The Big Walnut track and field teams had more than a few highlights during Friday’s Delaware County Elite 8 Championship hosted by Olentangy Orange High School.
The Golden Eagle girls, who finished third with 86 points, got wins from Anna Vrancken in the discus (107-04), Kaley Rammelsberg in the high jump (5-02), Sara Althauser in the 300 hurdles (:16.31) and the 4×800 relay team (Kaitlin Meade, Adelee Gartner, Leksi Murnieks and Becca Bogantz), which picked up first-place points thank to an effort of 10:24.60.
“I continue to be impressed with this team,” BW girls coach Joe Evener said. “Every week they battle their hearts out and amaze me. Our strength has to be in the field events — high jump, discus and shot put are doing amazing things.”
The Eagle boys, who finished fifth, were led by Abe Myers, who won the discus with a new meet-record toss of 161-03.5. BW’s Brandon Mosher won the shot put with a throw of 51-03 and Colin White took top honors in the 110 hurdles in :15.48 to pad the team’s point total.
Liberty’s girls secured 138 points to capture the team crown while Orange collected 114 to join Big Walnut in the top three. Olentangy (64), Buckeye Valley (56), Hayes (47) and Village Academy (6) smoothed out the scoring summary.
The Patriots did their damage on the track. Kelsey Mockler won the 100 hurdles (:15.77), Sydney Englehart won the 400 (1:00.08), Claire Linn won the 800 (2:15.82), Abby Summers won the 200 (:25.28) and Emma Bower took top honors in the 3,200 (11:42.42).
Liberty’s 4×200 relay team (Sienna Sakich, Carrie Lawal, Mockler and Summers) also nabbed a win, finishing in 1:47.44, while the 4×400 relay team (Englehart, Linn, Summers and Hailey Pickelheimer) won in 4:06.89.
Other running-event winners included Olentangy’s Tatum Otis in the 100-meter dash (:13.64) and Orange’s Allison Guagenti in the 1,600 (5:09.16).
In relay action, Hayes’ 4×100 relay team (Ashley Smiley, Torie Young, Rylee Wright and Macie Wright) won in :51.92.
Other field event winners included Orange’s Anna Watson in the pole vault (12-0), Buckeye Valley’s Emily Hilt in the long jump (17-06.75) and Orange’s Ally Cummings in the shot put (36-03.75).
In boys’ action, Orange made a statement on its home track, nabbing county bragging rights by winning the team title.
The Pioneers finished with 140 points while Liberty closed with 123.33 and Olentangy finished with 79.33 to round out the top three. Hayes finished fourth with 72.33, Big Walnut closed fifth with 61, Buckeye Valley was sixth with 42 and Village Academy finished seventh with five.
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