BW, Liberty nab team titles at Golden Eagle Relays


Big Walnut and Olentangy Liberty made the most noise at the Red Edwards Golden Eagle Relays, taking the top two spots Saturday in Sunbury.

On the boys’ side, the host Golden Eagles won with 108 points while the Patriots closed a close second with 101. Delaware Hayes was also in action, finishing fifth with 43.

Big Walnut won the sprint medley relay and both distance medley relays. Logan Lang, Nate Snead, Hunter Bergsten and Cameron Long teamed up to win the shorter race in 1:37.84 while Cale Borland, Joey Ceneskie, Drew Hendon and Eli Lengl won the longer one in 7:50.23.

The Eagles also won the shuttle hurdle relay (Long, Justin Gneiting, Remy Stanford and Garrett Colbert) in 1:01.41 and the 4×400 relay (Austyn Fox, Brody Chapman, Stanford and Lang) in 3:34.74.

In the field, BW’s Matthew Von Almen won the discus with a throw of 130-04 and Braden McCruter won the high jump with a leap of 6-02.

Liberty, which finished second in a handful of events, padded its point total with a win in the 4×1,600 relay as Sam Perez, Sam Brockbank, Shrey Mhaskar and Nathan Ogilbee joined forces to cross the finish line in 19:06.69.

In the field, the Patriots’ Jacob Biros won the shot put (47-07) and Jacob Weaver won the pole vault (14-06).

Hayes’ best finish came from Guiness Stewart, who finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 120-09.

On the girls’ side, Liberty and Big Walnut flipped. The Patriots won with 102 points, the Eagles were second with 94 and the Pacers finished fifth with 54.

The Patriots won the 4×200 relay (Alexis Mitchem, Natalie Nichols, Kennedy Elfers and Sophia Sampson) in 1:45.83, the 4×800 (Ava Legates, Hannah Spires, Julia Bockenstette and Bridget Snider) in 9:59.73 and the 4×1,600 (Carolyn Canady, Anna Shah, McKinley Newcomer and Bockenstette) in 22:55.17.

Liberty also won the sprint medley relay (1:50.58), the distance medley relay (9:38.38) and the pole vault as Lillian Engler cleared 10-03.

The Eagles’ best finish on the track came in the 4×400 as Raegan Mullins, Zara Barton, Kylie Brandt and Leighton Coey teamed up to win in 4:22.31.

In the field, Autumn Newman won the shot put with a throw of 33-09 and Natalie Vrancken won the discus with a toss of 113-11.

Kaitlyn Zimmers and Kara Glesenkamp had the Pacers’ best finishes. Zimmers closed second in the pole vault (8-0) while Glesenkamp finished third in the high jump (5-02).


Olentangy Berlin’s girls and Olentangy’s boys track and field teams posted a slew of solid early-season performances on the way to nabbing top honors at Friday’s Berlin Invitational in Lewis Center.

The Bears won on the girls’ side with 115 points. The Braves were close behind, finishing second with 110, while Mount Vernon smoothed out the top three with 104.

Grace Heitkamp and the 4×800 relay team led Berlin with wins on the track while Alexandra Acosta-Munoz and Elizabeth Rietschlin picked up wins in the field.

Heitkamp won the 1,600 (5:33.88), Acosta-Munoz picked up first-place points in the pole vault (9-0) and Rietschlin won the shot put (33-1.5).

Olentangy, meanwhile, got wins from Annabelle Couvreur in the 400-meter dash (1:01.99), Chayla Rankin in the high jump (5-02) and the 4×400 relay team (4:15.61).

In boys’ action, the Braves won the team title with 137 points, Westerville Central nabbed runner-up honors with 126 and Berlin closed third with 99.5.

Olentangy’s top point producers included Roman Corbett, who won the 3,200 (10:07.83); Joaquin Love, who took top honors in the long jump (19-10); CJ Sanna, who won the shot put (47-7.5) and discus (166-10); Riley Reday, who won the pole vault (12-06) and the 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams, which won their races in 3:31.85 and 8:29.01, respectively.

The Bears had a couple champs of their own.

Evan Cornell won the 800 in 1:59.62 and Miles King won the 300 hurdles in 39.35 seconds.

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