|Biglow, Jennings girls relays lead locals to State Track|
|Sunday, June 02, 2013 11:46 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
PIQUA — Jefferson senior Cody Biglow led the way for Tri-County track and field athletes by qualifying to the Division III State Track and Field Meet starting Friday during Saturday’s Piqua Regional finals.
He finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and earlier third in the 110-meter hurdles.
“I’m excited to go to state in two events. The only thing better is if I had won in both events but I’m going back; that’s all I was shooting for all season and what I put all the work in the off-season for,” he said. “I think doing well in the 110s earlier carried over to the later race. I knew I was already in on one event, so I just decided to go for it and not think about it. That was my personal best and probably my best-ever race in that event. It’s nice to have the crowd behind you cheering for you but you put that put of your mind as much as possible. When I run, I try not to worry about anything or anyone; I try to concentrate on my form, my steps and doing what I need to do.
“I know I can keep getting better this week; my form can always improve and we have some great coaches in the program that know how to teach the techniques. My goal is to get to the finals and go from there. Winning state is always something you shoot for.”
The Fort Jennings girls 4x400-meter relay of seniors Lori Bruskotter, Kaitlin Stechschulte and Macy Schroeder and junior Emily Grone earned second, while the Lady Musketeer 4x2 crew of the same foursome earned third place.
Grone was running for senior Elaina Maag in the 4x4 due to a wedding in the family.
The quartet was extremely happy, to say the least.
“It’s exciting to go in two events. When you get in the first one, you’re pumped up and yet more relaxed for the second race,” Schroeder commented. “You’re more confident that you can do it again. We — pretty much the same team — were at State last year in the 4x4 and we came in fifth (4:02.63). We didn’t run our PR today (4:04.26), so we know we can get faster.”
“As as senior, we’ve had pressure on us all year because this our last season together and we’ve had high expectations all season,” Bruskotter noted. “We had to run like there was no tomorrow, especially in the 4x4. Emily hadn’t run in that race for two weeks but we all ran great.”
“Our fans were awesome today; it’s great to have such support down here from the community,” Stechschulte added.
The St. John’s boys 4x1 quartet of seniors Will Buettner and Ben Youngpeter, junior Luke MacLennan and sophomore Nick Martz finished third.
“The key was the handoffs today; we worked on them and adjusted them and things worked great,” Buettner pointed out. “Coach (Jay) DeWitt really knows how to put relays together; he’s had a lot of success over the years here.”
The Blue Jays know they can relax because they have a potential state titlist in Lima Central Catholic to chase.
“That spurs you on; we are the underdogs and they have all the pressure on them because they are so good,” Youngpeter figured. “At the same time, it gives you something to shoot for; you know you have to be faster to keep up and we are getting closer.”
“It’s taken a while for us to come together; Coach tells us not to worry about what we’re doing in April but at the end of May,” MacLennan added. “We are peaking and that’s good. We feel we have more to go; we just have to do it.”
Junior Spencer Ginter earned fourth in the shot put with a PR of 49-4.50.
“I fouled on my first try in the finals, then just my best. I had thrown a school record earlier and I worked on getting back to what I did then,” he said. “I kept everything perfect. It helps to be healthy because I had surgery on my right (throwing) shoulder last spring, so that was frustrating.
“I get about 15-20 throws a practice; I need to keep repping and make sure I keep my form where it’s supposed to be.”
Spencerville had three clinch berths: sophomore Kacie Mulholland was second in the girls 400-meter dash, sophomore Schylar Miller ended up fourth in the girls pole vault and junior Anthony Schuh was fourth in the boys 110-meter hurdles.
“The 400 is my best race; it seems to take me a while to get going but once I do, I catch up well. I did that today; I passed several people down the stretch,” Mulholland noted. “I run cross country, which you usually don’t see with a sprinter. However, I like both; I think cross country definitely helps with conditioning and I have a good kick in track.”
Miller vaulted 9-10, which was two inches off her PR from last week.
“I’m excited and ecstatic to be going to State. I was a little nervous today but it seemed everyone else was, too,” she said. “I was just trying to clear what I could and it was good enough.
“We do a lot of work during the week; I averaged 20-30 jumps a day. We get up in the morning and do our stretching and then do our vaulting for two hours or until we feel comfortable that we’re accomplishing our goals. I definitely don’t think I’ll do 20 jumps in a meet but I’m confident that I’m in good enough shape to do as many as I need.”
Schuh got the wake-up call he felt he needed the previous week with his 15.07.
“All week, the coaching staff talked to me about what I needed to do. It was more mental preparation this week than anything, though we get in our share of running,” Schuh pointed out. “My focus was really good all week and today. I was more worried about what I was doing than about anyone or anything else. That helped and it got me to State.”
Lincolnview sophomore Bayley Tow grabbed fourth in the boys 3,200-meter run.
He credited his coach, Matt Langdon.
“He’s worked us hard all season, even with the bad weather, to get ready for now. This is what you work so hard for; State Tournament,” Tow explained after clocking a 4:28.82. “I’m sure we’ll back off some now to stay ready to go; you want to go in to the State meet as fresh as you can. I used to play basketball but now I just focus on cross country and track.
“I wanted to thank God for this; without Him, I wouldn’t be able to do this.”
Others that got to Saturday’s finals but did not advance to State were the Blue Jay boys 4x4 of Buettner and seniors Jared Knebel, Mark Boggs and Jake Hays, nipped at the end to place fifth; Ottoville senior Rachel Beining, fifth in the girls discus; the Spencerville 4x4 quartet of juniors Karri Purdy and Caitlin Wurst and freshmen Kennedy Sharp and Jacey Grigsby, fifth; Bruskotter, sixth in the 400 dash; Lady Green junior Taylor Mangas, sixth in the girls 300-meter hurdles; Mulholland, seventh in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes; Lincolnview senior Jeff Jacomet, seventh in the boys 1,600; Buettner, eighth in the boys 200; Schroeder, eighth in the girls 200; Lady Lancer senior Kaylee Thatcher, eighth in the 100-meter hurdles; and the Lincolnview girls 4x1 of Thatcher and classmates Taylor Miller, Sarah Harris and Haley McAbee, eighth.
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