By Ben Stroup
The Big Walnut boys and girls track teams put together solid showings at Saturday’s Gary Smith Invitational, each earning sixth-place finishes.
The Golden Eagle girls, who finished with 54 points, were boosted by Kaley Rammelsberg, who set a new meet record of 5-04 en route to winning the high jump. Rammelsberg also finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.38).
Other top-three performances belonged to Anna Vrancken, who finished second in the discus (110-02); and Ellie Jindra, who closed third in the high jump (5-0).
Big Walnut girls coach Joe Evener said he was pleased with the performance of his group, especially considering the caliber of the competition.
“It was another solid performance by the girls,” he said. “This meet had the feel of a district-caliber meet. Just look at the teams — Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, both Worthingtons, Upper Arlington, Hartley — that’s what I love about this meet and the Gahanna meet. Between the two meets, we get to see the ‘who’s who’ powers of Central Ohio. Add the Elite 8 meet to the mix, and these three meets give us some of the best opposition around.”
The boys, who scored 37 points, were led by Abe Myers, who nabbed runner-up honors in the discus with a heave of 150-0. Brandon Mosher also had a top-three finish, closing second in the shot put with an effort of 49-03.
Other standouts included Cole Amato, who finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 148-01; Ethan Hale, who finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 46-09.5; Philip Roberto, who was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-09; and the 4×100 relay team of Dante Chhuom, Sam Boyd, Tyler Lacy and Cole Weaver, which finished fifth.
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