Written by Scott Calhoun
June 12, 2009
Woodmore senior Erin Pendleton left no surprises in the discus arena at the state track and field championships.
Pendleton whirled the disc 160 feet to better her nearest competitor by nearly 24 feet and put her family’s surname atop the Division III event pyramid for the sixth straight year, leading Woodmore to a seventh place team finish with 18 points on the board.
Pendleton also heaved out a third place mark of 40-5¼ in the shot put competition and picked up six points there.
Senior hurdler Tatijana Jacobson helped the Wildcats’ two-woman cause by taking seventh in the high jump with a hop of 5-2, gaining two points and a trip to the podium to pick up a medal for keepsake.
On the boys’ side of the D-III festivities, the Woodmore boys’ 4x800-meter quartet of juniors Devaughnte Askew, Brock Avers and Justin Garver and senior Chris Jacobson put together a stellar third place time of 7:58.7.
Meanwhile, Northwood senior Kyle Gunn walked away from Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with success as he sprinted to a sixth place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.16.
Gunn took 14th in the high jump at six feet, and anchored the Rangers’ 4x200 relay team’s 15th place mark of 1:32.91. Sophomore Seth Dunbar and seniors Chris Keith and Spencer Guerrero formed the rest of that contingent.
The only other podium representation from The Press area, aside from those garnered in Eastwood’s sensational first ever D-II team championship performance, went to Genoa senior Marcus Vicars, who placed fourth in the shot put at 58-11½.
In the D-II girls meet, Oak Harbor took 10th in the 4x100 relay as sophomores Kelly Bryant and Kayla Diefenthaler, freshman Morgan Turnbow and senior Sam Scott combined for a time of 51.04 seconds during prelim qualifying.
In the D-II girls 4x800 relay, sophomores Angel Kuron and Tiffany Wright, frosh Nicole Kraemer and senior Alyssa Wolff put together a mark of 9:58.5 for Genoa, resulting in a 14th place standing.
Clay senior Garrett Ondrus wrapped up his prep hurdling career by placing 13th in the D-I 110 hurdles with a time of 15.13 during prelim action.
The Eagles’ 4x800 senior quartet of John Zam, Matt Row, Eric Holmes and Frankie Kouts took 13th in 8:04.92.