Area standouts shine at OCC showcases


Area high jumpers reached new heights over the weekend … and the top of the podium at their respective conference championship meets.

In the Central, Olentangy Orange’s Teresa Christian took top honors on the girls’ side, edging Olentangy Liberty’s Camryn Thompson with a mark of 5-03.

One the boys’ side, area standouts took each of the top three spots and five of the top six. Orange’s Elias Lewis won the conference crown with an effort of 6-02 while the Pioneers’ Levi Davis cleared 6-0 to finish second.

Liberty’s Johnny Stack (5-10) smoothed out the top three while Orange’s Ellis Appiah (5-08) and Liberty’s Vince Dragoni (5-08) closed fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the Capital, Delaware Hayes’ Kara Glesenkamp won conference bragging rights with an effort of 5-04. Big Walnut’s Megan Stevens had a strong showing, too, clearing 5-0 to finish third.

On the boys’ side, the Golden Eagles’ Garrett Stover finished third (5-11).

Finally, in the Cardinal, Olentangy’s Chayla Rankin and Sofia Baerga finished second and third in the conference with respective efforts of 5-02 and 4-11.

On the boys’ side, the Braves’ Eli Dray was third (6-01).

Overall, Orange’s boys and girls teams both nabbed league titles. Delaware Hayes’ girls won a conference crown, too, and Liberty’s boys and girls each earned runner-up honors. The Berlin and Big Walnut boys teams also finished second in their respective conferences.

In the Capital, area winners included Hayes’ Malaya Sowell in the girls 100 (12.47 seconds), the Pacers’ Aicha Tounkara in the girls 800 (2:24.90), Big Walnut’s boys 4×400 relay team (3:28.89) and Hayes’ girls 4×400 (4:06.95) and 4×800 (9:48.74) relay teams.

The Eagles’ Matthew Von Almen won the boys discus (148-04), Big Walnut’s Natalie Vrancken won the girls discus (111-10) and BW’s Maci Ames took top honors in the girls pole vault (12-0).

Local winners in the Cardinal included Berlin’s Moses Murphy in the boys 100-meter dash (10.95 seconds), Olentangy’s Emilee Baumann in the 100 hurdles (15.85 seconds), the Bears’ Jude Elkins in the boys 110 hurdles (14.59 seconds), Berlin’s Miles King in the boys 300 hurdles (39.66 seconds), the Braves’ Sydney Burrs in the girls 300 hurdles (46.42 seconds), Berlin’s Cooper Citro in the boys 800 (1:53.68), Olentangy’s Jason Rettinger in the boys 1,600 (4:16.71), Olentangy’s girls 4×100 (49.37 seconds) and 4×200 (1:45.46) relay teams and Berlin’s boys 4×400 relay team (3:24.80).

Olentangy’s C.J. Sanna won the boys discus (148-03) and shot put (49-03.25) and Berlin’s Stephanie Balthaser won the girls pole vault (11-0).

In the Central, winners included Liberty’s Sophia Sampson in the girls 100 (12.36 seconds), Orange’s Carter Byers in the boys 110 hurdles (15.88 seconds) and 300 hurdles (41.45 seconds), the Pioneers’ Nick Robinson in the boys 200 (22.35 seconds), Orange’s Josephine Davis in the girls 200 (25.76 seconds), the Patriots’ Wesley Noeth in the boys 400 (50.27 seconds), Liberty’s Jaxson Eckert in the boys 800 (1:53.79), Orange’s Brook Chapman in the girls 1,600 (5:08.40), Orange’s boys 4×100 relay team (43.76 seconds), Orange’s girls 4×100 relay team (49.86 seconds) and Liberty’s boys 4×200 (1:30.82), 4×400 (3:25.76) and 4×800 (7:52.51) relay teams.

Orange’s Bobby Ogles and Zach McDowell won the boys discus and shot put, respectively, with throws of 156-07 and 52-07.5, the Pioneers’ Cam Shively won the boys pole vault (14-00) and Orange’s Surraiya Mahmud won the pole vault (11-0).

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