Juniors Abe Myers and Brandon Mosher broke meet records to lead the Big Walnut boys track and field team to the team title at Saturday’s (April 8) Red Edwards Golden Eagle Relays in Sunbury.
Myers powered BW to a win in the discus relay, leading all throwers with a record-breaking toss of 169-02. Mosher and Cody Priestas also chipped in, finishing second and fourth among individuals with respective throws of 136-08 and 124-08.
Mosher set his meet record in the shot put relay, leading the Eagles to first-place points with a heave of 54-0. Jeff Tutorow and Brandt Ebright also contributed to the win, closing with respective throws of 40-02 and 40-0.
The Golden Eagles also won the 800 sprint medley as Dante Chhuom, Sam Boyd, Devon Bingman and Tim Rumas teamed up to take top honors in a time of 1:39.80; and nailed down a win in the long jump relay thanks to the efforts of Caleb Ramey (19-09.50), Philip Roberto (19-06.25) and Rumas (18-02.50).
Hayes’ boys were also in action, finishing fourth among the 13 teams in action thanks in part to a pair of runner-up finishes on the track.
Deven Ward, Blain McCormick, Anthony Taglione and Phillipe Mutwali teamed up to finish second in the 800 sprint medley (1:41.30) while Elijah Harrell, Connor Derstine, McCormick and Ward combined to finish second in the 4×100 relay (44.76 seconds).
In girls’ action, the host Golden Eagles finished second with 89 points while the Pacers smoothed out the top three with 80 points.
BW picked up three wins in the field to pad its point total. The high jump relay team of Kaley Rammelsberg (5-04), Tori Buxton (4-08) and Meredith Seiple (4-06) picked up a win; the long jump trio of Rammelsberg (15-0), Seiple (14-09.25) and Mackenzie West (13-10.25) took top honors; and Anna Vrancken (120-02), Maddie Swank (92-09) and Julia Vrancken (84-04) teamed up to win the discus relay with a meet-record effort.
The 4×1,600 relay team (Kaitlin Meade, Colbi Borland, Adelee Gartner and Becca Bogantz) also nabbed a win, finishing in 23:51.73.
The Eagles were solid in the 4×800 relay, too, as Meade, Gartner, Emma Padgett and Bogantz combined to finish second in 10:25.76.
Hayes picked up a pair of wins of its own. Madeline Hayes (10-0), Sarah Jennings (7-0) and Savannah carter (6-0) combined to win the pole vault relay while the squad’s best finish on the track came in the 4×200 relay as Ashley Smiley Torie Young, Brooke Glesenkamp and Ari Avant took top honors with an effort of 1:48.88.
The same foursome finished second in the 4×100 relay, finishing in 50.92 seconds.
The Pacers also earned second-place points in the 4×400 as Adrianah Melvin, Judy Rodgers, Mary Beth Zimmerman and Savanna Diebert combined to finish second in 4:24.37.
BW girls track and field results
40th Annual Red Edwards’ Golden Eagle Relays 4/8/17
1) West. Central 110
2) Big Walnut 89
3) Del. Hayes 80
4) Bishop Watterson 69
5) Grove City 41
6) Worthington Kilbourne 36
7) Central Crossing 32
8) Northland 28
9) Centennial 22
10) Hamilton Township 17
11) Columbus Academy 11
12) Col. Sout 5
13) Centerburg 2
4×1600 Relay 23:51.73 1st place: Kaitlin Meade, Adelee Gartner, Cloe McKenzie, Colbi Borland
Shuttle Hurdles 1:09.53 2nd place: Ashleigh Althauser, Gretchen Houser, Tori Buxton, Kaley Rammelsberg
Lap Medley (800-400-1200-1600) 13:58.89 4th place: Becca Bogantz, Alina Pecci, Adelee Gartner, Colbi Borland
Sprint Medley (100-100-200-400) 1:59.55 5th place: Hanna Pinkston, Tori Buxton, Bryn Rammelsberg, Kaitlin Meade
4×400 relay 4:48.82 3rd place: Kaley Rammelsberg, Becca Bogantz, Emma Padgett, Alina Pecci
Distance Medley (800-200-400-1600) 10:26.69 4th place: Emma Padgett, Alina Pecci, Becca Bogantz, Chloe McKenzie
4×200 relay 1:56.26: Hanna Pinkston, Tori Buxton, Alle English, Bryn Rammelsberg
4×800 relay 10:25.96 2nd place: Kaitlin Meade, Adelee Gartner, Emma Padgett, Colbi Borland
High Jump 14’ 6” 1st place: Kaley Rammelsberg, Tori Buxton, Meredith Seiple
Long Jump 47’ 7.75” 1st place: Kaley Rammelsberg, Meredith Seiple, Mackenzie West
Pole Vault 19’ 0” 2nd place: Julia Wood, Sydney Parker, Alle English
Shot Put 80’ 2” 4th place: Anna Vrancken, Julia Vrancken, Maddie Swank
Discus 297’ 3” 1st place (School Record): Anna Vrancken, Julia Vrancken, Maddie Swank
Coach Joe Evener: It was a busy week for the team, but so worth it. Tuesday (April 4) we faced Westerville Central, Columbus School for Girls, and Whitehall in a quad meet. Score was Westerville Central 131 – Big Walnut 80 – CSG 40 – Whitehall 4.
Winners were Anna Vrancken in the discus, Kaley Rammelsberg in the high jump, and the 4×800 relay team of Kaitlin Meade, Emma Padgett, Becca Bogantz, and Adelee Gartner.
Friday night (April 7) we took eleven youngsters (8 freshmen and 3 sophomores) to the Buckeye Valley Invitational. Ten of the girls we took have never been to an invitational, so this was a great opportunity for them to get much needed experience, and becoming the “big dogs” for a night. The big story of the night was Tori Rammelsberg. She scored in all four events she was entered in, and scored 11 of the team’s 11.5 points.
At the Eagle Relays we had an amazing day! The team is now 25-5 for the season. We placed in 12 out of 14 events, and had 4 champions.
Anna Vrancken is a beast in the throws, especially the discus. Today she threw a personal record of 120’ 2” to help lead the team to a school record performance. Kaley Rammelsberg has become a consistent scorer in the hurdles and jumps, and Kaitlin Meade is one of a kind. She can run anything from a 200 to the 1600, and do them all very well. Tori Buxton is one of those same type of girls, she high jumps, hurdles, and runs every race from the 100 to the 400. I constantly start my line ups with her in 6-8 events, and then I have to pick the 4 where I need her most. Newcomers Emma Padgett (mid-distance), Colbi Borland (distance), and Hanna Pinkston (sprints) are becoming big factors in our early success.
For the weekend, we were able to get 31 different girls big meet experience, and they all continue to improve every meet. I am so excited at where we are, especially considering our youth and inexperience. We have some really great leadership, and the girls are working hard to accomplish the goals we have set for the year.
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