MOUNT GILEAD — On Saturday, Northmor’s track teams took part in the Mount Gilead Invitational, the final tune-up before the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championships on Tuesday (pre-lims) and Thursday (finals).
The boys squad from Northmor finished second behind Mount Gilead Indians. The Knights scored 106.5 points while the Indians finished with 160. Rounding out the field on the boys side were: 3. Columbus Academy- 104; 4. Bucyrus- 72.5; 5. Wynford- 61; 6. Heath- 45; 7. North Union- 40; 8. Centerburg- 35; 9. Elgin- 24; 10. Cardington- 7; 11. Mount Vernon- 2; and a tie for 12. Gilead Christian and Northside Christian-1 point each.
Northmor had four champions. Kolton Smith was the winner of the 110-meter high hurdles, in 15.1 seconds. Anthony Petulla finished fourth in the event (17.0). James Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in 42.2 with, Smith second (42.6). Smith, Walker and Petulla were joined by Tony Martinez to win the 4×110 shuttle hurdles relay, finishing in 1:05.4. Meechie Johnson leaped his way to the championship in the long jump at 23 feet, 6 inches.
Johnson was second in the 100-meter dash (11.1), fifth in the 200 and was joined by Drew Zoll, Walker and Calvin Komer to take third place in the 4×400 relay (3:36.4). Komer was sixth in the 400. Petulla, Zoll and Komer, along with Wyatt Lessick finished fourth in the 4×100 relay (47.7).
Also, Northmor finished fifth in the 4×200 and the 4×800 relays; Walker was second in the high jump; Smith fifth in the high jump; Martinez third in the pole vault; Aaron Berg was eighth in the pole vault; Nathan Price was fifth in the shot put; and Ethan Chapman was seventh in the discus.
The Lady Knights would finish third 86 points, behind Mount Gilead (114) and Columbus Academy (88), followed by 4. Mount Vernon- 64.5; 5. North Union- 60; 6. Cardington- 57; 7. Centerburg- 51; 8. Wynford- 46; 9. Bucyrus- 43; 10. Mansfield Christian- 32; 11. Elgin- 11.5; and 12. Heath- 5.
Hope Miracle was the only champion for the girls squad, winning the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches. Miracle also snagged eighth in the high jump and was on the 4×100 relay team that finished third with a time of 56 seconds. Joining Miracle on that team were Vivenne Cutrupi, Brooke Huntsman and Bailey Wiseman.
Brooke Bennett was a part of a third-place finishing relay team. In the 100, Bennett took third (13.3), in the 200, Bennett finished fourth (27.8) and she was runner-up in the 400 (1:03.8). Joined by Julianna Ditullio, Maddie Jordan and Rachel Morrison, the Knights finished third in the 4×400 (4:33.2).
In the 800-meter run, Northmor picked up a seventh-place finish from Jordan and an eighth-place point from Morrison. Jessica Duryea was fifth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 3,200 while Kristen Duryea was eighth in the 1,600.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Selena Cortez was fifth and Cassady Heala sixth. Samantha Peters was second in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 54.2 seconds, while Ditullio was seventh. Peters and Ditullio teamed with Morrison and Jordan to finish third in the 4×800 relay (10:57.0).
Other team plaers were: 4×200 relay team, fifth; 4×100 shuttle hurdles, fourth; Ditullio, seventh in the long jump; and Cortez, seventh in the shot put.
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