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Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:16 AM

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent

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FOSTORIA — The 1600-meter relay squad Elida put on the track for the finals Friday had only run this event together once before this season. But with a spot in the regionals on the line, the foursome combined not only for a school record time, but a new district meet record time in winning the event.

The win was not the only one for the Bulldogs Friday night as they collected a pair of district championships and advanced five events to the regional meet at Lexington next week. The Lady Bulldogs advanced in one event Friday night at the Division II district in Fostoria.

The Division II regional track meet will be held Thursday and Saturday in Lexington as athletes look to finish in the top four and advance to state.


Running the 1600 Relay for the Bulldogs in the finals Friday night were seniors Brandon Stinson, Nick Pauff and Quentin Poling and sophomore Clark Etzler. Elida had the third quickest time entering the finals, but took control of the race early as they won the event with a time of 3:24.22, which was a full two seconds better than the previous record set by Van Wert last season. The time also broke the Elida school record.


The Cougars finished second Friday night to Elida, while Ottawa-Glandorf was third.

“This is only the second time we have had our best team run this,” a winded Poling said. “Sophomore Clark Etzler stepped up real big with a nice PR, then Brandon Stinson, Nick Pauff and myself ran good legs to round it out. We will have a good time going into the regionals next week.”

Overall, Poling qualified to regionals in three events as earlier in the evening he advanced in the shot put and 300 hurdles. Poling finished third in the shot put with a throw of 51-3 and he won the 300 hurdles in 39.52, which is his best time ever in the event.

“My shot put was not my best, but it was still a 51, which was good,” Poling said. “The hurdles I got out and PR’ed. Going into the final 100 meters, I was fourth or fifth and I pulled it out with a 39.52 which is great.”

Poling just missed advancing in four events as he finished fifth in the discus on Wednesday.

Also advancing for the Bulldogs was Kevin Russell in the 110 hurdles as he finished fourth in 16.10. The Bulldogs 4x100 Relay team of Pauff, Desmend White, Avery Sumpter and Khory Kesler advanced with a third place finish in 44.93.

The lone Lady Bulldog to advance was Sarah Suever in the 1600-meter run as she finished third in 5:25.37.

It was a good meet for the Van Wert track teams at the Division II district meet in Fostoria this week.

Between the boys (nine) and girls (eight) teams the Cougars are sending athletes to the Division II regional in Lexington this week. Advancing in a good number events helped the Van Wert squads finish high in the team standings as well as the Cougar men were second and the girls finished third.

“Lots of good things happened for us,” Van Wert coach Mark Collins said. “The kids ran well and did what they had to do. The boys team was the district runner-up for the second straight year and the girls team finished third in their district after an eighth place finish at the league meet last week, so that was a big accomplishment for them.”

Senior Jared Fleming and sophomores Seth Kopp and Nick Krugh lead the Cougars into the regional meet as each qualified in four events to the regionals. Fleming recorded one win, two seconds and a third at the district meet.

Fleming won the 1600-meter run in 4:20.75, which was just two-tenths of a second off the school record at Van Wert. Fleming later finished second in the 800-meter run (1:57.96) to Ottawa-Glandorf’s Jacob Leopold (1:56) and anchored the runner-up 1600-meter relay of Seth Kopp, Quincey Salcido and Nick Krugh. The Cougars ran a 3:26.35 as they finished second to Elida, which ran a 3:24.22 to break the district record. The time for the Cougars was their best of the season.

On Wednesday night, Van Wert’s 3200 Relay team of Kase Schalois, Kopp, Connor Holliday and Fleming ran a 8:19.64 to finish in third place.

Kopp, a junior, also advanced in four events as he finished second in the 400 (50.58), his best time of the season, and helped the Cougars 800 Relay team of Kevon Pierce, Terrance Branson and Krugh to a second place finish in 1:32.13, which was a season best for the Cougars.

Krugh advanced with a third place finish in the 200 (23.06), which was close to his best time of the season, and he was part of the 400 Relay team that finished fourth in 44.94. Pierce, Branson and Lloyd were members of the 400 Relay team along with Krugh.

Schalois is a double qualifier for Van Wert after a fourth place finish in the 3200-meter run in 9:49.36. The time was a career best for Schalois. Holliday finished fifth and his best time in the 3200-meter run.

The Lady Cougars picked up one district championship as Amanda Clay won the 400 in 59.63, which breaks the accu-track school record time at Van Wert. She also was a four event qualifier for the Cougars as she advanced in the 100 (13.1) with a third place finish and she was fourth in the 200 (26.87). Clay also was part of the 1600 Relay team that advanced with a third place finish in 4:12.30. Alexis Dowdy, Alicia Danylchuk and Whitney Meyers joined Clay in this event.

Alexis Dowdy finished third in the shot put with a throw of 36-8 3/4. Meyers finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.24), while Jacey Eikenberry finished fourth in 800 (2:28.49) Chloe Gamble finished fourth in the 3200 in 12:06.35.

Last Updated on Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:17 AM

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