Fred Main/News Centerburg’s Savannah Gammell, right, hands off the baton to teammate Linsey Dore for the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay Saturday in the Division III District finals at Watkins Memorial. The team finished second, qualifying for regional competition.


Cory Berg and Sam Bethea of the Mount Vernon boys’ track and field team had already earned Regional berths in field events at the Division I Central District championships at Hilliard Darby on Tuesday, and on Saturday both earned more opportunities to compete against the best by winning District titles in running events.

Berg, already the District 2 champion in the high jump, became a three-time champion with victories in two more events on Saturday. Berg came out of the 200-meter dash prelims as the No. 2 seed, but overtook Nathan Simons of Canal Winchester in the finals, blazing to victory in a time of 22.03.

Then, Berg, along with teammate Erich Rhodeback, competed in the 300-meter hurdle finals. Berg and Rhodeback were 1-2, respectively, in the prelims, and Berg earned his second championship of the day with winning time of 38.13. Rhodeback also earned a spot at Regionals with fourth place in 40.03.

In addition, Berg and Rhodeback also qualified, with Noah Stephens and Alex Mullins, with a fourth-place time of 3:26.28 in the 4×400-meter relay.

Bethea, who was second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump, earned a third Regional berth in the 110-meter hurdles. Bethea was the No. 1 qualifier in the prelims, and Rhodeback fifth, and Bethea went on to win the finals of the event in 14.20. Rhodeback missed qualifying in the event, taking eighth (16.51).

In girls District 3, McKenna Brokaw was the only finalist for the Yellow Jackets. After making the finals of the 400-meter dash with sixth place in the prelims, Brokaw improved to fifth place in the finals, but was one spot behind the final qualifying spot with a time of 1:01.32.

The Regional meet will take place starting Wednesday at Pickerington North High School.

Veley wins 100-meter title in DII Districts

Brock Veley earned a District championship for Highland in the boys’ Division II Central District meet at Westerville North on Saturday, and claimed spots in three events for the Regional meet later this week.

In the District 1 event, Veley and teammate Jack Weaver claimed both of the top-two places in the 100-meter dash, virtually tying with times of 11.07 in the prelims. Veley pulled away for the victory in the finals, timing out at 11.13 to Weaver’s 11.28, still 1-2 overall.

Weaver and Veley also ran second and fourth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash, advancing with times of 22.58 and 23.58.

Veley, Chase Carpenter, Landyn Albanese and Weaver were No. 1 out of the 4×100 relay prelims, but fell to DeSales to earn second place (43.44) and another Regional placing. Veley missed out on qualifying for a fourth event, as he, Ryan Weissenfluh, Carpenter and Albanese were third out of the prelims but finished seventh in the finals of the 4×200 relay (1:34.82).

Landon Remmert was the final Scots’ boys’ qualifier, taking fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (42.30). Remmert was also a finalist in the 110-meter hurdles, but placed eighth (18.09).

Fredericktown and Highland girls each claimed one Regional berth. The Freddies Paige Oswalt, Audrey Bouton, Emily Rook and Annie Maglott were fourth in the 4×200 relay (1:52.64), and the Scots’ Peyton Carpenter advanced with fourth place in the 200 dash (27.57).

Carpenter had an excellent chance for a second berth after taking second in the prelims of the 100 dash, but fell to seventh place in the finals (13.57). She, Makenna Belcher, Brylinn Tuggle and Destiny Carpenter also fell one spot shy of the Regionals with fifth place in the 4×100 (51.96). Camberly Schade was fifth for Highland in the 1,600-meter run (5:41.21), and Belcher was sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.42).

Two girls were inadvertently left out of the story on field-event qualifiers in Wednesday’s News. Fredericktown’s Celeste Swihart earned a Regional spot with third place in the pole vault (9-feet), and Highland’s Erin Conner advanced in the shot put with fourth place (34-10).

Utica competed in District 2, and had two boys’ running finalists. Landon Hartman, after placing sixth in the 200 dash prelims, missed a Regional berth by one place, taking fifth in 23.37. The 4×100 team of Mason Loper, Hartman, Demitri Lowry and Justin Riley finished seventh (45.96).

Lexington will host the Division III Regional, starting Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Bulldog, Trojan girls win at DIII Districts.

The Centerburg and East Knox girls’ track and field teams came away with one victory and many other Regional qualifying times in the running finals of the Division III Central District meet at Watkins Memorial on Saturday.

The Trojans had great success in District 2, making Regional-qualifying marks in seven events. Centerburg’s freshman class was especially distinguished, as Avery Tucker won the 400-meter dash in her first-ever District competition. She won the race in 59.90, and also teamed up with junior Aeryn Walters, sophomore MaKenna Hennell and fellow frosh Abigail Dickhof to earned another qualifying mark, fourth place, in the 4×400 relay (4:18.67).

Chloe Goulter, another freshman, had three qualifying efforts. She was second in the 100-meter dash (12.81) and the 200-meter dash (26.97), and combined with junior Tori Walschott, senior Savannah Gammell and junior Linsey Dore for second place in the 4×100 relay (52.97).

Dickhof claimed second place and a Regional berth in the 800-meter run (2:28.49), and Hennell advanced in the 1,600-meter run (5:39.49) in fourth place.

Two more Trojans missed out by one spot. Elise Tucker and Sarah Thatcher, both seniors, were fifth in the 800 (2:31.90) and 3,200-meter run (12:37.27), respectively.

Fredericktown’s boys took five Regional placings in Division 2. Colton Riel will compete in four events after claiming third place in the 300-meter hurdles (43.68) and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.88). He also teamed with Chance Campbell, Kailin Horlacher and Steven Tumbleson for fourth place in the 4×200 (1:36.62); and with Campbell, Horlacher and Paden Spencer for fourth in the 4×400 relay (3:42.04).

Spencer will run in the 1,600 after placing third in 4:29.60, and Connor Riley was third in the 3,200 (10:25.69). Thomas Caputo fell just short in the 1,600, following Spencer in fifth place (4:45.98).

Centerburg’s boys were close, but had no qualifiers. Chandler Reisen, Ethan Barton, Gavin Wilson and Lane Johnson were one spot away from a Regional berth with fifth place in the 4×100 relay (46.24), and Will Carlisle, Johnson, Barton and Reisen finished sixth in the 4×400 (3:50.65). Barton and Reisen also made the finals of the 100 and 400 dashes, respectively, but finished seventh (11.88) and eighth (55.99).

In District 1, East Knox’s team of Emily Opfer, Madison Annett, Alexandria Magers and Ashley Van Hoose earned the District championship in the 4×200 relay (1:52.62), and Danville’s quartet of Alenah Boeshart, Haley Furay, Rachel Wilson and Brooklyn Hess, two sophomores and two freshmen, advanced in third place (1:55.75).

Opfer will also go on in two other events after taking third in the 300 hurdles (50.17) and combining with Magers, Molly Gebhardt and Ashley Van Hoose for third in the 4×400 relay (4:23.44). Van Hoose will also compete at the Regionals in the 100 hurdles with her third-place time of 17.24.

Danville had one more qualifying effort, by Boeshart in the 100 dash. She was third in 13.23.

The Bulldogs were also fifth in a pair of events. Magers fell short in the 400 (1:03.02), and Annett, Taylor Huggins, Jaclyn Mahle and Van Hoose missed out in the 4×100 relay (55.29). Brooklyn Hess was sixth in the 100 hurdles (18.22) and 300 hurdles (50.82) for the Blue Devils, and Furay was eighth in the 300 hurdles (53.23).

For the boys, East Knox’s Dawson Moreland earned two places with second place in the 1,600 (4:39.66) and by teaming with Nathan Whitney, Chase Darr and Cody Cockrell for second in the 4×400 (3:31.76). Whitney advanced with third place in the 800 (2:03.95).

Dillon Moreland missed a Regional berth with fifth place for the Bulldogs in the 1,600 (4:55.73).

The Regional meet will be held at Lancaster High School beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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