Woodmore’s track and field has had a very successful season, which is rapidly coming to an end.
Head coach Brian Ryman of sprints and pole vault and his assistant coaches, Britten Devier of mid-distance and long jump, Mike Pendleton of discus and shot put and Cindy Butler of distance, have all had a major contributing factor in the teams’ overall successful season.
Ryman ran track in high school and was a five-time All-American at Ashland University and approaches coaching with a very positive attitude.
“Coaching track is not a job, it’s a privilege, and I enjoy being there for the athletes’ accomplishments,” said Ryman.
Pendleton was the throws coach for his daughters Emily, Erin and Carly, who were all state champions and who all have had successful throwing experience at the collegiate level
This year’s track and field has nearly come to an end for seniors Andrew Shrewsbury, Michael Travis, Karli Keaton, Ryan Sandwisch, Megan Pendleton, Dylan Rowland, Matt Zatko, Mikayla Baer, Kaleb Parez and Matt Robleski, all of which have had a great season to remember.
Although the team has had some minor setbacks throughout the season with prolonged injuries, the team has still seen some amazing accomplishments for the individual runners.
The Woodmore boys won the Division III district championship at Eastwood with 115 points, downing runners-up Toledo Christian (91) by 14 points. The Wildcat girls were third, scoring 80½ points to finish behind Toledo Christian (100) and Gibsonburg (85.67).
At the district meet, Woodmore senior Michael Travis won the 110 meter hurdles, finishing in 15.64 seconds, and senior Andrew Shrewsbury won the 100, finishing in 11.16.
The Woodmore 4x200 relay team of Travis, junior Malachi Brown, freshman Zach Sandwisch, and Shrewsbury won a district title in 1:31.29. The ‘Cat team of Travis, Brown, junior Deric Anthony, and Sandwisch won the 4x400 in 3:34.54.
Sandwisch won the 400 in 51.38 and Woodmore senior Deric Anthony won the 800 in 2:01.33. Shrewsbury won the 200 in 22.48.
Woodmore senior Megan Pendleton won the girls discus with a toss of 142 feet, one inch, and senior Mikayla Baer was second with a toss of 115-9. Wildcat junior Dan Sprinski won the high jump with a leap of 6-1.
Some of the other highlights of the boys’ season have come from the invitationals. Andy Shrewsbury is ranked in the top three at state for the 100m dash with a time of 10.94 seconds, and the 200m dash with a time of 22.5 seconds.
Freshman Zach Sandwisch is ranked in the top three at regionals in the 400m dash with a time of 51.35 seconds.
Also competing in the 400m dash is junior Malachi Brown with a time of 52.13 seconds. Junior Deric Anthony is ranked first in the region for the 800m dash with a time of 2:03.30. Michael Travis is ranked in the top three in the region for the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.44 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Karli Keaton is ranked in the top three in the region for long jump with a leap of 16 feet 11 inches Freshman Courtney Burner is ranked fifth for the 1600m and the 3200m run in the region. Megan Pendleton is ranked second at state for the discus throw with a throw of 139 feet, 8 inches.
Regionals were being held in Tiffin on May 29 and 31. State track and field will be held at Jesse Owens Stadium on June 7 and 8 in Columbus.
(— reprinted with permission from the May issue of Window To Woodmore, a student publication, with a distirict update).