COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove swept the Putnam County League track championships by comfortable margins.
One of those was expected, the other was a bit surprise. But using their depth and some solid performances the Bulldogs defended their league championships at Clymer Stadium Friday night.
Columbus Grove won the boys team title by outscoring rival Pandora-Gilboa 204-104.5.
On the girls side, the Lady Bulldogs repeated as league champions with 182 points and P-G was second with 134 points.
Depth was key for the male Bulldogs as they were able to score points on the track and in the field events.
“Our depth was a factor,” Columbus Grove coach Chris Grothaus said. “Just with our numbers it doesn't take that much to figure that our odds of winning were pretty good. The things we were looking at was to improve, put up some good times. And with the 4x8 setting a meet record that was a good start. We had a lot of good performances, the kids were focused, considering from a point standpoint they were going to win it.”
Columbus Grove got off to a good start Friday evening as their 4x800 relay team of Alex Giesige, Colton Grothaus, Lee Altenburger and Bryce Sharrits won in a meet record time of 8:24.8. The Bulldogs later won the 4x200 relay in a record time of 1:34.01 with the foursome of Joey Warnecke, David Bogart, Austin Price and Baily Clement.
Clement, Bogart, Giesige and Sharrits won the 4x400 relay in 3:37.8. Clement also won the 200 (23.0), while Giesige won the 800 (2:05.8) and Altenburger won the 1600 (4:47.3).
Columbus Grove won four of the five field events as Clement (5-9) won the high jump in a jump off, Kyle Shafer (12-3) won the pole vault, Bogart claimed the long jump (18-11 1/2) and Rece Roney (45-10 3/4) won the shot put.
“We're surprised, pleasantly surprised, with what we have done on the track,” Grothaus said. “The kids worked hard in the off-season in the weight room, a lot of these kids had great cross country seasons and now its kind of a tradition thing. The kids feel if they don't go out and perform that they are letting the kids in front of them down, our program down which is a good thing to have.”
The Fort Jennings boys garnered one win on the night as freshman Dylan Wiechart won the 3200 meter run in 10:44.0 followed by sophomore teammate Alex Berelsman in 11:18.6.

Leipsic's Terrill Murriel was a double winner for Leipsic as he won the 110 hurdles in 15.6 and the 300 hurdles in 41.3.  Jordan Chamberlin won the 100 in 11.6.

Pandora-Gilboa had a pair of wins as Addison Diller, Grant Lugibihl, Jacob Miller and Josiah Basinger won the 4x100 relay in 46.0 and Tyler Boes won the discus with a toss of 142-5.

Continental freshman Jacob Williams won the 400 in 53.6.
Columbus Grove girls coach Tim Staley figured their portion of the meet would come down to his sprinters against P-G's distance runners. Mix in the Bulldogs field events and a couple of surprises along the way and that was enough to give the Bulldogs the win.
“We knew it was going to come down to our sprinters and hurdlers against Pandora-Gilboa's distance girls. I just knew they had a great distance crew,” Staley said. “We knew we would have to have a lead going to the track and the girls stepped up. We got off to a great start in the field events and that carried over to some great performances on the track.”
Columbus Grove won two field events as sophomore Lynea Diller had a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 39-5 1/4 and Lauren Roose won the pole vault (7-6). The Bulldogs had a double placement in four of the five field events.
On the track, senior Julia Wynn led the way with four wins. Wynn, a senior, won the 100 (13.1), 200 (26.6) and 400 (1:01.5) and teamed with Raiya Flores, Linnea Stephens and Sydney McCluer to win the 4x100 relay in 50.8. McCluer won the 100 hurdles in 16.2 and she was second in the 300 hurdles (47.2). In two of Wynn's individual wins a teammate finished second to her.
Haley Roe, Kristin Wynn, Stephens and Sarah Schroeder combined to win the 4x200 Relay.

Pandora-Gilboa won the distance events as Anna Abelovska won the 800 in 2:37.0, Breana Hovest the 1600 (5:40.5) and Olivia Velasquez the 3200 (12:14.8). Hovest was second in the 3200 and Velasquez was second in the 1600 for the Rockets. Abelovska, Velasquez, Mary Hroudova and Hovest combined to win the 4x800 relay in 10:31.10.
Ottoville had a pair of wins Friday night including a record setting performance by freshman Brooke Mangas. Mangas set a new meet record in the high jump as she cleared 5-5 to beat the previous mark by a half inch. It is the third time this season Mangas has cleared the 5-5 mark.
Taylor Mangas, Brooke Mangas, Karin Wendeberg and Madison Knodell combined to win the 4x400 relay in 4:18.4.

Paige Ordway was a double winner for Continental as she won the 300 hurdles in 46.2 and the she won the long jump with a leap of 15-5 3/4.

Leipsic's Holly Averesch won the discus with a toss of 131-7.

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Boys Scores

1. Columbus Grove 204; 2. Pandora-Gilboa 1-4.5; 3. Continental 55; 4. Leipsic-Ottoville 50; 6. Fort Jennings 49.5.

Girls Scores

1. Columbus Grove 182; 2. Pandora-Gilboa 104.5; 3. Ottoville 74; 4. Leipsic 62; 5. Continental-Fort Jennings 31.