Pioneers, Golden Eagles win league titles


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com



The Olentangy Orange girls and boys track and field teams earned league titles over the weekend, finishing with 163.50 and 139 points, respectively, at the OCC-Buckeye Division Championships held Wednesday through Saturday at Hilliard Davidson High School.

The Pioneer girls were powered in part by their relay teams. The 4×100 quartet of Brenda Agyekum, Camille Barron, Maya Patterson and Mackenzie Blendick won a conference crown in 49.30 seconds while the 4×800 team of Lindsay Ott, Abby Schroff, Paige Benecke and Allison Guagenti won in 9:31.68.

Grace Frye also won a pair of events, taking top honors in the long jump (16-03.75) and discus (129-07).

The boys, meanwhile, got wins from Tommy Torres in the 100 (11.13 seconds), Alex Kenish in the 800 (1:54.68), Andrew Schroff in the 1,600 (league-record 4:16.49) and Jaeschel Acheampong in the long jump (OCC-record 23-08.25). Orange also earned a win in the 4×400 relay as Christian Wright, Schroff, Corey Barr and Kenish teamed up to finish in a Buckeye-Division record (3:23.36).

Olentangy and Olentangy Liberty were also in action. The Olentangy girls and boys finished fourth with respective point totals of 52 and 77. Liberty, meanwhile, got a runner-up showing from the boys (136) and a third-place finish from the girls (106.50).

The Braves were boosted by Alexis Brookshire, who picked up a league title in the girls 1,600 (5:05.24) and nabbed runner-up honors in the 800 (2:17.08); Carter Schaefer, who won the boys 3,200 (9:53.14); and Luke Murdock, who won the boys long jump (6-01).

The Patriots, finally, got first-place points from Gracie Sprankle, Noelle Meeker and Mollie Kunar on the girls side. Sprankle won the 3,200 in a Buckeye-Division record 11:09.52, Meeker won the pole vault with an effort of 11-0 — beating Orange’s Sara Borton in a jump-off — and Kunar won the shot put with a heave of 39-06.

Matthew Onate and Luke Bendick led the Liberty boys, winning the 200 (21.96 seconds) and pole vault (Buckeye-Division record 15-09), respectively. The Patriots also won the 4×100 relay (43.80 seconds) and 4×800 relay (8:09.39).

OCC-Capital Championships

The Big Walnut girls track and field team won a league title and the boys finished fourth at the OCC-Capital Championships hosted by Groveport Madison High School Thursday through Saturday.

The Golden Eagle girls got wins from Colbi Borland in the 1,600 (5:18.92) and 3,200 (11:47.28), Kaley Rammelsberg in the high jump (5-01), Grace Salloum in the discus (99-04) and Cindy Serna in the 300 hurdles (48.11 seconds).

They also won the 4×800 relay as Borland, Adelee Gartner, Alina Pecci and Grace Grunewald combined to finish in 9:57.52.

The boys were boosted by Caleb Ramey, Jackson Podraza and Mitchell Truax. Ramey won the long jump (20-09.50), Podraza took top honors in the high jump (6-03) and finished second in the 800 (2:05.56) and Truax was first in the pole vault (12-06).

OCC-Cardinal Championships

Luke Walden won the boys pole vault to become Olentangy Berlin’s first individual OCC champion at the OCC-Cardinal Division Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Hilliard Davidson High School.

The sophomore cleared 13-06.

Delaware Hayes’ Orion Ward also picked up a league title, winning the long jump (22-06).

On the girls’ side, Ari Avant led the Pacers with a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.34 seconds) while the Bears’ Maggie Conrad finished second in the pole vault (8-06).

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By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com