Big Walnut took the boys team title and Olentangy Liberty the girls crown at the 2014 Delaware County Elite 8 Track & Field Championship held last Thursday (May 8) at Olentangy Orange’s Pioneer Field in Lewis Center.
The Big Walnut boys won their side of the meet by 12 points over Liberty, 150-138. Orange was third with 77 points, Buckeye Valley finished fourth with 61, Delaware Hayes fifth at 49 points, Olentangy sixth at 47 and Powell Village Academy seventh with one point.
Liberty’s girls finished with a much more commanding win of 33 1/2 points over Orange, Liberty with 162 1/2 points and Orange with 129. Big Walnut was third with 73 points, Olentangy fourth at 72 1/2, Hayes fifth with 51 and Buckeye Valley sixth with 35 points.
Big Walnut’s boys had seven first-place finishes buoyed by five seconds and five thirds to take the top spot. Golden Eagle junior Cole Stark won two events, the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 0:16.61 seconds and the high jump with a winning leap of six feet. Junior Joe Muench won the 400 dash in 0:49.66 seconds, senior Austin Crow captured the shot with a put of 49 feet, 2 1/4 inches, and sophomore Isaac Lucas won the long jump, covering a distance of 22 feet, 3 inches.
The Golden Eagles also took two relays. The tandem of junior Jacob Thompson, junior Michael Buckles, junior Jon Kahrmann and senior Logan Perry won the 4x800 relay in 8 minutes, 22.59 seconds, and the foursome of senior Ben Muench, senior Austin Thomas, senior John Lankford and sophomore Matt Brockway won the 4x200 in 1:34.03.
Liberty took six events, including five individual titles. Senior Josh Wojciechowski won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:23.48, senior Brad Wiemels took the 800 in 2:01.29, junior Jacob Merrels captured the 200 in 0:22.55, senior Andrew Johnston won the 3,200 in 9:54.82 and senior Cameron Cook won the pole vault with a leap of 13-6. Liberty’s team of junior Joel Aninao, sophomore Mason Hunter, junior Michael Tweddle and senior Devin Collins also won the 4x100 relay in a time of 0:45.06 seconds.
Orange had one individual winner in sophomore Andre Keels, who won the 300 hurdles in 0:42.54, and the Pioneer team of senior Brandon Simon, senior Charles Karas, freshman Jake Metzger and junior J.P. Leskovich won the 4x400 relay in 3:32.09.
Liberty’s girls won seven events on their side of the meet, including six individual crowns by six different athletes.
Sophomore Claire Linn won the 1,600 in 5:33.07 seconds, junior Claire Wiles captured the 800 in 2:23.61 and freshman Abby Summers won the 200 in a time of 0:26.63 seconds. Junior Trinity Wiles won the 3,200 run in 12:25.66 seconds, junior Bobbi Hines earned the win in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 11 3/4 inches, and sophomore Angela Kile won the discus with a toss of 95-2 1/2 inches. The Patriots’ quartet of Claire Wiles, Trinity Wiles, senior Allie Merola and senior Jessica Martz also combined to win the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:1.02 seconds.
Orange won four events, with junior Thelma Agyekum involved in three of them. Agyekum won the 100 meters in 0:12.97 and combined with freshman Angel Frye, freshman Bailey Hurley and junior Mikaela Lyons to take the 4x200 relay in 1:48.92. The Pioneer team of Frye, Agyekum, senior Stephanie Lewis and Lyons also won the 4x100 relay in 0:50.68 seconds, and the tandem of freshman Brynna Johnson, Frye, Hurley and junior Anna Dove won the 4x400 relay in 4:9.64 seconds.
Big Walnut sophomore Anna Mackey took first in the long jump with a best attempt of 15-5 3/4 for the lone Golden Eagle win.