Northmor tracksters shine at Ridgedale invite

MORRAL — Northmor and Crestline High Schools traveled to Ridgedale High School on Saturday for the David Schorr Invitational.

Northmor won the boys title with 126 points, outdistancing second-place Ridgedale, with 87. Crestline tied for ninth place with Columbus Mifflin and Madison Christian with each team scoring 24 total points. Other scores were: 3. Fredericktown- 79; 4. Centerburg and Fairbanks- 78; 6. Fostoria St.Wendelin- 50; 7. Elgin- 46; 8. Tree of Life- 34; and 12. Patriot Prep- 8 points.

Northmor had three event champions in the field events. Tony Martinez won the pole vault at a height of 10 feet even, James Walker took first in the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches and Meechie Johnson set a new meet record en route to winning the long jump at 20 feet, 10.5 inches. Other field event placers for Northmor were: Aaron Berg, sixth in the pole vault; Kolton Smith, second in the high jump; Nathan Price, fourth in the shot put and seventh in discus; and Ethan Chapman, fourth in the discus.

In the 4×800-meter relay, the team of AJ White, Kaleb Hurt, Alec Moore and Walker took third overall. Anthony Petulla, Drew Zoll, Wyatt Lessick and Calvin Komer finished in sixth place in the 4×200. Komer, Petulla, Zoll and Lessick teamed up again for the 4×100 and earned fifth. The 4×400 team of Johnson, Zoll, Komer and Walker finished as the runner-up. This invitational also had the 4×100-meter ironman relay, consisting of the throwers from each team. Northmor’s ironmen; Chapman, Price, Isaac Stewart and Brandon Planey finished this relay in fourth place.

Northmor would crown champions in both of the hurdle events on the day.

In the 110-meter high hurdles, Smith won in 16.23. Petulla would earn fourth. Walker won the 300 hurdles in 43.27 and Petulla would once again place, this time seventh overall.

Meechie was the only area placer in the 100-meter dash, finishing fourth, and also taking third in the 200-meter dash. Komer was sixth place in the 200. Alec Moore finished fifth in the 400, Gavin Keen took seventh in the 800, White took sixth in the 1600 and Hurt snagged seventh in the 3200.

Crestline earned points on a fifth-place finish by Max Anatra in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Andrew Kempf took fourth in the pole vault and Davon Triplett fifth in the long jump. The 4×100 team of Wesley Patrick, Anatra, Dakota Wireman and Garrisen Almenson finished seventh and the 4×200 team of Wireman, Gavin Balliett, Caleb Moore and Almenson earned eighth. Timmy Tompkins and Logan Parrella finished sixth and seventh, respectively in the shot put. Tompkins and Parrella were joined by Wireman and Jaden Stewart to form the only championship team for the Bulldogs, winning the 4×100-meter ironman event in 54.38.

The Northmor girls would finish as the runner-up for the day with 140 points, just seven points behind champion, Fredericktown (147). Crestline was eighth with 16.5 points. Rounding out the field were: 3. Centerburg- 89 points; 4. Fairbanks- 75.5; 5. Fostoria St.Wendelin- 70.5; 6. Ridgedale- 43; 7. Elgin- 22; 9. Columbus Mifflin- 16; 10. Madison Christian- 14 and 11. Patriot Prep- 9 points.

The Lady Knights won five events.

Selena Cortez would run her way to first in the 100-meter hurdles, taking the win in a time of 20.14. In the 200-meter dash, Brooke Bennett ran a 28.83 to claim first overall for the field. Hope Miraclewon the pole vault at 8-6. Julianna Ditullio won the long jump at 14-3 and Maiya Craft heaved the discus 84-1 to win.

The Lady Knights would take third in all four relay races at Ridgedale. The 4×800-meter relay team of Ditullio, Jessica Duryea, Samantha Peters and Maddie Jordan. In the 4×200, Vivenne Cutrupi, Cassady Healea, Miracle and Bailey Wiseman would also capture third. Cutrupi, Healea, Brooke Huntsman and Wiseman took third in the 4×100 and Bennett, Ditullio, Miracle and Peters snagged third in the 4×400.

Healea was second in the 100 hurdles and Adia Armstrong of Crestline snagged eighth. Ditullio (third), Peters (fourth) and Armstrong (seventh) took the placement honors in the 300 hurdles.

Other Northmor placers were: 100-meter dash, Bennett (third); 1600-meter run, Kristen Duryea (fifth) and Maria Lee (sixth); 400-meter dash, Bennett (second); 3200-meter run, Lee (fifth); pole vault, Karalee Patterson (second); high jump, Wiseman (seventh); and shot put, Cortez (third) and Allie Borders (fourth).

For Crestline, Alex Miller took eighth in the 100-meter dash, Caitlin Harley earned a pair of seventh place finishes in the 1600 and 3200 and Kennedy Moore finished fourth in the high jump.

Northmor will host South Central, Buckeye Central and Gilead Christian for a quad-meet on Thursday April 6.



By Chad Clinger

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