Genoa's Szypka sets 2 records to honor grandfather
May 5, 2011Danbury High SchoolGenoa's Szypka sets 2 records to honor grandfather
May. 5, 2011
OAK HARBOR -- Brad Szypka has a phonecall to make.
Szypka's grandfather, Denny Vine, had surgery Sunday and called Szypka from the hospital Tuesday to encourage the Genoa thrower to break the school record in the shot put while Vine couldn't be at the meet.
Szypka didn't establish a Comets record in the shot put Wednesday but meet marks in both throwing events for the 100th Ottawa County Track Meet will certainly suffice for Vine. Szypka threw the shot put 60 feet, 1.5 inches and the discus 175-1.
"Throw well and stay calm for grandpa," Szypka said of Wednesday's objective. "Do what he wants."
Kaleb Smith won both hurdle events and the high jump and was part of the first-place 400-meter relay as Oak Harbor's boys won their portion of the meet. Genoa was second, Port Clinton third and Danbury fourth.
Kayla Diefenthaler won the 200 and long jump, and ran on the winning 4x100 relay as the Rockets' girls were also first. The Redskins were second, Comets third and Lakers fourth.
Genoa's record in the boys shot put is 60-6. The Comets' Marcus Vicars held the Ottawa County mark in the shot put at 57-2 from 2009 and brother Derrick Vicars had the record in the discus at 166-5 from 2008.
Wednesday was the first time Szypka reached 60 in the shot put during competition.
"It's a huge accomplishment to me," he said. "It's a huge relief. It was a huge goal. I'm so happy it finally happened. It's a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. I hope to keep pushing forward and throw better (than 60-1.5) at state."
Genoa's Tiffany Wright, who is typically an 800 runner but is extremely versatile, established school and meet records in the 400 at 1 minute, 00.1 seconds. Port Clinton's Kari Kreutzfeld ran 1:00.2 in 2005.
Wright, Emily Novotney, Bethany Skees and Olivia Malcolm set a school record in winning the 4x400 relay at 4:15.8.
"I'm pumped up," Wright said. "To be able to say we did that on the 100th anniversary is cool. I didn't know we had it in us. They're amazing workers."
Port Clinton's Allie Reynolds set a meet record in the discus at 126-10. Mandy Quisno threw the discus 123-11 in 2001 for Oak Harbor.
Smith, Jake Hetrick, Tyler Eoff and Myles Backus won the 4x100 relay. Smith established a personal best in the 110 hurdles (15.3) and high jump (5-10).
"Everything overall was just a really good day," Smith said. "It was the 100th annual ... not many people can say they went out and won four events at the 100th annual meet."
Diefenthaler, Allie Dombrowsky, Sinae Choe and Alexis Huntebrinker won the 4x100 relay.
"Our team has been pushing to their limits each meet and race," Diefenthaler said. "Hard work and dedication, that's what our team has."
Dombrowsky won the 100 and 300 hurdles, Allie Dresser the 800 and Kia Frank the 3,200 for the Rockets. Trinity Gephart, Caitlyn Harvey, Frank and Dresser took the 4x800 relay.
Backus won the long jump and 100, Adam Smercina the 1,600 and 3,200, and Tyler Eoff the 800 for Oak Harbor. Jake Hetrick won the 200 and Cadan Goldstein the 400.
Goldstein, Eoff, Backus and Kyle Mincheff won the 1,600 relay while Mitch Hayslett, Austin Wiegand, Mincheff and Hetrick took the 4x200 relay.
Clay Parlette, Andrew Nutter, Trevor McLargin and Greyson Masserant won the 4x800 relay for the Comets.
KC Oxendale won the 100 hurdles and pole vault for the Lakers. Oxendale is striving to surpass school records in both events in the near future.
"I was really excited to win the 100 hurdles," she said. "I hadn't done that (at the Ottawa County meet)."
Meigan Day won the high jump and Emaleigh Dunn the shot put for the Redskins.
"(Wednesday) was a special meet," Day said. "It's all Ottawa County. Now, we need to keep it going. To place at something like this feels like a pat on the back for the hard work."
Nicole Kraemer won the 1,600, and Wright, Abby Karikas, Skees and Jane Schlievert the 4x200 relay for Genoa.
Jared Fleming won the pole vault for Port Clinton.