Danny Young, an Archbold senior, won the 300-meter hurdles regional title for the second straight year, Thursday, May 24, and Saturday, May 26, at Lexington.
Last year he won in Division III.
This year he won in Div. II.
Young ran the race in 38.7 seconds, almost a full second in front of the second-place finisher, who finished in 39.66.
He is Archbold’s first Div. II regional track and field champion.
Young also is on the two AHS boys relay teams going to state.
The 4×200 team of Jacob Ott, Hayden Stamm, Levi Wyse, and Young finished third in one minute, 29.95 seconds. Columbus Eastmoor Academy won in 1:28.46, breaking the old Region 6 meet record of 1:28.57 set in 2007.
The 4×400 team of Wyse, Stamm, Blake Drewes, and Young finished second in 3:22.16, breaking the previous school record of 3:23.39 set in 2010 by Stamm, Young, Nate Hammersmith, and Noah Keefer.
Columbus Eastmoor Academy won in 3:20.59.
The top four finishers in each event advance to state.
Tyson Dietrich finished seventh in the discus, while Drewes placed 12th in the high jump.
Eastmoor Academy won the team title with 60 points. Archbold finished ninth with 26.
Div. III Meet
The Archbold girls team and both Pettisville teams participated in the Div. III meet at Tiffin, Wednesday, May 23, and Friday, May 25.
Blue Streaks advanced in three events. No Pettisville athlete or relay team advanced.
The 4×800 team of Darian Oberlin, Tressa Parsley, Kassidy Garrow, and Mara Beck will attempt to defend its state title after finishing third at the regional in 9:51.26. Toledo Christian won in 9:29.24.
K. Garrow finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:20.08. Bluffton’s Hannah Chappell-Dick won in 2:12.13.
The 4×400 team of Jensyn Garrow, K. Garrow, Tressa Parsley, and Angelica Reyes finished second in 4:04.28 to advance to state. Bluffton won in 4:01.35.
The top four finishers in each event advance to state.
The AHS 4×200 team of Jesse Fidler, K. Garrow, J. Garrow, and Reyes finished eighth in 1:48.74.
Norwalk St. Paul won in 1:44.99.
Archbold’s Rachel Brader tied for eighth in the high jump with a jump of four feet, 10 inches.
Columbus Grove’s Riley Eversole won with a leap of 5-5.
Archbold’s Kinsey Smith finished seventh in the long jump with a jump of 16-1 1/2. Van Buren’s Sarah Benson won with a jump of 17-8 3/4.
Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler finished sixth in the 1600 in 5:34.6, while Archbold’s Darian Oberlin was 13th in 5:53.69. Toledo Christian’s Delainey Phelps won in 5:10.98.
Hostetler finished sixth in the 800 in 2:24.74.
Pettisville’s Audra Klopfenstein finished seventh in the 100 in 13.03. Waynesfi eld-Goshen’s Ivy Horn won in 12.45.
Klopfenstein finished sixth in the 200 in 26.24. Van Buren’s Benson won in 25.5.
The Pettisville 4×800 girls team of Mikala Avina, Emily Eicher, Shelby Miller, and Hostetler finished eighth in 10:15.15.
The PHS 4×400 girls team of Hostetler, Avina, Eicher, and Klopfenstein finished eighth in 4:17.43.
Pettisville’s Jordyn Pursel tied for tenth place in the long jump with a jump of 9-0. Pandora-Gilboa’s Ellie Braidic won with a jump of 12-0.
The Pettisville 4×800 boys team of Jeremy Mann, Danny Sauder, Tim Iott, and Dominic Frey finished sixth in 8:27.6. Van Buren won in 8:11.31.
Mann finished seventh in the 800 in 2:01.5. Van Buren’s Dean Rodabaugh won in 1:55.8.
Toledo Christian won the girls team title with 57 points.
Archbold finished eighth out of 44 teams with 22.5, and Pettisville was 18th with 13.
Liberty-Benton won the boys event with 72 points. Pettisville finished 26th out of 38 teams, with 5.
"I am very happy for the kids," said Dina Gladieux, AHS head coach. "This is a huge accomplishment.
"Hayden made the comment after the meet that this is the fourth year in a row that the boys 4×200 and 4×400 have made it to the state meet. Wow!
"I am proud of both the boys and girls and all that they have been able to do.
"I am especially glad to have them back together at one location!"
"I’m again very proud of all our kids’ performances," said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
"We had two pretty warm days to deal with. All our kids stayed hydrated and we had plenty of ice on hand, which they used.
"They all gave 100%, and as a coach that’s all you can ever hope for.
"For senior Tanner Hostetler, it was her last race in high school. Tanner, as a competitor, but even more as a leader, will be missed greatly.
"She has a great deal to be proud of looking back at her high school running career and the number of times she’s made it to the state level.
"The way she’s battled back from adversity, like when last summer she had a fractured leg… the way she led this girls’ team this year through example of practice and performance.
"Audra Klopfenstein, a sophomore, had great performances in both the 100 and 200 with a school record of 26.24 seconds in the 200.
"Audra was a part of the ‘All-Ohio’ 4×400 relay team last year, along with Tanner.
"We also had many young kids that the regional meet will be a great learning experience:
"•Jordyn Pursel, a freshman, who competed in the pole vault.
"•Our boys’ 4×800 team who will all be back next year that had three sophomores and one junior.
"•Jeremy Mann, a sophomore, who competed in the 800.
"•Sophomore Dominic Frey, who competed in the 4×800 on Wednesday, also qualified in the 3200, but was too ill to compete on Friday.
"We coaches are very pleased with what both the girls’ and boys’ teams accomplished this year. We think there is much to build upon for next year."
The state track and field meet runs Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, in Columbus.