The Garaway Pirates and Hiland Hawks were in track and field action at the annual Joe Kasper Memorial Invitational on Saturday, March 30. The Garaway boys had the best team finish with a fifth-place effort among 17 teams while the Lady Pirates ended up seventh in the 16-team field. Hiland’s boys ended the day perched in ninth place overall.
Garaway’s Carly Jacobs has made it well known early on that she fully intends to dominate the hurdling world. The senior two-time All-Ohioan roared to victory in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She and New Philadelphia’s Josie Pry waged an epic battle in both events, where they were far and away the best athletes running. In the 100-meter event, Jacobs’ time of 15.53 nipped Fry’s effort of 15.56. Jacobs then posted a time of 45.78 to Pry’s 46.5. The rest of the field was nearly four seconds off of Pry’s time.
Hiland senior sprinter Brayden Gray also had himself a pretty solid day. The state qualifier won the 200-meter sprint in a time of 23.40, winning with relative ease. He then turned in a terrific performance in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 41.28, winning by half a second.
Another top performer on the day was Hiland’s Declan Howell, who cleared 6-00 on his way to placing third in the high jump. Garaway’s Lonnie Weaver ended up fifth by clearing 5-10, and his teammate Matthew Beachy also placed, finishing eighth at 5-06. Howell also earned a podium finish by placing fourth in the long jump with an effort of 19-01.75 while Weaver placed 10th with a leap of 18-06.
Garaway senior Julian Shrock also had a great day. He placed third in the 3200 in 10:15.87, where he lost to powerhouse New Philadelphia star Aiden Harr, who ran a blistering 9:54.31, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s Jackson Triplett, who came in runner-up in 10:04.22. His teammate Kristian Stocksdale placed fifth with a time of 10:45.71.
In the girls pole vault, Garaway’s Olivia Young earned a seventh-place finish by clearing 7-00 while Austin Miller finished 11th in the discus with a toss of 111-00. In the girls shot, Mykala Sitzler’s heave of 32-03 earned her a sixth-place finish while Austin Miller placed 12th in the boys event with a throw of 40-01. Hiland’s Tyler Kuhns finished just off the podium, where he placed ninth in the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:03.65.
In the girls 400-meter race, Hiland’s Nikki Yoder burned her way to a fourth-place finish in 1:05.92 with Garrett Newsome placing third for the boys in that event with a strong effort of 53.75. Hiland’s Nathaniel Yoder placed 12th in 58.2. Garaway’s Jaydon Miller finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.47.
In the girls 800 meters, Helena Immel finished up in sixth-place with a time of 2:38.93 with Kuhns again just missing out on the podium, where he placed 10th in 2:15.6.
In the relays the Garaway boys 4-by-800 relay team of Julian Shrock, Brendan Chapman, Quinten Schwartz and Kristian Stocksdale placed fifth in a time of 9:03.06.
In the girls 4-by-200 relay, Garaway’s team of Page Gerber, Laiken Wallick, Kallie Regula and Ashton Gerber flew to a fifth-place finish in a time of 1:59.22 while the Pirates’ boys team of Andrew West, Garrett Newsome, Connar Angel and J.D. Young ran a 1:36.77, just missing second place by one-tenth of a second.
The girls 4-by-100 team of Lizzy Mullet, Wallick, Regula and Ashton Gerber ran a 55.92, good for sixth place, while Hiland’s team of Brooke Miller, Marissa Sommers, Hailey Miller and Nikki Yoder ran 12th in 1:00.25.
The Garaway boys team of West, Angel, Ethan Miller and Young posted a time of 47.65 to earn fourth place while Hiland’s quartet of Aaron Chupp, Howell, Genaro Gomez and Jake Miller finished 11th in 50.75.
Finally, in the girls 4-by-400 relay, the quartet of Regula, Ashton Gerber, Hailey Troyer and Jacobs finished fifth in 4:34.26 while the Pirates’ boys placed fourth in 3:43.37, where Chapman, West, Angel and Ethan Miller just held off a challenge from Meadowbrook.