LUCKEY — Only the lights around the football stadium illuminated the sky. The crisp spring air made for
rugged running conditions, but the competition remained fierce. It felt like fall, but in reality, it’s
track season.
The fate of the night came down to the final race at the Eastwood Relays on Friday. The Eagles needed a
win in the 1,600 relay along with a fourth-place finish by Whitmer to take the meet over the Division I
Eastwood’s Jacob Hahn anchored the race. He closed the gap on Southview’s Jacob Bader, but as they passed
through the final turn, the gap remained. Hahn settled for third, and Eastwood finished second in the
Relays with 121 points. Whitmer won the eight-team meet with 124 points and Bowling Green was third with
It was every track-lover’s dream. A night of excitement and record times and distances saw Eastwood
produce arguably its best performance of the season.
The Eagles were also second to the Panthers at the Whitmer Invitational earlier in the season.
“We’ve won this meet by 30 points before and not had the performances that we had tonight,” said Eastwood
coach Brian Sabo. “It was just a giant slugfest between us and Whitmer. They’d punch us and we’d punch
“I’m elated,” he added. “We did so many things well. And to be that close. … That’s a good team
(Whitmer). They’re going to compete highly to win the regional in Division I. We’ve got a lot of respect
for them and their coaching staff.”
Eastwood put its depth on display by winning eight events and placing second in fourth others. It
finished third in eight events.
The Eagles’ discus relay team of Erik Fertig, Dalton Andrews and Jason Ernsthauseon set a school record
with a combined throw of 458-feet-1. Pole vaulter Jacob Montag cleared 15-0 to win his individual event.
He was the second vaulter in school history to clear 15-0. The school record is 15-4.
“We always use this meet as a barometer, especially when you have a team like (Whitmer) and we rolled out
of here with I don’t know how many top-five state-level performances,” Sabo said. “We’re first or second
in multiple events (state wide) right now, mainly because of that competition. It’s a tremendous
barometer to where we’re going to go down the road.”
Eastwood’s shot put relay team of Andrews, Tyler Tudor and Seth Welch won with a combined throw of 133-4
1/2. Tyler Brenot and Jaden Rayford both cleared 6-1 in the high jump to tie for first, and the high
jump relay team of Brenot, Rayford and Ryan Reiter won with a height of 17-10.
Reiter won the long jump with a leap of 21-3. The 400 relay team of Landon Zura, Isaac Emahiser, Reiter
and Brenot won in 44.28, and the 800 relay team of Cooper Comes, Reiter, Brenot and Emahiser won in
Bowling Green had a strong performance from Nick Lane. He won the shot put with a throw of 58-4 3/4 and
was second in the discus with a school-record throw of 175-11.
His most impressive event was the hammer throw, winning with a throw of 219-5 — the second-best mark in
the country so far this season.
“That’s the first time in the last four years I’ve gotten to see him throw the hammer, and he put on a
show,” said Bobcats coach Joe Hudok.
“That was amazing to watch. You really get a sense for what an elite athlete he is when you see that,
which is fun.”
Bowling Green, the defending champions in the meet, was second in eight events and third in two.
“We had some kids that did some really nice things, but we still have some young kids that are still kind
of learning how to be varsity athletes,” Hudok said. “They need to step up a little bit in the future,
and I think tonight will go a long way toward that.
“We were defending champs. We wanted to defend that. We didn’t do that,” he added. “The takeaway is that
we’ve still got work to do. We’re still trying to gel in our relays as a team.
“We lack the depth that we’ve had in the past two years,” Hudok said. “I still think we have some kids
that don’t know quite where they fit on the team and they really need to wrap their heads around the
fact that their time is now.”
1) Whitmer 124; 2) Eastwood 121; 3) Bowling Green 96; 4) Napoleon, 54; 5) Liberty-Benton, 50; 6)
Southview, 44; 7) Findlay, 36; 8) Clyde, 32.
(All winners and BG, Eastwood
finishers in the top six listed)
Discus — 2) Nick Lane (BG), 175-11; 3) Erik Fertig (E), 166-5; 4) Dalton
Andrews (E), 158-2; 5) Jason Ernsthausen (E), 133-6.
Team discus — 1) Eastwood, team of Fertig, Andrews and Ernsthausen, 458-1;
3) BG, team of Lane, Cameron Frankart and Sid Grames, 391-3.
Shot put — 1) Lane (BG), 58-4 ¾; 2) Andrews (E), 54-9 ½.
Team shot put — 1) Eastwood, team of Andrews, Tyler Tudor and Seth Welch,
133-4 ½; 2) BG, team of Lane, Ryan Eligon and Grames, 126-6 ¾.
High jump — 1) Tyler Brenot (E), 6-1; 1) Jaden Rayford (E), 6-1; 4) Ryan
Reiter (E), 5-8; 6) Brett Rich (BG), 5-6.
Team high jump — 1) Eastwood team of Brenot, Rayford, Reiter, 17-10.
Long jump — 1) Reiter (E), 21-3; 6) Rayford (E), 20-4 ½.
Team long jump — 3) Eastwood, team of Reiter, Rayford and Kenneth Cassaubon,
59-10; 4) BG, team of Eligon, Rich and Blake Powers, 55-11 ¾.
Pole vault — 1) Jacob Montag (E), 15-0; 6) Brenot (E), 12-6.
Team pole vault — 2) Eastwood, team of Montag, Brenot and Lucas Jackson,
Hammer throw — 1) Lane (BG), 219-5; 3) Fertig (E), 166-5.
Triple jump — 2) Powers (BG), 40-4; 3) Josh McCauley (E), 38-5.
1,600 — 2) Zach Applegate (BG), 4:33.14.
400 relay — 1) Eastwood, team of Landon Zura, Isaac Emahiser, Ryan Reiter
and Brenot, 44.28; 5) BG, team of Brian Dible, Powers, Jake Strata and Noah Cotterman, 45.75.
1,600 sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800) — 2) Eastwood, team of Alex
Boyer, Jacob Hahn, Nate McCauley-Benner and Logan Baugher, 3:42.27; 3) BG, team of Cotterman, Jake
Strata, Augustin Couvreur and Isaiah Diller, 3:52.15.
3,200 relay — 3) Eastwood, team of Billy Barker, Jack Chappuies, Josh
Bierley and Lucas Pease, 8:38.90; 4) BG, team of Applegate, Grant Stierwalt, Alan Landgraf and Seth
Daniels, 8:47.88;
100 — 2) Noah Cook (BG), 11.15; 3) Zura (E), 11.37.
440 shuttle hurdle relay — 2) Eastwood, team of Cassaubon, Logan Wendt,
Ceyleon Damron and Baugher, 62.55; 6) BG, team of Brice Holdren, Camren Martin, Damien Miller and
Cameron Frankart, 75.72.
800 sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400) — 3) Eastwood, team of Zura,
Clayten Vongphachanh, Hahn and Baugher, 1:38.47; 4) BG, team of Dible, Cotterman, Strata and Steffen,
300 hurdles — 2) Eligon (BG), 42.05; 6) Damron (E), 45.68.
800 relay — 1) Eastwood, team of Cooper Comes, Reiter, Brenot, Emahiser,
1:31.92; 2) BG, team of Dible, Powers, Steffen and Cook, 1:34.99.
Distance medley relay (800-400-1,200-1,600) — 2) BG, team of Couvreur,
Diller, Stierwalt and Applegate, 11:20.48; 4) Eastwood, team of Barker, Bierley, Geisbuhler and Luke
Coffman, 11:36.47.
1,600 relay — 3) Eastwood, team of Baugher, Montag, Emahiser and Jacob Hahn,
3:35.75; 6) BG, team of Steffen, Dible, Strata and Eligon, 3:40.78.
Shot put — 1) Eric Rine (BG), 19-1 ½.
800 — 1) Rine (BG), 2:44.47.
100 — 2) Rine (BG), 20.71.
400 — 1) Rine (BG), 76.24.