Area Track Teams Sending Athletes to Regional, Run District Finals Saturday

Madeline Magoto and her teammates captured the district title in the 3200 relay on Thursday at Spencervile. (File Photo/Brian Smith)
Staff Writer

At Spencerville

The Minster boys and girls track teams advanced athletes to next week’s Troy regional and sit in good positions as a team heading into Saturday’s Division IV district running finals at Spencerville after a successfull first day on Thursday.

The Minster girls 3200 relay team of Cassie Francis, Kaitlynn Albers, Emma Watcke and Madeline Magoto won the district title with a 9:57.5 time. New Bremen’s team of Andrea Heitkamp, Rachel Kremer, Alana Speelman and Bailey Bronkema finished fourth (10:20.1).

Minster’s Max Prenger uncorked a put of 48 feet, eight inches in the shot to win the district championship. Teammate Tony Winner is also advancing after taking third with a throw of 46 feet, 6.75 inches.

The Minster boys 3200 relay team of Carter Pohl, Jon Albers, Luke Barga and Andrew Broering finished second with an 8:33.74 time to advance.

Minster’s Savanah Luthman secured the fourth and final regional qualifying spot with a throw of 112 feet, one inch in the discus.

Minster’s Jordyn Heitbrink cleared five feet, three inches, to finish second and advance to the regional in the high jump. The Minster senior is looking to return to state after finishing sixth in Ohio last spring.

New Bremen’s Michael Kelly is advancing the boys long jump after a jump of 18 feet, 10 inches, and a third-place finish.

Marion Local’s Luke Brunswick finished third with a vault of 11 feet, eight inches and Minster’s Broc Miller finished fourth in the pole vault to advance after clearing 10 feet, six inches.

The Minster boys led the points standings with 34 points after the first day. Minster’s girls were in second position with 23 points — just a point behind Ottoville.

At Milton-Union

The Fort Loramie boys 3200 meter relay team of Collin Luthman, Jake Rethman, Tom Ballas and Joe Ballas added another accomplishment to a spring season full of them. The quartet won the district title in the event with an 8:05.0 time — 20 seconds better than their closest competition at the Division IV district at Milton-Union High School. They’ll hope to punch their ticket for Columbus next week at the Troy regional. Three of the four members — the Ballas brothers and Holdheide were part of the 3200 relay team that finished ninth in the state a season ago.

Fort Loramie’s Jarrett Meyer also won a district title in the long jump, clearing 20 feet, 4.5 inches for the winning length. Meyer was the lone competitor to eclipse the 20 feet mark and will advance to the Troy regional.

The wins put Fort Loramie’s boys in first place in the boys standings heading into Saturday’s running finals at Milton-Union.

Alan Holdheide finished fourth in a competitive pole vault competition. Holdheide, who reached the state meet a year ago, cleared 13 feet, six inches. The winning vault of 14 feet, eight inches by Ansonia freshman Brock Shellhaas set a new meet record at Milton-Union. Fort Loramie’s Alyssa Wrasman took seventh in the girls high jump finals, clearing four feet, eight inches.