The Eastwood boys’ track and field team and the continuing saga of the Pendleton clan at Woodmore are on the cusp of possible state championships next week. All are competing in regional action this week with hopes of advancing as well as possible.
Eastwood had 39½ points at last year's Division II state meet to finish 8½ points behind the champions, Sandusky Perkins. The Eagles also took second at the 2005 state meet.
Eastwood also handily won the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor Meet in March at the University of Akron, considered the “unofficial” state indoor track meet. It was the Eagles' second straight title at that meet.
"This is definitely the best team I've ever had, field event-wise," 21st-year coach Gary White told The Press.
"Our field events are really strong this year, and indoor track did help us there," White said. "A lot of the same kids who did indoor high jump, long jump, shot put, pole vault — they started the season in really good shape. Our running events, we're slowly getting into shape and getting better."
Eastwood boys ran away with this year’s district championship at Oak Harbor with 124 points, outdistancing runner-up Perkins (71) by 53 points. Genoa was 10th (33), Lake and Rossford tied for 13th (15), and host Oak Harbor was 18th with one point.
Eastwood sprint and hurdles champions included senior Crosby Schemeneauer, 110 meter hurdles (15.04), and junior Cody Seifert, 100 meter dash (10.96). Defending state champion Justin Welch, a junior, is on track by winning the district and setting a new record in the discus with a throw of 198-6.
The Eastwood 4x100 relay team of sophomore Taylor Dupree, senior Josh Hoodlebrink, senior Matt Schlumbohm, and junior Cody Seifert were district champions in 43 seconds flat. The team of senior Jason Faykosh, sophomore Nick Twining, senior Josh Beaudoin, and Hoodlebrink won the 4x400 in 3:19.7.
Eastwood sophomore Nick Twining finished second (1:59.17) in the 800, losing to Edison senior Weston Strayer (1:58.97) by less than a second. Schlumbohm (22.54) was second in the 200, finishing behind Clyde junior Kade Kramer (22.22).
Hoodlebrink was second in the high jump at 6-2, finishing just behind Clyde senior Juho Hietanen (6-3). Hoodlebrink went on to win the long jump at 22-11. Schemenauer won the pole vault, setting a new district record at 15-2 and scoring 10 points for the Eagles.
In the 1,600 meter run, Lake juniors Zack Powell and Louis Szilagyi’s hard work on cross country coach Ken Mysinger’s early-morning rising “breakfast club” paid off as the two finished third and fourth, respectively, in times of 4:33.79 and 4:34.17.
In the D-II girls meet at Oak Harbor, the host Rockets were fourth with 63 points, Genoa was 11th (21), Rossford was 12th (19), and Lake was 14th (14).
Oak Harbor senior Samantha Scott was second in the 100 (12.81), finishing four one-hundredths of a second behind champion Stacey Grathwol, a senior at Perkins.
Genoa’s 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Angel Kuron, sophomore Tiffany Wright, freshman Nicole Kraemer, and senior Alyssa Wolf were district championships in 9:59.34.
At the girls D-II meet at Lima Shawnee, Eastwood was sixth with 52 points, trailing Shelby (123), Defiance (93), Shawnee (85), Napoleon (79), and Ottawa-Glandorf (70). Emily Bockbrader won the shot put (34-8) and Jena Jacoby was second in the discus (107-0).
At the Division I meet at St. Francis DeSales, the Clay boys were seventh with 39 points, trailing St. John’s Jesuit (102), Rogers (93), Whitmer (75), Bowsher (65), Sylvania Southview (56), and St. Francis (47). The Clay girls were 10th with 35 points and Waite was 12th with 18 points.
Clay senior Garrett Ondrus was second in the 110 hurdles (15.06), finishing behind Rogers senior Erik Kynard (14.78). On the girls’ side, junior Meghan Scharer got Clay’s only district championship in the pole vault with a leap of 10-0.
Woodmore’s superiority was evident at the D-III meet at Eastwood as the Wildcat girls won a district championship with 104 points, followed by Toledo Christian (77), Fremont St. Joseph (70), Elmwood (61), Ottawa Hills (49½), and Northwood (47). Cardinal Stritch was eighth with 42 points and Gibsonburg 16th with 6½ points.
Woodmore senior Erin Pendleton won the discus with a toss of 159-6, 14 feet over the second place competitor, St. Joseph junior Jessica Molyet (145-6). Pendleton won the shot put with a toss of 39-4¼, again defeating the runner-up Molyet.
Woodmore runner Lynne Schroeder, a junior, won the 800 title in 2:38.35. Woodmore senior Tatijana Jacobson won the high jump with a leap of 5-1.
Stritch senior Julia Borysiak won the 400 championship in 60.81, and the Stritch relay team of freshman Gabrielle Mosiniak, sophomore Lauren Oberlin, Borysiak, and sophomore Sydney Jones won the 4x400 in 4:07.17.
The Northwood boys were third with 80 points, trailing only Toledo Christian (110) and Lakota (86½). Woodmore was fifth (63), Gibsonburg eighth (29½), and Stritch 14th (10).
The Northwood 4x200 relay team of sophomore Seth Dunbar, senior Chris Keith, senior Spencer Guerrero, and junior Brad Minkowski won a district title in 1:33.68, outdistancing a second place team from Toledo Christian by over three seconds.
Northwood senior Kyle Gunn picked up where he left off from the previous week’s Toledo Area Athletic Conference meet, where he won three championships, by winning the 200 in 23.64 and finishing second in two other events, qualifying him for the regional meet in three events.
The Woodmore 4x800 relay team of junior Devaughnte Askew, junior Brock Avers, junior Justin Garver, and senior Christopher Jacobson won a district title with a time of 8:15.43. The Wildcat 4x400 team of Avers, Garver, Jacobson, and Askew won in 3:30.87. Askew won the 400 championship in 51.6, and Jacobson won the 800 in 1:56.59, a district meet record.