Div. II regional track: Versailles boys, girls finish in top 3


Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker will return to state meet

By Josh Brown - jbrown@aimmediamidwest.com



Anna's Austin Fogt competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.

Anna's Austin Fogt competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Josh Steinbrunner competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' A.J. Ahrens competes in shot put during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Lucy Prakel competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Ellen Peter hands off to Lindsey Winner during the 4x400 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Kenia McEldowney competes in the 800-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Bart Bixler competes in the 400-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ava Moran competes in the 4x100 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Brooks Blakeley competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Joe Spitzer competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Ava Moran competes in the 4x200 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Jeffrey Richards competes in the 100-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Austin Fogt competes in the 110-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Joe Spitzer competes in the 3,200-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Spitzer set a new meet record in 9:21.15.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

PIQUA — Versailles boys and girls squads both finished in the top three in a Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua and will be sending a load of athletes to next week’s state meet.

Joe Spitzer set a new meet record in the 3,200-meter run, finishing in 9:21.15. That beats the old mark of 9:21.16 by the narrowest of margins, set by Miami East’s Brad McLean in 1988.

That was just the icing on the cake for Spitzer, though, who also added a regional title in the 1,600 (4:19.64) earlier in the day. Teammate Brooks Blakely finished fifth in the 1,600 (4:31.32).

Spitzer will be one of several Tigers in the state meet, which is next Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. The top four finishers in each event qualify for state.

Josh Steinbrunner qualified for the state meet in three events, finishing third in both the 110 hurdles (14.64 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.54 seconds) and taking fourth in the high jump (6-4).

A.J. Ahrens also took second place in the shot put (52-1.5) behind Northwestern’s Adam Riedinger, who won with a throw of 58-1.25 on his second throw before he was rushed out of the stadium due to a medical emergency after that second throw.

All told, Versailles’ boys were the regional runners-up in the team standings with 64 points behind champion Dunbar’s 81.

Meanwhile, Versailles’ girls also had a strong showing, finishing third in the team standings with 43 points, one behind runner-up Van Wert’s 44 and 11 behind champion Bellefontaine’s 54.

The Tigers had a pair of individual runner-up finishes, as Lucy Prakel finished second in the pole vault (11-6) and Kenia McEldowney finished second in the 800 (2:18.88).

The 4×200 relay team of Liz Watren, Ava Moran, Ellen and Cassie Peters was also second (1:43.44), as was the 4×400 team of Watren, Lindsey Winner, McEldowney, Ellen Peters (4:00.07).

The 4×100 team of Prakel, Ellen Peters, Ali and Ava Moran finished third (49.74 seconds) as the Tigers qualified three of their four relay teams to the state meet — the 4×800 team finished 11th on Thursday.

Dana Rose also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.95 seconds) and Ellen Peters finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (52.09 seconds).

Anna’s Shoemaker to return to Columbus

Anna junior Hannah Shoemaker helped lead the Rockets to a Division III state title last year. She’ll have the opportunity to get a few more medals this year.

Shoemaker qualified for the state meet in 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. She was second in 100 hurdles in 15.82 and second in 300 hurdles in 45.31.

Shoemaker is the lone Anna athlete to qualify for the state meet.

Three other Anna athletes competed on Saturday. Austin Fogt was 12th in high jump (5-10) and sixth in 110 hurdles (15.47). Bart Bixler was eighth in the 400-meter dash (52.57). Jeffrey Richards was eighth in the 100-meter dash.

Anna’s Austin Fogt competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7855.jpgAnna’s Austin Fogt competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Josh Steinbrunner competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7934.jpgVersailles’ Josh Steinbrunner competes in the high jump during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ A.J. Ahrens competes in shot put during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7921.jpgVersailles’ A.J. Ahrens competes in shot put during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Lucy Prakel competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7904.jpgVersailles’ Lucy Prakel competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7886.jpgAnna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in girls pole vault during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ellen Peter hands off to Lindsey Winner during the 4×400 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8592.jpgVersailles’ Ellen Peter hands off to Lindsey Winner during the 4×400 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Kenia McEldowney competes in the 800-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8383.jpgVersailles’ Kenia McEldowney competes in the 800-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8317.jpgAnna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Bart Bixler competes in the 400-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8293.jpgAnna’s Bart Bixler competes in the 400-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ava Moran competes in the 4×100 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8258.jpgVersailles’ Ava Moran competes in the 4×100 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Brooks Blakeley competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8205.jpgVersailles’ Brooks Blakeley competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Joe Spitzer competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8199.jpgVersailles’ Joe Spitzer competes in the 1,600 meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ava Moran competes in the 4×200 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8082.jpgVersailles’ Ava Moran competes in the 4×200 meter relay during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Jeffrey Richards competes in the 100-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8050.jpgAnna’s Jeffrey Richards competes in the 100-meter dash during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Austin Fogt competes in the 110-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8024.jpgAnna’s Austin Fogt competes in the 110-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_7973.jpgAnna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Joe Spitzer competes in the 3,200-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Spitzer set a new meet record in 9:21.15.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/web1_IMG_8504.jpgVersailles’ Joe Spitzer competes in the 3,200-meter run during the Division II regional meet on Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Spitzer set a new meet record in 9:21.15. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker will return to state meet

By Josh Brown

jbrown@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

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