BW’s Annis breaks meet record at Smith Invitational

By Ben Stroup

May 4, 2014

Jamie Annis and Cole Stark stood out for the Big Walnut track and field teams over the weekend, scoring a slew of points to lift their respective squad’s to top-five showings during the always-competitive Gary Smith Invitational Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School.

Joe Evener’s Golden Eagle girls finished fourth with 70 1/2 points while the Golden Eagle boys closed fifth with 64 1/2.

Annis attracted the most attention, winning the 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record time of 0:14.76 seconds — a mark nearly a full second faster than that of Dublin Scioto’s May Hodge, who placed second in the race.

Annis also finished strong in the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles, closing second in respective times of 0:13.05 and 0:48.30 seconds.

Other standouts included Anna Mackey, who finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 8 inches; and Sara Althauser, who finished third in the 300 hurdles in 0:48.93 seconds.

Eric Myers’ boys were led by Stark, who finished third in the 300 hurdles in 0:42.56 seconds and fourth in the triple and long jumps with respective distances of 38-08 3/4 and 21-0 1/4. The Golden Eagles’ Joe Muench placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 59.71 seconds; the 4x800 relay team of Bobby Bogantz, Jacob Thompson, Michael Buckles and Muench which finished third in 8:13.32; and Austin Crow, who closed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 44-01.