The Tiger track teams continued their historic success on Friday night, with yet another record-breaking performance, as well as three District titles to cap off day two of the District Track and Field Championships. The girls team advanced seven athletes in seven events, including all three sprint relays (4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m), both the 100H and 300H, 1600m, and pole vault. The boys team brought home the District title in the 4x400m relay and the 300H, along with qualifying in the 110H.
On the girls side, freshman Emily Franks competed in the long jump before running events began, and she got the show started with not one, but two lifetime bests. She broke into the 15 foot club with her 15′ even and 15’3/4″ jumps, ending her season with consecutive PR’s and also being the top-ranked freshman in the District! Kylie Obergefell finished as the District runner-up in the pole vault, advancing to the Regional Championships by clearing the bar at a lifetime best 10’9″ and just barely missing her attempts at 11′.
On the track, Hunter Garbe punched her ticket to Regionals in both hurdles races, finishing as District runner-up (15.34) in the 100H and taking the District crown in the 300H with a season best time of 46.80, knocking almost a full second off of her previous best this season. Garbe was also part of the record-setting 4x100m relay squad along with Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Virginia Spitzley, and Isabella Cozzie, who broke their own record that was set on Wednesday at the District semi-finals (50.55), finishing in 3rd place with a Regional qualifying time of 50.26! Those same four girls also finished as the District runner-up in the 4x200m relay, crossing the line in a season best time of 1:47.91. In the 1600m, senior Grace Moser left it all out on the (train) track and came across in 4th, running a lifetime best 5:25.35 to claim her spot to Regionals. In the final event of the evening, the 4x400m relay team of Maggie Golling (PR split 1:02.26), Sienna Andres (PR split 1:03.66), Isabella Cozzie (1:01.97), and Virginia Spitzley (1:01.31) refused to be denied a spot to Regionals, taking off another two seconds and running a season best 4:09.86 and placing 3rd. The girls finished in 6th place for overall team scoring with 51 points, and will look to advance their seven athletes to Columbus for the State Track and Field Championships.
On the boys side, the field events also had some great success, with Trae Bellamy clearing the bar at 5’8″ and 5’10” for a remarkable 4″ PR in the high jump and finishing with the top junior class jump in the District! Following that up was discus thrower Matthew Toldy, who tacked on a massive 9′ increase on his lifetime best and finished with a distance of 116’10”.
On the track, Danny Wiseman had consecutive PR’s in the 800m going back to Wednesday semi-finals (2:08.56), dropping another two seconds for a time of 2:06.75, and Sal Sherer ran his season best in the 1600m, finishing in 6th place with a time of 4:37.02. Andrew Scherley also had a huge PR (11:10.48) in the 3200m, trimming 18 seconds off of his previous best of 11:28.12. Jimmy Harkelroad advanced to Regionals in both hurdle races, placing 3rd in the 110H (15.21) and then he joined Hunter Garbe as District champion in the 300H with a winning time of 39.26. Harkelroad was also part of the 4x100m relay squad, along with Kristian Caporini, Caden Monak, and Richie Delaney, who had a heartbreaking 5th place finish (top 4 advance) with a season best time of 43.83, missing Regionals by just one hundredth of a second. In the last event, redemption was had by the 4x400m relay team of Richie Delaney (PR split 52.16), Luke Wood (PR split 52.05), Caden Monak (PR split 52.35), and Jimmy Harkelroad, as they took another three seconds off of their season best, claiming the District championship in stunning fashion with a dramatic come-from-behind victory from anchor Jimmy Harkelroad splitting another mind-bending 48.90. The boys finished 8th overall with a total of 35 meet points, and advanced four boys in three events.
Up next for the Huron track teams is the Regional Championships in Lexington on Thursday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 25th. Just as Districts, the top 4 in each event will advance to State to represent Tiger Nation.
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