Perrysburg girls win NLL track title


NAPOLEON — Perrysburg girls won a Northern Lakes League track championship at Charles Buckenmeyer Stadium Friday.

The Perrysburg girls scored 169½ points to run away with the championship, easily defeating second place Springfield (115½).

Anthony Wayne (93) was third, followed by Bowling Green (81½), Sylvania Northview (78), Napoleon (67½), Sylvania Southview (41½), and Maumee (16½).

Perrysburg finished one-two in the 100 hurdles as Ava Kincaid won in 15.94 seconds and Lexie McGuire was runner-up in 16.38.

“Being able to finish first feels good,” said Kincaid, who placed second last season in the same event at the NLL meet.

“I had a rough start to the season, so to be able to come out here and get a win in one of the last meets feels really good.

“I definitely didn’t anticipate the gun, and was too late (at the start),” added Kincaid. “I was able to get back into it and three-step all my hurdles.”

Perrysburg’s Camille Francis won the 300 hurdles, finishing in 47.34 seconds to beat second place BG hurdler Katherine Tyson (47.58) by over a fifth of a second.

Perrysburg also finished one-two in the 800-meter run as Natalie Sanders brought home the title in 2:19.98 and teammate Paige Toflinski finished second in 2:22.05.

Perrysburg’s Hannah Kersten won the 1600, finishing in 5:02.02 to beat second place AW runner Hailey Kahl (5:05.83) by over three seconds. Kersten also won the 3200, finishing in 11:26.07 to beat Kahl (11:32.25) by over six seconds.

In the 100-meter dash, Perrysburg’s Emma Thompson finished second, crossing the line in 12.68 to place behind champion Maira Scott from Springfield, who timed out at 11.79 seconds.

Perrysburg’s 4×800 relay team (Laura Valette, Natalie Sanders, Hannah Kersten, and Ava Beeks) won an NLL title in 9:21.04, beating a second-place team from AW (10:10.94) by over 50 seconds.

Perrysburg’s 4s100 relay team (Kincaid, Emma Ogdahl, McKenna Conley, and Thompson) finished second in 50.54, less than a second behind AW (49.7).

Perrysburg’s 4×200 relay (Conley, Ogdahl, Kinsley Jones, Francis) also finished second to AW. The Jackets crossed in 1:47.99, the Generals in 1:43.7, which is an NLL record. AW runners are Giavanna Harris, Olivia Witker, Madeline Zimmerman and Mallori Pollock).

Perrysburg’s 4×400 team (Sanders, Laura Valette, Sophie Smith and Ava Beeks) also finished second (4:09.48), but this time to a record setting Northview team. The Wildcats (Isabella Muir, Harper Brighty, Talitha Thomas, and Haley Roberts) set a new NLL mark at 4:00.73.

BG had success in the shot put, finishing one-two as Cece Dye threw 33 feet, seven inches and teammate Allison Fry followed at 33-1¾.

“I was not getting the form I wanted and was getting frustrated with myself, but I was able to take a deep breath and go for it,” said Dye. “This is the one time I made the top nine, so it’s pretty heroic to be here.”

Fry won the discus, throwing 114-1 and Perrysburg thrower Kennedy Boze was second at 115-1.

In the pole vault, BG’s Mimi Utz cleared nine feet, six inches, which got her second place behind Springfield vaulter Jessica Mason (11 feet).

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