Updated, Eastwood boys edge Otsego to win NBC track title (5-17-14)

Otsego’s Cole Gorski
clears 15-6 on Saturday. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)

FOSTORIA — Eastwood’s boys track and field team nearly saw its stranglehold on the league championship
broken Saturday.
In the end, the Eagles had just enough to hold off Otsego to win their 14th straight league title at
Memorial Stadium. PHOTO

Eastwood won seven
events and totaled 172 points to finish 10 points ahead of the Knights in the Northern Buckeye
Conference meet. MEET

Eagles didn’t clinch the championship until the 1,600 relay — the last of the 17 events. Eastwood’s team
of Tim Hoodlebrink, Joe Salinas, Gabe Fredericks and Devin Snowden won in 3:24.53.
Otsego, which trailed Eastwood by just five points going into the 1,600 relay, finished fourth in
The Eagles have won all three NBC championships after winning the final 11 Suburban Lakes League title.

“We were solid,” said Eastwood coach Brian Sabo, who is in third season. “I give Otsego a ton of credit.
They came in and performed well, and battled hard. They have good talent, good depth, good leadership.

“(Otsego) has a strong team and they’re well coached. Ryan (Otsego coach Hafner) has done a nice job of
building that program. We had some ups and downs, but we competed well. Any time you win a league title,
it’s a good day.”
Snowden won the long jump (21-3) and the 300 hurdles (39.38), Hoodlebrink won the 800 in 2:01.29, and
Salinas won the 110 hurdles in 15.28.
Eastwood won two other relays.
The 3,200 team of Fredericks, Logan Baugher, Noah Smith and Hoodlebrink won in 8:11.86
The 400 team of Grant Geiser, Snowden, Brennan Seifert and Jake Hoodlebrink won in 43.66.
Otsego was led by athlete of the meet Cole Gorski, who set NBC records in winning the pole vault (15-6),
100 (10.99) and 200 (22.40).
He also ran on the 800 relay team which won in a meet-record time of 1:31.41. Also on the relay team were
Josh Horseman, A.J. Digby and Derek Morgan.
Gorski broke his own record of 14-0 in the pole vault set last year. After clearing 15-9, he missed all
three attempts at 16-0.
The final try at 16-0 came moments after he had won the 200. The 200 final was his fifth race, the result
of semifinal races in the 100 and 200 earlier in the day, He appeared to clear 16-0 on the final
attempt, but knocked the bar off with his chest on the way down.
“I was really pleased with the way the day went,” Gorski said. “On a good day, when I don’t have all of
the running, 16-0 is going to be a good jump for me. I was pretty tired.”
Otsego’s Brandon Avers set two meet records, winning the 1,600 in 4:21.62 and 3,200 in 9:43.48.
“We’ve had a good day as a team,” Gorski said. “A lot of guys have come through and done a nice job.”
Lake’s Brandyn Neal won the 400 in a meet-record time of 50.55.
Complete results of the meet are posted at www.sent-trib.com.

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