Sports round-up 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE DISTRICT MEET: Two Fayette athletes came within one place of qualifying for regional competition following the Div. III district track and field meet Saturday at Ayersville. For freshman Dylan Stannard, it was a matter of just half an inch.

Stannard placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-06.5. Andy Guilford of Fairview won the event with a leap of 19-10. Stannard should be able to move up next year since he cleared 19 feet earlier in the season.

Junior Melani Seiler placed fifth in the 3200-meter run, just out of qualifying range for regional action. Seiler ran a 13:29.8 while Kelly Haubert of Liberty Center won the race with a time of 12:14.

First-year coach Paula Stambaugh is already looking for better results next season. She wants to see some mediocre performances get stronger next year through better preparation.

“I feel that I didn't help them prepare well enough to have a great performance,” she said. “I'm revamping the program; researching, evaluating, perfecting. The kids have a lot of potential, I just have to find a way to bring it out of them.”


Seiler anchored the Eagles’ 4x800-meter relay team for a seventh-place finish. She was joined by Jill Stuckey, Noelle Goodson and Taylor West for an 11:05 finish—their best of the season. Liberty Center was first at 10:12.

Goodson placed 18th in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (:14.02) and Megan Stannard was 23rd at :15.0. Pettisville’s Audra Klopfenstein won the race at :13.02.

Seiler and Stuckey both competed in the 1600-meter run, but no times were given. In the 400-meter dash, West ran a 1:14 and Sarah Kovar finished at 1:15. Archbold’s Tressa Parsley  won the race at 1:01.86.

Madelyn Maginn took 22nd in the 300-meter hurdle event at 1:03, while Edon’s Sydney Stoll took first with a :46.08. Kovar and Liz Maginn both ran the 800-meter run.

Goodson placed 14th in the 200-meter dash with a time of :29.16, ahead of Stannard at :31.96. The title went to Tinora’s Tori Abdul with a :26.6.

In the discus, Amanda Gilmore recorded a 77-01 and Jessie Torres tossed for 70-04. McComb’s Rebecca Leppelmeir set a new meet record at 138-04, breaking the mark set in 2005 by nearly five feet. Torres notched a 23-05 in the shot put and Alejandra Gonzales recorded a 21-10.25. Fairview’s Abby Grinnell placed first at 40-04. West competed in the long jump.


The Eagles’ next best place came in the 4x400-meter run with an eighth-place finish at 3:51, their best of the season. Team members were Kamrin Hunter, Skylar Lantz, Trevor Cox and Stannard. Montpelier won the race at 3:32. Fayette’s 4x800-meter team also came through with an eighth-place finish and their best of the season at 9:27. Lantz, Hunter and Cox were joined by Ian Schrock. Montpelier won the event at 8:24.

Cox placed ninth in the long jump at 17-08.25 and Michael Brubaker finished 13th in the 300-meter hurdles at :49.22. Tinora’s Robbie Wuo was first at :41.1.

In the 100-meter dash, Stannard took 16th in the preliminaries at :12.37. Tinora’s Chris Strup was the winner at :10.97. Stannard placed 12th in the 400-meter dash at :56.74 and Cox ran a 1:00.38. Fairview’s Matt Tobin turned in a :49.7.

Hunter ran a qualifying time in the 800-meter run and finished in 10th place in the finals at 2:17, an improvement of eight seconds from his previous best. Montpelier’s Kristopher Shoup won with a 2:00.69.

Jonathan Boesger tossed the discus 102-02 while Antwerp’s Zach Dunlap won at 150-06. Boesger recorded a 39-10.25 in the shot put for 12th place, a six-foot improvement from a year ago. Jacob Markley threw for 33-06.25. Nick Demaline from Liberty Center was tops at 51-05.5.

Schrock’s 1600-meter time of 5:20 was his best of the year.

Liberty Center won the girls team standings with 102 points, ahead of Tinora with 95 and Archbold with 92.5. For the boys, Tinora was tops with 123.5 points, followed by Fairview with 81.2 and Montpelier with 65.33.


MORENCI REGIONAL MEET: Four Morenci track and field athletes will advance to the state meet after qualifying in seven events.

Junior Brooke Bovee placed first in the region in both hurdle events while freshman Austin Sandusky won the 400-meter dash and took second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Freshman Madi Gleckler finished just behind Bovee in the 300-meter hurdles and sophomore Tatyana Pless ran a qualifying time in the 1600-meter run through her third-place finish.

“We had lots of PRs and good performances,” said Bulldog coach Brad Brown. “Brooke looked as good as I’ve ever seen her in the 100-meter hurdles and Tatyana took nine seconds off her previous best to qualify.”

“Austin had another outstanding day,” Brown said, “considering all the heats he ran plus six jumps in the long jump.”

All of the state qualifiers gave their best showings of the season Saturday at Hillsdale College except Glecker who just a tenth of a second off her previous best.

Bovee turned in her career best time in the 100-meter hurdles at :15.4. In fact, Brown said, her time at last week’s regional meet would have placed first at state a year ago.

That isn’t likely to be the case this year, however. A runner from another region posted a better time and last year’s defending champ stands as the third best this season in Div. IV.

“She ran a phenomenal race on Saturday,” Brown said. “It was a clean run. Everything came together.”

Bovee’s :48.0 in the 300-meter hurdles is her best of the season, and Gleckler turned in a strong performance for her second-place finish at :49.8.

“Madi’s still learning,” Brown said, “and it will be good experience for her to run at state.”

Coach Brown expects Sandusky to compete in only two of the shorter sprints June 2 in Grand Rapids. He will look over the rankings from all Div. IV runners and decide where the freshman has the better chance for an all-state (top eight) finish. He ran an :11.3 100-meter dash and a :23.4 200-meter dash.

Sandusky should have his best opportunity to medal in the 400-meter race, an event he won Saturday at :51.5.

“He’s only run the open 400 three times,” Brown said, “but he will have two more races before state.”

The TCC league meet is today (Wednesday) and the county meet is May 29. Sandusky is also a starter on the baseball team.

Brown was impressed with Pless’s qualifying run in the 1600-meter race.

“She’s taken off 22 seconds in the last two weeks,” he said. “She’s learning how to run the race better and she ran it well Saturday.”

She turned in a 5:38.3, below the 5:41 qualifying time.

Sandusky placed fourth in the long jump with his career best at 19-01.5. Simon Jeffers tied for fourth in the high jump at 5-7.

The boys 3200-meter relay team (Jake Spaulding, Mitch Gallup, Reagan Stowell and Luke Spaulding) placed fifth with their best time of 8:58.9. Luke Spaulding took fifth in the 1600-meter run at 4:52 and in the 3200-meter run at 10:52.

Jeffers placed eighth in the 400-meter dash (:56.6) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (:25.2).

As a team, the boys earned 46.5 points to place seventh among 15 schools.

Ali Piercy placed seventh in the shot put with her best-ever toss of 29-3.25 and Kourtney Cousino tied for sixth in the high jump at 4-7.

Pless, Bovee, Gleckler and Cousino finished sixth in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:28.8. 

The girls tallied 42 points to finish sixth out of 15 schools.

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