GALION —The track and field season is officially underway for the Galion Tigers.
On Tuesday March 28, the Colonel Crawford Eagles visited Galion to take part in a dual-meet. Galion would come out on top on both the girls and boys side. See more photos from the track meet in our online gallery.
Galion’s girls team won 77-60
To start the dual, Bri Streib of Galion dominated the shot put and discus events. Streib took first place in the discus with a heave of 122 feet, 9 inches and first in the shot put with a toss of 33 feet, 6 inches. Anna Court was the only other thrower from Galion to place, taking second in the discus with a throw of 99 feet, 7 inches. Jillianne Gregg from Crawford rounded out the placers in discus (85 feet, 8 inches while Pierce Krassow threw 31 feet 1 inch to earn second in the shot put. Feik took third in the shot for the Lady Eagles with a throw of 26 feet, 10 inches.
Marisa Gwinner would take first place in the long jump and high jump events for Galion. In the long jump, Gwinner bested Sam Mutchler of Crawford and Brooklyn Cosey of Galion to take the victory, jumping 15 feet, 6 inches. In the high jump, Gwinner (5 feet, 5 inches) and Kerrigan Myers (5 feet, 0 inches) took first and second in the high jump and Drew Krassow (CC) took third (4 feet, 10 inches).
Galion would sweep the pole vault on the day to finish up the field events.
The two teams would split the four relay events.
In the 4×800-meter relay, the Lady Eagles team of Anna Reffey, Katie Hopkins, Courtney Britt and Hannah Willacker raced alone and finished in a time of 12:06.78. In the final event, the 4×400-meter relay, Crawford again raced without competition and finished in 4:34.00. Galion also raced alone in the 4×200-meter relay and the 4×100-meter relay. In the 4×200, Cosey, Knipp, Every and Longwell finished in 2:07.25 and Huggins, Myers, Gwinner and Oswald finished the 4×100 in 53.75.
Kirsten Vehrs (CC) took first in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Crawford would take first and second in the 100-meter event and the Lady Eagles swept the 300m.
To start the sprinting events, Galion’s Lauren Huggins won the 100-meter dash in 13.88 while Crawford secured second and third. Cosey earned first in the 200m dash (29.56) while Colonel Crawford swept the 400m dash.
Reffey would earn the win in the 800m run, Emily Kemper won the 1600m run and Hopkins took first in the distance running events for Crawford.
The Tigers boys team won 11 of 17 events at Unckrich Stadium at Heise Park to post an 80-57 win.
Galion would earn first place in every field event with the exception of the discus. Jaret Tinkey earned first place in the discus throw with a toss of 147-feet, 4 inches, surpassing teammate Drake Delong (118 feet, 9 inches). Brett May and Mason Weldon would take first and second in the shot put with Tinkey taking third.
Evan Barker jumped 19 feet, 2 inches to win the long jump over Tanner Crisman (18 feet, 11.5 inches) and Takoda Crisman (5 feet, 10 inches) captured the high jump over Crawford’s Harley Shaum (5-feet, 8 inches). Kelby Knight finished off the field event victories for Galion, winning the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6- nches.
Galion would also dominate the relay events for the day, taking three of the four events. The team of Brad Bauer, Wade Hopkins, Brody Martin and Chad Johnson won the 4×800-meter relay, winning in 9:13.00. Colbey Fox, Caleb and Harrison Ivy and Tanner Crisman won the 4x200m relay in 1:37.06. Fox and H.Ivy were joined by Colin McCullough and Takoda Crisman to grab first in the 4x400m relay in 3:50.60. Franks, Winbigler, Barker and Hoffman won the 4x100m in 48.94.
McCullough would earn Galion two more first place finishes in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.53) and the 300-meter low hurdles (40.5). Takoda Crisman would round out the victories for the Tigers, winning both the 100- and 200-meter dash events in 14.53 and 22.63, respectively.
Chad Johnson, known for his distance running, showed off his versatility for the Eagles, winning the 400-meter dash (53.81) and the 800-meter run (2:13.47). In the distance events, Brad Bauer captured first in the 1600m event with a time of 4:51.10 over Braxton Tate of Galion (5:16.32) and Nick Studer cruised to the win in the 3200m race, defeating his teammate Wade Hopkins by more than 18 seconds.
Both teams will see their next competition of the early season on Saturday April 1 at the Bucyrus Elks Invitational. The meet is scheduled to take place at 9 am.
Action Tuesday night from the girls 100-meter hurdles at Heise Park as Galion and Colonel Crawford faced off in a track and field meet.