Lady Knights finish third, West Holmes and Garaway send several to regionals

On May 21 the West Holmes girls’ track team finished third in the team standings at the Div. II Eastern district track and field meet held at West Holmes High School.

The Lady Knights scored 83.25 points second only to River View (83.75) and Carrollton who won the district team title with 121 points.

Highlighting the day for West Holmes was junior Michelle Hostettler in the 3200-meter run. Not only did Hostettler win the two mile race, she set the school record at West Holmes, which she already owned, and beat the stadium and district records with a time of 10:51.30.

Another West Holmes junior, Taylor Yerian, cruised to a win in the 300-meter hurdles. (video) Yerian’s time of 47.41 was plenty good to send her to regionals for the third consecutive year. That’s right, she’s a three-time district champ in the race.

To go along with her win the in the 300-meter hurdles, Yerian also came in second in the girls’ long jump competition with a jump of 15-06.50.

Senior Hannah Clark finished second in the 800-meter run to Sandy Valley’s Andra Lehotay. (video) There was a certain buzz on the track for this race as both of these runners are predicted to be a part of the final 800-meter race of the year in Columbus. Lehotay turned in a time of 2:18.19 and Clark was right on her heels finishing with a time of 2:19.13.

Clark was also part of the 4×800-meter relay team for West Holmes that finished second and qualified for regionals on Thursday May 19 at WHHS. Clark, Hostettler, Amber Murphy and Hannah Schlegel turned in a time of 9:41.81 that was good enough for second place.

In the field, the Lady Knights really racked up some team points to go along with Yerian’s effort in the long jump. Three more Lady Knights, Madison Kandel, Kacie Leppla and Makayla Roush all will be headed to Athens next Saturday.

Roush placed second in the girls’ pole vault event jumping and clearing 9-00.00. Tyra Woods, a sophomore from Coshocton, took the district title with a vault of 9-04.00.

Kandel and Leppla will both be headed to regionals in the shot put. Kandel finished second with a heave of 34-03.00 and Leppla wasn’t far behind coming in third place with a throw of 34-00.00.

In the discus Kandel took third place with a chuck of 110-01. Leppla however finished eighth and didn’t move on to regionals, but set a new PR in the event.

Here are the final team standings for the girls.

1) Carrollton 121
2) River View 83.75
3) West Holmes 83.25
4) Indian Valley 69.25
5) Minerva 66
6) Sandy Valley 55.50
7) Claymont 43.75
8) East Liverpool 40
8) Tuscar. Valley 40
10) Coshocton 23.50
11) Beaver 22
12) Harrison Central 12

On the boys’ side both West Holmes and Garaway participated in the Div. II Eastern District meet at West Holmes. The Knights finished fourth in the overall team standings with 63 points and Garaway placed ninth
with 35 points. Just like the girls’ meet, Carrollton’s boys team also won the overall district title with 108 points.

West Holmes got two first place finishes on the day, one by a speedy sophomore and the other from an improving senior.

In the 200-meter relay it was the fast sophomore Brayden Chaney taking the district title with a first-place time of 22.93.

The other district title came from the strong arm of Matt Eastep. The senior inched out his teammate Josh Goudy for the title with a mark of 46.05.75. Goudy slid in at second in the shot and is moving on with his throw of 46-05.00.

On Thursday, Goudy won the discus event and his teammate Ben Barbey took second. Over half of West Holmes’ team points on the boys’ competition came in the field.

Garaway’s Austin Miller, a junior who was pitching as a member of the Pirate’s baseball team in the tournament last week, has quickly translated his speed to the track and won the boys’ 800-meter run. Miller’s time of 1:58.74 and his district title highlighted the day on the track for the Pirates.

Distance guru Nathan Millet kept his running career alive on Saturday in the 3200-meter run with a fourth place finish. The Garaway senior’s time of 10.02.82 was much better than the fifth place runner.

Here are the final team standings for the boys.

1) Carrollton 108
2) Tuscar. Valley 80
3) Indian Valley 76
4) West Holmes 63
5) Harrison Central 56
6) Minerva 53
7) Claymont 47
8) River View 43
9) Garaway 35
10) Beaver 32
11) Coshocton 31
12) Rich. Edison 17
13) Sandy Valley 12
14) East Liverpool 8

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