By Garth Shanklin
It was a busy week for local track and field teams last week, with two county schools hosting invitationals.
New Richmond started the week with a two-day event, held on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12. Every single Clermont County school was represented in the event.
In the girls’ 100 meter hurdles, Williamsburg’s duo of Laurin Ellis and Laura Cadwallader placed third and fifth, respectively. Milford’s Haley Rodeffer finished in fourth. Goshen’s Haley Carrier (17.52 seconds) and New Richmond’s Jocelyn Nehls (17.56) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
In the 300 meter hurdles, Rodeffer placed third, finishing in 50.66 seconds. Teammate Keri Eberly finished fifth, ahead of Amelia’s Bailee Stratton. CNE’s Carson Fishback and New Richmond’s Claudia Kennedy rounded out the top eight.
Milford’s quartet of Lauryn Knarr, Madison Chittwood, Megan Kussamn and Emma Netzel took home the title in the girls’ 4×100 meter relay event. Goshen placed third, with Bethel-Tate, New Richmond and Williamsburg finishing fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Those same four runners placed third in the 4×200 meter race. New Richmond’s Nehls, Trisha Winkelbach, Lydia Donley and Aubree Story placed fourth.
Milford’s 4×400 relay team placed fourth, 15 seconds ahead of Batavia. New Richmond, Bethel-Tate and Glen Este completed the top eight.
In the 4×800 meter relay, Milford’s Olivia Loeffler, Ali Kirk, Emma Beck and Cymone Horton placed third, finishing 25 seconds ahead of New Richmond. Bethel-Tate placed fifth, with Batavia, Felicity-Franklin and Goshen also earning top 10 finishes.
In the 100 meter dash, Milford’s Andrea Armstrong placed second, .38 seconds behind Mariemont’s Carson Fields. Netzel finished fourth in 13.09 seconds, while Story’s 13.32 second time was good for sixth place.
Armstrong won the 200 meter dash, finishing just over two seconds ahead of Story. Bethel-Tate’s Reagan Leonard placed third, with Clermont Northeastern’s MacKenzie Reece finishing fourth. Knarr (fifth) and Williamsburg’s Hailey Beesten (sixth) also cracked the top eight.
Amelia’s Maddie Walker won the 400 meter dash, finishing in 1:00.53. Armstrong placed second, with teammate Trista Whitt placing seventh. Glen Este’s Olivia Reynolds finished eighth.
Amelia’s Morgan Walsh won the 800 meter run, finishing in 2:23.77. Williamsburg’s Hope Schaljo placed third, with Horton placing fifth. New richmond’s Jenna Burns and Catie Beihle finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Walker won the 1600 meter run, finishing 10 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Burns placed third for New Richmond, with Walsh finishing fourth. Beihle (seventh) and Horton (eighth) also placed for local schools.
The timer malfunctioned on the 3200 meter run, but Walker won that event as well for Amelia. Burns placed second, with Bethel-Tate’s Jenna Carter finishing fourth.
In the field events, Bethel-Tate’s Reagan Leonard won the high jump, clearing five feet. Story and Nehls placed second and third for New Richmond, with Williamsburg’s Camille McManis finishing fifth. Milford’s Madison Chittwood placed seventh, and teammate Julia Miller tied for eighth with Glen Este’s Jenna Simon.
New Richmond’s Ryan Allen placed second in the pole vault, clearing nine feet. Glen Este’s Audrey Bard cleared eight feet, good for third place. Williamsburg’s Lily Williford placed fourth, ahead of Goshen’s Morgan Horr, New Richmond’s Claudia Kennedy and a three-way tie for seventh between Bethel-Tate’s Abbie Wheeler, Glen Este’s Julie Simon, and CNE’s Hannah Hoerth.
Armstrong and teammate Jenna Bellonby finished one-two for Milford in the long jump, with the former leaping 15 feet, 3.25 inches. Nehls placed third with a leap of 14 feet, 11 inches. A pair of CNE Lady Rockets finished fifth and sixth, with Leah Decatur edging out Kassi Billow by two inches.
Williamsburg placed two discus throwers in the top five. Kenneda’s mark of 100 feet, 9 inches was good for second, while Aubrey Siekbert’s toss of 98 feet, 3 inches placed her fourth.
Kenneda led all locals with a fourth-place toss in the shot put, a mark of 30 feet, 2.25 inches. Goshen’s Brandy Rahm placed fifth with a 29 foot, 9.75 inch throw.
In the team standings, Milford won the women’s title with 106.5 points. New Richmond (87) finished third, with Williamsburg (51), Amelia (48) and Bethel-Tate (33) finishing sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Goshen’s 22 total points placed the Lady Warriors ninth.
On the boys’ side, Milford’s Manny Fernandez won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.40 seconds. Williamsburg’s Wyatt Lefker placed fifth, with Goshen’s Matthew Hodge and Chris Munafo placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Fernandez also won the 300 meter hurdle event, finishing in 41.97 seconds. Teammate Jonny Burton placed fifth, less than one second ahead of Williamsburg’s Brenden Madigan. Munafo placed seventh for Goshen.
Glen Este’s 4×100 meter relay team placed second, finishing in 45.42 seconds. New Richmond’s quartet placed third, with Goshen, Williamsburg and Batavia each earning top-eight finishes.
New Richmond’s Grant Anderson, Josh Dixion, Austin Kimmerly and Herwens Horgan placed second in the 4×200 meter relay event. Goshen placed third, less than one second behind the Lions.
Anderson, Ryan Wolf, Corey Bozic and Devin Milton won the 4×400 meter relay event for the Lions, finishing two seconds ahead of Purcell Marian. Wolf teamed up with Mason Hance, Austin Ruhstaller and Wolf to win the 4×800 meter relay event by four seconds over Blanchester. Bethel-Tate’s Noah Rees, Matt Hall, Sam Frondorf and Jackson Coates placed third.
In the 100 meter dash, Goshen’s Alex Koopmans placed second by .07 seconds. CNE’s Matthew Jenkins finished third, just ahead of Batavia’s Brandon Brookbank. Glen Este’s Elijah Johnson and Lorenzo Jones placed fifth and seventh, respectively. New Richmond’s Josh Anderson finished eighth.
Koopmans again finished second in the 200 meter dash. Horgan placed third for New Richmond.
Bozic won the 400 meter dash, finishing in 51.87 seconds, just ahead of Amelia’s Roger Casavant. Milford’s Dillon Coleman placed third, with Koopmans finishing fourth.
Williamsburg’s K.C. Jones won the 800 meter run, with Batavia’s Dylan Young (third) and Amelia’s Tom Casavant (fifth) also cracking the top five. Milford’s Ben Gerding placed sixth, and New Richmond’s Ryan Wolf and Austin Ruhstaller placed seventh and eighth.
Bethel-Tate’s Jackson Coates edged New Richmond’s Luke Glenn by five seconds to win the 1600 meter run. Amelia’s Justin Tavner placed fourth, with Batavia’s Young finishing sixth. Coates also won the 3200 meter run, finishing in 10:25.21. Glenn finished third, with Batavia’s Nathan DeRose crossing the line fourth. Milford’s Clayton Virzi placed fifth.
In the field events, Goshen’s Jacob Meader cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump over New Richmond’s Dixion. Fellow Warrior Brandon Cox placed fourth, with Milford’s Jonny Burton tying for sixth.
Lefker won the pole vault for Williamsburg, clearing 13 feet, 1 inch, seven inches higher than Josh Anderson from New Richmond. Goshen’s Connor Thomas placed third.
Bozic placed first in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 8.5 inches. Goshen’s Michael Figgs placed fourth, 1.5 inches ahead of Glen Este’s Lorenzo Jones.
Goshen’s Andrew Arnold placed second in the discus with a toss of 126 feet, 6 inches. CNE’s Layne Todd, New Richmond’s Toby Khan and Milford’s Yersky Trip placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively. New Richmond’s Dan Troxell finished in sixth, one inch behind Yersky. Layne and Arnold also earned top-five finishes in the shot put. New Richmond’s Nick Sanchez placed second with a 43 foot, 6 inch toss.
The Lions won the team title with 116 points. Goshen (82), Milford (58.5), Williamsburg (33), Bethel-Tate (30) and Batavia (29) all earned top-10 finishes.