Boys state track: Versailles’ AJ Ahrens 6th in shot put


Fort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer qualifies for 110 finals

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



Fort Loramie's Jake Rethman runs with the baton after a hand off from Collin Luthman while competing in the 4x800 meter relay during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.

Fort Loramie's Jake Rethman runs with the baton after a hand off from Collin Luthman while competing 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

Houston's Blake Jacobs takes off with the baton after the hand off from Parker Cox 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 Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 110-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Meyer finished fifth to qualify for Saturday’s finals.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Noah Siegel hands off to Joe Ballas 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 Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 300 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Riverside's Caleb Stevens competes in the 200 meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles senior AJ Ahrens throws the shot put during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Ahrens finished sixth.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles' Luke Shellhaas competes in pole vault during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Versailles' Kyle Jones competes in long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Versailles' Josh Steinbruner competes in 110 hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.


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COLUMBUS — Versailles’ AJ Ahrens finished his career on the podium on Friday in the state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium, taking sixth in the shot put with a distance of 51-9 1-4.

“This is a great experience (being at state),” Ahrens said. “I wish I had done it more. That was a great feeling being on the podium.”

Ahrens was hoping for a little more.

“I wanted to get the school record of 52-10,” he said. “I came up a little short. …It was different than anything else. I could tell by how much adrenaline I had warming up. I could tell I was going to throw it a lot farther than normal.”

All field events were finals on Friday, while all track events other than the 4×800 relay were preliminaries for Saturday’s finals.

Josh Steinbrunner has a shot at two trips to the podium on Saturday to end his career.

Steinbrunner, the defending champion in the 110 hurdles, has the third fastest time of 14.56.

“I was happy with the way I ran,” Steinbrunner said. “I don’t think defending champion necessarily puts pressure on you. It puts a target on you for sure. There are some guys that will definitely be coming after me.”

Steinbrunner just missed the finals of the 300 hurdles, with the 11th fastest time of 39.68.

“I felt good running the race,” Steinbrunner said. “I would have like a shot to run them tomorrow and have a shot a three trips to the podium.”

Steinbrunner will also compete in high jump.

Fort Loramie reaches podium

The Redskins 4×800 relay of Collin Luthman, Noah Siegel, Jake Rethman and Joe Ballas reached the podium on Friday morning by finishing eighth in 8:10.51.

Fort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer was fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.00.

Prenger finishes third

Minster’s Max Prenger was third in the discus with a throw of 160-11. The distance came on his third throw of the day, after a throw of 147-3 and a foul.

Fort Loramie’s Jake Rethman runs with the baton after a hand off from Collin Luthman while competing 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_2406.jpgFort Loramie’s Jake Rethman runs with the baton after a hand off from Collin Luthman while competing 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

Houston’s Blake Jacobs takes off with the baton after the hand off from Parker Cox 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_2439-2.jpgHouston’s Blake Jacobs takes off with the baton after the hand off from Parker Cox 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 Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 110-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Meyer finished fifth to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_DSC_2547-1.jpgFort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 110-meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Meyer finished fifth to qualify for Saturday’s finals. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Noah Siegel hands off to Joe Ballas 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_2494.jpgFort Loramie’s Noah Siegel hands off to Joe Ballas 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 Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 300 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_2754.jpgFort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer finishes off the 300 meter hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Riverside’s Caleb Stevens competes in the 200 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_2810.jpgRiverside’s Caleb Stevens competes in the 200 meter dash during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles senior AJ Ahrens throws the shot put during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Ahrens finished sixth.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_060118jb_vers_ahrens_ne20186121924559.jpgVersailles senior AJ Ahrens throws the shot put during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. Ahrens finished sixth. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Versailles’ Luke Shellhaas competes in 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_060118mju_track_vhs_lukeshellhaas_ne201861211720382.jpgVersailles’ Luke Shellhaas competes in pole vault during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Versailles’ Kyle Jones competes in 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_060118mju_track-vhs_-kylejones_ne201861211730719.jpgVersailles’ Kyle Jones competes in long jump during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Versailles’ Josh Steinbruner competes in 110 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_steinbruner_ne20186121183119.jpgVersailles’ Josh Steinbruner competes in 110 hurdles during the state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.Ben Robinson | GoBuccs.com
Fort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer qualifies for 110 finals

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.

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