Perkins and Bellevue each finished first and second in both team races, with the Pirates finishing comfortably ahead in both.
On the boys side, Norwalk got a first place from pole vaulter Jake Sommers, who cleared at an even 14 feet. He bested teammate Owen Rhodes (13-feet-6), who then edged out Bellevue’s Austin Thompson (13-6) for second and third place, respectively.
Also for the Truckers, the 4x800 relay team of Mitchell Sommers, Jad Oglesby, Cobey Kromer and Ethan Phillips was second in 8:59.6.
Placing third for Norwalk included Julian Go (10:45.99) in the 3200, along with two relay teams.
The 4x100 team of Jake Sommers, Mason Hughes, Chris Tuttle and Carson Shober was third in 45.97 seconds. The 4x200 placed third in 1:38.58. The team consisted of Kaden Livingston, Ian Scheid, Chris Tuttle and Shober.
For Bellevue, Treston Francis won the 100 dash (11.14) and Dakota McPeak won the 200 (22.47). Also claiming first for the Redmen included the 4x100 team of Francis, McPeak, Mike Pierce and Alex Rogers (41.20) and the 4x200 team of Tanner Hundley, McPeak, Austin Ostrum and Pierce (1:34.1).
Earning second for Bellevue included Hundley in the 110 hurdles (16.16) and 300 hurdles (43.97), while Jake Holmer was second (20-feet-0) in the long jump.
The 4x400 team of Zach Cleveland, Pierce, Sal Eaton and Paul Shelley was third in 4:52.46 for the Redmen, as was Christian Booze in the 300 hurdles (45.16).
Norwalk’s 4x800 claims first
In the girls competition, it was the 4x800 distance relay of Bethany Cring, Kaelyn Harkness, Jada Thomas and Lauryn Maloney coming across in 10:45.19 to claim first place for Norwalk.
Two other relays earned second place for Norwalk. That included the 4x100 team of Paige Mauer, Savanna Keegan, Marly Geretz and Mascie Horner (55.5) along with the 4x400 team of Harkness, Jada Thomas, Haleigh Skinner and Jasmine Thomas (4:38.89).
In the 200, Jasmine Thomas was third (29.63), while Jada Thomas placed third in the long jump (15-feet-5.25).
Bellevue’s Taylor Waldecker won the 1600 (5:53.46), and its 4x400 of Cory Santoro, Jenna Binger, Taylor Baxter and Waldecker also won in 4:35.32.
Placing second for the Lady Red included Sydney Waskielis in the 300 hurdles (52.73); Lindsey Spurlock in the 3200 (13:16.2); Kaylia Reesman in the long jump (15-feet-7) and Payton Vogel in the shot put (37-feet-6).
Earning third for Bellevue included Waskielis (17.96) in the 100 hurdles, Baxter in the 800 (2:40.56) and Madelyn Verhoff in the 1600 (6:05.62). Also placing third for Bellevue was the 4x200 of Santoro, Meredith Engler, Waskielis and Vivian Benedict (1:59.59).
Western girls fare well at Bucyrus
BUCYRUS — Western Reserve’s girls track and field team got six placements in the top five at Saturday’s Elks Invitational at Bucyrus High School.
The event featured 16 teams, with Galion girls and Crestview’s boys winning the team titles.
The highest area placer was Western Reserve freshman Mckenna Woodruff, who ran the 400 in 1:05.54 to finish second in the sprint.
Western’s 4x200 (1:58.43) was third and its 4x400 relay was fifth.
Also for the Roughriders, Victoria Ramage was fifth (101-feet-2 inches) in the discus and the shot put (32-01.5) out of 33 throwers in each event. Alyssa Good was also 10th in the discus (90-07).
In the 3200, Brooke Perkins (13:45.9) was fifth and Ashlyn Barnhart (14:05.07) was eighth for Western, while Avery Tubbs placed sixth in the long jump (13-07.5) out of 30 competitors.
Tabi Pausch was eighth out of 29 runners in 800 (2:46.97) for Western, while South Central’s Ellery McKee was seventh in 300 hurdles (55.21 seconds) out of 23 runners.
On the boys side, the highest placer was Plymouth’s Levi Robinson, who was third in the 3200 in a time of 10:56.60. His teammate, Ethan Elliott, was ninth out of 30 runners in the 800 (2:21.77).
For Western, Gavin Braden was third (125-05) and Noah Stevens fourth (123-10) in the discus throw. Meanwhile, Stevens was fifth out of 36 throwers in the shot put (42-04.25).