Kreft, Hilt lead Barons at MOAC championships


Zach Kreft and Nina Hilt each won a pair of individual events to lead the Buckeye Valley track and field teams at the MOAC championships, which wrapped up Thursday in Fredericktown.

Kreft continued his dominance in his signature events, the 1,600 and 3,200, winning both in respective times of 4:30.83 and 9:49.95.

Kreft was also a member of the Barons’ 4×800 relay team, which picked up first-place points in a time of 8:23.24. Bill Daily, who finished second behind Kreft in the 1,600 with a personal-best mark of 4:41.76, Cameron Hurt and Gavin Shearer also contributed to the relay win.

The Baron boys, who finished third behind Galion, the Red Division champ, and Marion Harding with 57 points, got top-three showings from the 4×200 (Duncan Faulk, Matthew Pentecost, Kyle Purcell and Charlie Daily) and 4×100 (Faulk, Pentecost, Purcell and Caleb King) relay teams as well. They both finished third in respective times of 1:37.60 and 46.34 seconds.

Hilt, meanwhile, scored in four different events for the girls.

The junior cruised to a win in the 100 hurdles, winning the final in 15.85 seconds — a mark nearly a full second faster than the second-place finisher.

She won the 300 hurdles, too, picking up first-place points with an effort of 49.54 seconds. Hilt also finished fifth in the high jump (4-10) and third in the long jump (15-05.50).

Other standouts included Hannah Fenstermaker, who finished fifth in the pole vault (7-06).

Buckeye Valley’s girls finished sixth in the Red Division with 56.50 points. River Valley won with 124 while Galion and Pleasant smoothed out the top three with respective totals of 104 and 93.

By Ben Stroup

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