A talented and deep field of athletes and teams took to the track and field on Saturday, May 13 at Lexington High School for the annual Ohio Cardinal Conference showdown, and all of that talent kind of swallowed up the West Holmes Lady Knights, who placed sixth in the field of seven teams.
Mansfield Madison took gold with 139 points, followed closely in the standings by Lexington (125.5), Wooster (120.5) and Ashland (113.5). Mount Vernon was fifth (71), the Lady Knights next with 63 points and Mansfield Senior seventh with 35.
While it may not have been a dream day for West Holmes, Lady Knights senior Madison Kandel was having her way in the throwing pits.
The former state qualifier won both the shot and discus to earn the girls top field event award.
Kandel finished first in the shot with a throw of 37-07 and completed her night in classic style by claiming first place in the discus, where she went right to the final toss to claim a title throw of 124-02. Trailing Wooster’s Brooke Huffman’s leading throw of 119-00, Kandel walked into the pit for her final throw of the day and unleashed a fantastic throw of 124-02 to win it.
Kandel wasn’t alone atop the podium for the Lady Knights. A young freshman showed nerves of steel in winning the 800. Katie Sprang entered her first OCC Track Championship as the lead runner in the 800, and that’s exactly were she finished, running a 2:21.78 to earn her first OCC Track Championship gold medal.
Sprang would later join Kaylin Martin, Daybria Yerian and Brogan Steimel in the 4-by-400 meter relay to finish in fourth place with a time of 4:20.73. In the 4-by-200 meter relay, Martin, Yerian, Sprang and Hannah Rohr teamed up to place sixth with a time of 1:53.02. Yerian, Steimel, Rohr and Megan Mellor ran in the 4-by-100 to finish sixth in a time of 55.64 seconds. The 4-by-800 relay team of Steimel, Ashly Phillips, Erin Norman and Kylie Graber brought home three team points as they finished in sixth place for the Lady Knights.
In other individual events, Maiah Geib placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, but Martin didn’t have her best day in the long jump pit and had to settle for seventh place. Macey Gilstrap would place sixth in the pole vault with a PR of 7-06 while Martin finished her fourth event of the night in the 100, where she finished in fourth place with a time of 13.10.