By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy Liberty girls track and field team took top honors while the Patriot boys finished second to highlight what was a solid showing for area teams at the Olentangy Invitational Friday in Lewis Center.
The Patriot girls, who won the team title with 157 points, were led by a slew of champs. Kelsey Mockler won the 100 hurdles (:15.82), Sydney Englehart won the 100-meter dash (:12.56) and long jump (16-00.75), Gracie Sprankle picked up first-place points in the 1,600 (5:15.81) and Hailey Pickelheimer won the 300 hurdles (:47.28).
Liberty also won the 4×800 (Gracie Sprankle, Emma Bower, Emily Matta and Claire Linn) in 9:59.19.
Olentangy’s girls finished second with 108 points while Hayes finished fourth with 72 and Orange closed fifth with 71.50.
The host Braves were boosted by Holly Nation, who won the 400 in 1:02.92.
The Pacers were powered by their 4×400 relay team (Ashley Smiley, Kaylee Travis, Sammi Smudz and Brooke Glesenkamp), which won its event in 4:20.43. Hayes also won the 4×200 relay (Torie Young, Rylee Wright, Glesenkamp and Macie Wright) in 1:49.80 while Macie Wright won the 200 in :26.80.
The Pioneers’ lone win on the track came from Allison Guagenti, who won the 3,200 in 11:34.71. They also got a pair of field event wins as Ally Cummings won the shot put with a heave of 34-00 and Anna Watson won the pole vault with an effort of 11-06 — a new meet record.
In boys’ action, Liberty finished second with 123 points. Pickerington North won the meet with 141 points while Olentangy finished third with 89.50, Hayes closed fourth with 65, Worthington Christian finished fifth with 54.50 and Orange smoothed out the scoring summary with 48.
Liberty winners included Mitchell Towne, who picked up first-place points in the 800 (1:58.11); Trevor Collins, who won the 200 (:22.43); and Canaan Cook, who won the pole vault (14-06).
The Patriots’ 4×800 relay team (Luke Wojciechowski, Ryan Milligan, Brady Rath and Towne) and 4×100 relay team (Will Fowler, Daniel Blaine, Collins and Ben Rinsma) also nabbed wins, closing in respective times of 8:17.22 and :44.47.
Other area standouts included Hayes’ Jacob Protheroe, who won the 100-meter dash (:11.28); the Pacers’ Justin Hernan, who won the 1,600 (4:37.85); Orange’s Zach Skidmore, who won the shot put (47-08); and Hayes’ Deven Ward, who won the long jump (19-05.75).
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