On June 3 in Columbus many local athletes competed at the highest level while at the 2016 OHSAA Track and Field meet. These are capsules for West Holmes and Garaway recapping those efforts on Friday. Follow us on Twitter, @hcticket, Saturday for live updates and videos.
West Holmes 4×800-meter relay – Div. II
Even though the West Holmes Lady Knights’ 4×800-meter relay team made up of Hannah Clark (12), Hannah Schlegel (12), Michelle Hostettler (11) and Amber Murphy (12) improved their regional time by almost nine seconds, it wasn’t enough to put the group on the podium.
The relay team finished in the dreaded ninth position missing the podium with a time of 9:29.48. At regionals last week in Athens the foursome ran a time of 9:37.51
Murphy and Schlegel’s successful years on the West Holmes track team ends while Hostettler and Clark now focus on their individual events on Saturday. Clark will be in action in the 800-meter run and Hostettler will compete in the girls’ 3200-meter run.
Clark took the stick first and put the Lady Knights in first place after she handed the baton on to Murphy who turned in an impressive effort herself staying towards the front. After that the Lady Knights moved back in the pack the rest of the race.
Taylor Yerian 300-meter hurdles – Div. II
You can’t ask for much more from Taylor Yerian. The junior hurdler lays and leaves every thing on the track when she competes. The result of that effort on Friday was a personal best run of 46.56 in the 300-meter hurdles.
That should tell you how good the competition is in Yerian’s event as her time was only good enough for 13th place, not qualifying her for Saturday’s final.
As a freshman, Yerain also qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles and is a three-time district champion. Her freshman season, she also was a member of an All-Ohioan 4×400-meter relay team.
Orrville’s Jessica Eby, a senior, won her heat in the 300-meter hurdles and will run in the finals on Saturday.
Garaway 4×800-meter relay – Div. III
On Friday in the Div. III girls’ 4×800-meter relay the team of Rachel Wentworth (12), Ariel Wentworth (11), Jocelyn Miller (11) and Claudia Miller (10) finished in 14th place with a time of 10:01.81.
Despite not getting on the podium in the relay, both Wentworths will be back on Saturday to compete in the 3200-meter run in Div. III.
St. Thomas Aquinas won the Div. III title in the relay with a time of 9:05.84, setting the new state record and meet record in Div. III.