Distance reigns as Eagles advance to state meet

TIFFIN — After Thursday’s first day of action at the Division III, Region X track and field meet, the Colonel Crawford Eagles boys squad had already secured one state berth in the likes of their self-proclaimed “underdog relay” foursome of Cody Reed, Braxton James, Brody Martin and Chad Johnson. The Colonel Crawford foursome finished as the regional runner-ups in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 8:10.73 to advance to next week’s state meet.

Crawford proved that that was just the beginning though as they were back in action on Friday, May 25 at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin.

In the 4×200-meter relay, Colton Rowland, Martin, Trevor Shawber and Kaleb Landin teamed up for the Eagles and qualified for finals after a preliminary time of 1:32.69 on Wednesday. However, at the finals, that Crawford grouping turned in a time of 1:32.51 and ended up sixth, earning points but not moving on to the state meet.

Crestline had just one relay team advancing on to the regional meet. The Bulldogs’ 4×100-meter relay team of Max Anatra, Dakota Wireman, Zach Gregory and Garrisen Almanson advanced with a preliminary time of 45.07 seconds but would have their season end after a sixth place finish in the finals at 44.83 seconds.

With the relays out of the way for the Eagles, it was time for the distance events portion of the regional meet, led by Johnson.

Johnson would go on to win regional championships in two individual events in Tiffin to go along with the 4×800-relay runner-up medal. Johnson, who also qualified but did not run in the 800 at regionals, ran his way to the title in the 1600-meter run in a time of 4:25.10 before claiming the championship in the 3200-meter run with a finishing time of 9:29.10.

Another part of the state-bound 4×8 team will also be representing Crawford in an individual event as James took third place in the 800 with a time of 1:59.22 to move on to the field of 18 at state.

Wade Hopkins was also in action at the regional meet but did not advance or earn any points after finishing in 13th place in the 3200 at 10:53.40.

Crawford’s boys finished in third place overall out of the field of 50 teams, earning 44 team points throughout the two-day event.

Colonel Crawford’s girls track team was at Lancaster Fairfield Union High School for their Division III, Region XI track and field meet.

After the first day, Crawford’s Drew Krassow was headed to the state meet after clearing 5-feet, 5-inches in the high jump to snag runner-up honors. Krassow would prove to be the only state qualifier for Colonel Crawford this season.

In finals action on Friday for the Lady Eagles was Cassidy Vogt.

Vogt earned a spot in Friday’s 100-meter hurdles finals after qualifying with a time of 16.19 seconds. Unfortunately in those finals, Vogt turned in a time of 15.78 which put her in seventh place overall, thus ending her freshman season for Crawford.

With the state meet beginning on Friday and concluding on Saturday afternoon, final results will not be made available in print until the Wednesday, June 6 edition of the Galion Inquirer. I will be updating my Twitter (@GalionSportsGuy) from the meet on both days with results from the Galion qualifiers as well as the qualifiers from Colonel Crawford and Northmor.



By Chad Clinger




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