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Prep Track: Pace leads Chieftains to runner-up trophy at Fostoria

Lakota’s Hope Watson streams across the finish line in the girls 100-meter hurdle prelims. She also ended up finishing first in the finals for the Raiders. (Photo by Lalearportraits.com)

By SCOTT COTTOS

STAFF WRITER

FOSTORIA — Hopewell-Loudon girls coach Paul Jones didn’t aim his team toward a particular placement in Saturday’s Fostoria Athletic Boosters Track and Field Invitational.

But he was quite pleased when the Chieftains left Memorial Stadium in possession of the second-place trophy.

Senior Emily Pace won the 800 in 2:33.68 and combined with Taylor Leiter, Renae Kapelka and Corrin Hoover for a victory in the 3,200 relay (10:26.99) to lead the Chieftains, whose 86 points trailed only the 122½ scored by repeat champion Ida (Michigan).

“You just come over and you compete as hard as you can in each event and see what you can do,” Jones said. “How the points fall — I don’t usually look at that too much. But it was a nice surprise today for them. I’m happy for them.”

Hopewell-Loudon also had the area’s highest-finishing boys team, as the Chieftains ended up fifth with 77 points. Seneca East repeated as the boys champion with 113 points, followed by Maumee with 108.

Pace went immediately to the lead in the 800 and met her goal of matching up well with Liberty-Benton freshman Maya Rickle, who was second in 2:35.15.

“I saw the Liberty-Benton girl had the same (seed) time as I did (2:35), so my goal was to stay with her or stay ahead of her,” Pace said.

Pace ran the lead-off leg in H-L’s 3,200 relay win. The Chieftains finished well ahead of second-place Lakota’s Haleigh Pottinger, Reilly Cozette, Julia Baker and Samantha Wallace (11:16.13).

“I really didn’t know which teams were good, so I just went out and ran my hardest for my team and I guess I got them a good start,” Pace said.

Arcadia’s girls recorded four wins, including a victory in the 100 for freshman Livi Golden (13.52) that helped her earn recognition as the meet’s top performer in track events. Golden also finished third in the 200 and contributed to Redskins finishes of fourth in the 800 relay and eighth in the 400 relay.

Arcadia teammates Emily Peters and Samantha Watkins exchanged 1-2 finishes in the shot put and discus. Peters won the shot at 33¾ to 33-3½ for Watkins, and Watkins topped Peters 129-10 to 116-6 in the discus.

The Redskins also got a win from Grace Conine in the 1,600 in 5:44.95.

An influx of freshman talent has helped Fostoria High School’s girls this season. None has been better than Dashani Taylor, whose effort of 14-9¾ brought her a third invitational victory in the long jump this season.

And to think she hasn’t even reached the distance of 16-7½ that she recorded as an eighth-grader.

“My goal for this season is to get a high-16 at least because that’s what I was jumping last year and I want to know that I can reach it again this year,” Taylor said.

Fostoria coach Kim Fant-Cousin believes Taylor will go farther this season than her personal record of 15-5.

“Today the weather was a little bit decent for her,” Fant-Cousin said, referring to the partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 50s. “We haven’t had a real good opportunity to get out there practicing during the week because of what the weather’s been like. I feel as though if the weather keeps going in the right direction and she gets a chance to work out a little bit more throughout the course of the week, I think she’s going to fare pretty well.”

Other area girls wins came from Lakota’s Hope Watson in the 100 hurdles (16.81) and Old Fort’s Jenna Clouse in the 300 hurdles (49.51). Clouse, a junior, qualified for the state championships in the 300 hurdles last season.

Hopewell-Loudon’s boys won the 800 relay with Dominic Hedrick, John Turco, Brendan Herbert and Donovan Bickelhaupt in 1:36.60 and the 3,200 relay with Herbert, Trey Masterson, Carter Ritchey and Caden Crawford (9:02.41).

Liberty-Benton freshman Connor Clagg won the pole vault at 12-0.

Seneca East’s Morgan England was named the girls most valuable athlete in field events. Boys honorees were Maumee’s Matt Lucas for track and Genoa’s Daniel Novotney for field.

boys team scores

1, Seneca East 113. 2, Maumee 108. 3, Genoa 91. 4, Ida (Mich.) 77½. 5, Hopewell-Loudon 77. 6, Lakota 60. 7, Old Fort 47. 8, Arcadia 28. 9, Liberty-Benton 22. 10, Toledo Scott 15. 11, Toledo Woodward 11½. 12, New Riegel 10. 13, Fostoria 3.

boys individual finishes

SHOT — 1, Novotney (Gen) 50-2¼. 3, Hill (Arc) 45-8½. 7, Mathias (Arc) 41-3¾. 8, Rath (L-B) 40-9½. DISCUS — 1, Koch (Gen) 161-9. 5, Hill (Arc) 134-10. 7, Mathias (Arc) 120-0. 8, Mason (Lak) 116-10. HJ — 1, LaChapelle (Mau) 5-10. 3, Salas (OF) 5-6. 6, Dewese (OF) 5-4. 7, Carr (Lak) 5-4. 8, Herbert (H-L) 5-4. LJ — 1, Pearson (Gen) 20-2. 4, Ritchey (H-L) 18-10. 5, Ware (Arc) 18-1. 6, Clark (Lak) 17-7. 7, Bostwick (Arc) 16-11¾. 8, Settles (Fos) 16-10½. PV — 1, Clagg (L-B) 12-0. 2, Clark (Lak) 11-6. 3, Steyer (OF) 11-0. 5, Roush (Lak) 10-6. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Herbert, Masterson, Ritchey, Crawford) 9:02.41. 2, Lakota (Smithback, Moes, Schaser, Hoerig) 9:07.99. 3, Old Fort (D. Smith, R. Anstead, Heilman, J. Anstead) 9:13.78. 6, Liberty-Benton (Furiate, Cade, Haas, Romero) 9:34.27. 110 HH — 1, Schneider (Mau) 17.50. 2, St. Clair (H-L) 17.50. 6, Wasserman (OF) 18.60. 7, Roush (Lak) 18.60. 100 — 1, Jones (TS) 11.49. 2, Bickelhaupt (H-L) 11.50. 8, Hatter (NR) 12.26. 800 relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Hedrick, Turco, Herbert, Bickelhaupt) 1:36.60. 5, Arcadia (Springer, Harrison, Bostwick, Ware) 1:41.58., 6, Lakota (Clark, Enright, Grine, Frye) 1:41.92. 7, Liberty-Benton (Newell, Garcia, Schimmoeller, Naranjo) 1:42.67. 8, Fostoria (Hampton, Pina, Settles, Jackson) 1:47.68. 1,600 — 1, Lucas (Mau) 4:40.07. 3, D. Smith (OF) 4:49.66. 6, Moes (Lak) 4:55.57. 7, Schaser (Lak) 4:57.22. 400 relay — 1, Ida (Holmes, Booth, Bryant, Burkey) 46.47. 3, Lakota (Clark, Grine, Enright, Frye) 48.18. 5, Hopewell-Loudon (Turco, McCoy, Williams, Rumschlag) 49.21. 7, Old Fort (Dewese, Steyer, Wasserman, J. Smith) 49.29. 400 — 1, LaChapelle (Mau) 52.58. 2, Furiate (L-B) 55.26. 5, Hedrick (H-L) 55.69. 6, Salas (OF) 56.25. 10, Durbin (H-L) 59.17. 300 ih — 1, Schneider (Mau) 42.69. 2, St. Clair (H-L) 45.14. 6, Hatter (NR) 46.37. 7, Anderson (Lak) 46.47. 800 — 1, Hoeft (Gen) 2:04.44. 2, Moes (Lak) 2:09.11. 3, D. Smith (OF) 2:09.13. 6, Masterson (H-L) 2:16.23. 200 — 1, Booth (Ida) 23.23. 2, Bickelhaupt (H-L) 23.24. 5, Ware (Arc) 25.18. 8, Frye (Lak) 25.40. 3,200 — 1, Lucas (Mau) 10:05.41. 3, Hohman (NR) 10:56.57. 5, Hill (Lak) 11:02.24. 7, Crawford (H-L) 11:07.94. 1,600 relay — 1, Maumee (East, Huembes, Schneider, LaChapelle) 3:40.20. 3, Old Fort (Steyer, Salas, R. Anstead, D. Smith) 3:50.55. 4, Hopewell-Loudon (Turco, Herbert, Rumschlag, Hedrick) 3:50.92. 6, Lakota (Enright, Smithback, D’Amato, Moes) 4:03.02. 8, Fostoria (Mason, Jordan, Settles, Hampton) 4:25.63.

girls team scores

1, Ida (Mich.) 122½. 2, Hopewell-Loudon 86. 3, Genoa 80. 4, Arcadia 77. 5, Seneca 68. 6, Lakota 65½. 7, Maumee 52. 8, Old Fort 44. 9, Fostoria 36. 10, Liberty-Benton 17. 11, New Riegel 10. 12, Toledo Scott 4.

girls individual finishes

SHOT — 1, Peters (Arc) 33-7¾. 2, Watkins (Arc) 33-3½. 7, Miller (OF) 30-5 ½. DISCUS — 1, Watkins (Arc) 129-10. 2, Peters (Arc) 116-6. 3, Miller (OF) 110-2. 5, Courtney (L-B) 107-1. 8, Burman (L-B) 103-7. HJ — 1, Cook (SE) 4-10. 4, Wilkinson (OF) 4-8. 6, Miller (Lak) 4-8. 8, Bear (Lak) 4-6. LJ — 1, Taylor (Fos) 14-9¾. 2, Watson (Lak) 14-2¾. 4, Kapelka (H-L) 14-½. 6, Hohman (NR) 13-9¼. PV — 1, England (SE) 11-9 (meet record). 3, Leiter (H-L) 8-0. 6, C. Hoover (H-L) 7-6. 7, Tiell (Lak) 7-0. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Pace, Leiter, Kapelka, C. Hoover) 10:26.99. 2, Lakota (Pottinger, Cozette, Baker, Wallace) 11:16.13. 6, Arcadia (Hofacker, Pessell, Conine, Dauterman) 11:37.13. 7, Fostoria (Kagitani, James, Hickle, Sheets) 11:48.57. 100 IH — 1, Watson (Lak) 16.81. 2, Clouse (OF) 17.13. 6, Shank (Lak) 18.41. 100 — 1, Golden (Arc) 13.52. 5, Mathna (OF) 14.06. 8, Sauber (Fos) 14.15.. 800 relay — 1, Ida (Levicki, Ely, Kad. Carsten, Kay. Carsten) 1:52.67. 3, 3, Fostoria (Sheets, O’Neal, Cannon, Sauber) 1:57.53. 4, Arcadia (Golden, Brubaker, Mock, Watkins) 1:57.83. 5, Hopewell-Loudon (Sours, Wells, Greene, Roerdink) 1:59.23. 7, Lakota (Ranzenberger, Hageman, Wallace, Tiell) 2:00.43. 1,600 — 1, Conine (Arc) 5:44.95. 4, Cozette (Lak) 5:59.36. 7, Plickert (H-L) 6:19.55. 8, Brickner (H-L) 6:23.15. 400 relay — 1, Seneca East (Hughes, England, Cook, Adachi) 53.18. 3, Fostoria (Taylor, Cannon, O’Neal, Sauber) 54.99. 6, Lakota (Ranzenberger, Hageman, Shank, Tiell) 56.52. 7, Hopewell-Loudon (Sours, Searles, Welly, Greene) 58.28. 8, Arcadia (Golden, Alexander, Benner, Mock) 58.75. 400 — 1, Kay. Carsten (Ida) 1:01.44. 2, Roerdink (H-L) 1:04.37. 3, Mathna (OF) 1:05.06. 4, Smith (Fos) 1:05.14. 5, Clouse (NR) 1:07.27. 6, Hohman (NR) 1:08.88. 8, Sheets (Fos) 1:09.61. 300 Lh — 1, Clouse (OF) 49.51. 2, C. Hoover (H-L) 47.74. 3, Watson (Lak) 51.72. 5, Shank (Lak) 52.45. 800 — 1, Pace (H-L) 2:33.68. 2, Rickle (L-B) 2:35.15. 4, Leiter (H-L) 2:43.93. 5, Wallace (Lak) 2:46.97. 7, Pessell (Arc) 2:52.50. 200 — 1, Kad. Carsten (Ida) 27.24. 3, Golden (Arc) 27.49. 5, Roerdink (H-L) 28.76. 6, Mathna (OF) 28.87. 7, O’Neal (Fos) 29.30. 3,200 — 1, Heninger (Genoa) 13:04.38. 2, Welly (H-L) 13:19.03. 5, Murphy (L-B) 13:31.35. 7, Kapelka (H-L) 13:35.50. 8, Enright (Lak) 13:39.87. 1,600 relay — 1, Ida (Levicki, Burkett, Kad. Carsten, Kay. Carsten) 4:19.93. 2, Hopewell-Loudon (Pace, Wells, Roerdink, C. Hoover) 4:25.24. 4, Lakota (Palos, Shank, Watson, Pottinger) 4:40.61. 5, Arcadia (Hofacker, Pessell, Conine, Brubaker) 4:46.38. 6, Fostoria (Sheets, Hickle, Kagitani, Sauber) 4:46.54.



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