By Bill Bray
TIFFIN – FINALLY, all sports teams got to enjoy a sunny, warm day around the area for all their different activities. In Tiffin, Fremont Ross thinclads ran in a field of 12 and 11 teams respectively at the boys and girls meets at the Bill Krause Invitational.
The Lady Giants started the day in the field events. The highlight of the morning was Lyndi Wolf finishing in a tie for second in the high jump at 5’2”. The Fremont freshman has been in the event less than a month. Excitement is stirring around the high jump area for the girls. Makenna Englund grabbed a 4th place finish in the event when she cleared 5’. Allison Taylor matched a personal record in the pole vault with a second-place finish at 11’. Excitement in the pole vault area as well when Margaretta’s Kenna Stimmel broke the state record with a jump of 14’4”. Jadyn Rozzell is rounding into shape in the long jump event. The school record holder from a year ago had her best effort of the spring with a leap of 16’ 11.5” good for second place.
Moving to the running events. The meet started with the 4×800 relay. The Ross foursome of Adriane Halbisen, Mackenzie Smith, Allison Taylor, and Evelyn Szymanowski finished 6th in 10:30.92. Englund, even though finishing second was under the existing record at the invitational as she finished with a season best 15.08. Rozzell jumped in the 100 meters and took a 6th place in 12.88. Then Rozzell was joined by Englund, Jasmin Hiedelburg and Briana Morrisette as they ran fourth in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:49.42. Syzmanowski took a sixth place in the 1600 meters. The sophomore ran the distance in 5:38.31. The girls 4×100 relay of Kaydence Stockett, Morrisette, Taylor and Rozzell were fifth in 51.80. Szymanowski ran in fifth place in the 800 meters in 2:32.75. Finally, Mackenzie Smith was back in action in the 3200 meters and ran 5th in 13:21.49.
The boys 4×800 relay ran fourth with a time of 8:38.42. The team consisted of Kameron Walker, Evan Beardmore, Will Kiser and Carter Rodriguez. James Kemp squeaked out a point in the 100 meters with a time of 11.49. The 4×200 relay team of Elijah Kirksey, Michael Ruiz Patterson, JD Moncrief, and James Kemp ran 3rd in 1:32.74. Zach Glotzbecker led the distance team again with a 7th place finish in the 1600 meters in 4:50.55 and a 6th place finish in the 3200 meters in 10:57.59. Teammate Aaron McNutt ran 8th in 11:27.06. The team of Ruiz Patterson, Moncrief, Ricky Howard III, and James Kemp ran 4th in the 4×100 relay in 43.97. Ruiz Patterson then scored some points in the 400 meters finishing 4th in 52.28. Walker came back and had the highest finished for any of the Ross runners when he took second place in the 800 meters. Walker’s time was 2:09.41. Kemp returned and finished fourth in the 200 meters in 22.72.
In the final running event of the afternoon, Ross took 5th in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:35.27. Again, it was Walker joined by Beardmore, Ruiz Patterson, and Kirksey.
Turing to the field events senior Ethan Green is beginning to round into shape as he finished second in the discus with a toss of 138’9” and was third in the shot put with a heave of 47’5.75”. Alex Menkoff took a fourth in the discus with a toss of 136’7”. Finally, Easton Silva cleared 12’ in the pole vault for a third-place finish and Anthony Vann took 7th in the high jump with a leap of 6’.
The Little Giant tracksters are back in action Tuesday afternoon with a home triangular meet with St. John’s and Notre Dame. Notre Dame will be an opponent in the girl’s portion of the meet.