Big Walnut takes home track title

By Ben Stroup -

Last weekend’s OCC championship meets treated area athletes quite well.

Orange’s boys and girls both captured team titles, as did Big Walnut’s girls, and more than a few locals made noise as individuals.

Hayes had a handful of champions in the Buckeye-Division showcase, which wrapped up Saturday (May 13) in Dublin.

League champs included Madeline Hayes, who won the girls pole vault (10-06); and freshman Sydney McMillin, who won the girls 200 (25.74 seconds) in the first league championship meet of her young career.

The Pacers also took top honors in the girls 4×200 as Ashley Smiley, McMillin, Torie Young and Brooke Glesenkamp combined to finish in 1:44.40.

Hayes’ girls finished fourth with 72 points while the boys closed fifth with 51.

Orange, which had the honor of hosting the OCC-Buckeye championship, went out and picked up a pair of team titles Saturday in Lewis Center. The girls won with 155.66 points while the boys took top honors with 187.

Pioneer winners included Brenda Agyekum in the girls 100 (12.33 seconds), Allison Guagenti in the girls 800 (2:16.64) and 1,600 (4:58.73), Anna Watson in the girls pole vault (13-03), Megan Cochran in the girls discus (113-04), Zach Harrison in the boys 200 (21.58 seconds), TJ Coates in the boys 400 (49.25 seconds), Tyler King in the boys 800 (1:56.65), Hunter Moore in the boys 1,600 (4:21. 05) and 3,200 (9:32.69), Jayden Rodgers in the boys 110 hurdles (14.41 seconds) and high jump (6-04), Nate Roush in the boys pole vault (14-0), Jaeschal Acheampong in the boys long jump (22-07.25) and Zach Skidmore in the boys shot put (50-10.75).

Orange also won the boys 4×200 (Joel Sarpong, Coates, Kevin Acheampong and Harrison), 4×400 (Coates, King, Christian Wright and Harrison) and 4×800 (Tommy Heiden King, Andrew Schroff and Moore) relays, padding its point total in respective times of 1:28.40, 3:24.55 and 7:59.49.

Liberty, which finished third and fourth in the Buckeye’s girls and boys divisions, respectively, nabbed first-place points from Abby Summers in the girls 200 (24.91 seconds), Sydney Englehart in the girls 400 (58.87 seconds) and Emma Bower in the girls 3,200 (11:15.36).

Olentangy, also competing in the Buckeye, finished fifth in the girls division and third in the boys division.

Big Walnut’s girls, which won the Capital-Division crown with 158 points Saturday in Dublin, got wins from the 4×400 relay quartet of Tori Buxton, Emma Padgett, Hanna Pinkston and Kaitlin Meade (4:11.53), the 4×800 relay team of Meade, Padgett, Adelee Gartner and Colbi Borland (9:52.80), Borland in the 1,600 (5:31.44) and 3,200 (12:33.31), Meade in the 800 (2:25.26), Anna Vrancken in the discus (118-01).

The Golden Eagle boys, who finished third in the Capital with 96 points, were led by Brandon Mosher, who won the shot put with a throw of 56-10.25; and Abe Myers, who took top honors in the discus with a toss of 177-08. Both set new Capital-Division records. Josh Halbakken also picked up first-place points, winning the pole vault with an effort of 11-06.

Comments from Joe Evener, Girls’ Track and Field Coach

“What a great day for the girls! The way they came to the meet ready to face a difficult task, and the way they supported each other, encouraged each other, and picked each other up was more than the other teams could handle. They showed why I consider track and field a team sport. Every girl, every event, every point counts!

“Coach Lewis definitely had his distance runners ready for the meet. They won the 4×800 relay, and triple scored in all three open races. Their 75 points was the major turning point in the meet. I can’t say enough about the performances of Kaitlin Meade, Emma Padgett, and Colbi Borland. Colbi recorded 3 first places (with her Cross Country title, gives her 4 OCC titles in her first year). Emma Padgett showed her versatility – running anchor on the 4×8, running 2nd on the 4×4, leading off the 4×2, and placing 2nd in the 800. Kaitlin Meade recorded 3 first places and a second. What a day Kaitlin had. Her anchor leg of the 4×4 was simply incredible. She ran down the conference 400 meter champion to help the 4×4 win the title, and really put an exclamation point on the whole day.

“Anna Vrancken had a great week. She won the discus on Wednesday, and placed 2nd in the shot put on Saturday. She is the ultimate competitor and almost always finds it within herself to make good things happen.

“I am so proud of this team. They have had a season to remember, and the way they competed was inspirational.”


OCC – Capital 5/13/17

1) Big Walnut 158

2) Canal Winchester 117

3) Groveport-Madison 94

4) Newark 59

5) New Albany 54

6) Franklin Hts. 41

4×800 Meter Relay: 9:52.80 1st place Kaitlin Meade, Colbi Borland, Adelee Gartner, Emma Padgett

100 Meter Hurdles: Kaley Rammelsberg 15.76/15.45 2nd place; Ashleigh Althauser 17.30/17.42 6th place; Tori Rammelsberg 17.97/17.81 8th place

100 Meter Dash: Hanna Pinkston 13.10/13.15 4th place; Gretchen Houser 14.50

4×200 Meter Relay: 1:53.45 4th place Emma Padgett, Ashleigh Althauser, Alle English, Bryn Rammelsberg

1600 Meter Run: Colbi Borland 5:31.44 1st place; Kaitlin Meade 5:32.18 2nd place; Adelee Gartner 5:34.06 3rd place

4×100 Meter Relay: 55.42 6th place Mackenzie West, Ashleigh Althauser, Alle English, Gretchen Houser

400 Meter Dash: Hanna Pinkston 1:02.89/1:02.10 6th place; Tori Buxton 1:03.69/1:02.52 8th place; Becca Bogantz 1:07.13

300 Meter Hurdles: Kaley Rammelsberg 49.71/49.01 3rd place; Tori Rammelsberg 52.33/50.26 5th place; Gretchen Houser 55.07

800 Meter Run: Kaitlin Meade 2:25.25 1st place; Emma Padgett 2:27.52 2nd place; Becca Bogantz 2:33.45 4th place

200 Meter Dash: Hanna Pinkston 27.66/27.39 4th place; Tori Buxton 28.26; Mackenzie West 29.14

3200 Meter Run: Colbi Borland 12:33.31 1st place; Chloe McKenzie 12:42.78 2nd place; Hannah Moroz 13:27.26 6th place

4×400 Meter Relay: 4:11.53 1st place Tori Buxton, Emma Padgett, Hanna Pinkston, Kaitlin Meade

Long Jump: Kaley Rammelsberg 15’ 8.25” 3rd place; Tori Rammelsberg 15’ 5.5” 4th place; Mackenzie West 14’ 4.25” 8th place

Discus: Anna Vrancken 118’ 1” 1st place; Maddie Swank 93’ 11” 4th place; Julia Vrancken 80’ 1” 7th place

Shot Put: Anna Vrancken 33’ 10” 2nd place; Maddie Swank 27’ 1”; Julia Vrancken 27’ 0.75”

High Jump: Kaley Rammelsberg 4’ 8” 3rd place; Tori Buxton 4’ 8” 4th place; Meredith Seiple 4’ 0”

Pole Vault: Julia Wood 7’ 0” 6th place; Sydney Parker 7’ 0” 7th place; Kat Brammer 7’ 0” 8th place

· Team record = 84-9

· Scored in 16 out of 17 events

· Double scored in 5 events

· Triple scored in 3 events

· 4 individual champions

· 2 champion relays

· Our first OCC title since 2004, my 5th title:1997 (BAC)-1998 (OCC)-2000 (OCC)-2004 (OCC); program’s 16th title

· Kaley Rammelsberg placed in all three of her events

· Hanna Pinkston placed in all four of her events

· Emma Padgett placed in all four of her events

· Anna Vrancken placed in both of her throwing events

· Distance team scored 75 points by themselves

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