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Pettisville Track Runs At State

Tanner Hostetler, left, was a member of the girls 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams that ran at state. Rachel Beck, right, ran on the 4x400 team.–photos by Jack Frey

Tanner Hostetler, left, was a member of the girls 4×800 and 4×400 relay teams that ran at state. Rachel Beck, right, ran on the 4×400 team.–photos by Jack Frey

Stephanie Yoder, a junior, was the top Pettisville finisher at the Division III state track and field meet, Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, in Columbus.

Yoder tied for 11th in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, six inches, and set a school record in the process. She bettered her own previous record by six inches.

Pandora-Gilboa’s Ellie Braidic won with a vault of 12-3.

Shinhearl, Frey
Finish 13th

Samantha Shinhearl, a freshman, finished 13th in the 1600-meter run in her first trip to state. She ran the race in five minutes, 46.31 seconds.

Casstown Miami East’s Juli Accurso won in 4:57.5.

In the boys race, Lincoln Frey finished 13th in the 800, running in 2:00.03. Liberty Benton’s Seth Butler won in 1:52.57.

Relays Fail To Place

The 4×800-meter relay team of Brady Avina, Tanner Hostetler, Tessa Yoder, and Shinhearl finished 13th in 10:00.96. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy won in 9:31.28.



The 4×400 team of Avina, Hostetler, Rachel Beck, and Shinhearl failed to make the finals.

Coach Comments

Tom Wagner, Pettisville track coach, said that while the Pettisville athletes didn’t do as well as they hoped, they had a fantastic year, and he was proud of them all.

Referring to the girls, Wagner said, “It was the first time competing at state for all of them except Tanner Hostetler, who competed at state cross county.

“It was a good experience, and a valuable experience for them.”

Wagner said that since all but one of the girls (Rachel Beck, a senior) would be back next year, he was “looking to make it back down next year.

“The girls will be using their experience as motivation for an even better showing next year.”

Frey, Pettisville’s sole male competitor, “ran a nice race, a solid run,” said Wagner. “He was only a fraction off his time at regionals, where he set a new school record. He did a great job.”

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