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Sunday, April 27, 2014 8:00 PM


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DELPHOS — The St. John’s girls track team and the LIncolnview boys captured team titles at the 14th annual St. John’s Track and Field Invitational on a beautiful Saturday morning/afternoon at the Scott Memorial Track at Jefferson High School.

The Lady Jays beat runner-up Tiffin Calvert comfortably — 135-100.5. Ottoville was third (86), Jefferson and Lincolnview tied for fourth (69), followed by Lima Central Catholic (67), Fort Jennings (48.5) and New Knoxville 41.

Individual champions for the Lady Blue Jays were Maddie Burgei (100-meter dash) and Alicia Buettner (pole vault), with runner-ups including the 4x800-meter team (Brooke Zuber, Breece Rohr, Megan Joseph, Maya Gerker); the 4x1 (Ashlyn Troyer, Burgei, Halie Benavidez, Samantha Bonifas); Joseph (1,600-meter run); Erin Williams (300 hurdles); Madison Kreeger (discus); Troyer (long jump); and Ally Gerberick (pole vault).


“I’m very happy or winning the team title. We told our seniors that since we as coaches were running the meet, it was up to them to lead today and they did very well at that,” Lady Jays’ head coach Dave Desenberg explained. “Brooke, Megan and Maddie especially set the pace for us today. We have had great senior leadership this year and we have a lot of support from the younger girls, especially our freshmen. Not wanting to leave anyone out but Breece Rohr had a solid meet, for example. We had several of our younger girls step up and do well. The girls have been working hard and getting better. The biggest key is staying healthy, which we are, outside of nagging injuries that we have been able to work through. This is a nice meet for us because it is one we want to do well in. We aren’t going to dazzle with a lot of winners but we’re in the third- to fifth-place finishes, which in our league (MAC) is crucial.”

The Jefferson girls were paced by champions in the 4x800-meter relay (Kenidi Ulm, Brooke Teman, Heather Pohlman, Rileigh Stockwell) and Teman (400-meter dash. In second were the 4x2 relay (Taylor Stroh, Brooke Gallmeier, Stockwell, Teman) and the 4x4 (Pohlman, Gallmeier, Stockwell, Teman).

First-year head coach Damon Ulm had many of the same sentiments.

“The girls have been working hard all season and we’ve been getting better. With the weather this season, that’s all we can ask as coaches,” Ulm observed. “As the season goes on, we keep setting personal records. Fortunately, we’ve been keeping healthy. Really, we don’t have anyone that really is a surprise; our girls are doing what we figured they would because we have a number of talented track and field people. We aren’t peaking yet, which is good, because our focus is on the NWC league meet and then the districts. That is what we are shooting for.”

The Lady Green first-placers were the 4x1 relay (Alicia Honigford, Brooke Mangas, Karin Wendeberg, Taylor Mangas); Taylor Mangas (300-meter hurdles); Alexis Thorbahn (discus); Honigford (long jump); and Brooke Mangas (high jump). Honigford (100-meter hurdles) and Madison Knodell (400-meter dash); were second.

Fort Jennings had one champion: Emily Grone (200-meter dash);

The Lancer girls had no individual champions but had two runner-ups: Anna Gorman (3,200-meter run) and Hannah McCleery (high jump).

“We had our toughest workout Thursday. We like to do that for this meet especially because we want to see how well we do and stack up,” Lancer head man Matt Langdon explained. “The girls were pretty sore and tired but we want to challenge them to fight through that and still do well. They did. We have three weeks until the NWC meet and that is what we are shooting for, doing well there. We also have the Van Wert County Meet with Crestview and Van Wert and that’s a big rivalry event; we’ll back off some and let them rest but push them in practice later in the week.”

On the boys side, the Lancers downed second-place St. John’s 159-135, with Calvert at 106, the Thunderbirds 89, the Big Green 53, the Rangers 43 and the Musketeers 37.

Hunter Blankemeyer led the Lancer boys with three individual titles (110-meter and 300-meter hurdles and high jump); along with two other individuals — Bayley Tow (1,600-meter run) and Dalton West (discus) — and the 4x8 relay (Ben Bilimek, Trevor Neate, Alex Rodriguez, Tow). In second were West (shot put) and Rodriguez (pole vault).

“The biggest surprises for the boys were Dalton winning the discus and coming second in the shot and Hunter winning three events. Bayley does what he does,” Langdon added. “We usually do well in the distance events here but where we tend to fall behind is in the sprints; that’s why we have never won the event that I can remember. What was different today was we held our own in the sprints; that allowed us to maintain our lead. We are a tired team on both sides but they should be proud of the effort today.”

For the Blue Jay boys, three won titles: Tyler Conley (800-meter run), Spencer Ginter (shot put) and Eric Gerberick (pole vault). Runner-ups were the 4x8 (Curtis Pohlman, Tyler Conley, Brian Pohlman, Aaron Hellman); Luke MacLennan (100-meter dash and long jump); the 4x1 (Nick Martz, B. Pohlman, Quinn Wise, MacLennan); and the 4x4 (B. Pohlman, Conley, Tyler Ledyard, C. Pohlman).

“I was really pleased with Brian today; he ran in all four relays. The 4x4 just kind of happened,” St. John’s coach Jack DeWitt noted. “Tyler had a great meet and is running well. Aaron is in his senior season and starting to come along quite well. Luke was a big surprise coming so close to beating Jamir Coleman (LCC) in the 100; that was a great field today. He also had his PR in the shot (coming in 3rd); we knew he had the ability. We had solid performances all around.”

Big Green runner-ups were the 4x2 relay (Lucas Maag, Jochem Van der Slvijs, Eric Von Sossan, Colin Bendele) and Bendele (discus).

Fort Jennings had one second-placer: Dylan Wiechart (3,200-meter run).

The Wildcats did not have a team score.

“We only have five boys for the team, so it’s more focused on them as individuals and doing the best they can,” Ulm added. “They are working as hard as they can and, like the girls, they keep improving and setting PRs every time out. That’s what you want to happen. They keep coming in to practice and doing what we ask of them and what we tell them to do and they are getting better.”

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