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Anthony Wayne Girls Track And Field Team Wins Springfield Invite

The Anthony Wayne girls track and field team won the Springfield Invitational on April 13, besting seven other teams in the meet. PHOTO COURTESY OF AW TRACK

BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne girls track and field team won the championship of the Springfield Invitational on April 13, besting seven other teams on the evening. The Generals finished with 131 points in 17 events, 19 better than second-place Bedford. Clay was third with 90 points, while the host Blue Devils were fourth (87). Senior Zoe Hunt dominated the sprints as she won the 100-meter dash in 12.91 seconds, as well as the 200 (26.63). The 400-meter relay team of Hunt, seniors Erica Black and Delaney Cook and junior Tess Whitehurst took first in 53.13, while the 800 team of Cook, freshman Hannah Rybicki, sophomore Jerzy Zito and senior Lindsay Zito finished second (1:52.97). The 1600 team of Zito, sophomore Margaret Smith, senior Angella Shores and Hunt also finished second with a time of 4:22.06. The 3200 team of Smith, freshman Kaylee Kahl and seniors Sarah Paull and Danielle Zarnick cruised to an easy win, finishing in 10:23, more than 40 seconds faster than second-place Bedford. Senior Maddy Pollard cruised to decisive wins in the shot put relay (47 feet, 9-3/4 inches) and discus relay (153-2). In the high jump, sophomore Alexa Fries was second with a leap of 5 feet, while she finished ninth in the long jump (14-0), where Black was 12th (13-5) and senior Kate Moses 14th (13-3-1/2). Boys The AW boys placed fifth out of eight teams with 68 points. Bedford won the event with 136 points, while Springfield (103), Clay (96), and Central Catholic (85.50) finished in front of the Generals. Anthony Wayne finished in front of Whitmer (62.50), Rossford (42) and Delta (37). Senior Conor Segur had a nice showing in the 100 (11.68), while junior Levi Schutt was second in the 110 hurdles (17.00). Junior Cameron Smith was fifth in the 300 hurdles (46.73). Freshman Seth Campbell was fifth in the 400 (1:00.19), while junior Brandon Finley finished seventh in the 800 (2:17) and sophomore Matthew Yokum was fourth in the 1600 (4:51). Sophomore Colton Eckert and freshman Jacob Varner finished fourth and fifth in the 3200 (11:00 and 11:02, respectively). The 400 relay team of sophomore Shane Riggio, freshman Zack Snyder, senior Ryan Connelly and Segur was seventh (48.59), while the 3200 team of junior Brady Schofield, Yokum, Varner and Finley was third in 9:01. In the high jump, junior Tanner Hertzfeld placed sixth (5-6) and Schutt was 11th (5-0). Hertzfeld was sixth in the long jump at 18-9-1/2, while junior Anthony Smith (19th, 16-10) and Schutt (15-7-1/2) also scored for the Generals. Junior Nathan Barney was ninth in the shot put relay (41-1/2), while classmates Cole Ragan was 12th (39-8-1/4) and Sean Clody was 14th (38-10). Ragan was strong in the discus relay, finishing second (126-9), while Barney (ninth, 106-6) and Connelly (12th, 103-6) also competed. In the team’s first dual meet of the spring on April 11, the girls topped Bowling Green 87-50, while the boys lost to the Bobcats, 105-31.

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