ARCHBOLD — The Liberty Center boys and girls track teams both won team titles in Division III district action at Archbold on Saturday. The Tiger boys finished well ahead of runner up Montpelier, while the Lady Tigers finished ahead of second place Leipsic.

“Our main priority was to compete hard and all of our guys did that,” said Liberty Center boys coach Matt Bryan. “It was a strong effort across the board and I was really pleased with all of our relay teams.”

Connor Keller won the 300 hurdles (41.61), while Liberty Center won the 1600 relay (3:28.13) and the 3200 relay on Thursday (8:23.43), while placing second in the 800 relay.

“We’d like to get to state (in the 1600 relay) and we’re happy with how we’re running right now,” said Parker Strauss. “Only time will tell.”

All told, the Tigers had multiple second through fourth-place finishes and qualified 14 individuals in the 13 individual events.

Saturday’s two field events were won by Delta’s Hunter Tresnan-Reighard in the discus (160-05) and by Edon’s Chase Reed in the long jump (19-9.75).

In the sprints, Holgate’s Luke Wenner won the 100 (11.47), Montpelier’s Payton Pease won the 200 (23.68) and Tinora’s Isaiah Colon won the 400 in a personal best time of 50.92.

“My dad died a couple of years ago, so I carry (his memory) in all my races,” Colon said. I was confident I could win this, got the lead about halfway through the race and then gave it all I had.”

Fayette’s Brett Merillat won the 800 in a meet record time of 1:56.69, well ahead of LC’s Nathan Meller (2:00.65) and Wes Kundo (2:00.67).

“Running at districts is a whole different atmosphere than when I usually run, so I wasn’t going to not show up here and do my best,” Merillat said. “My goal is to make it to state and make all-Ohio.”

Ayersville’s Noah Fisher won the 1600 and 3200, winning the 1600 in a great time of 4:26.13, followed by winning the 3200 (9:54.93), the only runner to finish under 10 minutes. Fairview’s Treyvon Hastings placed second in both events.

“Treyvon really pushed me the first two laps in the 1600 and that got me just 1.2 seconds off my personal best,” Fisher said. “The 3200, with the heat, was a struggle. But I feel like I’m in a pretty good spot in both races, going forward to next week.”

Other boys winners on Saturday were Patrick Henry’s Kolton Holloway in the 100 hurdles (16.32), Montpelier’s 400 relay (45.47) and Tinora’s 800 relay (1:33.66).

On the girls side, LC’s Burgin Bachman got her team off well, winning the opening running event final, the 100 hurdles, in 15.57. Her teammate Sophie Long placed second in 17.04.

“I got a very good start and advanced ahead of everyone right out of the blocks,” Bachman said. “I felt smooth all the way through.”

The Tigers also picked up wins from the 3200 relay on Thursday night, the 1600 relay and from Maddie Atkinson in the 800 (2:23.07). She was followed by teammate Constance Roell in second place, in 2:25.74.

“The girls showed up and really took care of business today,” said Liberty Center girls coach Pam Righi. “All the relay teams made it out to regionals. Plus, we qualified two in the 100 hurdles, one in the 300 hurdles, two in the 800, plus one in the long jump and one in the discus.”

Continental’s Katie Keller won the 300 hurdles in a personal best time of 46.61. She also placed third in the 100 hurdles.

“I got the lead past the third hurdle and at that point, I knew I had to go, because the Liberty Center and Wayne Trace girls were right on my tail,” Keller said. “My training is paying off, with my best time of the season. I think I’m peaking at the right time.”

Holgate’s Raena Willett won both the 3200 (12:04.67) and the 1600, in a personal best 5:14.88.

“Depending on what others have done in the 1600 today, I could go into the regionals with the best time in the 1600,” Willett said. “In the 3200, I didn’t push it more than I needed to, because it was hot and I still had to run the 1600 relay.”

Ayersville’s Teryn Bour won the 400 (1:00.23) and 200 (26.55) and anchored the girls 400 (50.87) and 800 relays (1:47.09) from behind, to wins.

“(Leipsic’s Carlee Siefker) is fast and really pushed me in the 200,” Bour said. “In the 800 relay, I knew Liberty Center was the team to beat and we had a bad handoff. But I couldn’t let my team down because of that and I caught her with 30 meters to go.”

Other girls District 2 winners on Saturday were Patrick Henry’s Trista Fintel in the shot put (39-11) and discus (128-01).

In girls District 1, Swanton finished behind Genoa to take home the second place trophy, nudging Archbold by two points. The Bulldogs qualified 10 individuals in the 13 individual events, plus the 3200 relay on Thursday and the 400 relay also qualified for regionals.

“it’s pretty nice to get a trophy two years in a row (Swanton was first in District 1 last year),” said Swanton coach Ryan Borer. “That’s a great accomplishment after all the girls we lost from last year’s team and to Bridget Harlott to injury. This is a testament to all the girls’ hard work.”

Swanton got first place finishes on Thursday from Hannah Grabke in the pole vault (10-0) and from Bobbie Oberle in the long jump (16-3). Bobbie also placed second in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. She also ran in the 400 relay.

For Archbold, Dakota Stamm won the 400 in a season best 57.6 and Gwynne Riley won the 800, in a personal best 2:19.4.Her teammate Kylie Sauder placed second, in 2:22.47.

“I just wanted to go out fast and get into good position and then maintain it,” Riley said. “I want to get down to at least 2:18 and to get to state for the first time in this event.”

Riley and Stamm also competed on Archbold’s winning 3200 relay on Thursday, as well as on the winning 1600 relay team (4:06.01) and 800 relay team (1:46.25).

“In the 800 relay, the handoff from Riley to Kiley (Ramirez) scared me, because it came at the end of the zone,” Stamm said. “Also, we hadn’t run this relay a lot together because of injuries and Kiley playing softball. But with all things considered, we won and we will definitely improve.”

Other local winners in District 1 competition on Saturday were Pettisville’s Morgan Leppelmeier in the 1600 (5:29.44) and Kate Stuber in the 3200 (12:17.0), Edon’s Riley Bloir in the 100 hurdles (16.67), Delta’s Cassandra Lee in the 300 hurdles (48.63) and Ella Ford in the high jump (5-0) and Edon’s Arianna Howard in the shot put (35-5.5).

Edon’s Bloir also placed third in the long jump, fourth in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100.

Final team scores were not available at press time.

Division III Districts

At Archbold

Boys Meet

Field Events

Discus — 1. Tresnan-Reighard (D), 160-05; 2. Mohr (WT); 3. Phongphiou (M); 4. Dulle (Edon). Long jump — 1. Reed (Edon), 19-9.75; 2. Strauss (LC); 4. Dreher (Hi).

Running Events

110 hurdles — 1. Holloway (PH), 16.32; 2. Roth (Edg); 3. Blue (Ed); 4. Nofziger (P). 100 meters — 1. Wenner (Ho), 11.47; 2. Yagel (Fai); 3. Culler (Fai); 4. Stein (M). 800 relay — 1. Tinora Rinkel, Bobb, Grieser, Colon), 1:33.66; 2. Tinora; 3. Montpelier; 4. Patrick Henry. 1600 meters — 1. Fisher (Ay), 4:26.13; 2. Hastings (Fai); 3. Ryan (An); 4. Villanueva (S). 400 relay — 1. Montpelier (Byers, Short, Stein, Pease), 45.47; 2. Holgate; 3. Edgerton; 4. North Central. 400 meters — 1. Colon (T), 50.92; 2. Bowers (LC); 3. Johnson (PH); 4. Strauss (LC). 300 hurdles — 1. Keller (C), 41.61; 2. Blue (Edg); 3. Roth (Edg); 4. East (An). 800 meters — 1. Merillat (Fay), 1:56.69; 2. Meller (LC); 3. Kundo (LC); 4. Reed (WT). 200 meters — 1. Pease (M), 23.74; 2. Schauwecker (D); 3. Wandrey (NC); 4. Culler (F). 3200 meters — 1. Fisher (Ay), 9:54.93; 2. Hastings (Fai); 3. Rauch (LC); 4. Elieff (LC). Korducki (CS), 11:05.09; 2. Krendl (C); 3. Ni. Bostelman (PH). 1600 relay — 1. Liberty Center (Strauss, Meller, Bowers, Kundo), 3:28.13; 2. Montpelier; 3. Edgerton; 4. Edon.

Girls Meet

District 1

Field Events

Shot put — 1. Howard (Edon), 35-5.5; 2. Schnitkey (Pe); 3. Hug (M); 4. Sanders (M). High jump — 1. Ford (D), 5-0; 2. Bentley (Fay); 3. Roberts (Sw); 4. Roberts (Sw).

Running Events

100 hurdles — 1. Bloir (Edon), 16.67; 2. Bo. Oberle (Sw); 4. Richardson (Ar). 100 meters — 3. Bloir (Edon); 4. Br. Oberle (Sw). 800 relay — 1. Archbold (Pena, Ky. Sauder, Riley, Stamm), 1:46.25; 3. Delta; 4. Pettisville. 1600 meters — 1. Leppelmeier (Pe), 5:29.44; 4. Ka. Ramirez (Ar). 400 relay — 2. Swanton; 3. Pettisville; 4. Montpelier. 400 meters — 1. Stamm (Ar), 57.6; 2. Ford (D); 3. Myers (St). 300 hurdles — 1. Lee (D), 48.63; 2. Flegal (Edg); 4. Bloir (Edon). 800 meters — 1. Riley (Ar), 2:19.14; 2. Ky. Sauder (Ar); 3. Dockery (Sw). 200 meters — 3. Br. Oberle (Sw); 4. Bentley (Fay). 3200 meters — 1. Stuber (Pe), 12:17.0; 2. Woolace (St); 3. Leppelmeier (Pe). 1600 relay — 1. Archbold, 4:06.01; 3. Edgerton; 4. Montpelier.

District 2

Field Events

Shot put — 1. Fintel (PH), 39-11; 2. E. Rigel (L); 3. Oberlin (An); 4. Garcia (T). Discus — 1. Fintel (PH), 128-01; 2. Pollock (An); 3. C. Rigel (L); 4. Heath (LC).

Running Events

100 hurdles — 1. Bachman (LC), 15.57; 2. Long (LC); 3. Keller (C); 4. Mealer (Fai). 100 meters — 1. Fishpaw (Ay), 12.41; 2. Siefker (L); 3. Schuller (Ho); 4. Stoller (WT). 800 relay — 1. Ayersville (Fishpaw, Olds, Tressler, Bour), 1:47.09; 2. Liberty Center; 3. Tinora; 4. Patrick Henry. 1600 meters — 1. Willett (Ho), 5:14.88; 2. Wensink (L); 3. Sullivan (Hi); 4. Campbell (WT). 400 relay — 1. Ayersville (Fishpaw, Olds, Weisgerber, Bour), 50.87; 2. Tinora; 3. Liberty Center; 4. Antwerp. 400 meters — 1. Bour (Ay), 1:00.23; 2. Stoller (WT); 3. Morlock (T); 4. Pease (P). 300 hurdles — 1. Keller (C), 46.61; 2. Baird (PH); 3. Schweller (Pa); 4. Long (LC). 800 meters — 1. Atkinson (LC), 2:23.07; 2. Roell (LC); 3. Campbell (WT); 4. Baird (PH). 200 meters — 1. Bour (Ay), 26.55; 2. Siefker (L); 3. Fishpaw (Ay); 4. Stoller (WT). 3200 meters — 1. Willett (Ho), 12:04.67; 2, Sullivan (Hi); 3. Wensink (L); 4. Doster (Ay). 1600 relay — 1. Liberty Center (Mohler, Atkinson, Johnson, Roell), 4:13.96; 2. Paulding; 3. Patrick Henry; 4. Holgate.

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