Northwood sending 5 qualifiers to state track meet


FOSTORIA Northwood is sending five qualifiers to next weekend’s state track meet from Friday’s Division III regional meet at Fostoria High School, including four boys qualifiers.

The state meet is June 2-3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus.

At the regional meet, Northwood junior sprinter R’emontay Coleman placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.68 seconds and third in the 100 with a time of 11.44 seconds.

Northwood senior Alex Howe was fourth in the 200, finishing in 23.41 and the 4×100 relay team (Coleman, Howe, senior Montonio Baker, juniors Ayala Santos, Jakobe Foor, Nick Jones, and Isaiah Diaz participated at different levels) finished third in 44.1 seconds.

Breanna Bolden was fourth in the girls shot put with a throw of 38 feet, inches.

Northwood’s other boys regional participants were Howe in the 100 (seventh, 11.69) and TaeVe’ion Greene, who ran 43.5 in the 300 hurdles to place 13th at the preliminaries and not reaching the finals.

Amelia Lewin threw 36 feet in the girls shot put to place fifth and the Northwood girls 4×100 meter team finished in 54.67 to place 16th in the prelims and not qualify for the finals. Relay members were seniors Regan Grant and Jade Wiley and juniors Ava Schober, Kaleigh Moyer, Madison Ferrell, Bree Bolden, and Gracie Weiss.

As a result of the boys’ performance, Northwood scored 27 points to finish 10th as a team, placing behind Columbus Grove (85), Tinora (55), Margaretta (43), Ottawa Hills (42), Bluffton (42), Ottoville (33), Edgerton (33), Hardin Northern (31) and McComb (29).

The next 10 teams were Leipsic (26), Tiffin Calvert (24), Wayne Trace (17), Hopewell-Loudon (16), Lakota (11), Cardinal Stritch (11), Pandora-Gilboa (10), Mohawk (10), Arlington (10), Liberty Center (9) and Ayersville (9).

For the Raiders, sophomore Braxton Quintance placed third in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet and freshman Lucas McEwan was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.1) and are heading to Columbus.

Other Lakota boys regional qualifiers were Kian Johns in the 100 (11.97, 11th in prelims), McEwan in 110 hurdles (16.58, 11th in prelims), and Jacob Stuller in the 300 hurdles (43.33, 10th in prelims).

The Raiders also qualified three relay teams to regionals, but none advanced to state, including the 4×100 relay (46.26, 12th in prelims), the 4z200 relay (1:39, 14th in prelims), and the 4×800 relay (8:52.2, 11th in prelims).

Relay members were Quintance, McEwan, juniors Kian Johns, Isaac King, Micah Williams, Kurtis Fawcett, Alexander McGinnis, and Jared Tyson; sophomores Paul Williams and Bryler Wedge; and freshmen King Beard, Brady Tyson, Jalen Wagner, Donovan Statham, Avery Schilling.

In the girls meet, Northwood was 19th with nine points and Lakota was 24th with seven points. Lakota had no one place higher than sixth at the regional meet.

Lakota’s Aubrey Vitte finished the 200 in 26.61, good for sixth place in the finals, and she finished in 12.86, good enough for fifth place in the finals.

Elmwood had two regional qualifiers in three events, but Rutgers-bound senior thrower Anna Barber, who placed sixth last year in the discus, faulted on all three throws and will not advance to state.

Barber did place 10th in the shot put with a throw of 33-10½ and Sophia Gilliland was 13rh in the prelims of the 100 with a time of 13.45 and did not advance to finals.

The top four in each event qualify for state, but others who place beyond that in some events may qualify based on times or distances.

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