Girls state track: Minster takes 1st step towards title


Most area athletes qualify for state finals on Saturday

By Rob Kiser - rkiser@aimmediamidwest.com - and Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



Fort Loramie's Danielle Berning runs after taking the baton from Paige Rethman in the 4x800 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.

Fort Loramie's Danielle Berning runs after taking the baton from Paige Rethman in the 4x800 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Alyssa Wrasman, right, runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen's Tess Lane runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman's Lindsey Magoteaux runs the 100 meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster's Jessica Falk runs the 4x


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Lehman Catholic’s Alanna O’Leary, left, gets rapped up with a Ridgewood runner after crossing the finish line during the 4x100 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. The Cavaliers finished third.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Kennedi Gephart runs in the 400-meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Gephart qualified for finals on Saturday in two events.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Adriana Jutte competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Jutte finished eighth to qualify for Saturday’s final.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster's Grace Butler competes in the pole vault during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster's Paige Thobe competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster senior Cassie Francis runs during the 4x800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens in Columbus. Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News


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Anna's Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster's Cassie Francis runs towards Courtney Prenger during the 4x400 relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Corynn Heitkamp runs in the 4x400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen's Rachel Kremer runs with the baton after the hand off from Julia Goettemoeller in the 4x400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen's Macy Puthoff competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ellen Peters takes a handoff from Lucy Prakel in the 800-meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster sophomore Emma Watcke, right, hands off to junior Madeline Magoto during the 4x800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

COLUMBUS — Minster got to the top of the podium after the first event in the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium and hopes there again after the last event on Saturday.

The Wildcats’ 4×800 relay of Emma Watcke, Kaitlynn Albers, Madeline Magoto and Cassie Francis finished first in 9:18 — 12 seconds ahead of second-place Gilmour Academy.

“It feels great to start off the tournament with a bang,” Magoto said. “We’re just hoping the rest of the weekend goes our way and that our hard works pays off.”

Minster has finished as Division III runner-up the last three years, including a narrow second-place finish behind Anna last year. They’re out to get a title this year and are in a good position after qualifying for Saturday’s finals in three relays.

The 4×800 relay was the only track final held on Friday, while all field event finals were held Friday.

Minster is in second place in team standings behind Findlay Liberty-Benton. The Wildcats amassed 18 points on Friday, thanks to the 4×800 relay’s victory and Grace Butler and Paige Thobe finishing fifth in pole vault and long jump, respectively.

The 4×800 was the first event on Friday morning, and Minster fell behind early against Mohawk in the first two legs while Francis and Albers ran. Watcke and Magoto pulled the Wildcats way ahead late as Mohawk fell behind (ultimately to 13th place).

Francis said the group was confident heading into the relay.

“It was no different (today),” Francis said. “We just go out and do our thing, and we did. They all raced awesome.”

Francis is a senior, Albers and Magoto are juniors and Watcke is a sophomore. The same four competed in the 4×800 last year and finished third in 9:22.

“We all share the same goals and sacrifice so much together,” Albers said. “I think that those bonds and those relationships just carried through.”

Butler was fifth in pole vault by clearing 17-3.75 to finish fifth. Thobe was fifth in long jump with a leap of 17-3.75.

The Wildcats qualified for Saturday’s finals in all three relays during preliminary races on Friday. The top nine finishers qualified for Saturday’s finals.

Paige Thobe, Jessica Falk, Lillian Hirschfeld and Ivy Wolf finished seventh the 4×100 relay in 50.80. The same four were ninth in the 4×200 in 1:47. Francis, Magoto, Hirschfeld and Courtney Prenger were seventh in the 4×400 in 4:03.41.

In addition to the relays, Watcke and Gwen Meiring will run in the 3,200-meter run on Saturday, Watcke will run in the 1,600 and Francis will run in the 800.

Cavaliers make three finals

Lehman Catholic girls were in three races — and all made Saturday’s finals.

Senior Alanna O’Leary teamed with sophomores Rylie McIver and Lauren McFarland and freshman Lindsey Magoteaux for the third fastest time in the 4×100 relay in 50.69.

“I was the only one who had run over here before,” O’Leary said. “So, to get to finals, I think the pressure is off a little bit. Those three have run here now.”

McFarland used one word to describe the experience.

“Crazy,” she said.

McIver had a similar reaction.

“Awesome,” she said. “I can tell you I have never experienced anything like this (the atmosphere at Jesse Owens Stadium).”

O’Leary has the sixth fastest time in the 200-meter dash (26.07).

“I ran a pretty good time today,” O’Leary said. “We will see how it goes. You always want to finish high on the podium. For the relay team, winning is always a good goal.”

Magoteaux has the ninth fastest time in the 100 (12.81).

“It feels good to make finals in both events,” she said.

Fort Loramie, New Bremen, Botkins girls advance

Fort Loramie’s Kennedi Gephart qualified for Saturday’s finals in two events on Friday. She was third in the 200-meter dash in 25.87 and fifth in the 400 dash in 58.33.

Fort Loramie’s Alyssa Wrasman tied for eighth in 100 hurdles (15.256).

New Bremen’s Macy Puthoff was sixth in long jump with 17-1.5.

Botkins’ Adriana Jutte finished eighth in 300 hurdles in 46.30, while New Bremen’s Julia Goettemoeller was ninth (46.63).

Goettemoeller, Rachel Kremer, Macy Puthoff and Paige Jones were eighth in the 4×400 in 4:03.69, just behind Minster.

DIVISION II

Three more relays for Versailles

Ellen Peters has the opportunity for three podium finishes tomorrow for tomorrow

The 4×400 relay (Liz Watren, Ellen Peters, Lindsey Winner, Kenia McEldowney) has the fifth fastest time (4:00.32) the 4×200 relay (Cassie Peters, Watren, Ellen Peters, Ava Moran) has the eighth fastest time (1:44.87) and the 4×100 relay (Lucy Prakel, Ellen Peters, Ali Moran, Ava Moran) has the ninth fastest time (49.97).

“I don’t feel like we ran up to what we were seeded,” Peters said. “There is some strong competition over here and we need to step up to the challenge.”

Peters is hoping to add three more medals to her collection.

“I am not as nervous over here as I have been in the past,” she said. “I think the 4×4 should be shooting for top five. The 4×2 should be shooting for top six and the 4×1 at this point, we are just hoping to medal.”

Shoemaker qualifies in 300 hurdles

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker had a rough go in the 100 hurdles, but she bounced back in the 300. She finished 17th out of 18 runners in the 100 (15.89) but came in fourth in the 300 (44.70) to earn a spot in Saturday’s finals.

Fort Loramie’s Danielle Berning runs after taking the baton from Paige Rethman in the 4×800 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2340-3.jpgFort Loramie’s Danielle Berning runs after taking the baton from Paige Rethman in the 4×800 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Alyssa Wrasman, right, runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2520-3.jpgFort Loramie’s Alyssa Wrasman, right, runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen’s Tess Lane runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2540-3.jpgNew Bremen’s Tess Lane runs the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman’s Lindsey Magoteaux runs the 100 meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2569-3.jpgLehman’s Lindsey Magoteaux runs the 100 meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Jessica Falk runs the 4x
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2617-2.jpgMinster’s Jessica Falk runs the 4xLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Alanna O’Leary, left, gets rapped up with a Ridgewood runner after crossing the finish line during the 4×100 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. The Cavaliers finished third.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2671-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Alanna O’Leary, left, gets rapped up with a Ridgewood runner after crossing the finish line during the 4×100 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. The Cavaliers finished third. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Kennedi Gephart runs in the 400-meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Gephart qualified for finals on Saturday in two events.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2691-1.jpgFort Loramie’s Kennedi Gephart runs in the 400-meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Gephart qualified for finals on Saturday in two events. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Adriana Jutte competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Jutte finished eighth to qualify for Saturday’s final.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2721-1.jpgBotkins’ Adriana Jutte competes in the 300-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Jutte finished eighth to qualify for Saturday’s final. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Grace Butler competes in the pole vault during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_3095-1.jpgMinster’s Grace Butler competes in the pole vault during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Paige Thobe competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_3108-1.jpgMinster’s Paige Thobe competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster senior Cassie Francis runs during the 4×800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens in Columbus. Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_BPB_7291-Edit-2_ne20186121485517-1.jpgMinster senior Cassie Francis runs during the 4×800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens in Columbus. Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily NewsBryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_3129-1.jpgAnna’s Hannah Shoemaker competes in the 100 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Cassie Francis runs towards Courtney Prenger during the 4×400 relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2828-1.jpgMinster’s Cassie Francis runs towards Courtney Prenger during the 4×400 relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Corynn Heitkamp runs in the 4×400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2882-1.jpgFort Loramie’s Corynn Heitkamp runs in the 4×400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen’s Rachel Kremer runs with the baton after the hand off from Julia Goettemoeller in the 4×400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_3014-1.jpgNew Bremen’s Rachel Kremer runs with the baton after the hand off from Julia Goettemoeller in the 4×400 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

New Bremen’s Macy Puthoff competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_3077-1.jpgNew Bremen’s Macy Puthoff competes in the long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Ellen Peters takes a handoff from Lucy Prakel in the 800-meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_versailles-relay2_ne20186281835366.jpgVersailles’ Ellen Peters takes a handoff from Lucy Prakel in the 800-meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster sophomore Emma Watcke, right, hands off to junior Madeline Magoto during the 4×800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_BPB_7427-Edit-2_ne201861202435197-1.jpgMinster sophomore Emma Watcke, right, hands off to junior Madeline Magoto during the 4×800 relay in the state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News
Most area athletes qualify for state finals on Saturday

By Rob Kiser

rkiser@aimmediamidwest.com

and Bryant Billing

bbilling@sidneydailynews.com

Reach Bryant Billing at 937-538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.

Reach Bryant Billing at 937-538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.