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Potosi Claims Boys Title At Union Relays Tuesday

April 22, 2014
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While the Potosi Trojans ran to victory Tuesday in the boys portion of the Union Relays, there were plenty of top performances all around.

The Trojans won the team title with 101 points while Sullivan finished second at 91 and Owensville rounded out the top three at 86 points.

Host Union placed fourth with 77 points and was followed by St. Clair (66), Washington (57), Pacific (56), Borgia (46), St. James (43), New Haven (28), Festus (26) and Hermann (24).

St. Clair Coach Ben Garmer found new roles for younger athletes.

“I was proud of the St. Clair boys, because I asked them to do some new events at the Union Relays and they responded with solid performances,” Garmer said. “What was most exciting was to see athletes such as Cyle Butenhoff, Anthony Giancola, Chase Johnson and Jagger Thompson all working hard to compete at the varsity level despite the fact that they are all underclassmen. I look forward to seeing the development of these boys the next few years. I am also glad to see our upperclassmen continuing their development and improving their times and distances.”

Union Head Coach Chris Kelley praised several of his athletes.

“Logan Bellamy had a great meet,” Kelley said. “He’s running his best times ever and it’s still early. He’s a lot of fun to watch as the 1,600-meter relay anchor. He loves running to catch people. Ryan Schumaker ran well in the 100. We still need to work on his drive phase.”

Kelley continued.

“Jared Mentz turned in a PR in the 3,200-meter run by over 20 seconds,” Kelley said. “Tyler Brown is rapidly improving in his 300 hurdles. Dylan Fitzgerald and Clay Birkmann ran good 800s and continue to drop their times. Collin Kloeppel threw a PR in shot by two feet. As a whole, I’m pleased with how the boys competed and their attitudes in preparing for their events.”

Borgia Coach Bill Stevison had extra praise for his distance runners and throwers.

“Our distance guys, Connor Gisburne and Aaron Westhoff, ran personal bests and our throwers Brandon Guehne and Noah Filla are starting to progress nicely as well,” Stevison said. “We were very pleased with how we competed.”

Event Results

• 100-meter dash — Borgia’s Kelan Winters streaked to the title in 11.46, edging out Pacific’s Jeffrey Hinkle. Union’s Ryan Schumaker was third.

“Kelan Winters looked outstanding in a race against some tough competition,” Stevison said. “That’s what you like to see as a coach — athletes who compete.”

• 200-meter dash — Bellamy earned the win in 23.44. Sullivan’s Matt McGowan and Hinkle followed.

• 400-meter dash — Bellamy won in a time of 51.8 while Washington’s Caleb Curran and Hermann’s Saige Hale rounded out the top three.

“Caleb Curran ran two very strong 400s,” Washington Head Coach Mike Olszowka said. “He ran close to a personal best in the open and then anchored our 1,600-meter relay team to bring us up a few spots to get us in the medals.”

• 800-meter run — New Haven’s Seth Schenck won in 2:00.87 with Potosi’s Austin King taking second and Chris Erxleben of Sullivan ending third.

• 1,600-meter run — King won in a time of 4:33.28. Schenck was second and Washington’s Travis Elbert placed third.

• 3,200-meter run — Potosi’s Caleb Gaylord won in a time of 10:27.72. Potosi’s Jeremy Allen was second and Carter Brocato of Owensville took third.

• 110-meter high hurdles — Owensville’s Devon Dowler won in 16.52. Terrance Stahlman of St. Clair and Andrew Jablonski of Pacific were the next two finishers.

Pacific Coach Jim Rutherford reported Jablonski’s 17.25 was a personal record.

“Andrew is a sophomore and he made a big jump in the 110-meter high hurdles.”

• 300-meter intermediate hurdles — Dowler won in 41.24. Sullivan’s Zack Robertson was second and Brown took third.

• 400-meter relay — Potosi’s team of Austin Cooley, Garrett Johnson, Dillan King and Jon Thompson won in 45.71. Pacific was second and Borgia took third.

• 800-meter relay — St. Clair’s team of Spencer Crumbaugh, Andrew Selter, Josh Bozada and Stahlman won in 1:35.93. Borgia and Potosi followed.

• 1,600-meter relay — The St. James team of Jake Money, Richard Byfield, Cody Birkner and Addison Conway won in 3:34.51. Union was second and Borgia took third.

• 3,200-meter relay — Sullivan’s quartet of Erxleben, Brad Jones, Randy Swaller and Mark Johnson won in 8:34.16. New Haven was second and Potosi took third.

• Shot put — Nathaniel Cummings of Festus threw 50-3.75 to win. Owensville’s Logan Shoemaker and Washington’s Nathan Kopp followed.

“Our throwers keep improving,” Olszowka said. “We are getting a lot of technique adjustments in during practice, and it is paying off at the meets. Nathan is getting consistent around the 45-foot mark, Alex Templeton is getting back to last seasons performance level, and Austin Subke is getting much more consistent with the discus.”

• Discus — Cummings threw 156-05 to win. Cody Golden of Sullivan was second. Logan Reynolds of Festus took third.

• High jump — Owensville’s Keith Wehmeyer cleared 6-0 to win. Pacific’s Ryan Lause was second and Borgia’s Matt Eggert was third.

• Long jump — Crumbaugh won with a leap of 20-8 with Stahlman taking second and Schumaker finishing third.

• Triple jump — Owensville’s Andrew Garner won with a distance of 39-6. Potosi’s Thompson was second and Money of St. James took third.

• Pole vault — Potosi’s Garrett Johnson cleared 13-0 to win. St. Clair’s Paul Armistead was second and David Webb of Pacific took third.

“Isaac Lippert had a PR day in the pole vault,” Olszowka said. “We have been struggling for a while to get him through the pole. Something just clicked last week in practice. His strength through the plant is improving which puts him in a good position to keep going higher.”

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