FINDLAY – Maybe it’s something in the water.
Whatever the reason, Fremont Ross’ track and field teams are flush with high jumpers.
Two nights after Olivia DeRodes won the girls’ high jump on the first night of the TRAC championships, Bryce McKinstry matched the feat, winning the conference championship in the high jump with a jump of 6-feet-even.
Finishing just behind McKinstry, Hayden Lehmann cleared 5-10 to place fourth in the event.
The boys team placed third in the team competition, totaling 103 points, behind second-place St. Francis (121 points) and league champion Whitmer (179).
The girls team placed fifth in the TRAC with 78.83 points.
In addition to McKinstry’s high jump championship, Oliver Ellis turned in a first-place performance in the 400 dash. His time of 50.74 seconds was 1.2 seconds faster than his preliminary time.
Ross picked up a handful of runner-up performances. Devyn Jagodzinski placed second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.84 seconds and Matt Kuyken was second in the 800, clocking in at 1:54.37. Mike Thomas’ personal-best throw of 50-08.75 place him second in the shot put. He also took third in the discus.
Kuyken, McKinstry, Ka’Von Martin and Ivan Starkweather combined for a time of 3:29.44 in the 4×400 relay, giving them second. Evan Starkweather, Ethan McClory, Kuyken and Kayden Scott also placed second in the 4×800.
In addition to DeRodes’ championhip on Day 1, Friday saw AnneMarie Moses add to her resume as she also brought home the league championship in the pole vault. While her winning height of 10 feet is far below her best vault, Elder pointed out the weather conditions Friday were not in the vaulters’ favor.
McKela Elder finished third in the 800 and fourth in the 1600.
In the shot put on Thursday, Emma Jahns turned in a personal-best throw of 33 feet, 11 inches, giving her third place.
The Little and Lady Giants will return to Findlay next Wednesday and Friday for the district meet.
For more details, visit the Ross Sports Report.