Olentangy Valley News

Track & Field

Liberty girls capture invitational

The Olentangy Liberty High School girls track and field team paced a solid weekend for area teams, scoring 150 points to win the Panther Invitational on April 12 at Hilliard Darby.

The Patriots won only four events but had nine second-place finishes to edge runner-up Hilliard Davidson (138). Junior Alena Southwick won the 100-meter hurdles (16.2 seconds) and helped the 400 shuttle hurdle relay (1:07.8) and 400 relay (52.4) to victories, and sophomore Stephanie Paul won the 400 (1:03.14) and also participated on the 400 relay.

Runner-up finishes came from seniors Morgan Dye in the 100 (13.37) and 200 (27.81), Dorianne Ma in the discus (102 feet, 9 inches) and Hannah Wishart in the 800 (2:28.44), junior Ebony Nelson in the shot put (32-8 3/4), freshman Hailey Pickelheimer in the 300 hurdles (49.65) and the 1,600 (4:21.21), 3,200 (10:10.24) and distance medley (13:20.46) relays.

Dye also was on the 400 relay, and Pickelheimer was on the 400 shuttle hurdle relay.

The Liberty boys team was second (117) in the Panther Invitational behind Davidson (136). Senior Grant Cartwright won the shot put (54-9 1/4) and discus (171-8), junior Andrew Johnston won the 3,200 (9:52.64), junior John Schultz won the pole vault (12-0) and the distance medley relay was first (11:03.43).

Led by senior Katelyn Daniels' wins in the shot put (46-2 3/4) and discus (145-10), the Orange girls were fourth (82). The boys scored 22 points and placed seventh.

In the Red Edwards Golden Eagle Relays on April 13 at Big Walnut, the Olentangy boys won five events and finished second (86.5) behind the host Eagles (91). The Braves got wins in the pole vault (33-6), lap medley (11:33.1), sprint medley (1:37), 800 relay (1:32.2) and 400 relay (44.6).

The Olentangy girls, who were third (56) behind Big Walnut (92) and Westerville Central (81), won the 800 relay (1:51.1).

--Dave Purpura