The Tiger track teams traveled to Oak Harbor Wednesday night for the District Championships, and it was another recording setting night for the Lady Tiger track team, with plenty of outstanding performances on both sides. The only events that were finals were field events and the 4×800 relays, where the top 4 places advance to the Regional Championships in Lexington next week.
There were multiple records that went down, both on the girls side, and both had been previously broken this season by the same group of athletes. Hunter Garbe broke the 100H record that stood for 23 years by Abby Thompson back on April 9th, and tonight she shattered her own record (15.40) by turning in a blazing fast time of 15.18. But the 3-time SBC hurdle champ didn’t stop there, she joined her 4×100 relay squad of Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Virginia Spitzley, and Isabella Cozzie in re-breaking their own record (50.88) that they set on April 13th. The record was previously held by two relay groups, M. Perdue, M. Majoy, K. Majoy, and S. Slivka (1980 – 51.6), and R. Buzzard, C. Lively, M. Landes, and A. Spitler (1999 – 51.6). Tonight’s quartet ran a 50.55 and go into Friday’s final as the 3rd seeded time overall.
Other top performances on the girls side included a personal best from Sophia Stefano in the 400m, running a time of 1:11.23, and Emily Franks in the 300H, finishing with a lifetime best 55.71. In the 4×200 relay, the team of Gerber-Winschel, Spitzley, Garbe, and Cozzie finished with the top seeded time going into Friday’s finals, with a season best time of 1:48.34. The last event for the girls was the 4×400 relay, and boy did they put on a show. Going into the semi-finals, the girls came in with a 7th seeded time of 4:17.42, and blew that away with a six second PR to enter into finals seeded 3rd with a time of 4:11.96. Maggie Golling positioned the team well, getting the baton to Sienna Andres who ran a lifetime best split of 1:03.87, who then handed off to Isabella Cozzie, running a lifetime best split of 1:01.56! That was capped off by senior Virginia Spitzley, crossing the line with a lifetime best split of 1:00.93 and taking second in their heat.
On the boys side, things got off to a great start in the field events, where Terry Porter had a huge PR in the long jump (18’3.25″), adding over a foot to his previous best. Freshman Kegan Reyes had his first District meet, taking advantage of his opportunity and tossing a big PR in the shot put, tacking on almost 3 whole feet with a throw of 37’3″.
On the track, it was business as usual for Jimmy Harkelroad, making finals for both the 110H and 300H, with times of 15.33 and 39.94, good enough for the top seed in both events. In the 400m, Brian Wiseman ran a personal best 55.90, topping his previous best of 56.80, while his twin brother Danny, PR’d and qualified for finals in the 800m with a time of 2:08.56, bettering his old mark of 2:09.82. D. Wiseman was joined by fellow teammate Nick Pack, who qualfied for Friday’s final by running a time of 2:09.35. In the 1600m, both Sal Sherer and Eli Routh advanced to Friday’s final, with times of 4:54.33 and 4:59.31, respectively. The 4x100m relay squad of Kristian Caporini, Caden Monak, Richie Delaney, and Jimmy Harkelroad had a massive PR (44.01), taking over a second off their previous season best of 45.06. They will look to advance to the Regional Championship by securing a spot in the top 4 in the finals, where they are seeded 3rd. During the last event, the 4×400 relay team of Richie Delaney, Luke Wood, Caden Monak, and Jimmy Harkelroad set off some fireworks of their own, setting a season best time of 3:28.03, chopping off almost five seconds from their previous best that was ran just last Friday. Delaney split a lifetime best 52.17, who then gave the baton to Luke Wood, turning out a great second leg and running a personal best 53.34. That was followed up by another personal best split by Caden Monak (52.43), in only his second 4×400 relay of his high school career. Harkelroad took the baton and split a 49.31 and it was a dramatic finish, with Harkelroad reeling in both runners in front off him to put the nail in the coffin and secure first place in their heat, with the second seeded time going into Friday’s finals.
Stay tuned for Friday’s results as the Tiger track teams try to finish in the top 4 of their respective events and advance as many athletes as possible to the Regional Championships next Thursday (5/23) and Saturday (5/25) at Lexington High School.
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