Olentangy Liberty picked up a pair of victories in the Tuesday, April 22, dual meets with visiting Big Walnut. The Patriot boys scored a 94-43 victory over the Golden Eagles. The Liberty girls dominated in the girls’ meet, cruising to a 133-4 decision.
The Patriot boys picked up first-place points from Cameron Cook, who won both the high jump and long jump with respective efforts of 5 feet, 8 inches and 18-2 1/2; Jake Winters, in the discus with a throw of 123 feet, 3 inches; David Trzcinski, in the shot put with a throw of 45-1; John Schultz, in the pole vault by clearing 13-0; Kian Worcester, in the 400 in 0:55.9 seconds; Ryan Heckman, in the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 47.9 seconds; Chatham Anderson, in the 3,200 in 11:22.2; and by Matt Totin, who won the 110 hurdles in 0:17.1 seconds. Liberty captured three relays, winning the 4x100 (0:47.6 seconds), 4x400 (3:52.3) and 4x800 (9:12.8) relay teams.
Big Walnut winners were Isaac Lucas, who won the 100 in 0:11.4 seconds; John Lankford, who won the 200 in 0:23.7 seconds; Logan Perry, who won the 800 in 2:09.1; Anthony Pavuk, who won the 300 hurdles in 0:47.3 seconds; and the Golden Eagle 4x200 relay team (1:41.8).
In the girls’ competition, Liberty recorded first-place points in each event. Abby Summers the 100 (0:12.4 seconds) and 200 (0:26.3 seconds), Ebony Nelson won the discus (104-0), Autumn Lowder the long jump (14-10 1/2), Bobbi Hines the shot put (34-7), Caitlin McConaghy the pole vault (7-6), Katy McFarland the 400 (1:06.5), Edwards the 800 (2:39.6), Allie Merola the 1,600 (5:53.5), Ali Matta the 3,200, Mara Johnson the 100 hurdles (0:17.6 seconds) and Hailey Pickelheimer the 300 hurdles (0:49.7 seconds). The Patriots swept the relay races, scoring firsts in as the 4x100 (0:56.2 seconds), 4x200 (1:58.8), 4x400 (4:39.7) and 4x800 (11:05.9).
Meghan Mockler tied for first with Big Walnut’s Randi Rammelsberg tied the Patriots’ Meghan Mockler for first in the high jump (4-6).
LIBERTY FREEDOM RELAYS — Big Walnut’s girls placed eighth at the Freedom Relays held Friday at Olentangy Liberty High School. The host Patriots won the meet with 78 points with Olentangy Orange taking second with 67 and Hilliard Davidson third with 65 points.
Joe Evener’s Golden Eagles took a first and a second in the meet with Amber Shaheen, Sami Rammelsberg, Sara Althauser and Jamie Annis capturing the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1 minute, 07.26 seconds. Hannah Griffith, Colleen White and Anna Vrancken teamed to win the Three-Person Discus with a combine throw of 275 feet, 7 inches.
“This meet was good for us in the fact that from the combination of last Wednesday’s Gahanna Invitational, this meet and this Saturday’s Thomas Worthington Invitational , we will have seen most of the best Division I teams in Central Ohio,” Evener said.
“My only regret, if you can call it that, is that we weren’t 100 percent due to scheduling conflicts and resting a few people from Wednesday’s meet,” he continued. “We didn’t have the bodies to compete in the pole vault and long jump, both events in which we could have scored enough to move us up a place or three.”
Evener said the meet helped his overall philosophy … developing the younger athletes.
“Competing in the Freedom Invitational played into my overall philosophy of developing our younger athletes throughout the season to help us not only towards the end of meet and in the not so distant future… it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and our goal is to improve daily and finish strong when it really counts.”
GAHANNA RELAYS — Big Walnut posted top five finishes at the Gahanna Relays held on Wednesday, April 23, at Gahanna Lincoln High School.
Eric Myers’ boys placed third behind Pickerington Central and Columbus Eastmoor Academy with 76 points in the 12-team boys competition. Central won the event with 93 points while Eastmoor Academy placed second with 77 points. New Albany was third with 71 1/2 points while the host Lions finished fifth with 71 points. The Golden Eagles claimed the long jump event with a combined distance of 41 feet, 3 inches.
Top-three Golden Eagle finishes for the boys belonged to the distance medley team (Logan Perry, Alec Evans, Bobby Bogantz and Jon Kahrmann), which finished second in 6 minutes, 8.77 seconds; the 4x800 relay team (Kahrmann, Bogantz, Michael Buckles and Perry), which closed third in 8:28.91; the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay team (Joe Mazzi, Joe Muench, Evans and Cole Stark), which finished third in 1:04.50; Muench, who finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:01.47; the 4x400 relay team (Stark, Tyler Martin, Muench and Buckles), which closed third in 3:30.45; Austin Crow, who finished third in the shot put with a toss of 46-05; Kaden Thompson, who finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 12-0; and the duo of Isaac Lucas and Stark, who finished third and fourth in in the long jump relay with respective efforts of 20-10 3/4 and 20-04 1/4 — leaps giving Big Walnut first-place points in the event. Stark and Lucas were also solid in the high jump relay, finishing second (6-2) and seventh (6-0) to give the team second-place points in the event.
Joe Evener’s girls posted a fifth-place finish with 46 points in the 13-team girls meet. Host Gahanna won the team title with 110 points, outdistancing New Albany (86), Pickerington North (82) and Pickerington Central (73). Eastmoor Academy finished sixth 45 points. Kerns also took individual runner-up honors in the high jump with an effort of 5-2
Big Walnut was led by the third-place finishes of Sara Althauser, Sami Rammelsberg, Amber Shaheen and Avery Kerns in the shuttle hurdle with a time of 1 minute, 11.65 seconds, and Cassie Walaszak and Colleen White in the shot put with a combined distance of 60 feet, 3 inches.
Taking fourths were Kristen Carty, Khaliyah Medlock, Sam Godby and Olivia Daggett in the sprint medley (2:00.10) and Hannah Griffith and Anna Vrancken in the discus (182-7).
Kerns, who nabbed individual runner-up honors in the high jump with an effort of 5-02
“Every meet we get a little better, we get a little stronger, and a little faster … that’s what it’s all about,” Evener said. “Our girls went out and competed against some of the top teams in Central Ohio, and they fought as hard as they could. As a result we were able to score in every event, and that is something that we must continue to do to be successful.”
Evener said several team members are stepping up this year, including Kerns and Carty.
“Avery has become one of my ‘go-to’ people for just about every event,” he said. “Kristen is a beast out of the blocks and has been the past two years. We were able to show off one of her little-known skills and have her receive a baton in a relay due to adjustments we had to make due to an illness that hit us before the meet, and she did it flawlessly.”
Evener also praised the Golden Eagles’ throwing team coached by Dora Riggs.
“Our entire throwing team is becoming quite the force under coach Riggs,” Evener added.
Evener hopes the squad will continue on its current path.
“I like where we are and I hope we continue on this path,” he said. “If we do, I think we are going to make some noise in the postseason.”