Jay Co. squeaks by depleted Squaws; AC boys earn win
PORTLAND—Bellmont and Adams Central ventured south to Jay County Thursday evening for a triangular girls and boys track meet with the Patriots with Jay County nudging out the Squaws by a mere two points on the girls side while Adams Central claimed victory in the boys meet by a 9 1/3 point edge.
Other teammates in the 4 x 4 joining Gunsett were Ally Norby, Grace Fisher, and Alyssa Strickler.
Jay County assured themselves of the win with a second place finish in the final event, the 4 x 4 as they lead 70-66 over the Squaws. Bellmont's win in the event made the final tally 73 for Jay and 71 for Bellmont while Adams Central was a distant third with just nine points.
The Jets rounded up 69 points in the boys meet as opposed to 60 1/3 for Jay County. Bellmont got two individual first place finishes but garnered only 26 2/3 points for third.
Holly Hankenson started off the Bellmont outdoor season in fine fashion recording four individual blue ribbons. She went 16'7 3/4 in the long jump, had a blistering :15.06 winning time in the 100 high hurdles, and captured the 200 and 400 dashes with clockings of :26.14 and :59.39 respectively. Hankenson was the only girl to break the one minute mark in the 400 dash.
Emily Roman was praised by Risch for her strong showing in the 800 and 1600 runs. She won both races with all-time personal bests and posted a stunning 5:42.09 time in the 1600 (the first time she's ever gone under six minutes in that event). In the 800, she ran a solid 2:32.23 time to win by nearly 3.75 seconds.
Kenzie Funk was a double winner for Bellmont in dominating the field events tossing the discus 98'02, almost 12 feet better than second place, and threw the shot 32'03, a solid 5'0 win.
The Adams Central boys team racked up three individual wins but more importantly swept all three relay races to score its win over Jay County and Bellmont.
The Jets finished 1-2 in the 200 dash and 800 run. In the 200, Bailey Hurst posted an :11.40 for the win while teammate Stephen Eicher was just behind him in second at :11.74. The 800 meter race found Gavin Kaehr and Ben Lehman going one-two for the Adams Central team with respective times of 2:09.40 and 2:11.32.
In perhaps the most exciting race of the night, AC's Calvin Isch nipped Bellmont's Thomas McNamara at the end of the 3200 race winning by just .88 of a second, 10:56.14 to 10:57.02.
The relays all went Adams Central's way for 15 points (relays only score the top two places while individual events score the top four finishers). The 4 x 8 team went 8:50.68 to score an impressive win of over 48 seconds while the 4 x 4 team was clocked at 3:45.57 and the 4 x 1 crew came in a :46.08. Names for the AC relay teams were not available.
The Jets also showed some muscle in the discus throw gaining spots two through four including throws by Evan Harvey, Tanner Engle and Koty Frauhiger. The 400 dash saw Juwan Peralez end up second in :55.63 for the Jets and teammate Alec Catey was fourth. Tyler Tonner took second in the 300 low hurdles for AC in :45.02.