Napoleon hopes to improve on last year’s sixth-place girls finish and eighth-place boys effort in this year’s edition of the Northern Lakes League track championships, held at Bowling Green High School.
The Ladycats finished fourth in the 3200 relay. Napoleon should also perform well in the 1600 relay and hopes to place in the two sprint relays, the 400 and 800.
In the girls three field events on Tuesday, Caitlyn Good won the discus (129-11) and Rachel Blackwood placed sixth in the pole vault. Good should also fare well in the shot put on Friday.
Kaelynn Glanz made Friday’s finals in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, with the third-best time in each. Others who should perform well for the Ladycats on Friday are Makena Dietrich (distance), Audrey Wiemken in the shot put and Macee Dilbone (distance)
For the Napoleon boys, barring unforeseen circumstances, the boys should easily surpass last year’s eighth place finish. They started out well by placing fifth in the 3200 relay.
What almost ensures the higher finish is the fact that the Wildcats have six qualifiers in the five preliminary finals. Ed Bump has either a first or second-best time in the 100, 200 and 400.
Also, Josh Mack qualified in the 110 hurdles and Josh Gaffney made it in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
The boys also have a good chance at scoring points in the remaining three relays, the 1600, 400 and 800.
Daniel Gaffney could also score points for the Wildcats in the 800 or either the 1600 or 3200.
Finals in the running events will take place on Friday, at Bowling Green High School.
Meanwhile at Allen East, the Columbus Grove teams swept the NWC team titles last year and both teams have good shots at winning again.
The Lady Bulldogs won it easily last year, while the boys won a close battle with Bluffton, topping them by four points and Lincolnview, by 4.5 points. Those two teams could challenge Grove again, while Paulding could also climb into the mix.
For the Grove boys, contenders for top times and distances going into the NWC meet are Hunter Roethlisberger (shot put), Gabe Clement in the high jump and pole vault, Evan Hopkins in the pole vault, Jon Banal in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Carson Closson in the 3200. They also have one of the the conference’s best times in the 3200 relay.
For Paulding, Hunter Carnahan should contend in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Jacob Deisler should do well in the 100 and Hunter Kesler should perform well in the 200 and 400. The 800 relay should also contend for a title.
On the girls side, the Lady Bulldogs won three relays last year, the 3200, 800 and 1600 and look strong in those relays, again.
Defending champs for the Lady Bulldogs are Rylee Sybert (100, 200), Alyssa Ellerbrock (1600, 3200), Erin Downing (800) and Madisyn Maag (discus).
Action begins today at Allen East and concludes on Saturday.