The Huron Tiger track teams had deja vu on Friday night in Gibsonburg at the SBC Track Championships, as both teams finished in the same position as last season. In a very tough Bay division, the girls scored 122 points and finished as the runner-up for the third consecutive year. The boys finished third for the second year in a row, scoring 95 points in a similar gauntlet of the Bay division. Both teams competed as well as they possibly could and should walk away being proud of their efforts.
In the field events, Emma Golling (4’9″) and Alizia Lagando (4’4″) both placed 6th and 7th in the high jump, respectively, and Kylie Obergefell cleared 10′ to post a 3rd place finish in the pole vault. Wrapping up the field events was a lifetime best by freshman Sammie Orosco, throwing 63’4″ in the discus.
Starting with the girls running events, Hunter Garbe had a standout performance, sweeping the 100H and 300H races for an astounding third consecutive year. Since electronic record keeping began in 2006 for the SBC, no other female athlete has ever completed a hurdle sweep three years in a row. She ran her fastest electronic time (15.58) in the 100H and a 47.87 in the 300H. Bridgette Gerber-Winschel added a 5th place finish with a time of 16.94, also a personal best for electric timing. In the 100m, our two standout freshman, Isabella Cozzie (13.12) and Maggie Golling (13.74) placed 3rd and 8th, respectively, scoring their first conference points of their careers. That was followed up by the 4×200 relay squad of Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Hunter Garbe, Virginia Spitzley, and Isabella Cozzie, defending their title from last year, winning the SBC championship in back-to-back years with a season best time of 1:48.98. Senior, Grace Moser (in her PB&J socks) enjoyed sweet redemption in the 1600m, as she executed a timely and strategic kick to pull away with a 2nd place finish in a time of 5:44.29. Corinne Steuk (5:55.29) added a 6th place finish in the same event, and that was followed up by a close 2nd place finish in the 4×100 relay, with Gerber-Winschel, Garbe, Spitzley, and Cozzie running a time of 50.94. Maggie Golling ran a lifetime best 1:04.53 in the 400m, good enough to secure 5th place, and senior Sienna Andres placed 8th with a time of 1:05.75. The duo of Moser and Steuk posted 6th and 8th places in the 800m, where Moser ran a lifetime best of 2:36.53, and Steuk crossed the line in 2:39.10. In the 200m, Virginia Spitzley secured a 4th place finish with a time of 28.42, followed closely by fellow teammate Maggie Golling, posting a 5th place finish with a time of 28.43. In the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay team of M. Golling, Andres, Cozzie, and Spitzley finished 2nd with a time of 4:19.81.
In the boys field events, Noah Woodruff started the scoring off with a 3rd place finish in the discus with a throw of 133’3″, and the duo of Joe Dandurand (10’6″) and Quin Spitzley (8’6″) both placed 3rd and 8th in the pole vault, respectively.
Leading off the scoring for the boys in the running events was Jimmy Harkelroad, with a down-to-the-wire finish in the 110H race that took almost a half hour to hear the results due to it being so close at the finish. Jimmy dethroned last years hurdle champion by one hundredth of a second, winning the SBC title with an electronic best time of 15.17. Jimmy joined Hunter Garbe and won the 300H (39.12) to complete the hurdles sweep on both the boys and girls sides. Terry Porter (16.30) also added a much needed 5th place in the 110H race, while Mason Staton posted a 6th place finish in the 300H with a time of 43.17. In the 100m, Kristian Caporini had his second sub-twelve second race in as many attempts, securing a 6th place finish with a time of 11.88, while teammate J.J. Holliday (12.25) finished 8th. The 4×200 relay squad of Caporini, Staton, Wood, and Delaney were able to manage a 4th place finish after a choppy handoff, and Sal Sherer took 12 seconds off of his previous season best in the 1600m to sneak in and finish 4th. Freshman Eli Routh also ran the 1600m and saved his best for a big meet, posting a seven second PR with a time of 4:49.88. The 400m featured Luke Wood, who posted a lifetime best 53.51, good enough for 3rd place, while the only freshman that made the final, Jacob Eck (55.62) also ran a lifetime best from lane 8! On to the 800m where Sal Sherer continued his exceptional performance, using a slingshot maneuver and passing four runners in the last 50 meters, running a lifetime best 2:06.82, good enough for 5th place, while Nick Pack also ran a lifetime best of 2:07.35 placing 9th, just finishing outside the top 8 to score. Caden Monak (23.82) pulled out a 4th place finish from a tightly packed field in the 200m, while teammate Richie Delaney took 7th place with a time of 24.21. In the final running event of the night, the 4×400 relay team of Delaney, Staton, Wood, and Harkelroad ran their fastest electric time of the season with a time of 3:32.38. With Harkelroad being the anchor leg, he recieved the baton in 3rd place with well over a 75 meter gap between him and second place, and was able to run a blazing lifetime best split of 48.76 (FEED THE CATS!) and steal 2nd place from Edison.
Overall, we couldn’t be more proud of the toughness, grit, and resiliency of our boys and girls programs, and we will now look to advance as many of our athletes on to the next level, starting with the District Championships at Oak Harbor on Wednesday (5/15) and Friday (5/17). We can’t thank you enough for your continued support, and we look forward to sending as many athletes as we can down to Columbus to compete at the State meet.
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