CONVOY — Mother Nature continues to make outdoor events difficult on local coaches, fans and athletes. Tuesday was no different as area track and field teams competed in the Crestview tri-meet in Convoy.
Celina took the top spot in both boys and girls overall results with Van Wert finishing second and host Crestview third.
Van Wert head coach Mark Collins was pleased with his team’s effort. “We had a pretty good meet here today. We didn’t run all of our ‘A’ team, so we rested some kids and tried some different things. Overall the kids did fairly well.
“On the boy’s side, Jacob Hart won the 100 and 200-meter. On the girl’s side we had a freshman girl (Gracie Gunter) win the high jump, so overall it was a good meet for us.”
The Van Wert boys finished second with 46.5 points while the girls also placed second with a score of 66.5. Caylee Phillips was a key contributor to her team’s overall score by winning the 200-meter dash. Blake Henry won the boys high jump, Megan Braun easily won then girls long jump, and Eli Rager won the boys long jump for the Cougars.
Siblings Austin Clay (shot put) and Kirsten Clay (discuss) also won events. Abby Jackson won the girls’ shot competition.
The young Crestview Knight squad showed some improvement according to head coach James Lautzenheiser. “We are a young team, but we are an exciting team. We have had great numbers for both boy’s and girl’s. Last year we were mostly a girls’ team, and this year we are evened up at about 28 each. We also feel like we are competitive in more events this year compared to last year, which is always awesome if you’re a head coach.”
The Knights finished third in boy’s events with a score of 27, while the girl’s placed third with a score of 13.
“We have some things to work on with our relay like making better hand-offs, but we were able to compete in the boy’s 400x2 and that was an exciting race. I feel like our girl’s 400x1 is coming together, and we had some good things happen in the guy’s 4x400,” said Lautzenheiser.
Tyler White placed first in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles. His standout performance was an eye-catcher for the Crestview coaching staff.
“Our highlight for our team tonight is Tyler White in hurdles. He is coming back from a season-ending injury that he suffered at conference finals last year. He had a knee injury that cut his tournament trail short and could have made it to regional finals in my point of view, so we are really excited to see him make a comeback in his senior year,” Lautsenheiser concluded.
Van Wert will continue their season at the Ottawa-Glandorf Gold Medal Invitational on Friday while the Knights travel to Coldwater on Thursday for a quad-meet.