Hiland High School track and field coach Mark Fowler may only have four girls on his high school roster, but those four girls are stepping up and representing the program in some pretty positive ways.
In a home meet featuring six schools, the Lady Hawks placed fourth and had some strong showings as all four girls did their best to rack up points for their team.
Newcomerstown emerged on top with 153 points, followed by East Canton’s 109 points. Danville just edged out Hiland’s quartet 68 to 61 while Strasburg totaled 53 points and Heritage Christian scored 2.
“We might not have many girls, but they are all pretty talented, and they give me everything they have, and they have great attitudes,” Fowler said of Brooke Miller, Hailey Somers, Hailey Miller and Nikki Yoder.
The quartet of girls won the 4-by-200 while the 4-by-100 lost to Newcomerstown in a tight fight to the finish.
Somers had a quality night, taking second in both the 100- and 200-meter races, while Yoder snagged the runner-up spot in the 400. Brooke Miller took third in the 200 while Hailey Miller matched that finish in the 400. Broke Miller was fourth in the 400, and Hailey Miller also placed fourth in the 200.
On the boys side, defending state champion East Canton brought somewhat of a skeleton crew and still produced a winner, churning out 119 points. Newcomerstown grabbed second with 104 points, the Hawks took third with 90, Danville racked up 67, Strasburg captured 59 and Heritage Christian took on six.
Brayden Gray was the top runner for the Hawks, taking first place in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.44 and then earning the second spot in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the 400 Hiland’s Nathaniel Yoder led the entire race, only to get nipped at the wire by less than 2 feet. Tyler Kuhns placed second in the 800 as well as the 1600.
Cordell Hershey also finished second in the 200. Evan Casey, the lone senior on the Hiland team, flew to third in the long jump. Aaron Chupp and Hershey took fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles and 100 meters, respectively. Michael Yoder earned a fifth-place finish in the discus.