Pioneers win Delaware County Championships


The Olentangy Orange girls track and field team took top honors at Friday’s Delaware County Championships, getting a handful of first-place finishes on the way to a dominant 194.33-point performance.

Cassidy Shimp, Brooke Chapman, Josephine Davis, Ava Otey and Kayla Sucharski led the charge on the track.

Chapman picked up first-place points in the 100 hurdles (15.61 seconds) and 1,600 (5:12.80) with personal-best times in both events, Shimp won the 100-meter dash (12.38 seconds), Davis won the 200 (25.54 seconds), Otey took top honors in the 800 (2:21.28) and Sucharski won the 3,200 (11:54).

Orange also won the 4×100 (49.27 seconds), 4×200 (1:42.31) and 4×400 (4:04.51) relays.

The Pioneers’ other win came in the field, where Audrey Reynolds won the shot put with a personal-best heave of 35-07.

Olentangy Liberty finished second on the girls’ side (117 points) while Delaware Hayes (89), Olentangy (80.33), Big Walnut (74), Buckeye Valley (39.33), Olentangy Berlin (33) and Delaware Christian (3) smoothed out the scoring summary.

Standouts included Buckeye Valley’s Alexis Chang, who won the 300 hurdles with an effort of 47.09 seconds; Olentangy’s Amelia Smith, who won the 400 in 59.62 seconds; Big Walnut’s Natalie Vrancken and Maci Ames, who won the discus and pole vault, respectively, with marks of 116-0 and 12-04; Delaware Hayes’ Kara Glesenkamp, who cleared 5-04 to win the high jump; and Liberty’s Lila Bendick, who won the long jump with an effort of 17-05.5.

On the boys’ side, Orange took the team title with 129 points while Liberty and Big Walnut rounded out the top three with 112 points and 104 points, respectively.

Berlin was fourth with 86 points, Olentangy finished fifth with 76, Hayes was sixth with 48, Buckeye Valley had 33 to finish seventh and Delaware Christian finished with four.

Individual winners on the track included Berlin’s Moses Murphy and Jude Elkins, who won the 100-meter dash and 110 hurdles in respective times of 10.92 and 14.93 seconds; BW’s Hunter Bergsten and Emil Stanford, who won the 200 and 3,200 in respective times of 22.62 seconds and 9:37.78; BV’s Ethan Browning, who won the 300 hurdles in 39.95 seconds; Orange’s Nick Robinson, who won the 400 in 50.27 seconds; Liberty’s Jaxson Eckert, who won the 800 in 1:53.30; and Olentangy’s Jason Rettinger, who won the 1,600 in 4:21.36.

In relay action, Orange won the 4×100 (43.41 seconds), Liberty took top honors in the 4×200 (1:30.29) and 4×800 (8:10.09) and Berlin won the 4×400 (3:25.73).

Finally, in the field, standouts included the Braves’ CJ Sanna and Eli Dray, who won the discus (168-09) and high jump (6-06), respectively; the Patriots’ Ronav Patel, who won the long jump (20-06); and the Pioneers’ Zach McDowell, who won the shot put (49-09).

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