The New London track and field programs, after qualifying for the state cross country championships in the fall, also claimed the girls team title at the Firelands Conference meet Friday night at Plymouth High School.
In boys standings, New London is tied for first place with Crestview at 116 points. The two teams will battle it out in the pole vault this morning, which was delayed by weather on Wednesday. The ‘Cats have two pole vaulters left to the Cougars’ one.
St. Paul was third (79), followed by Monroeville (66), Western Reserve (50), Mapleton (42), Plymouth (18) and South Central (9).
In the girls standings, the Wildcats scored 99.5 points, well ahead of Crestview (86) and Mapleton (83). St. Paul was fourth (78), followed by Western Reserve (65), South Central (58.5) and Monroeville (57).
Winning FC titles for the Wildcat girls on Friday included Taylar Howell in the 100-meter hurdles (16.84 seconds), Savannah Shaver in the 800 (2:26.9) and Marisa Molnar in the shot put (37-feet-4).
Kaylin Williams took second for New London in the 800 (2:31.62) and the 1600 (5:31.46). Gabrielle Osterland was second in the 3200 (12:13.82), while Shaver was third in the 1600 (5:40.63) and Howell was third in the 300 hurdles (49.92).
“Just a huge team performance all-around,” New London girls coach Tyler Cawrse said. “Savannah in particular stepped up, as we asked her to run three events — and she placed in all of them. She did amazing. But all around, everyone was contributing everywhere, which is great to see.”
For St. Paul, Lily Dowdell won the 1600 (5:24.51) and the 3200 (11:58.17). Danielle Smith was second in the long jump (15-feet-1.75), as was the 4x400 relay of Abbie Stine, Dowdell, Camille Endsley and Sarah Matlack (4:17.70). Endsley was third in the 100 (13.64).
“Lily did her thing in the mile and two-mile, and also anchoring the 4x800 relay on Wednesday,” St. Paul coach Nick Lyster said. “Camille did an amazing job over both days. For the girls side, it was about everyone pitching in scoring points for us. We’re pretty happy.”
Western Reserve’s McKenna Woodruff won the 200 (27.58) and 400 (1:00.77). the 4x200 relay of Aliyah Perez, Avery Tubbs, Morgan Spettle and Woodruff also took first (1:50.27), while the 4x400 team of Tabi Pausch, Perez, Woodruff and Spettle won in 4:14.91.
The quartet of Perez, Baylee Ruppert, Spettle and Tubbs took third in the 4x100 (54.44).
Pacing Monroeville was the 4x100 and 4x200 teams of Delaney Giles, Stacey Legg, Adrian Barman and Jordan Blackford. Both teams were second in 52.78 and 1:50.98, respectively.
Giles was second in the 100 hurdles (17.01) and Barman was second in the 300 hurdles (48.99). Blackford took third in the 200 (27.88).
For South Central, Izzy Hauler won the long jump (15-feet-9.75), while Holly Hale was second in the 400 (1:03.15) and Allie Burton was second in the shot put (33-feet-2).
Placing third for the Trojans was the 4x200 relay of Lexi Music, Hauler, Ellery McKee and Hale (1:53.80), while McKee was third in the 100 hurdles (17.3).
‘Cats tied for first
Pacing the New London boys on Friday included the 4x400 relay team of Jaden Keys, Carson Coey, Mitchell Joppeck and Austin Reed in 3:35.83. Mitchell Joppeck also won the 400 dash (52.50).
Jacob Allen was second in the 200 (24.12) and third in the 100 (12.02). Cody took second in the 300 hurdles (42.88), while Reed was second in the 800 (2:04.31) and Cayden Hofheins was second in the discus throw (135-feet-8).
Taking third for the Wildcats was Curtis Joppeck in the 800 (2:08.15) and Clayton Landis in the discus (130-feet-10), while the 4x200 team of Mason Bess, Parker Ruble, Keys and Adante Hodge was also third (1:36.16).
For St. Paul, Davis Hedrick had another strong toss in the discus throw to win going away at 164-feet-2. Cam Caizzo in the 400 (53.55) and Zach Stine in the 1600 (4:36.05) each placed second, as did the 4x200 team of Treg Smith, Ethan Blair, Adam Baker and Caizzo (1:36.07).
Placing third for the Flyers was the 4x100 relay of Caleb Schwan, Baker, Blair and Smith (46.74) and the 4x400 team of Justin Hammersmith, Nate Tokarsky, Stine and Noah Avendano (3:42.92). Smith was third in the high jump (5-feet-10) and Baker was third in the 200 (24.36).
“To finish third behind New London and Crestview, we’re pleased,” Lyster said of the Flyer boys. “It’s tough competing against those two teams, as they’re scoring multiple times in each event it seems.
“I thought Adam Baker, Zach Stine and Cam Caizzo ran really well, and obviously we know every time Davis throws we’re getting a dominating, elite performance,” he added.
For Western, Cody Benesh won the 200 (23.87). the 4x100 relay of Riley Suhr, JJ Weisenberger, Randal Humphrey and Benesh won in 45.31 seconds, and the 4x200 relay of Humphrey, Suhr, Jacob Jarrett and Benesh won in 1:35.38. Jarrett was also second in the 110 hurdles (16.64).
For Monroeville, Chayce Schaub won the high jump (6 feet) and Sawyer Schafer won the 300 hurdles (42.74).
South Central’s Cristiano Murphy was second in the 100 (11.82) and Plymouth’s Levi Robinson was third in the 3200 (10:15.36).