The Archbold girls 4×400- meter relay team continued its winning ways, Friday, May 31.
After winning the Division III district title, Saturday, May 25, the team of Meridith Short, Kassidy Garrow, Tressa Parsley, and Jensyn Garrow won the regional championship at Tiffin.
The quartet finished the race in 4 minutes, 4.09 seconds, eight seconds faster than in the district final. The Streaks crossed the finish line more than 2 1/2 seconds ahead of the team that placed second.
The AHS girls team placed fourth in the team standings with 35 points. Van Buren won with 53.
The PHS boys team finished 12th with 22 points. Columbus Grove won with 75.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the state track & field championships, Friday, and Saturday, June 7-8, at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University, Columbus.
•The Archbold girls 4×800 (Darian Oberlin, K. Garrow, Parsley, Mara Beck) finished second in 9:54.15. Liberty Center won in 9:47.54.
•The Pettisville boys 4×800 (Jeremy Mann, Timothy Iott, Kyle Lantz, Dominic Frey) placed second in 8:16.74. LC won in 8:15.07.
•K. Garrow, an AHS senior, finished third in the 800 in 2:20.33. Tiffin Calvert’s Olivia Smith won in 2:17.46.
•Kinsey Smith, an AHS senior, placed third in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Van Buren’s Sarah Benson won with a jump of 17-6.
•Levi Wyse, an AHS sophomore, finished third in 50.16 seconds in the boys 400 in the Div. II meet at Lexington. Orrville’s Elijah Coleman won in 49.17.
•The Archbold girls 4×200 (Short, K. Garrow, Smith, J. Garrow) was fourth in 1:47.23. Tinora won in 1:45.23.
•Frey, a PHS junior, finished fourth in the boys 1600 in 4:30.41. Tinora’s Sam Lehman won in 4:27.67.
Other Regional Finalists In Top Eight
Other Archbold and Pettisville athletes who finished in the top eight in the regional finals but did not advance to state:
•Wyse, Archbold (D-II), fifth, boys 100; sixth, boys 200.
•Ethan Brakefield, Pettisville, sixth, boys 110-meter hurdles.
•Pettisville boys 4×400 (Mann, Brakefield, Dustin Lucas, Austin Dykstra), sixth.
•Kyle Lantz, Pettisville, seventh, boys 1600.
•Mann, Pettisville, eighth, boys 800.
“This is an exciting time of the season,” said Dina Gladieux, AHS head coach.
“I am thrilled to have five different events going for the girls in Division III and Levi in the 400 for Division II.
“It’s the only time of the season when I can relax and just watch the athletes perform at their highest level.
“It was nice to see so many from the Northwest Ohio Athletic League qualify to state and qualify with top times. Northwest Ohio is well represented.”
“We had a great many personal records and two school records at regionals (Brakefield in the 110 hurdles and our 4×400 team),” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“I had told the 4×800 we needed to take off about eight seconds from districts… and they did. We ran a very fine race.
“Dominic Frey ran a fantastic race in the 1600. He was challenged for the last qualifying spot, but held tough edging out the fifthplace runner by two-tenths (0.2) of a second.
“Kyle Lantz, these past two weeks, has run the races of his life…. and he’s only a freshman. He ran (the 1600) in 4:38 at districts and 4:40 at regionals in a crowded field.
“Looking ahead to the state meet in Columbus, we will have to step up our game to the next level, but that is what makes it so exciting.”