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STATE-BOUND!

Boys 4x200, 4x400, Trisha King Win Regional Titles


Hayden Stamm, shown running a relay leg, is one of three Streaks on both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams that won regional titles and set school records.– photo by Donald Young

Hayden Stamm, shown running a relay leg, is one of three Streaks on both the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams that won regional titles and set school records.– photo by Donald Young

The Archbold boys 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay teams set school records and won regional championships, and Trisha King won the 800- meter run, at the Division III Regional Track and Field Meet, Wednesday, May 26, and Friday, May 28, at Tiffi n.

The boys 4×200 team of Desmond Sleigh, Danny Young, Hayden Stamm, and Nate Hammersmith won in one minute, 29.71 seconds.

It is the second straight year the 4×200 team won the regional title and the third straight year the Streaks have advanced to state. Archbold finished sixth in 2008 and fourth in 2009.

The boys 4×400 team of Noah Keefer, Young, Hammersmith, and Stamm won in 3:23.39. It’s the second straight year the 4×400 has advanced.

Hammersmith also advanced for the second straight year in the 200-meter dash, finishing third (the top four finishers in each event advance to state).

Also advancing: Young, who was second in the 300- meter hurdles, and Sleigh, who took third in the long jump.

Trisha King won the regional championship in the 800.–photo     by Donald Young

Trisha King won the regional championship in the 800.–photo by Donald Young

Dean Herrett just missed the cut in the pole vault, finishing fifth.

Overall, the Blue Streak boys finished second with 54 points. Liberty-Benton won with 61.

In the girls meet, Trisha King won the 800 in 2:19.38, almost a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Autumn Lantz, a senior, advances to state in the 100 for the third time in four years. She finished third at the regional.

Kinsey Smith and the 4×400 team (Kassidy Gar- row, Lantz, Tressa Parsley, King) each finished fifth.

“I was very pleased with our efforts,” said John Downey, AHS head coach.

“We have not won a boys regional trophy since the late 1960’s when Mike Walker coached. I am not sure our guys understand what they accomplished.

“We set two new school records in the 4×200 and 4×400. Everybody who qualifi ed has a chance to place. I am looking forward to the challenge.

“The girls had a good meet. We were disappointed when Kinsey Smith finished fifth and our girls 4×400 was nipped by Pettisville for fourth. It was a great race.

Desmond Sleigh advances to state with a third-place finish in the long jump at the regional meet.–photo by Donald Young

Desmond Sleigh advances to state with a third-place finish in the long jump at the regional meet.–photo by Donald Young

“Both Trisha and Autumn can place. It is a great accomplishment for Autumn to qualify for state all four years. Not many do that.”

Lantz ran the 100 at state in 2007 and placed fifth. In 2008, she qualified for state in the 100 and 200. In 2009, she was on the 4×100 team that finished second at state.

“I am looking forward for Trisha to run in her first state meet,” said Downey.

“I am thinking the best is yet to come for our qualifi ers.”

The State Track and Field Meet is run at the Jesse Owens Memorial Track Stadium at Ohio State University.

Div. III preliminary running events and the 4×800 relay final begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 4. Field events begin at noon.

Running event finals begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 5.

Boys

100:
1. Strup (Tinora), 11.10 seconds; 7. Hammersmith, 11.73.

200:
1. Strup (T), 22.49; 3. Hammersmith, 22.75; 6. Sleigh, 23.16.

400:
1. Cook (Harrod Allen East), 48.80; 7. Keefer, 51.68.

1600:
1. Seth Butler (Liberty- Benton), 4:22.60; 7. Gabe Rodriguez, 4:44.99.

300 hurdles:
1. Benecke (T), 39.85; 2. Young, 39.91.

4×200:
1. Archbold (Sleigh, Young, Stamm, Hammersmith), 1:29.71.

4×400:
1. Archbold (Keefer, Young, Hammersmith, Stamm), 3:23.39.

4×800:
1. Woodmore, 8:06.88; 8. Archbold (Rodriguez, Zeb Frank, Adrian Ramirez, Keefer), 8:27.16.

Pole vault:
1. Wolfe (CG), 15-4; 5. Herrett, 13-0.

Long jump:
1. Spallinger (Pandora-Gilboa), 23-9 meet record;
3. Sleigh, 21-8 1/2.

Other boys who advanced to the regional meet but did not finish in the top eight of their events: Josh Meyers, shot put, discus.

Girls

100:
1. Reiser (Elmwood), 12.24; 3. Lantz, 12.84.

200:
1. Reiser (Elmwood), 24.81; 6. Lantz, 26.78.

800:
1. King, 2:19.38.

4×400:
1. Liberty-Benton, 4:05.91; 5. Archbold (Kassidy Garrow, Lantz, Tressa Parsley, King), 4:08.66.

Long jump:
1. Ream (LB), 17-2 3/4; 5. Kinsey Smith, 16-8 1/2.

Other girls who advanced to the regional meet but did not finish in the top eight of their events: Rachel Wiemken, high jump; Tressa Parsley, 400; 4×100 (Smith, Garrow, Katherine Moody, Lantz); 4×800 (Parsley, Laura Bowman, Garrow, King).

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