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Published: Saturday, 5/24/2008

Eastwood boys win 4th straight district

BY DONALD EMMONS
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

OAK HARBOR - The Eastwood boys track and field team is no one-trick bird.

Versatility and depth proved prominent for the Eagles en route to claiming a fourth straight Division II district championship last night.

Cody Seifert, Josh Hoodlebrink, Justin Welch and Crosby Schemenauer played prominent roles in Eastwood winning in dominating fashion.

Seifert swept the 100 and 200-meter races with times of 11.10 and 22.17, respectively, while Hoodlebrink pulled off a sweep of his own by outperforming the competition in the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 6 inches and the long jump with a leap of 22-9 1/2.

Welch nearly pulled off a sweep as well. He won the discus with a meet-record toss of 181 feet and also qualifed for the regional in the shot put by finishing fourth with a mark of 54-7.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for regional competition.

Schemenauer cleared 14 feet to win the pole vault and ran third in the 110 hurdles (15.69).

"This one for me is really special, because at the beginning of the year if you would have asked me whether we'd be winning district this big, I'd have said, no way," Eastwood coach Gary White said.

The Eagles - winners of four of the five field events - tallied 126 points while Shelby finished a distant second with 84 points, followed by Perkins with 79, Clyde 58, Galion 45, Genoa 42, Huron 37, Rossford 32, Port Clinton 29, Willard 26.5, Tiffin Columbian 21, Norwalk and Ontario 20, Bellevue 17.5, Edison 14, Clear Fork 5 and Margaretta 1.

Edison won the girls team title with 84.5 points, followed by Perkins and Ontario at 77, Oak Harbor 75, Rossford 59, Clear Fork 45, Clyde 44, Norwalk 43, Bellevue 41, Galion 36, Margaretta 30, Willard 25.5, Genoa 12, Lake 7 and Port Clinton 5.

Oak Harbor's Sam Scott won the 100 (13.07) and Erica Lipstraw finished first in the 300 hurdles (46.84) to help the Rockets contend. They also teamed with Anna Grieger and Kayla Diefenthaler to win the 400 relay (51.04).

Rachael Clay pulled off a sweep to help Rossford put together one of its stronger recent showings at district. Clay won the 400 (57.31) and the 200 (26.23). She also ran a leg on Rossford's regional-qualifying 3200 (10:06.30) and 1600

(4:08.16) relays.

"I think I ran well and it was definitely nice to win," Clay said after her 400 victory.

Rossford's Ricardo Ross also came through with two first-place performances by winning the boys 110 hurdles (14.54) and the 300 hurdles (39.11).

In winning the discus, Welch broke the previous meet record of 178-10 set in 2001 by Brandon Schnitker on his first throw of the competition. His only other attempt of the day, on which he didn't foul, went 179 feet.

"When I was warming up I felt pretty good, but it actually didn't feel like a good one," Welch said.

Genoa's Derrick Vicars also advanced to the regional in the discus after placing third with a throw of 169-9. Vicars also moved on in the shot put by finishing second at 59-11 1/4 while his brother, Marcus, finished in third (57-7 1/4) to advance as well.

Others to advance to the regional: Clyde's Nick Roope placed second in the pole vault (13-4); Tiffin Columbian's Derek Kneeskern took second in the long jump (21-2 1/2); Genoa's Blair Skilliter ran second in the 100 (11.37) and Seifert's teammate, Matt Schlumbohm, crossed the finish line fourth (11.46).

Port Clinton's Cory Wightman ran second in the 400 (51.73) while Eastwood's Jeremy Foster finished third (51.93).

In the girls competition, Rossford's 1600 relay team made up of Clay, Abbey Geraghty, Brittany Griner and Gabrielle Wray broke their own school record set a week ago by running to first place in a time of 4:08.16. Clay and Griner also ran with Kacy Kunst and Sam Zalezak to win the 3200 relay (10:06.30). Kunst finished fourth in the 1600

(5:36.84) and teammate Tara Kanary placed fourth in the high jump (5-0).

Oak Harbor's Kayla Diefenthaler was runner-up in the long jump (16-3). Teammates Kristin Rios placed third in the 800

(2:25.80) and Katie Millinger was fourth in the pole vault (8-6).

Clyde's Brittney Meek and Port Clinton's Macy Caldwell qualified for regional competition in the 100 hurdles after placing second (15.89) and fourth (16.56), respectively.

Clyde's Lindsay Smetzler ran second in the 400 (59.94) and second in the 100 (13.10), followed by Oak Harbor's Lipstraw (13.13). Clyde's Bethany Aldrich ran fourth in the 200 (27.27).

Genoa's Simone Eli (3200,

11:58.91) and Oak Harbor's Jennifer Behnken (discus, 106-8) both finished fourth.

Contact Donald Emmons at:

demmons@theblade.com

or 418-724-6302

ELIDA - Napoleon captured the boys title and Wauseon was the girls champion at the Division II district track and field meet.

Napoleon scored 134 points to runner-up Defiance's 107. Delta (82) was third.

Champions for Napoleon were Connor Pain in the 100 and 200 meters, Jacob Haseman in the discus and Ryan Fleck in the high jump. The Wildcats' 800 relay team of Nick Rettig, Derek Vocke, Fleck and Mike Creager also won.

Delta's champs were J.D. Wilcox (1600), Korbin Smith (400) and Nick Thomas (3200).

In the girls meet, Wauseon had 137 points. Paulding was second at 79.

Wauseon champions were Amanda Lee Bender (100), Holly Baird (1600, 3200), and the 3200 relay of Baird, Brandi Dominique, Amy Stutzman, Jessica Jones.

Kristen Smith of Swanton won the 300 hurdles. Corine Fonseca of Otsego took the 800. Ashley Good of Evergreen captured the long jump.



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