It was a very successful day for several members of the Tippecanoe track team, as they competed in the district meet last weekend around the area. in an unusual situation, the Tipp boys team ran in the Division One meet at Wayne, while the girls’ team was involved in the Division Two meet at Graham.
While several athletes have advanced to the regionals, three events saw the Tipp girls’ claim district championships.
The 4x8 relay team of Kaili Titley, Katie Taylor, Jillian Brown and McKenzie Dietz easily won the 3200 event with a time of 10:00.04 to send them to the regionals as champions.
Also Taylor came back on Saturday and cruised to an 11-second win in the 1600 meter run, as she finished with a 5:20.61 to advance to regionals this week.
“It was actually really nice weather to run today,” Taylor said. “I knew coming in where my time was and what I would do, so it was a really comfortable race for me.”
Now that the Tippecanoe sophomore is where she expected to be, she is focused on making that next step this week at regionals.
“Everything does get a little more serious,” she said. “Obviously, track is very fun, but now everything is about getting to state.”
Taylor also won the 3200 championship in a much closer fashion, as she ran 11:45.29, less than one second ahead of her closest competitor Olivia Warax from Shawnee. Tipp’s Abbi Halsey finished third with 12:05.49 and will join Taylor in the regionals.
Another runner who brought home a district title was Titley, as she claimed gold in the 800 meter run running a time of 2:20.65 for a six second win. Dietz also placed third with a 2:28.31 and will be heading to the regionals in Piqua.
“Last year was the first year I ran the 800, so this year I decided to go with the same strategy that I went with last year,” Titley said. “I wanted to go out really fast and just hang on. I put it all in the first lap and just use my motivation and will to win to propel me in the second lap.”
“Going into regionals, I go into every competition with the same mindset to do my personal best”
Placing as district runner-up in the 100 hurdles was Tipp junior Lydia Stueve, who ran a PR 15.85, sending her to the Piqua regionals this week as well.
“It’s really neat because I have never made it this far before,” Stueve said. “I really wanted to beat the girl next to me. It is really cool to get to run with more competitive people and push myself more.”
The 4x4 team also qualified for regionals placing third at districts with a 4:11.52.
*The previous night at Wayne, the Tipp boys track squad also sent Red Devils to the regionals this week.
Senior Keenan Fraylick placed fourth in the mile run with a 4:36.78, which qualified him for the regionals. Also finishing fourth in the 800 meter run was Michael Stearns with a 2:01.13 to advance to regionals.
Placing third overall in the 3200 was freshman Bryce Conley, as he ran a 9:58.22 which easily allowed him to place in the top four and advance.
Finally, the Tipp 4x4 boys team of Hamberg, Grieshop, Abney and Stearns also advanced to this week’ action, as they placed fourth overall with a 3:32.78.
*Bethel also competed on Saturday in the Division Three Districts. The girls finished in 13th with 14 points and the boys finished in 14th in 21 points.
The Girls 4x2 team finished in seventh in a time of 1:57.08. The team consisted of Brooklyn Smith, Emily Johnson, Sophia Yarwick and Rachel Larsen. The girls 4x4 team finished in eighth in a time of 4:50.31. The team consisted of Kayla Grable, Makenzie Hoeferlin, Kaitlyn Balkcom and Larsen.
Grable finished in seventh place in the long jump with a jump of 14' 10". Brielle Gatrell was fifth in the high jump with a jump of 4' 10".
Balkcom was 6th in the 1600 in a time of 5:53.13.
For the boys Korry Hamlin finished in second in the 1600 in a time of 4:36.86. He then went on to defend his 3200 title by winning in a time of 10:12.20. The 4x4 relay team of Wyatt Leet, Colton Smith, Keaton Smith and Garrett Gatrell finished in 8th in a time of 3:56.29.
Hamlin qualified in the 1600 and 3200 for regionals Friday at Troy Stadium.
*Regional Info- Qualifiers for the Tipp boys’ track team will compete tonight in the Division One prelims at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, with running events starting at 6:30 p.m. The finals will Friday, also starting at 6:30 p.m.
For the girls, they will be competing in the Division Two regionals at Piqua on Thursday night, as the prelims begin at 6:3 p.m. The finals are set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
As for Bethel, the Bees will run in the Division Three regionals at Troy. Hamlin is the lone qualifier and will run his two events on Friday night, as the running events begin at 5 p.m.