Finally! After what seems like forever, the Huron tracksters took to the oval and their respective field events for the first time since June of 2019. They clashed with SBC Bay Division opponent, Margaretta, in dual meet action on Tuesday (3/30) night. Both girls and boys teams came away with a victory, with the girls edging out the Lady Polar Bears 69-68, while the boys went on a scoring spree with a final of 101-35.
Starting with the girls, top performances on the track began with 3 underclassmen leading the way in the 4×800 relay. Jadyn Towns (Fr.), Kennedy Schlessman (So.), Addie Fries (So.), and Kennedy Crow took 1st place with a time of 10:58.76, followed up by 2nd and 3rd place finishes by sophomores Jaden Carey (17.71) and Kyla Garbe (17.81) in the 100H. After winning a State title in volleyball this past fall, Georgi Moody traded in her knee pads for track spikes, and all she did in her first high school track meet was win the 100m with a time of 13.70. The girls 4×200 team of Maggie Golling, CeAujanay Grant (Fr.), Kaylee Parker (Fr.), and our other State champion volleyballer (and 5-time 4×100 school record holder) Izzy Cozzie also took first place with a time of 1:50.18. The girls 1600m top spot was claimed by Kennedy Schlessman (5:51.20) and Addie Fries (6:42.72) took 3rd, while Golling also took 2nd in the 400m with a time of 1:06.54. In the 300H, Hayden Roshong (55.48), also a member of the State Champion Volleyball team, and Emily Franks (56.66) took 1st and 3rd respectively, and Izzy Cozzie came within 3 tenths of breaking the 200m record, claiming 1st place with a lifetime best of 26.74, while Kaylee Parker (28.47) and CeAujanay Grant (28.89) completed the 1,2,3 sweep. Roshong (29.49) also set a lifetime best in the 200m, smashing her previous mark by almost 2 full seconds, followed by Jadyn Towns victory in the 3200m with a time of 12:41.45. In the field events, tying for 1st place in the High Jump were Ava Winnestaffer and Jaden Carey, with both clearing the bar at 5’0″, while Kyla Garbe (16’1″), Jaden Carey (15’10”), and Emily Franks (lifetime best 15’2.5″) swept the Long Jump. Georgi Moody (76’6″) finished out the events off the track by taking 2nd in the Discus.
On the boys’ side, the scoring started with the 4×800 relay squad of Zach Weyer, Eli Routh, Jackson Campbell (So.), and Mason Gray (So.) taking 1st place with a time of 9:33.89, and that was followed by freshman Beau Harkelroad (20.28) winning the 110H. In the 100m, Colin Eck (12.50) and Danny Currence (12.51) took 1st and 2nd, respectively, with Quin Spitzley running a lifetime best of 13.08, while the 4×200 relay team of Ben Buathier, Cooper Norwell (So.), Connor Schaeffer (So.), and Richie Delaney wrapped up a victory with a time of 1:35.37. Andrew Scherley won the 1600m with a time of 5:25.64, and Nate Hinners (Fr.) took 3rd, crossing the line in 5:47.39. Buathier, Norwell, Schaeffer, and Delaney swept the short sprint relays by taking 1st in the 4×100 (45.05) as well, while Jacob Eck (53.07) and Zach Weyer (53.44) both set huge lifetime bests in the 400m, placing 1st and 2nd. Beau Harkelroad followed up his victory in the 110H and added a victory in the 300H (49.00), with Cooper Norwell not far behind in 2nd place with a time of 50.22. In the 800m, Gabe Schwiefert (2:40.24) and James Lowery (2:46.62) placed 1st and 3rd, and the 200m was swept by Currence (lifetime best 25.20), Harkelroad (25.56), and Colin Eck (25.77). Quin Spitzley also set a lifetime best of 27.38, while Eli Routh and Pearson Keller followed that up with a 1st and 2nd place finish in the 3200m, with both lifetime bests of 10:44.50 and 11:11.57. In the last event on the track, the 4×400 relay team of Weyer, Schaeffer, Scherley, and J. Eck came out on top, with a time of 3:44.04 to claim 1st place. In the field events, the scoring was lead by Sean Kaminski, winning the High Jump with a huge lifetime best clearance of 5’10”, and placing 2nd in the Long Jump with a leap of 17’7″. Also placing in the High Jump was Brad Holbrook (5’8″) and Evan Brown (5’8″), with Holbrook adding a 3rd place finish (16’6.25″) in the Long Jump, and Brown adding a 2nd place finish (8′) in the Pole Vault. Quin Spitzley and Charlie Norwell placed 1st and 3rd in the Pole Vault, with jumps of 10′ and 7′, respectively. There was a PR parade in the throws, with lifetime bests for Jake Koba in both Shot Put (3rd place – 35’6″) and Discus (94’07”), Jacob Thomas in both (Shot Put – 27’3.5″) (Discus – 83’9″), Ryan Cappo (Discus – 39’1″), and Ethan Lombardo (Discus – 36’4″).
Overall, there were 23 personal bests in our first meet in well over a year, what an awesome accomplishment! We look forward to our next competition at home against Willard on April 6th at Huron Memorial Stadium, and we thank you for your support tonight, it was great to see so many fans back in the stands!
Photos courtesy of Keith Lobsinger (Lobs Photography)