The Archbold girls 4×400- meter relay team of Meridith Short, Kassidy Garrow, Tressa Parsley, and Jensyn Garrow placed third in the Division III state track and field meet, Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.
The Streaks ran the race in 4 minutes, 1.39 seconds. The winning team from Versailles won in 3:58.73.
Kinsey Smith, an AHS senior, finished eighth in the long jump. Her best jump measured 17 feet.
Timia Easley from Columbus International won with a jump of 18-1.
The Pettisville boys 4×800 relay of Jeremy Mann, Timothy Iott, Kyle Lantz, and Dominic Frey finished eighth in 8:17.59.
Gilmour Academy won in 7:58.25.
Kassidy Garrow, an AHS senior, finished ninth in the 800-meter run in 2:19.04. Calvert’s Olivia Smith won in 2:15.02.
The AHS girls 4×200 of Smith, Short, K. Garrow, and J. Garrow also placed ninth in 1:47.42. Tinora won the state title, finishing in 1:43.73.
The AHS girls 4×800 of Mara Beck, Parsley, Darian Oberlin, and K. Garrow finished 10th in 9:54.67. Russia won in 9:36.12.
Dominic Frey, a PHS junior, finished 14th in the boys 1600 in 4:37.7. Tri- Village’s Clayton Murphy won in a state-record time of 4:11.72.
In Div. II, Archbold’s Levi Wyse, a sophomore, did not qualify for the finals in the boys 400. His time placed him 13th among the 16 runners.
“I was very pleased with the performances of the AHS athletes,” said Dina Gladieux, AHS head coach.
“I’m very proud of our kids’ performances,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“It was a goal stemming from last year to make it down to the state meet this year.
“They worked very hard throughout the year to that end.
“Our distance team was like a family to each other, not wanting to let each other down and spending extra time as a team together.
“They had two goals going into the state meet. The first was to make the award stand and the second was to break the school record.
“Well, we didn’t run our fastest time of the year, but we did put forth our best effort of the year and made the stand.
“When you’re running in the kind of crowd the kids were in, it’s tough to stay out of traffic. One or two of our kids were running in lane two most of their 800 leg.
“We ran with heart, and I couldn’t be prouder of any group of kids.”