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Third Straight BBC Track Title For Pettisville Girls Team




Members of the Pettisville girls track team, which won its third straight BBC championship and 12th title in school history, are, front row from left: Leah Beck, Ella Hudspeath, Elise Hoylman, managers. Second row: Morgan Leppelmeier, Elizabeth Sauder, Marais Borton, Katie Hauter, Sarah Herring, Alexa Leppelmeier, Bekah Liechty. Third row: Tom Wagner, head coach; Marty Rupp, assistant coach; Nichole Foor; Kendal Pursel; Martina Ticali; Rebekah Steele; Hannah Herring; Krystine Davis; Tessa Waidelich; Alyana Jones; Gabe Jaramillo, assistant coach.– photo by Beth Foor

Members of the Pettisville girls track team, which won its third straight BBC championship and 12th title in school history, are, front row from left: Leah Beck, Ella Hudspeath, Elise Hoylman, managers. Second row: Morgan Leppelmeier, Elizabeth Sauder, Marais Borton, Katie Hauter, Sarah Herring, Alexa Leppelmeier, Bekah Liechty. Third row: Tom Wagner, head coach; Marty Rupp, assistant coach; Nichole Foor; Kendal Pursel; Martina Ticali; Rebekah Steele; Hannah Herring; Krystine Davis; Tessa Waidelich; Alyana Jones; Gabe Jaramillo, assistant coach.– photo by Beth Foor

Pettisville won its third straight Buckeye Border Conference girls track and field title, Saturday, May 14, at Pettisville.

It was Pettisville’s 12th title in school history, and eighth BBC title in the last 10 years.

The Birds finished with 184 points, nearly doubling the finish of Stryker, who was second with 99.

Hilltop was third with 78.

Pettisville won nine of the 17 events, and set meet records in two.

The 4×800-meter relay team of Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Morgan Leppelmeier, and Alexa Leppelmeier won in 9 minutes, 48.39 seconds, a meet record.

A. Leppelmeier also set a record of 11:55.66 in the 3200.

Hilltop broke Pettisville’s string of four straight boys titles, winning the league title with 145 points.

Edon was second with 129, while North Central took third with 80.

Pettisville won two of the 17 events.

Girls

A. Leppelmeier won her third straight titles in the 1600 and 3200.

Clay Waidelich, the only senior on the boys team, throws the shot put at the BBC track and field meet, Saturday, May 14.– photo by Beth Foor

Clay Waidelich, the only senior on the boys team, throws the shot put at the BBC track and field meet, Saturday, May 14.– photo by Beth Foor

Hannah Herring won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, Kendal Pursel won the pole vault, and Sauder won the 400.

In addition to the 4×800, Pettisville also won the 4×100 (Rebekah Liechty, Marais Borton, Sarah Herring, Pursel) and 4×400 (Sauder, M. Leppelmeier, Liechty, A. Leppelmeier).

“I thought we had a great team effort on a very cold, wet, and windy day,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.

“Our seniors asked the girls to step up for every point… in every event.

“We won nine out of 17 first places for 90 points. We captured seven out of 17 secondplaces for 56 points, three thirds for 18 points, and four fourths for 16 points.

“We also had one fifthplace and two sixth-place finishes. There have been years we have won… or lost by one point.

“Senior Hannah Herring won both the 100 and 300 hurdles to help lead the way. Junior Alexa Leppelmeier won the 1600 and 3200 and anchored both the winning 4×800 and 4×400 teams.

“Both the 4×800 and 3200 times were meet records. Her 800 split in the 4×800 was 2:19. After setting a meet record of 11:55.66 in the 3200, she came back in the next event (4×400) and ran a split of 64.

“We had a great many personal records on the day, as well.

“We hope to use this success as a springboard for this next week at district.”

Pettisville 184, Stryker 99, Hilltop 78, Edon 71, North Central 47, Fayette 42

4×800: 1. Pettisville (Sauder, Foor, M. Leppelmeier, A. Leppelmeier) 9:48.39 meet record.

100 hurdles: 1. H. Herring 17.46 seconds; 4. Rebekah Steele 21.43.

100: 1. Speelman (S) 13.19; 4. K. Pursel 14.23.

4×200: 1. Stryker 1:57.46; 2. Pettisville (S. Herring, Borton, Tessa Waidelich, Krystine Davis) 2:01.03.

1600: 1. Leppelmeier 5:31.26; 2. Foor 5:39.97.

4×100: 1. Pettisville (Liechty, Borton, S. Herring, Pursel) 55.81.

400: 1. Sauder 1:03.2; 6. Waidelich 1:09.36.

300 hurdles: 1. H. Herring 55.2; 4. Steele 1:02.14.

800: 1. Routhier (H) 2:33.89; 2. M. Leppelmeier 2:35.89; 3. Liechty 2:40.73.

200: 1. Speelman (S) 28.84; 4. Borton 30.88; 5. S. Herring 31.38.

3200: 1. A. Leppelmeier 11:55.66 meet record; 2. Foor 12:10.47.

4×400: 1. Pettisville (Sauder, M. Leppelmeier, Liechty, A. Leppelmeier) 4:23.30.

Discus: 1. Bates (F) 108 feet, 5 inches; 2. Katie Hauter 82-9.

Shot put: 1. Rupp (S) 33-7 1/2; 3. Hauter 26-1 1/4; 6. Fernanda Hernandez 24-3 1/4.

Long jump: 1. Brown (H) 14-10; 2. Waidelich 14-4 3/4.

Pole vault: 1. Pursel 8-0; 3. S. Herring 7-0.

High jump: 1. Fruchey (F) 4-8; 2. Steele 4-4.

Boys

“We started the season with 50% of our boys team being rookies,” said Wagner.

“We always try and focus a great deal on personal records. This year we emphasized it even more.

“In other sports such as football and basketball, you have a ninth grade team, a junior varsity team, and then varsity.

“In track and field, you are thrown in with the sharks as a rookie. However, when you focus on PRs, you’re competing with yourself. You can always do better, as an individual.

“We’ve talked about, on both teams, giving a ‘perfect effort.’ Everyone can give a perfect effort at everything they do in life, whether it is in sports, the classroom, work, etc.

“The boys had many PRs at the BBC meet. We had two first place finishes: Our 4×200 team of Calvin Nofziger, Seth Brakefield, Josh Graber, Gabe Beck, and Jaret Rychener won the high jump.

“Clay Waidelich, our only senior, who throws shot and discus, has been a tremendous leader on the team. He’s the kind of captain that not only displays perfect effort, but goes the extra mile to help all the younger athletes.

“Clay is willing to run any event to help the team.

“He competed in four events Saturday. In addition to shot and discus, he ran the open 400 and a leg in the 4×400.”

Hilltop 145, Edon 129, North Central 80, Pettisville 65, Stryker 62, Fayette 40

4×800: 1. Fayette 9:21.9; 3. Pettisville (Zach Morrison, Theary Eash, Connor Wyse, Rychener) 9:45.4.

110 hurdles: 1. Bloir (E) 16.5; 6. Caleb Keim 21.4.

4×200: 1. Pettisville (C. Nofziger, Brakefield, Graber, Beck) 1:43.78.

4×100: 1. Edon 48.74; 2. Pettisville (C. Nofziger, Garrett Young, Graber, Beck) 49.79.

400: 1. Conklin (F) 57.85; 5. Young 1:00.32.

300 hurdles: 1. Shilling (H) 45.22; 4. C. Nofziger 48.42.

800: 1. Reed (E) 2:13.87; 5. Evan Warner 2:22.32.

200: 1. Spahr (S) 25.09; 6. Young 27.46.

3200: 1. LaDuke (E) 10:48.51; 5. Eash 12:06.9; 6. Warner 12:16.25.

4×400: 1. Hilltop 3:57.85; 5. Pettisville (Levi Nofziger, Clay Waidelich, Keim, J. Rychener) 4:20.6.

Discus: 1. Shaffner (H) 125-5; 3. Waidelich 110-1.

Shot put: 1. Grapengater (H) 39- 10; 5. Waidelich 34-10 1/2.

Long jump: 1. Trent (H) 19-1 1/2; 4. Zach Morrison 17-6 3/4.

High jump: 1. J. Rychener 5-6; 4. Sam Rychener 5-4.


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