Track & Field
Boys 3,200 relay gives lift to Celtics
The 3,200-meter relay started the day off right for the Dublin Jerome High School boys track and field team in the Dublin Classic on April 20 at Coffman.
Sophomore Nick Foley, junior Mitch Leitch, senior Zach Sherman and junior Brian King won the race in 8 minutes, 27.5 seconds, leading the Celtics to a fourth-place finish (52.5 points) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (133.5) in a 13-team field.
"We scored more than 25 points better than we did last year, so it was a great performance," said coach Charlie Kattenhorn, whose team finished 13th last season with 19 points. "And I think winning the (3,200) relay set the tone for the day."
The standout distance performances continued with Leitch winning the 3,200 (9:41.65) and junior Jacob Mandel finishing fourth (9:47) in that race. Junior Chase Stewart was fifth in the 1,600 (4:34.72).
"Obviously, those guys have had a pretty good season and it shows our kids that we can come out and compete with the best teams in the area," Kattenhorn said. "It's a real confidence-builder."
Sophomore Aaron Muresan was third in the 100 hurdles (16.08), senior Tyler Holcomb tied for fourth in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and senior Nate Crowson tied for fourth in the pole vault (11-0).
"We got some points in field events that we weren't expecting and that definitely helped us out," Kattenhorn said. "Aaron Muresan also ran great in the hurdles and is getting better every week."
In the 14-team girls meet, the Celtics tied Worthington Kilbourne for 11th (22) behind champion Brunswick (104.5).
The 3,200 relay of freshman Carly Davis, senior Madison Moulton, senior Ashley Sherman and freshman Tiffany Hill was second (10:11.52). Hill, junior Taylor Elder, sophomore Devin Sadler and sophomore Alex Wilson ran on the third-place 1,600 relay (4:23.69).
Hill was fifth in the 800 (2:32.41) and Davis was fifth in the 1,600 (5:27.91).
Gbenro leads way for Coffman boys
The Coffman boys team finished seventh (43) in the Dublin Classic as junior David Gbenro won the high jump (6-4).
Gbenro also was a member of the second-place 400 relay (44.33) with senior Daniel Chang, freshman Stephen Headings and senior Matt Freese.
Freese finished third in the 100 (11.47) and sophomore Scott Cameron was fourth in the pole vault (12-0).
"We have started to get healthy," coach Chad Biegler said. "Right now, we have a lot of young kids getting experience.
"I was pleased with the way Matt Freese ran in the 100 and in the (400 relay). We had some kids pick up points that had not done much for us before. We had a lot of (personal records) all over the board."
The girls team finished third (73) as junior Beatrice Hannan won the 400 (58.24) and was a member of the first-place 800 relay (1:45.73) with seniors Rylee Axner, McKenzie Bailey and Kaylee Taylor.
Senior Rachel Weber was second in the 1,600 (5:14.41), and senior Emily Mangelson was second in the 300 hurdles (50.64) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.65). Junior Betsy Rechel was third in the shot put (34-1 1/2) and discus (99-10).
Junior Christina Brown was fifth in the discus (98-0) and freshman Shannon Downie was fifth in the pole vault (14-10 3/4).
Howard, Mayes pace Scioto boys
Led by senior Connor Howard and junior Kenny Mayes, the Scioto boys team finished eighth (38) in the Dublin Classic.
Mayes was second (2:02.67) and Howard was third (2:03.85) in the 800, and the two teamed with sophomore Tomo Hayasaka and junior Christian Wade on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:31.2). The duo also was on the fifth-place 800 relay (1:36.27) with Hayasaka and junior Cody Steffy.
Hayasaka teamed with Wade, junior Dylan Languis and junior Ahmad Abusharkh on the 3,200 relay that was third (8:38.12). Steffy was fifth in the 100 (11:49).
"We had some good things occur at the meet and our mid-distance runners looked strong," coach Kevin Foley said. "We also ran well in relays.
"We did this all without (senior) Michael White, who has been batting turf toe. If you throw him in the mix, we would have had more strength in both hurdles and a couple of relays."
The girls team was fourth (68) led by second-place finishes by junior Mya Hodge in the 100 hurdles (16.23) and freshman Carolyn Hayes in the high jump (5-4).
Hodge also was fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.44) and freshman Elo Agbiake was fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.25).
The 3,200 relay of sophomore Vanessa Robinson, freshman Brittany Hinkle, freshman Alex Sopher and senior Jessica Cronau was fifth (10:24.3), and Robinson was third in the 800 (2:29.74).
Junior Madison Scurlock was fourth in the 200 (27.31) and senior Kim Wedinger was fifth in the 3,200 (12:08.79).