West Holmes Track and Field

Good performances pepper Knights’ line-up in solid effort at OCCs

Kaylin Martin

Ashland proved to be too deep, claiming the title with 153 points, with Lexington hanging close in the runner-up spot with 131. Mansfield Senior was third at 97, with Wooster right behind in fourth with 91 and West Holmes fifth at 75.5. Mt. Vernon was sixth at 48.5, Clear Fork garnered 44 and Mansfield Madison finished with 21 points.

Lexington’s girls were tops by earning 132 points, with Wooster placing runner-up with 110 and Ashland placing third with 107.5. West Holmes competed well, placing fourth with 95.5 points, followed by Mansfield Senior at 71, Mansfield Madison with 56, Clear Fork with 54 and Mt. Vernon at 34.

Brayden Chaney and Josh Goudy got the Knights started in the right direction, and there were some quality efforts across the board.

In the 100, Ashland’s Hudson McDaniel won in 11.29, while Brandon Zemrock earned eighth for the Knights in 12:02.

Chaney took third in the 200, reeling off a 22.74, a great time but not good enough to track down the inning time of 22.45 set by Mansfield Senior’s Joe Ellis and runner-up Hunter Biddle of Lexington, who filed a 22.46.

However, Chaney would not be denied a victory, and found one in the 400, where his winning time of 49.36 saw him propel around the final turn and down the homestretch to easily get by Matthew Martin of Ashland, who finished runner-up in 51.43. Wooster’s Connor Niro placed third in 51.78.

The 800 was won by Ashland’s Josh Mendenhall’s time of 1:58.95, which was a half-second better than runner-up Chris Cannon of Wooster. West Holmes’ Jonathan Kandel was fourth in 2:02.01,where he was nipped for third at the finish line by Mason Kearns of Lexington.

Cannon rolled to victory in the 1600 in 4:21.61, getting a win for the Generals. Teammate Jordan Green was fifth in 4:36.78.

Matthew Chidsey of Wooster took second in the 3200 in 9:48, three seconds behind winner Kyle Johnston of Lexington.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Ashland’s McDaniel won in 15.10, while West Holmes senior Matt Chanay placed fourth in 16.40. McDaniel also won t he 300 hurdles.

The Knights’ 4×400 team of Kandel, Michael Taylor, Chanay and Grady Hay claimed fifth, while West Holmes’ 4×800 relay team of Ethan Raber, Brayden Bender, Jackson Iamarino and Kandel placed fourth.

Wooster’s Lonnie Harper leaped 6-00 in the high jump, which got him second-place, but that was a far cry from the champion, Mansfield Senior’s Joe Ellis, who went off and cleared an eye-popping 6-10 to win the event with ease. Ethan Kinsey of West Holmes took sixth with a jump of 5-08.

The Knights gained good ground in the pole vault, with Chanay going 13-03 and Hay clearing 12-09 to get second and third behind the 13-06 cleared by Ashland’s John Wolfe.

West Holmes got a fourth-place performance in the long jump from Taylor who went 19-11.5.

Goudy placed high in both the shot and the discus. His effort of 47-09.75 was good for fourth in the shot, while his heave of 152-06 in the discus earned him second-place behind only David Amstutz of Ashland’s ridiculously huge toss of 180-00. Amstutz also won the shot with a throw of 57-11.75.

There were plenty of great match-ups on the girls’ side, but it would be Mansfield Senior that would earn a ton of wins in the sprint events.

Mansfield Senior’s Alaysia Grose and Jakari Brown, a freshman, went one-two in the 100 in times of 12.82 and 12.94. Wooster’s Clara Lemal-Brown was third at 13.22, while Lady Knight Kaylin Martin was seventh in 13.65.

Those two Tygers duplicated their winning finishes in the 200, with Grose edging brown 25.53 to 26.16. Again it was Lemal-Brown claiming third in 26.18.

Lemal-Brown finally broke through to win a gold in the 400, where she ran a time of 59.83, a full second ahead of runner-up Amelia Moore of Lexington.

Lexington got things rolling in the 800, where teammates McKenna Curtis-Collins and Olivia Wolfe went one-two. Savannah Ebin of Wooster came in third in 2:25.31, four seconds off the winning pace.

Curtis-Collins ran a 5:03.12 to win the 1600, pulling away late from West Holmes senior Michelle Hostettler’s runner-up time of 5:07.27. Maddy Nacci of Wooster placed fourth in 5:25.56, and then Hostettler fended off Nacci in the 3200 to claim the victory. Hostettler ran an 11:37.12, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Wooster.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Alaya Grose grabbed the win by reeling off a sizzling 15.16, with Clear Fork’s Lauren Callen second in 15.88. West Holmes’ Taylor Yerian placing fourth in 16.70.

Yerian would not settle for anything but the top spot in the 300-meter hurdles, and got it by hammering out a fine time of 46.08, easily getting past Lynsey Plues of Ashland’s runner-up time of 46.98.

The relay sprints were not a surprise, with Mansfield Senior dominating the 4×100 and 4×200 sprint events. Senior was led by the core of the same four runners in both events, with Alaya and Alaysia Grose, Jakari Brown and Mikala Crim doing the honors.

In the 4×100, Wooster’s quartet of Haley Balas, Oksana Novotny, T’Yana Nolen and Lemal-Brown taking runner-up in 51.17, almost a full two seconds behind the Tygers’ winning time.

In the events, West Holmes made up some great ground with a number of solid performances. Gabrielle Ewing of Ashland won the pole vault with a jump of 9-06, beating Lexington’s Alyssa Gottschling on misses. West Holmes’ Makayla Roush placed third by clearing 9-0.

When it came to leaping long, the Lady Knights dominated, with Yerian winning the event with a jump of 16-00.5, just getting by teammate and runner-up Martin, who jumped 15-11.25.

Madison Kandel grabbed the title in the discus by chucking the disc 115-04, three-feet beyond the effort of Wooster’s Brooke Huffman, who placed second at 111-02. General Olivia Sotkes placed third with a throw of 108-10, with Lady Knight Kacie Leppla placing sixth at 95-06.

Kandel had to settle for second in the shot, where her heave of 36-04.75 wasn’t enough to catch the winning effort of 37-01.5 by Clear Fork’s Paige Walker. Leppla added some quality points to West Holmes’ total with a throw of 32-09, good for fifth.

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