Ottawa-Glandorf's Colin Laubenthal clears a height during the Division II pole vault competition at the Division II regional meet in Dayton Thursday. Laubenthal cleared 14-2 to finish in fourth place and advance to the state meet next week. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Ottawa-Glandorf's Colin Laubenthal clears a height during the Division II pole vault competition at the Division II regional meet in Dayton Thursday. Laubenthal cleared 14-2 to finish in fourth place and advance to the state meet next week. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
DAYTON — Ottawa-Glandorf boys track coach was hoping a change of scenery could change would be beneficial to his boys garnering a state qualifier this season.
After several fifth place finishes the last three years at the Division II regional in Lexington, the Titan males ended that streak of near misses Thursday evening at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
O-G picked up two state bids on the first night of action at Dayton and will have a few more chances to garner qualifiers on Saturday.
On the girls side of the meet, the Lady Titans picked up a state bid and also will have a chance to add to that.
The Division II regional meet at Dayton resumes Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the remaining field events with the running finals scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.
The O-G boys earned a state qualification when their 3200 meter relay team finished. The Titan squad of Brad Recker, Sid Moening, Trevor Ellerbrock and Matias Trampe-Kindt finished third running a season best time of 8:07.63. The time is just four seconds off the school record time set last year and six seconds quicker that what they ran in the district meet.
Carroll won the 3200 relay in 8:05.59 and Dayton Dunbar was second in 8:06.16.
Shortly after the 3200 relay team qualified for state, O-G's Colin Laubenthal punched his ticket to state as he cleared 14-2 to finish in fourth place. The height for Laubenthal was a personal best. Otsego senior Cole Gorski won the pole vault with a meet record height of 15-10.
Anna Bellman gave the Lady Titans a state qualifier as she finished fourth in the discus.
Bellman just missed qualifying for state as a sophomore by an inch and went into the finals Thursday evening trailing the fourth place thrower by an inch. The Titan junior uncorked a throw of 121-2 in the finals to leap into the fourth position, an inch behind the third place finisher, Fenwick's Jenni Rossi. Brookville's Allie Conry won the discus competition with a throw of 127-9.
O-G had several runners competing in semi-finals Thursday that advanced to the finals on Saturday. Here is a look at the results from the first day of the meet.
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Girls Results
3200 Relay - 11. Ottawa-Glandorf (Alex Verhoff, Kialee Koch, Elissa Ellerbrock, Kelly Schmitz) 10:05.55.
100 IH - 4. Melissa Knott 16.37.
100 - 2. Madison Stechschulte 12.7.
800 Relay - 4. Ottawa-Glandorf (Megan Siefker, Michelle Maag, Elissa Ellerbrock, Madison Stechschulte) 1:45.25.
400 Relay - 13. Ottawa-Glandorf (Kelly Schmitz, Megan Siefker, Amanda Sahloff, Veronica Knott) 52.42.
200 - 7. Madison Stechschulte 25.91.
1600 Relay - 5. Ottawa-Glandorf (Michelle Maag, Anna Bellman, Madison Stechschulte, Elissa Ellerbrock) 4:03.25.
Discus - 4. Anna Bellman 121-2.
Boys Results 
3200 Relay -3. Ottawa-Glandorf (Brad Recker, Sid Moening, Trevor Ellerbrock, Matias Trampe-Kindt) 8:07.63.
110 HH - 5. Logan McDermott 15.49.
300 IH - 7. Sid Moening 41.37.
1600 Relay - 12. Ottawa-Glandorf (Trevor Ellerbrock, Sid Moening, Austin McDermott, Brad Recker) 3:32.39.
Pole vault. 4. Colin Laubenthal 14-2.