MIDDLE POINT — Countywide track and field athletes converged just outside Middle Point to take part in the Van Wert County track meet Tuesday afternoon. The Van Wert Cougars beat Crestview Knights and host Lincolnview in girls and boys events to take top spot at the meet.
The Cougars’ outstanding performance was capped off by several broken records. Megan Braun broke the school and county meet record in the long jump. She jumped 18 feet 3 inches and beat the previous record of 16 feet 8 3/4 inches. She also competed in the 4x400 that set a county record. Kirsten Clay set the county record in the Discus throw with a distance of 122 feet.
Van Wert head coach Mark Collins was happy with the way his squad performed.
“Megan Braun set the record on one jump. She did a great job. It was raining at the time, so she was done after the first jump. On the boys side we had Austin Clay won the shot and discus and broke his own county record in the shot put. Overall it was a good meet. I want to commend Lincolnview for doing tremendous job and being ready to compete. They have a nice program and a great coaching staff.”
The Lancers finished second in boys and girls events. Lincolnview head coach Matt Langdon sees bright spots on his squad.
“Brad Korte had a good meet. He is only a sophomore and has matured physically, worked a lot in the off season, and he is going to have an incredible career. He loves track and is very coachable, always willing to do whatever is needed of him by the coaching staff.”
Crestview placed third but continues to show improvement. Lyvia Black took first place in the girl’s 100-meter hurdles and Tyler White had the fastest time in the boy’s 110-meter hurdles.
Knights head coach James Lautzenheiser believes his team is heading in the right direction. “I would say that the best thing in a season of inconstancies, mostly weather, we are finally becoming constant. The strength of our team today were our guy’s and girl’s hurdlers. We had some distance runners break over some big thresholds. We also had some good throws in shot and discus today.”
Langdon was also excited to host Tuesday’s meet. “It’s a great meet for us. Van Wert and Crestview have good programs and good kids. It’s exciting and a great atmosphere. If you are a track fan, then it’s great to see all the kids you read about in the paper all in the same place. The kids race hard against each other and I see a lot of respect amongst players and coaches. It’s fun, I don’t know how long we have been doing this but a good friend of mine, Quinn White, who coached Van Wert years ago, had the idea to do a county meet.”
Coach Collins sees the event as a coming together of the community. “The reason this meet was designed was to celebrate track and field in our communities. At the beginning of the meet we had a unity prayer with all the team’s, so it’s good to come out and enjoy track and field and compete against each other and have that fellowship.
Boys: Van Wert 75.00, Lincolnview 59.00, Crestview 41.00
Girls: Van Wert 94.50, Lincolnview 62.00, Crestview 17.50