Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Track finishes 1st place at Brooke Relays
Saturday, April 21, 2018
This was the 11th time in 15 times competing at Brooke that we have won it since 1997. This is a second in row since placing second in 2016. Past results were: 1st – 1998, 1999, 2002,2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018; 2nd – 2016; and, 3rd – 1997, 2006, and 2008. We have also traveled to Toledo in 1996 (top 10 finish with no official results), Shadyside (1st place in 2000), and Bellaire (1st place in 2012). This improves our record to 67-4.
It was unfortunate that there was a scheduling change to another popular meet in the area that pulled a lot of teams away this year. Normally there are 14-16 teams present. I’ve even been there once or twice when there were 18-20 teams. The bigger the meet the better the competition. But teams like Oak Glen, Steubenville, and Indian Creek are always fun to compete against.
I love the way the meet manager, and coaches of other teams commented on the way we conducted ourselves as a team, they way we looked like a unit, warmed up together, and the way we competed. Regardless of the team score, these are the types of comments I love to hear about the girls. Plus we had a great support group there with parents who drove over Friday night or Saturday morning to cheer us on!
More important than the meet results themselves is the bonding, camaraderie, and fun experience the trip creates. So many of my former athletes consider the trip to West Virginia one of the highlights of their time on the track and field team. It’s a trip that they always look forward to, and I want to plan every time in works in our schedule.
Kaley Rammelsberg won the High Point trophy for the second year in a row, scoring 36 points. Last season she won by scoring 28.5 points. Past High Point Trophy winners have been: Heather Moore (40 pts in 1998), Amy Winter (40 pts in 2002), Brea Medlock (23 pts in 2009), Olivia Small (30.5 pts in 2013). She also broke the meet record in the high jump going 5’ 4.5” the jump set in 2009 by our own Laura Kelly.
In fact, with Kaley, there are seven Big Walnut high jumpers listed in the meet records. Three other past athletes still own records at the meet. Jamie Annis (2013) holds the 100m hurdle record; Olivia Small (2013) holds the long jump record; and the 4×800 relay team of Laura Groseclose, Suzi Spettel, Heather Roeper, and Katie Zvansky still hold the record from 2004.
It’s fun to look at the Top 10 performances and see the names of some of the great athletes that have come through the program, and made their marks in this meet. And another one of our current athletes, Kaitlin Meade, is among that group. Kaitlin has placed 12 times in this meet with five 1st places, including two 800m titles. She is also ranked 2nd and 4th on the all time 800m runners list.
Place 1; Points 190
Track Brooke Relay 4/22/18
1) Big Walnut 190.50 2) Oak Glen 140.50
3) Indian Creek 75 4) Edison 69
5) East Liverpool 60 6) Steubenville 50
7) Madonna 44 8) Brooke 33
100 Meter Hanna Pinkston 13.58/13.50 3rd place; Lindsey Luchsinger 14.75
200 Meter Hanna Pinkston 28.06/27.54 3rd place; Tori Buxton 27.91/27.80 4th place Season Best
400 Meter Hannah Unger 1:04.55 3rd place PR; Sierra Sanders 1:05.61 5th place PR
800 Meter Kaitlin Meade 2:29.54 1st place; Becca Bogantz 2:33.04 2nd place
1600 Meter Colbi Borland 5:21.43 1st place; Chloe McKenzie 5:59.63 4th place
3200 Meter Colbi Borland 12:01.54 1st place; Hannah Moroz 13:35.76 4th place
100 Hurdles Kaley Rammelsberg 16.13/16.22 1st place; MacKenna Ames 18.39/17.97 4th place PR
300 Hurdles Kaley Rammelsberg 50.54 1st place; Gretchen Houser 54.50 5th place
4×100 Meter Relay 55.30 3rd place — Alle English, MacKenna Ames, Mackenzie West, Lindsey Luchsinger
4×200 Relay 1:52.39 2nd place — Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Tori Buxton, Sierra Sanders
4×400 Relay 4:22.27 2nd place — Sierra Sanders, Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Kaitlin Meade
4×800 Relay 10:30.56 1st place — Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Grace Unger, Chloe McKenzie
Shuttle Hurdles 1:18.47 3rd place — MacKenna Ames, Alle English, Mackenzie West, Gretchen Houser
High Jump Kaley Rammelsberg 5’ 4.5” 1st place New Meet Record; Tori Buxton 4’ 4” Tied – 7th place
Pole Vault Julia Wood 8’ 0” Tied – 1st place; Annika Anderson 8’ 0” Tied – 1st place
Long Jump Kaley Rammelsberg 16’ 0” 3rd place; Aly Hart 12’ 6”
Shot Put Maddie Swank 29’ 2” 5th place; Grace Weber 22’ 4”
Discus Maddie Swank 108’ 7” 2nd place; Grace Weber 86’ 4” 8th place
Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Track finishes 2nd place at Gahanna Relays
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
What a terrific meet! Getting second place to Gahanna is a huge deal. When you can see…and beat competition like this there is no doubt that things are going in the right direction. We are scoring consistently in all of the areas, and that makes us hard to beat. We have improved our record to 60-4. And if you look at three of the four teams who have beaten us: Gahanna, Westerville Central, and Olentangy Orange, you can see they are among the best in Division I Central Ohio – Gahanna District Champion, Regional Champion, State runner-up; Westerville Central District runner-up; Orange district runner-up. These programs are where we want to be.Place 2; Points 76
Track Gahanna Relays 4/18/18
1) Gahanna 145 2) Big Walnut 76
3) Pickerington Central 61 4) New Albany 50.5
5) Columbus Academy 48 6) Northland 45
7) Westerville North 44.5 8) Hamilton Twsp 34
9) Canal Winchester 30 10) DeSales 26
11) Hartley 21 12) Walnut Hills 16
13) Whitehall 15 14) Licking Hts 2
14) Walnut Ridge 2 16) Independence 0
17) Beechcroft 0
2 person High Jump: Kaley Rammelsberg, Tori Buxton 10’ 0” 1st place
2 person Pole Vault: Julia Wood, Annika Anderson 16’ 6” 1st place (Julia Wood PR 8’ 6”)
2 person Long Jump: Kaley Rammelsberg, Aly Hart 28’ 0.5” 5th place
2 person Discus: Maddie Swank, Grace Weber 180’ 6” 2nd place
2 person Shot Put: Maddie Swank, Grace Weber 52’ 9.5”
4×1600 relay: 23:29.25 2nd place — Colbi Borland, Alina Pecci, Chloe McKenzie, Hannah Moroz
Shuttle Hurdles: 1:10.17 3rd place — Gretchen Houser, Mackenzie West, Mackenna Ames, Kaley Rammelsberg
4×800 relay: 10:13.69 3rd place — Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Grace Unger, Adelee Gartner
100 dash: Hanna Pinkston 13.66 7th place
4×200 relay: 1:51.81 —Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Tori Buxton, Sierra Sanders
800 Run Kaitlin Meade 2:30.89 6th place
4×100 relay 55.85 — Alle English, Mackenna Ames, Mackenzie West, Lindsey Luchsinger
Distance Medley (8-4-12-16): 13:53.67 2nd place — Becca Bogantz, Grace Unger, Chloe McKenzie, Colbi Borland
Sprint Medley (1-1-2-4) 2:01.75 6th place — Tori Buxton, Lindsey Luchsinger, Hannah Unger, Hanna Pinkston
Middle Medley (8-4-4-8) 7:33.84 4th place — Adelee Gartner, Alina Pecci, Grace Unger, Kaitlin Meade
4×400 relay 4:16.78 4th place — Tori Buxton, Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Kaley Rammelsberg
Congratulations to the girls’ track and field team for finishing 1st place and to the boys’ track and field team for finishing 2nd place at the Heath invitational Saturday, April 14. There were 19 teams competing. Complete results on baumspage.com. Way to go!!!
Information for this story was provided by BW coach Joe Evener and AD Brian Shelton.