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Archbold Girls Win Regional Track & Field Championship

AHS seniors Iris Pena, Dakota Stamm, and Gwynne Riley, from left, hold the Div. III Regional Track & Field trophy.– photos by Mary Huber

AHS seniors Iris Pena, Dakota Stamm, and Gwynne Riley, from left, hold the Div. III Regional Track & Field trophy.– photos by Mary Huber

Five first places– including three relays– and one third led the Archbold girls track team to a Division III regional track and field championship, Wednesday and Friday, May 22 and 24, at Tiffin.

The Streaks won the girls team championship with 56 points. Columbus Grove was second with 50, while Margaretta was third with 48.

There were 40 teams in the girls meet.

Pettisville finished 33rd, with five points.

Gwynne Riley and Dakota Stamm, both AHS seniors, each finished with four regional champion medals, while Kylie Sauder had three and Iris Pena, two.

“Amazing. Amazing,” said Dina Gladieux, AHS head coach. “Fifty-six points didn’t come from two here, four here, six here. It was five first places and one third place.

“That just doesn’t happen. That was amazing.”

The top four finishers in each event advance to the state tournament, Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, in Columbus.

Running Their Way To State

Gwynne Riley, left, and Liberty Center’s Constance Roell get ready for the start of the 800 run. Riley won the event.

Gwynne Riley, left, and Liberty Center’s Constance Roell get ready for the start of the 800 run. Riley won the event.

The AHS 4×800-meter relay team of Riley, Brittney Ramirez, Sauder, and Stamm started things off on Wednesday by defending their 2018 regional title.

The quartet ran the race in 9 minutes, 34.77 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of secondplace New London.

Finals for the rest of the running events were held on Friday.

The AHS girls 4×200 relay team of Pena, Sauder, Riley, and Stamm won in 1:45.56, almost a minute faster than second-place Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic.

Stamm won her third straight regional title in the 400, crossing the finish line in 56.58 seconds, a second faster than second-place Bethany Smith of Vanlue.

The AHS senior improved her time from 2018 by more than a second.

Stamm was nervous before the event, because, she said, “everyone expects her to be the winner,” D. Gladieux said.

Kylie Sauder, left, takes the handoff from Iris Pena in the 4x400. Archbold won the event in meet record time.

Kylie Sauder, left, takes the handoff from Iris Pena in the 4×400. Archbold won the event in meet record time.

The coach told her, “Dakota, just run what you’ve been trained to do. Just run within yourself, not against everyone else.”

Riley won the regional championship in the 800, finishing in 2:16.62. Secondplace finisher Taylor Ward of Liberty-Benton finished in 2:17.21, and Sauder finished third in 2:17.37.

The AHS girls 4×400 relay team of Pena, Sauder, Riley, and Stamm won in 3:58.00, a meet record and almost eight seconds ahead of second-place Liberty-Benton, who finished in 4:05.86.

The previous regional meet record of 3:59.1 was set in 2004 by Collins Western Reserve.

“We are close (to setting a school record) in the 4×400,” said D. Gladieux. “We ran a 58 and the record is 56 and change, so there’s potential for that.

“At the 200 mark on Gwynne’s lap, the girl from Liberty-Benton was coming up close behind her, and it was like, Gwynne just looked at her and said, ‘Not today,’ and she just bolted,” said D. Gladieux.

Pettisville’s Morgan Leppelmeier, left, and Archbold’s Karley Ramirez wait for the gun to start the 1600 run.

Pettisville’s Morgan Leppelmeier, left, and Archbold’s Karley Ramirez wait for the gun to start the 1600 run.

“From that point on, there was no question who had it.”

Three of the four laps were run in under 60 seconds.

Pena ran hers in 62.12; Sauder, 59.3; Riley, 58.9; and Stamm, 57.25.

Top Eight

Pettisville’s Morgan Leppelmeier finished eighth in the girls 1600, finishing in 5:30.06.

Pettisville’s Grace Schnitkey finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 120 feet, 7 inches, setting a school record.

Pettisville’s Graeme Jacoby finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 49-2 1/4.

The Pettisville girls 4×800 team of Kate Stuber, Sarah Foor, Kelly Miller and Leppelmeier finished seventh in 10:05.93.

Regional Participants

Archbold’s Shylo Richardson ran in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals in the girls 100-meter hurdles.

Pettisville’s Graeme Jacoby, left, concentrates as he prepares to throw the shot put. He placed eighth in the event.

Pettisville’s Graeme Jacoby, left, concentrates as he prepares to throw the shot put. He placed eighth in the event.

Pettisville’s Calvin Nofziger ran in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals in the boys 110 hurdles.

The Pettisville 4×200 girls relay team of Schnitkey, Meleah Plank, Karsen Pursel, and Xavia Borden ran in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals.

Archbold’s Karley Ramirez finished 10th in the 1600, running the race in 6:05.31.

The Pettisville 4×100 girls relay team of Schnitkey, Plank, Danielle King, and Borden ran in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals.

Stuber finished 10th in the 3200, running the race in 12:09.29, and Leppelmeier finished 12th in 12:17.15.

Schnitkey finished 15th in the shot put with a throw of 31-1.

Pettisville’s Ellie Wixom tied for 10th in the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet.

“This is only the second time since 2005 that we’ve not had a state qualifier, so we’ve had a great run for the last 15 years,” said Gabe Jaramillo, PHS co-head track coach.

“Although it may seem disappointing, I could not be more proud of the effort our kids gave at regionals.

“Most of our athletes set a personal record, as well as one school record set by Grace Schnitkey.

“The kids rose to the occasion and accepted the challenge that our outstanding region presented to them. Overall, we had a fantastic season, and with our youth, we can look forward to continued success in the coming years.”

Div. II

Archbold boys competed in the Div. II regional meet at Piqua, Thursday and Saturday, May 23 and 25.

Trey Theobald advanced to the 400 finals after another runner was disqualified. The sophomore finished seventh in the finals in 51.29.

Theobald ran in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals in the boys 200-meter dash.

The boys 4×400 relay team of Tony Grime, Elijah Zimmerman, Austin Roth, and Theobald finished with the 10th-best time in the preliminaries and did not qualify for the finals.

Matthew Gladieux just missed out on a trip to state, finishing fifth in the shot put and discus.

His best throw in the shot was 50-4 3/4; Aiken’s JaQuan Bennett finished fourth with a throw of 53-2.

His best throw in the discus was 149-3; Springfield Northwestern’s Korbin Spencer finished fourth with a throw of 152-9.

Mason Babcock finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 130-1.

Archbold finished 23rd in the team standings. Dunbar won the regional title with 59 points.