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AHS Boys Track Team Snags Third Straight District Championship; Lantz Wins Fourth 100, 200 Titles




Josh Meyers is the district champion in the shot put.–photo by  Donald Young

Josh Meyers is the district champion in the shot put.–photo by Donald Young

The Archbold boys track team ran away with the Division III district championship, Thursday, May 20, and Saturday, May 22, at Ayersville.

The Streaks scored 118.5 points, 52.5 points more than second-place Ayersville.

It is the third straight year AHS won the boys district title.

AHS had four district champions. The 4×200-meter relay team of Danny Young, Noah Keefer, Desmond Sleigh, and Nate Hammersmith set a meet record of one minute, 30.71 seconds, breaking the previous record of 1:30.96 set by Tinora in 2007.

It was the third straight year AHS won the 4×200.

The 4×400 team (Hayden Stamm, Young, Keefer, and Anthony Reyes) also won the district title.

Two seniors won individual titles. Sleigh won the long jump, and Josh Meyers won the shot put.

“I was pleased we won the district in a dominating way. But that is what I was expecting,” said John Downey, AHS head coach.

“I don’t think our performance was anywhere near what it should have been.

Desmond Sleigh jumps to a district championship in the long jump.–photo by Donal d      Young

Desmond Sleigh jumps to a district championship in the long jump.–photo by Donal d Young

“We had a number of fifthplace finishes which didn’t qualify them to move on. We had a number of events where we qualified, but didn’t come close to the level they have been at all year.

“We got away with it last week. If we perform like we did last week most of our boys will be done.

“Our boys have to realize we are strong enough to compete for a regional and state title.

“Dropping the baton in the 4×100 cost us a lot of points.

“All is not lost, but we have no room for error now. Everybody has to reach their personal records from the season or better them if we are to advance to the state meet and compete for a regional title.

“The two events where I thought we performed up to expectations were the 4×200 relay, which set a meet record, and Dean Herrett in the pole vault who got a personal record at 12 feet 8 inches to get second.”

Autumn Lantz crosses the finish line and wins her fourth straight district championships in the 100-meter dash. The senior also won her fourth straight title in the 200.–photo by  Donald Young

Autumn Lantz crosses the finish line and wins her fourth straight district championships in the 100-meter dash. The senior also won her fourth straight title in the 200.–photo by Donald Young

AHS Third In Girls Meet

In the girls meet, Archbold placed third with 76. Liberty Center won with 112.

Autumn Lantz, a senior, won her fourth straight district titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She also received the Fred Dafler “Best of the Best” award

She and Katherine Moody were members of the 4×100 relay that won a third straight title for AHS.

Other members are Kinsey Smith and Kassidy Garrow.

Trisha King, a junior, won the 800.

“Our girls ran extremely well,” said Downey. “I was pleased with their performances.

“If we continue to perform, any girl who qualified can get out.”

The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet in Tiffin, Wednesday, May 26, 4 p.m., and Friday, May 28, 4 p.m.

Boys

Archbold 118.5, Ayersville 66, Liberty Center 65, Tinora 64, Delta 63, Edgerton 53.5, Hilltop 46.5, Fairview 40.5, Hicksville 38, Montpelier 36, Pettisville 26, North Central 13, Stryker 11, Fayette 11, Edon 10, Holgate 1

Trisha King holds the district title in the 800.–photo by Donald    Young

Trisha King holds the district title in the 800.–photo by Donald Young

4×800:
1. Hilltop, 8:18.19; 3. Archbold (Zeb Frank, Keefer, Adrian Ramirez, Gabe Rodriguez), 8:23.33.

110-meter hurdles:
1. Bradbury (H), 16.04 seconds; 8. Travis Roehrig, 18.11.

100:
1. Strup (T), 10.98; 2. Hammersmith, 11.19.

4×200:
1. Archbold (Young, Keefer, Sleigh, Hammersmith), 1:30.71 meet record.

1600:
1. Fisher (D), 4:30.87; 4. Rodriguez, 4:41.72.

4×100:
1. Tinora, 43.5 meet record;
8. Archbold (Dylan Lantz, Dean Herrett, Sleigh, Hammersmith), 54.96.

400:
1. Tobin (F), 51.13; 3. Keefer, 51.5; 5. Stamm, 52.73.

300 hurdles:
1. Benecke (T), 39.26 meet record;
2. Young, 40.53; 5. TJ Gerken, 43.36.

200:
1. Strup (T), 22.33; 2. Hammersmith, 22.57; 3. Sleigh, 23.04.

3200:
1. Oberneder (D), 9:57.34; 5. Ramirez, 10:38.08.

4×400:
1. Archbold (Stamm, Young, Keefer, Reyes), 3:28.82.

Discus:
1. Champion (M), 132 feet, one inch; 2. Meyers, 130-10.

High jump:
1. Smith(Ay), 6-4; 6. Tyler Porter, Robert Cooley (Ed), 5-6 tie.

Long jump:
1. Sleigh, 20-2 3/4.

Shot put:
1. Meyers, 48-1.

Pole vault:
1. Johnston (Ay), 13-0; 2. Herrett, Lincoln Frey (P), 12-8 tie.

Girls

Liberty Center 112, Pettisville 96, Archbold 76, Delta 65, Tinora 57, Fairview 42, Ayersville 41, Edon 37, North Central 32, Hicksville 31, Stryker 22, Edgerton 21, Fayette 13, Hilltop 10, Montpelier 7

4×800:
1. LC, 9:53.25 meet record;
4. Archbold (Tressa Parsley, Laura Bowman, Garrow, King), 10:17.7.

100:
1. Lantz, 12.77.

4×100:
1. Archbold (Smith, Moody, Lantz, Garrow), 51.77.

400:
1. Avina (P), 1:01.8; 4. Parsley, 1:02.47.

800:
1. King, 2:22.78.

200:
1. Lantz, 26.92.

4×400:
1. LC, 4:11.99; 2. Archbold (Garrow, Parsley, Lantz, King), 4:15.53.

High jump:
1. Henricks (Ed), 4-11; 2. Rachel Wiemken, 4-10; 5. Rachel Brader, 4-10.

Long jump:
1. Ackerman (NC), 16-7; 3. Smith, 15-3.

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