The Huron Tracksters took 12 athletes in 10 events to the Regional Finals in Lexington, hoping to finish in the top 4 and advance to the State meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend in Columbus.
The Tigers were able to claim two Regional Championships, both on the boys side, in the 300H and the 4x400m relay. Jimmy Harkelroad put on a spectacular performance, making it to State in all three events he competed in. Harkelroad started off his day by running a lifetime best (14.97) in the 110H, advancing to the State meet and repeating as the Regional runner-up last season in that same event. He followed that up with back-to-back Regional titles in the 300H, with a lifetime best and school-record tying time of 38.04, sharing the record with Lucas Bauer who set it back in 2005.
On the girls side, Hunter Garbe punched her ticket to State in the 100H, finishing in 3rd with a lifetime best 15.15, breaking her own school record for the 3rd time this season. Last season Garbe did not advance out of a loaded Northwest District, but has stormed back her senior year for redemption, qualifying for the first time in that event. She followed that up with a State qualifying 3rd place finish and a season best time of 46.58, repeating her 3rd place finish from last season at Regionals. Garbe was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams, along with Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Virginia Spitzley, and Isabella Cozzie, who finished on the podium with an 8th (51.08) and 6th place finish (1:48.32), respectively. Senior, Grace Moser ran her last high school 1600m of her high school career, finishing in 7th with a time of 5:31.91 to make the podium. Senior, Kylie Obergefell had herself a day in the pole vault, finishing 3rd and clearing the bar at a lifetime best 10’10”, reserving her spot in Columbus for the State meet for the 2nd time in her career.
In the final event of the day, the girls 4x400m relay team of Maggie Golling, senior Sienna Andres, Emily Franks, and senior Virginia Spitzley had a tough task trying to overcome some injuries, and made the podium by finishing 8th with a time of 4:19.55. On a brighter note, the boys 4x400m relay squad of Richie Delaney (PR-51.75), Luke Wood, Caden Monak (PR-50.99), and Jimmy Harkelroad (PR-48.10) put a bow on a great day for the Tiger track teams by claiming the Regional title and advancing to the State meet with a season best time of 3:23.41.
We want to thank and honor our four seniors (Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Virginia Spitzley, Sienna Andres, and Grace Moser) who have finished their high school careers and have left behind such a great legacy for the future of our track program. We are so proud of all of your accomplishments on the track, but even more impressed with the amazing young people you have become.
Up next for the Tigers is the State Championships in Columbus on May 31st-June 2nd, where we will have 6 athletes competing in 6 events, and will look to make the podium by finishing in the top 8.
Photo credit: Mike Lemponen/Kelly Keller Garbe