Oak Harbor sends 14 athletes to D-II state track meet

Oak Harbor sent 14 athletes, seven boys and seven girls, to the Division II state track meet, held at Pickerington High School North on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5.

For the boys, seniors Gannon Duty, Eli Sherman and Nick Wirkner, juniors Hayden Hower and Isiah Miller and sophomores Hayden Buhro and Owen Miller.

Buhro, Hower and Isiah Miller and Owen Miller qualified with the 4x200 relay, Buhro, Duty, Isiah Miller and Wirkner with the 4x100, Isiah Miller in the 300-meter hurdles and Sherman in the 800.

At the regional meet in Lexington, the Oak Harbor boys finished 11th out of 40 teams scoring with 22 points. Perkins won the team championship, scoring 77.

The 4x100 relay team finished second in 43.86, just a split second behind the championship team from Perkins (43.48). In a photo finish, the 4x200 team finished fourth in 1:31.797, three-thousandth of a second behind a team from Bellevue (1:31.794). Perkins (1:30.94) was first and Huron (1:31.65) second.

In the 800, Sherman finished fourth, crossing the line in 1:58.31 to place behind Bexley senior Spencer Stevenson (1:57.09), Upper Sandusky senior Troy Mawer (1:57.35) and Bloom-Carroll senior Nick Duerr (1:57.9).

In the 300 hurdles, Isiah Miller placed fifth in 40.1 seconds, finishing behind Liberty Union senior Jimmy Rhoads (38.86), Clyde junior Brady Wilson (39.47), Centennial junior Diashawn Gossett (39.68) and Elmwood senior Barett Coleman (39.76).

Qualifying for the Oak Harbor girls were seniors Abby Below, Paige Clune, Emily Haar and Elayna Krupp, juniors Amelia Mizelle and Logan Wagner and sophomore Rylee McKitrick.

Below, Haar, Krupp and Wagner were on the 4x400 relay team and Clune, Haar, McKitrick and Krupp on the 4x200 relay. Krupp qualified in the 100-meter dash and Mizelle in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

At the regional meet, Oak Harbor placed fifth out of 38 teams scoring with 38 points. Gilmour Academy won the championship with 71 points, followed by Liberty-Benton (47) and Huron and Beaumont tied for third with 39 points each.

The 4x200 relay team finished as regional runner-up, finishing in 1:46.02, less than a second behind a Beaumont team (1:45.3). The 4x400 team finished fourth in 4:04.98 behind Beaumont (4:02.51), Gilmour Academy (4:04.81) and Toledo Central Catholic (4:04.82).

Krupp placed third in the 100, crossing the line in 13.13 seconds behind Niles McKinley senior Chante Clinkscale (12.2) and Huron junior Isabella Cozzie (13.07).

Mizelle placed third in the 100 hurdles, crossing in 15.63 to place behind Gilmour Academy junior Karah Henderson (15.28) and Galion senior Samantha Comer (15.34). Mizelle also placed third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.91 to finish behind Johnstown-Munroe senior Olivia Ashbrook (46.49) and Kenton junior Addy Modd (47.6).

The amazing thing is that the Oak Harbor hosted the district meet, and the girls won the championship, scoring 154½ points to beat Perkins (128), Eastwood (94), and 10 other teams that scored. The boys scored 70 points to place behind Perkins (159½).

Krupp won the 100-meter dash in 12.58, edging out Central Catholic senior Traci Cross (12.81). Wagner won the 800  in 2:21.12, defeating second place Perkins freshman Ellie Bodie (2:26.92). 

Mizelle won the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.05 to beat second place Central sophomore Brooklyn Vaughn (16.14) and Mizelle also took the 300 hurdles in 47.69 to defeat Central sophomore Jayla Watson (47.92).

The 4x100 relay team of Mizelle, Clune, McKitrick and Krupp won in 49.69, just three-tenths of a second behind the district meet record (49.39) set by Rogers in 2011. 

Oak Harbor senior Emma Zibbel won the high jump, clearing five feet, three inches to defeat second place Genoa freshman Lillian Frias (5-1). 

In the boys district, Sherman won the 800, finishing in 2:01.36 to defeat second place Perkins junior Owen Murphy (2:03.59). 

(Photos of Oak Harbor athletes by Laura Bolander)



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