Tuesday night in Gibsonburg at the SBC Track Championships had a familiar cold and windy feel to it, but our Tiger tracksters came out ready to heat up the track and set themselves up for a great opportunity to do some damage at Friday’s finals. In the open events (100H, 100m, 200m, 400m, and 300H), the boys and girls teams secured the maximum of two spots in every final except for one (girls 300H). It’s a perfect scenario to go into finals on Friday, steal as many points as they can, and try to duplicate their success from last season. With powerhouses like Oak Harbor and Edison, these Tigers are ready to scratch and claw for every point they can get.
Scoring events for the Lady Tigers last night included long jump, where both Bridgette Gerber-Winschel (14’8 1/4″) and freshman Emily Franks (14’5 1/4″) placed 3rd and 5th, respectively. On the track, the 4×800 relay team of Steuk, Crow, Andres, and Moser all ran season best splits to take thirteen seconds off their overall best to secure a 3rd place finish with a time of 10:40.88. The final scored running event was the 3200m, where senior Grace Moser finished as the SBC Runner-up with a time of 11:59.06.
The highlight of the day was freshman Maggie Golling (100m/200m/400m) securing a finals spot in all three open events, running times of 13.67, 28.06 (lifetime best), and 1:05.67 in her first open 400m of her high school career. Also claiming a finals seat in multiple events was senior Hunter Garbe in both hurdle races (100H/16.34, 300H/48.44), where she will try to make more school history as she defends her SBC crown as the reigning two-time champion in both events. Bridgette Gerber-Winschel also made the cut for the 100H finals (17.49), where she will look to improve on her 6th place finish from last season. Joining M. Golling in the 100m final will be another freshman, Isabella Cozzie, who ran a lifetime best 13.00 and is primed for her first sub-thirteen performance of her career. Senior Sienna Andres qualifed for the 400m final, running a 1:06.19 in a tight field where anything can happen on Friday. In her first open 200m since her junior year, senior Virginia Spitzley (27.93) claimed a finals position and just missed running a lifetime best, where she will have her eye on a top three finish.
On the boys side, scoring in the field events was J.J. Holliday in the long jump, who went from being seeded 7th, then jumped a lifetime best 18’6″ to secure a much needed 6th place, while Terry Porter also jumped a lifetime best of 17’3″. In a tough field, Noah Woodruff got off to a slow start going into finals seeded 8th, but was able to lock down a 5th place finish with a throw of 43’8 1/2″. The final scoring event for the boys was a 4th place finish in the 4×800 relay, with the team of Pack, D. Wiseman, B. Wiseman, and Sherer all running season best splits and shaving off a huge seventeen seconds off their previous overall best, ending with a time of 8:35.49.
In the open events, the boys were able to secure every available finals spot, starting with the hurdle squad of Jimmy Harkelroad (15.19) and Terry Porter (16.27) in the 110H, and Harkelroad (39.02) and Mason Staton (43.31) in the 300H. In the 100m, Kristian Caporini broke the 12-second barrier for the first time in his career, running an 11.85 to claim a position in the finals alongside teammate J.J. Holliday (12.05). Luke Wood (54.25) and freshman Jacob Eck (56.01) both ran lifetime bests and had great finishes down the home stretch in the 400m to capture their own spots in Friday’s finals. In his SBC debut, Caden Monak (23.60) made his first career 200m start count, securing a spot in the finals with teammate Richie Delaney not far behind with a time of 23.93. To cap off the day was a lifetime best from Andrew Scherley in the 3200m, running an 11:28.12, his third consecutive PR in that event.
Day 2 will be finals for all athletes, so stay tuned for overall results of your hometown Tigers!
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