The Big Walnut track and field teams each won conference crowns over the weekend, taking top honors at the OCC-Capital Championship Thursday and Saturday at Olentangy Orange.
The Golden Eagle boys secured the title with 164 points. Canal Winchester finished a distant second with 120 while Newark was third with 76.
Seniors Tim Rumas, Colin White, Brandon Mosher and Will Hefner highlight the boys’ effort.
Rumas won the 100-meter dash in 10.83 seconds and set a new school and league record en route to winning the 200 in 21.81 seconds.
White was a double winner as well, securing first-place points in the 110 (15.21 seconds) and 300 hurdles (41.44 seconds), while Mosher won the discus (166-04) and set a new school and league record on the way to winning the shot put (59-05.75).
Hefner, meanwhile, won the 800 with a season-best effort of 2:01.48.
BW also picked up a win in the pole vault as Josh Halbakken cleared a season-best height of 13-0.
“Our field event guys did an incredible job setting the table for the win, scoring 81 points in the five field events,” BW coach Eric Myers said.
The BW girls, meanwhile, won with 137 points while Canal and New Albany rounded out the top three with respective totals of 126 and 113.
Big Walnut winners included Colbi Borland in the 1,600 (5:20.28) and 3,200 (12:33.41) and Kaley Rammelsberg, who set a new meet record in the high jump (5-06).
The 4×800 relay team of Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Adelee Gartner and Borland also wrapped up a conference crown, winning the event for the second straight season with a time of 9:47.50 — a mark just two seconds shy of a school record that’s stood for 23 years.
“What an amazing group of girls,” BW coach Joe Evener said. “Winning the OCC is a huge deal, and they just did it for the second year in a row.”
Division I, District 1 championship
Kaley Rammelsberg won a district title in the high jump and the 4×800 relay team nabbed runner-up honors as the Big Walnut girls track and field team finished sixth with 42.5 points at the Division I, District 1 championship Saturday at Hilliard Darby.
Rammelsberg won the high jump by clearing 5-02 while the 4×800 quartet of Kaitlin Meade, Colbi Borland, Adelee Gartner and Becca Bogantz finished in 9:44.62 to qualify for the upcoming regional showcase and break a 23 year old school record.
Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Track finishes 6th place at Division I District I
Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 AM
Place 6; Points 42
Meet Recap: Track We finish the season with a record of 93-15. Undefeated in duals/tris/quads 10-0
1) Pickerington Central 112; 2) Thomas Worthington 107; 3) Dublin Coffman 102.5; 4) Hilliard Darby 87.5; 5) Dublin Scioto 61; 6) Big Walnut 42.5; 7) New Albany 41 8) Westerville North 30; 9) Worthington Kilbourne 20; 10) Northland 15; 11) Watkins Memorial 10.5; 12) Hamilton Township 9.5; 13) DeSales 9; 14) Hilliard Bradley 7; 15) Licking Hts 4; 16) Marion Harding 3.
4×800 relay 9:44.62 (NEW SCHOOL RECORD) 2nd place/Regional Qualifier: Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Adelee Gartner, Colbi Borland.
100 hurdles Kaley Rammelsberg 15.79/16.22 3rd place Regional Qualifier; Mackenna Ames 17.36 PR.
100 dash Lindsey Luchsinger 14.37; Mia Smith 14.70.
4×200 relay 1:48.95/1:51.09 8th place: Tori Buxton, Hannah Unger, Grace Unger, Hanna Pinkston.
1600 run Alina Peccia 6:00.04; Chloe Mckenzie 6:08.22.
4×100 relay 54.98: Alle English, Mackenna Ames, MacKenzie West, Lindsey Luchsinger.
400 dash Sierra Sanders 1:05.33 (9th place); Mia Smith 1:09.93 PR.
800 run Kaitlin Meade 2:32.00/2:22.39 4th place Regional Qualifier; Becca Bogantz 2:36.31/2:27.17 7th place.
300 hurdles Gretchen Houser 53.79; Mackenna Ames 55.32.
200 dash Sierra Sanders 29.97.
3200 run Colbi Borland 11:23.35 3rd place Regional Qualifer.
4×400 relay 4:12.58/4:14.05 6th place: Tori Buxton, Hanna Pinkston, Hannah Unger, Kaitlin Meade.
Shot Put Maddie Swank 29’ 4.75”; MacKenzie West 26’ 1.50”.
Discus Grace Weber 87’ 5”; Maddie Swank 81’ 7”.
Pole Vault Annika Anderson 8’ 0” 7th place; Julia Wood 7’ 6”.
High Jump Kaley Rammelsberg 5’ 2” 1st place Regional Qualifier.
Long Jump Aly Hart 14’ 5.75”; MacKenzie West 14’ 4.5”.
Brian Shelton — Congratulations to the 4×800 relay team of Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Adelee Gartner, and Colbi Borland. They ran a 9:44.62 to place 2nd, qualify to the Division I Regional, and break the 23 year old school record!!
Big Walnut High School Girls Varsity Track finishes 1st place at OCC Track & Field Championships
Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:00 AM
Place 1; Points 137
Meet Recap: Track OCC – Capital Champions!! record = 83-8
1) Big Walnut 137; 2) Canal Winchester 126; 3) New Albany 113; 4) Groveport-Madison 81; 5) Newark 50; 6) Franklin Hts. 16.
100 dash Hanna Pinkston 13.02/13.06 3rd place; Alle English 14.36; Lindsey Luchsinger 14.36.
200 Dash Hanna Pinkston 27.75/26.45 2nd place; Tori Buxton 27.68/26.88 4th place; Hannah Unger 29.11.
400 Dash Hanna Pinkston 1:04.43/1:02.56 5th place Hannah Unger 1:03.75/1:04.21 7th place; Grace Unger 1:06.33.
800 Run Kaitlin Meade 2:22.74 2nd place; Colbi Borland 2:29.85 4th place; Becca Bogantz 2:30.28 5th place.
1600 Run Colbi Borland 5:20.28 1st place; Adelee Gartner 5:37.60 3rd place; Alina Pecci 6:06.27.
3200 Run Colbi Borland 12:33.41 1st place; Chloe McKenzie 13:21.47 4th place; Alina Pecci 14:06.41.
100 Hurdles Kaley Rammelsberg 15.65/15.79 2nd place; Gretchen Houser 18.12; MacKenna Ames 18.27.
300 Hurdles Kaley Rammelsberg 51.51/DNR IR; Gretchen Houser 54.50; MacKenna Ames 55.20.
4×100 Relay 55.19 5th place: English, Ames, West, Luchsinger.
4×200 Relay 1:51.95 3rd place: Buxton, G Unger, H Unger, Sanders.
4×400 Relay 4:12.33 2nd place: Buxton, Pinkston, H Unger, Meade.
4×800 Relay 9:47.50 1st place: Meade, Bogantz, Gartner, Borland.
High Jump Kaley Rammelsberg 5’6” 1st place/new meet record; Aly Hart 4’7” 5th place; Tori Buxton 4’ 2”.
Pole Vault Julia Wood 9’ 0” 2nd place; Abby Spangenberg 8’ 0” 6th place; Annika Anderson 8’ 0” 7th place.
Long Jump Kaley Rammelsberg 15’ 3.25” 4th place; Aly Hart 14’ 9” 6th place; Mackenzie West 13’ 10.5” 8th place.
Shot Put Maddie Swank 31’ 4.25” 6th place; Mackenzie West 26’ 11.5”; Kaylee Swank 22’ 5.5”.
Discus Maddie Swank 90’8” 3rd place; Cindy Schlaegel 89’1” 4th place; Grace Weber 81’9” 5th place.
What an amazing group of girls!! Winning the OCC is a huge deal, and they just did it for the second year in a row. It definitely wasn’t easy. Both Canal Winchester and New Albany were primed to take us out, but the girls did what great teams do – they stood together, supported each other, and overcame obstacles. We took a few big chances with the lineup, and they made it work. This senior class has just been simply wonderful, and it was a huge goal to send them out as champions!
The 4×800 relay team (Kaitlin Meade, Becca Bogantz, Adelee Gartner, Colbi Borland) defended their title, and came within 2 seconds of the school record. We are hoping next week is the week that 23 year old record goes down.
Kaley Rammelsberg won the high jump for the 2nd year in a row, and broke the meet record (held by BW’s Aleshia Higgins 2005) by jumping 5’6”. She gave us a scare in the long jump when she slid on the board and landed awkwardly. Luckily her best jump at the time stood for 4th place. She was able to run the 100 hurdles, but we had to scratch her in the 300 hurdles as we wanted to save her for next week.
Colbi Borland had a whale of a day. We put a lot of pressure on her, she ran the 1600 (1st), the 800 (4th), and the 3200 run (1st) today to go along with her 4×8 victory on Thursday. She is a talented runner, and she showed why she is among the best distance runners in the state.
Hanna Pinkston was another one who we put a lot of pressure on today and Thursday. Thursday she had to qualify to the finals in the 100, 200, and 400. Running all three in just over an hour. Today she ran, and scored in all three: 100 (3rd), 400 (5th), and 200 (2nd) as well as run 2nd leg on the 2nd place 4×400 relay team.
Kaitlin Meade had another great meet. Thursday she led off our championship 4×8 relay, then today she placed 2nd in the 800 with a near school record time, and anchored our 2nd place 4×4 relay. She is a fierce competitor, and it’s great having her bookend meets for the team, the first runner in the first race and the last runner in the last race.
Overall record now stands at 83-8.
Big Walnut High School Boys Varsity Track finishes 1st place at OCC Track & Field Championships
Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:00 PM
Place 1; Points 164
Meet Recap: Track Big Walnut Boys completed their regular season with a dominating win at the OCC Capital Division Meet on Saturday. While scoring across the board and numerous PR’s in many events the meet was highlighted by Seniors Tim Rumas, Colin White, Brandon Mosher, and Wil Hefner.
Rumas won both the 100 (10.83) and the 200 (21.81) while setting a new school and league record in the 200. White was a double winner in both the 110 Hurdles (15.21) and 300 Hurdles (41.44) Mosher continued his historic season winning the discus with a toss of 166’ 4” and a school record/league record throw of 59’ 5 3/4” in the shot put. Hefner sealed the victory for the Eagles in the 800 with a season best run of 2:01.48 and taking first place.
Our field event guys did an incredible job setting the table for the win by scoring 81 points in the 5 field events including a sweep in the pole vault with Josh Halbakken finishing first with a season best jump of 13’ Nick Spangenberg and Mitchell Truax both cleared 11’ 6” to tie for second. Complete results can be found on Baumspage. The boys will return to action this week at Hilliard Darby for the District meet. Field Events will be on Wednesday and Running semis on Thursday. Congratulations to the boys for completing a great regular season!
Big Walnut High School 1 164; Canal Winchester High School 2 120; Newark Senior High School 3 76; New Albany High School 4 75; Groveport Madison Sr High School 5 60; Franklin Heights High School 6 26.
Other state qualifiers on the boys’ side from Friday’s action included Big Walnut’s Brandon Mosher, who won a regional title in the shot put with a heave of 56-04.25; and the Golden Eagles’ Tim Rumas, who finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.53 seconds.
The Olentangy Orange boys track and field team won its second straight district championship over the weekend, piling up 133 points to take top honors at the Division I, District 3 championship Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School.
The Pioneers did it with balance, securing first-place points in all four relays while qualifying at least one runner to regionals in each and every running event.
Big Walnut and Olentangy Liberty were also in action. Big Walnut, boosted by a pair of multi-event winners, finished second with 86.5 points while Liberty closed fifth with 65.5.
Tim Rumas led Big Walnut on the track, winning individual district titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in respective times of 11.19 and 22.46 seconds. Liberty’s Andrew Bendick was a close second in both races.
Brandon Mosher, meanwhile, powered the Golden Eagles in the field. The senior won the discus with a throw of 168-09 and took top honors in the shot put with a heave of 55-08.
Coaches Joe Evener and Eric Myers contributed to this report.