GT&F D3 STATE FINALS: Third-place 4x400 finish lifts Versailles to crown
June 28, 2012By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority
COLUMBUS – The Versailles girls won the Division III team title at the 2012 OHSAA state track and field tournament June 1-2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Versailles, which finished as the 2011 D3 runner-up, relied on its third-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay to earn six points and defeat runner-up Waynesfield-Goshen by five points. The Tigers scored 39 points, including three second-place finishes, two third-place finishes, and one sixth-place finish, to outduel Goshen and win its second state title in the past three years (2010).
Versailles was led by senior Tammy Berger, who finished second in the 1600, third in the 800, and anchored the runner-up 4x800 relay team that included senior Natalie Grillot, sophomore Chloe Warvel, and freshman Hannah Wenig. Members of Versailles runner-up 4x200 relay were senior Abby Barlage, sophomore Lauren Bohman, sophomore Amanda Winner, and freshman Taylor Winner.
Barlage and Bohman were joined in the sixth-place 4x1 relay by juniors Megan Hemmelgarn and Gwen Keihl. The Winners and Warvel were joined by senior Jacquie Moorman for a third-place 4x400 finish.
Runner-up Goshen relied on the sister duo of Ivy and Morgan Horn to tally its 34 points. Ivy earned 29 points by finishing first in the 100 hurdles, third in the 100, fourth in the 200, and second in the long jump. Morgan contributed the other five points by finishing seventh in the 100, eighth in the 300 hurdles, and seventh in the pole vault.
On a side note, fans of the 3200-meter run witnessed a special act of sportsmanship when West Liberty-Salem junior Meghan Vogel, who won the state crown in the 1600 earlier in the day, stopped 20 meters from the finish line to help Arlington sophomore Arden McMath finish the race when she was struggling with cramps. The duo was the last two to finish the race – to a standing ovation.