Lady Tigers 3-peat at county meet

JON KLEINKNECHT jkleinknecht@civitasmedia

April 25, 2014

NEW WASHINGTON — They did it again.

The Galion High School girls’ track and field team claimed a third consecutive Crawford County Track Meet championship here last Friday, easily outscoring runner-up Colonel Crawford by 37 points, 168-131.

In the boys’ portion of the meet, Colonel Crawford racked up 160 points to best second-place Galion, which had 142.

The Lady Tigers were led by a record-setting performance from the 4x200 relay quartet of Laura McElligott, Sydney Hunt, Clair Erlsten and Michaela Slone. They clocked in at 1:48.64, breaking a 23-year-old meet standard of 1:49.20.

Also claiming first-place points for the Lady Orange-and-Blue was the 4x800 team of Holly Brammer, Kaitlyn Sutton, Megan Zier and Justine Yunker with a time of 10:39.03, nearly 30 seconds better than the runner-up squad.

Galion’s other two relay teams also crossed the finish line first. The 4x400 foursome of Brammer, McElligott, Slone and Lauren Huggins ran a 4:19.88, more than six seconds faster than the second-place team; and the 4x100 quartet of Huggins, Slone, M’Lynn Gwinner and Erlsten turned in a blistering 51.62.

The one-two punch of Addie Zeisler and Abby Barre placed first and second, respectively, in the 3200. Zeisler’s time was a solid 12:45.56. Barre turned in a 13:24. In addition, Zeisler placed second in the 1600 and teammate Sammy Gates was third.

Too, Erlsten was second in the 200 and fourth in the 100; Taylor Valentine and Lyndsay McMullen were second and third, respectively, in the 100 hurdles; Valentine took second in the 300 hurdles; Slone and Brammer were second and third, respectively, in the 800; Makalia Grimes and Hunt did the same in the long jump; McElligott placed second in the 400 and fourth in the 200; Hunt claimed third in the 100 and fifth in the 400; and Grimes took fourth in the 300 hurdles; Jaymee Allred placed fourth and Karrigan Winbigler, fifth, in the discus; Gwinner finished fifth in the pole vault; McMullan scored a sixth-place point in the high jump; Dan Court did the same in the shot put; and Lexi Hadamuscin was sixth in the pole vault.

Colonel Crawford’s Chelsey Webster garnered Most Valuable Performer - Track Events honors for girls by winning the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. Wynford’s Brenna Quinnn was Most Valuable Performer - Field Events for placing second in the discus and third in the shot put.

In the boys’ meet, Galion’s Alex Armistad claimed Most Valuable Performer - Field Events honors by winning the high jump at 5’10” and the long jump with a leap of 19’7 3/4”. He also ran a leg on the second-place 4x100 team that consisted of him, Drake Barnett, Jacob Fryer and Jermaine Burket, in addition to finishing second in the 100.

Also for the Tigers: Joey Lugo won the shot put (41’10”) and was sixth in the discus; Kevin Bowshier was second in the high jump and third in the 110 hurdles; Zane Ekin placed second in the 800; Carson McIe finished second best in the pole vault; Khennter Hughes crossed the finish line third in the 400; Colin McCullough was fourth in the 110 and 300 hurdles; Barnett took fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200; Jacob Fryer finished fourth in the 200; Jacob Staiger scored fourth-place points in the shot put; Casey Barker placed fifth in the 1600 and 3200. Galion’s 4x200 relay quartet of Barnett, Hughes, Fryer and Caleb Ivy was second.

Darien Hedges of Bucyrus was Most Valuable Performer - Track Events for winning the 110 and 300 hurdles.


Girls’ Scores

1) GALION 168

2) Col. Crawford 131

3) Wynford 123

4) Bucyrus 78

5) Buckeye Central 17

6) Crestline 9

Boys’ Scores

1) Col. Crawford 160

2) GALION 142

3) Bucyrus 105

4) Wynford 70

5) Buckeye Central 45

6) Crestline 4