By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy Orange girls track team was sharp in its opening meet of the season, winning Saturday’s Newark Invitational with 107 points.
The Pioneers were led by three individual champs and a first-place relay team.
Senior Hannah Dieker won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds, junior Angel Frye took top honors in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10-0 and freshman Allie Guagenti won the 800 in 2:25.32.
The 4×400 relay team (Brynna Johnson, Grace Frye, Guagenti and Angel Frye) picked up first-place points in 4:13.72.
Big Walnut’s girls were also in action Saturday in Newark, finishing tied for sixth among the 16-team field with 53 points.
Anna Vrancken was the Golden Eagles’ lone individual champ, winning the discus with a toss of 113-05.
The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team (Kaitlin Meade, Leksi Murnieks, Adelee Gartner and Becca Bogantz) also had a solid showing, nabbing runner-up honors in 10:43.72.
Canal Winchester finished second to Orange with 86.83 points while Thomas Worthington smoothed out the top three with 72.5.
The Olentangy Orange boys track team notched a solid top-three finish in its season opener, closing third at the always-competitive Newark Invitational Saturday in Newark.
Senior Sean Yu garnered the squad’s lone individual championship, winning the pole vault with an effort of 12-0.
Runner-up finishes belonged to Zach Skidmore in the shot put (46-11), Jake Lawrence in the pole vault (11-06), Zach Harrison in the 200 (24.08 seconds) and the 4×200 relay team (Harrison, T.J. Coates, Andre Keels and Sam Ansong), which finished its event in 1:34.28.
The Olentangy boys lacrosse team got back to its winning ways Saturday, topping visiting Mason 9-5 Saturday in Lewis Center.
Patrick Grubb scored a game-best four goals to go with a pair of assists while Cam Kennedy and Kyle Milliron scored a pair of goals apiece. Cole Gordon also found the back of the net while Charlie Harkin finished with 10 saves in the Olentangy goal.
Christ School (NC) 7, Liberty 5
Alex Lando notched a hat trick, but it wasn’t quite enough as host Christ School (NC) used a solid second half to parlay a 3-3 halftime tie into a 7-5 non-league win Saturday afternoon.
Eric NeCamp and Ryan Dertinger also scored for the Patriots while Cameron Finley made seven saves in the Patriot goal.
Thomas Worthington 10, Orange 9.
Olentangy def. Medina 25-12, 25-13; Olentangy def. Westerville North 25-23, 25-9; Olentangy def. Massillon Jackson 25-16, 22-25, 25-18.
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