West Holmes Track and Field

Galion Kiwanis Invitational proves to be tough competition for Knights

West Holmes got great postseason preparation at a tough Galion Kiwanis Invitational

Photos from Knights home meet versus University

A rugged field of competitors greeted the West Holmes Knights on Friday, May 4 at the annual Galion Kiwanis Invitational at Galion High School, and the West Holmes athletes responded with some pretty strong efforts across the board.

The Knights’ boys team placed fifth overall with 60.5 points, missing a third-place finish by half a point. Ashland won the meet with 88 points while runner-up Shelby totaled 80. Both Ontario and Avon totaled 61 points, each inching past the Knights by half a point. Watkins Memorial was sixth with 56 points, tying Lexington in the 15-team field.

Over on the girls side, the Lady Knights claimed eighth place in the 15-team field. Avon accumulated 124 points to win easily while runner-up Galion posted a score of 104.75. West Holmes finished with 32 points on the day.

Madison Kandel was right in the thick of the hunt for a title in the shot, where she heaved a throw of 37-06.75. Unfortunately a matter of several inches sent her tumbling to fourth with the third-place throw at 37-07, second-place throw at 37-08 and the winning throw at 37-09.

Kaylin Martin continued to impress in the long jump, where her effort of 15-1.75 placed her third behind the winning leap of 16-04.5 from Marissa Gwinner of Galion and 16-01 from Lucas’ Emily Niswander.

Kandel moved up a couple of notches in the discus, her heave of 131-10 trailing only the championship throw of 136-10 from Briana Streib of Galion.

The girls 4-by-400 relay team of Martin, Brogan Steimel, Daybria Yerian and Katie Sprang darted to a PR time of 4:20.68 to claim the fifth spot in a tough field. Martin just missed out on points in the 200, where she placed ninth in 27.81.

Sprang continued to shine in the 800, where the freshman ran a PR time of 2:20.84, good for third place behind Avon’s winning and runner-up duo of Evelyn Pelfrey and Jules Frombach, who ran 2:20.80 and 2:20.81 in what proved to be one of the most exciting finishes of the day, all three top runners crossing at almost exactly the same time.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Maiah Geib placed 12th in 55.95 while Steimel ran a 56.46, good for 14th. Megan Jones earned 14th place in the 400 meters. Geib also placed 14th in the 100-meter hurdles.

The 4-by-200 relay team of Martin, Hannah Rohr, Yerian and Sprang cruised to a sixth-place finish in 1:53.64, the team from Ontario winning in a blistering time of 1:50.65.

For the boys, Knights All-Ohioan Brayden Chaney kept plugging along in the 400, where he cruised to victory in a time of 50.68, topping runner-up Ryan Johnston of Lexington’s effort of 51.29.

Grady Hay had a good day in the pole vault, clearing 12-06, the top height any competitor cleared. However, he had to settle for third place on misses while freshman teammates Emmett Myers took ninth by clearing 11 feet.

In the shot West Homes placed sixth and seventh with Eric Barbey and Lane Graham throwing 43-10.5 and 43-10, respectively. Their throws were less than 3 inches out of fourth place.

In the long jump, Michael Taylor continued to get better and better as the season progresses. His leap of 20-05.25 made him one of only two competitors to go over 20 feet, placing him second after a winning jump of 22-00.75 from Mansfield Senior’s Angelo Grose. Michael Taylor also finished sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.47 while younger brother Brady Taylor took 11th in 11.74.

Jacob Goudy leaped to seventh in the high jump by clearing 5-08, and he also placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 133-01.

In the 4-by-400 relay, Brady Taylor, Travett Boughman and Brayden Chaney joined Michael Taylor in presenting a winning time of 3:28.80, defeating runner-up Lexington by one second.

The 4-by-200 relay team found the same success, winning in a time of 1:33.19. The quartet of Taylor, Taylor Chaney and Jonathan Kandel was able to stave off a challenge from runner-up Avon, which ran a 1:33.61.

In the 300-meter hurdles, James Billups ran a 46.78, which placed him 12th.

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