Cougar girls third at Gold Medal meet
By Charlie Warnimont
OTTAWA — Van Wert’s girls track team turned in some outstanding performances Saturday to garner a third-place finish at the 49th annual Gold Medal Track and Field meet in Ottawa.
The Lady Cougars won four events and were second in another five events as they finished third among the nine teams competing with 97.5 points. Liberty-Benton won the girls team title with 144 points and Ottawa-Glandorf was second with 126.5 points. The Elida girls finished seventh with 22.5 points.
On the boys side, the Cougars finished fourth with 69 points, a half point behind third place Bluffton with 69.5 points. O-G won the boys team title with 114 points and Liberty-Benton was second with 87 points. The Elida boys finished tied for eighth with 18 points.
Amanda Clay, Alexis Dowdy and Andrea Foster all accounted for one win, while the fourth win came from the 400 relay team.
Clay won the long jump with a leap of 16-3 and she later helped account for a pair of runner-up finishes in relay events. Clay anchored the 800 Relay team that finished second in 1:52.88 to O-G. Joining Clay on that relay team were Whitney Meyers, Emma Kohn and Landrie Koontz.
Clay also anchored the second-place 1600 Relay team that included Meyers, Dowdy and Kohn. They finished second to O-G with a time of 4:11.42.
Dowdy picked up a win in the field events as she won the shot put with a toss of 41-0 and she was second in the discus with a throw of 114-5.
Foster won the 3,200 meter run in 12:22.49. Foster won the race by 22 seconds over Liberty-Benton’s Megan Bartel (12:44.67)
Van Wert’s 400 meter Relay team of Dominique Grothause, Meyers, Lauren Koontz and Kohn won in a time of 54.48. Meyers finished second in the 300 hurdles in 49.44.
The Elida girls were led by Tori Bowen with a second-place finish in the pole vault as she cleared 9-0 and Aubrey Williams was third in the high jump as she cleared 4-8.
Van Wert’s boys team won one event Saturday and that was the meet-ending 1,600-meter relay as the team of Tymon Moore, Hunter Perl, Quincey Salcido and Nicholas Krugh ran a 3:35.76 for the win.
Krugh finished second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes for the Cougars. Krugh was second in the 100 at 11.61 and the 200 in 23.22.Van Wert’s 3200 meter relay team of Dylan Lautzenheiser, Connor Shaffer, Ryan Rice and Connor Holliday were second to O-G with a time of 8:32.87.
Clark Etzler helped the Elida boys to a pair of second-place finishes. Etzler was part of the 400 Relay team that finished second in 46.16. Joining him were Desmond White, De’Angelo Woods and Avery Sumpter. Etzler finished second in the 400-meter dash in 51.95 as Bluffton’s Noah Stratton won with a time of 51.17.
(Full results elsewhere in Track and Field Results article).