the 1,600 relay (4:03.25).
Freshman Melissa Knott reached the finals in the 100 hurdles as she qualified fourth in 16.37 seconds.

The meet will wrap up Saturday with the remainder of the field events at 11:30 a.m. Running event finals are set for 12:30 p.m.

OTHER AREA BOYS FINISHES
1,600 RELAY — 12, Ottawa-Glandorf (Ellerbrock, Moening, A. McDermott, Recker) 3:32.91. LJ — 13, Martin (Fos) 19-4¼.

OTHER AREA GIRLS FINISHES
3,200 RELAY — 11, Ottawa-Glandorf (Verhoff, Koch, E. Ellerbrock, Schmitz) 10:05.55. 400 RELAY — 13, Ottawa-Glandorf (Schmitz, Siefker, Sahloff, V. Knott) 52.42.

L-B relay advances

LEXINGTON — Liberty-Benton posted its best time of the year in the girls 3,200 relay to qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet in the event at Thursday’s Division II regional track and field championships at Lexington High School.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week’s OHSAA state championships at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.

The Eagles’ Devony Miller, Taylor Thomas, Leah Recker and Mackenzie Briggs teamed up to grab the fourth and final state qualifying spot in a time of 9:48.37 topping fifth-place Marion Pleasant by nearly 8.5 seconds.

Sophomore Michaela Butler reached the finals in four running events for the Eagles.

She qualified for Saturday’s finals with the top preliminary time in both the 100 (12.33) and 200 (25.54).
Butler also teamed with Katie Hyre, Kelsey May and Megan Peplinski to turn in the third-fastest preliminary time in the 400 relay (49.94). Butler, Peplinski, Briggs and Recker also made the final in the 1,600 relay with the No. 3 time (4:08.55).

Peplinski was a spot away from a state berth in the high jump finishing fifth with a leap of 5-0. Elmwood’s Maddy Instone also cleared 5-0 to finish eighth.

The Eagles’ Katie Hyre was 11th in the prelims of the 200 with a time of 27.38.

Elmwood sophomore Madison Sears was the only other finalist as she qualified for the finals in the 400 for the second straight year by posing the sixth-fastest time in the event in 59.86 seconds.

Sears also finished 15th for the Royals in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.34 seconds.

The meet will wrap up Saturday with the remainder of the field events at 11:30 a.m. Running event finals are set for 12:30 p.m.

OTHER AREA FINISHES
100 — 15, Sears (Elm) 13.34. 200 — 11, Hyre (L-B) 27.38.

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