Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
West Liberty-Salem’s girls track and field team got the season off to a strong start Saturday with a runner-up performance at the Versailles Lady Tiger Classique.
Minster, which finished seventh at the Division III state meet last spring, won the Black division with 188 points, while WL-Salem took second with 127 points. Marion Local finished third with 110 points and host Versailles was fourth with 87 points.
“This was a great rust buster for us,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “Our goals for the meet were to not worry about times, jumps or distances, but instead to just go out and compete. I feel we accomplished that and we surprised ourselves in several events. We held our own against some of the strongest teams in our area.”
Freshman Morgan Freyhof got her prep career off to a strong start by winning the 100 (13.2) and the 200 (28.06) on Saturday. She was also part of the winning 400 relay along with Abigail Rabenstein, Michaela Rausch and Megan Etgen (53.6).
“Morgan Freyhof had a solid start to her high school career winning the 100 and 200 against some seasoned veterans,” said Vogel. “I was also encouraged by the improvement several of the girls made from last year. Overall, it was an impressive start to the season and we hope to build and improve from here.”
Senior veteran Meghan Vogel captured titles in the 1,600 (5:27.1) and 800 (2:26.7), while Rabenstein also won an individual title in the 100 hurdles (17.7).
Finishing second was the 3,200 relay of Vogel, Jasmine Smith, Shawnda Henault and Alyssa Strickland (10:26.5) with third-place finishes coming from Smith in the 1,600 (5:55.7), Rabenstein in the 300 hurdles (51.8), Strickland in the 3,200 (12:57.9), Etgen in the pole vault (9-6) and Maddie Gantz in the shot put (33-2 3/4).
Taking fourth were the 800 relay of Freyhof, Rausch, Rabenstein and Darby Thomas (1:54.6) and the 1,600 relay of Vogel, Smith, Thomas and Caylee Karg (4:38.1).
Adding fifth-place efforts were Thomas in the 400 (1:06.4) and 200 (30.3) and Henault in the 3,200 (13:01.1.), while Brooke Markin added a sixth-place finish in the pole vault (7-6).
Laker girls take second at W-Goshen Relays
Indian Lake’s girls track and field team finished second at the Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger Relays on Saturday to start the 2013 season.
Wapakoneta claimed the team title in the girls meet with 118 points, while the Lakers tied host W-Goshen for second place with 79 points each. Bluffton came in fourth with 65 points, Ada was fifth with 64 points, Allen East was sixth with 45 points and Ridgemont was seventh with 17 points.
The host Tigers won the boys meet by holding off Wapakoneta 111-104. Indian Lake finished in third with 85 points and Spencerville was close behind in fourth with 83 points. The Gophers came in eighth with 22 points.
Earning first-place finishes for the Laker girls were the pole vault relay of Ellen Schwieterman and Brianna Bryant (14-0) and the 400 relay team (55.4).
Coming in second were the long jump relay of Heidi Sanabria, Emali Sroufe and Josie Corwin (39-1 3/4), the 100 shuttle hurdle relay (1:21.1) and the 800 sprint medley (2:05).
Placing third were the shot put relay of Crystal Cooley, Sean Pusey and Tarrah Berg (77-5), the 800 relay (2:01.1) and the 4,000 distance medley relay (17:49.5).
Adding fourth-place finishes were the discus relay of Pusey, Corwin and Maria Saldariagga (232-4) and the 6,400 relay (30:32).
Indian Lake’s boys saw a host of runner-up finishes on Saturday. That group included the triple jump relay of Joe Corwin, Don Thompson and Cole Merritt (102-11), the 400 relay (46.1), the 800 relay (1:37.6), the 800 sprint medley (1:40.2) and the 1,200 shuttle hurdle relay (3:15.6).
Placing third were the shot put relay of Evan Zorn, Randall Henson and Corwin (109-8 1/2), the 6,400 relay (23.08) and the 3,200 relay (10:23.4).
Taking fourth were the discus relay of Zorn, Henson and Corwin (310-10), the high jump relay of Dustin Roby and Dalton Tron (10-8) and the 110 shuttle hurdle relay (1:14).
Ridgemont’s girls had two third-place finishes from the shot put relay of Sydney Lingo, Katie Marshall and Kimmie Tackett (74-3) and the discus relay of Lingo, Marshall and Tackett (238-5).
The Gopher boys had a fourth-place finish from the pole vault relay of Daniel Johnson and Tyler Triplett.