Lady Lions win NSC

WALKERTON — Bremen’s Jenna Pfeiffer still had time to top the Northern State Conference in the high jump before the rain set in Wednesday.
Buoyed by her school-record-breaking 5’5” performance, she won three more conference championships Thursday.
Pfeiffer won the high jump and both hurdles races, and ran the anchor for Bremen’s winning 1600 relay squad to win four titles and help lead the Lady Lions to the team championship at the NSC Track and Field Championships at John Glenn Thursday.
Triton’s small squad finished fourth with 68 points, while LaVille placed fifth with 65, Glenn was sixth with 55, Knox finished seventh with 22.3 points, and Culver Community’s Gwen Zehner placed second in both the disc and the shot put representing her school at the meet.
“It made me really excited,” said a beaming Pfeiffer of her record-breaking jump. “I posted it on Facebook and it said ‘36 people liked it,’ which was awesome, and then at school today they announced it, and everybody was congratulating me and the girl who had the record came in and brought me flowers. It was real special... I don’t know what happened. I cleared 5-4 and I was just ecstatic because I’ve always wanted that record.”
While Pfeiffer was a four-time conference champ, Bremen’s girls squad boasted a total of 12 NSC champs as they beat out conference runner-up Jimtown by a comfortable 143-121 1/3 margin.
Seniors Hope Jordan and Brittney Pittman continued dominant streaks in the mile and the pole vault with respective wins there, while the Lady Lions showed impressive depth to sweep the relays at Thursday’s meet.
“When we figured out the seedings we thought we had a pretty good chance,” said Bremen head track coach Mark Yoder. “Man, New Prairie and Jimtown though, even three-fourths of the way through the meet, it was real close. I wouldn’t say we were worried; we knew our girls would step up to the challenge. Just unbelievable performances from all the girls today. We had to have people step up, and we did.
“In total we had 12 conference champions between the three relays and the individuals. That floored me. We expect a lot from our athletes; we push them hard and they respond well, and this was the best response I’ve ever seen.”
Triton may not have had Bremen’s depth of talent, but the Lady Trojans made use of what they had on their way to a strong showing at Glenn. Breanna Lemler and Megan Howdeshell earned a pair of NSC championships in the 400 open and discus, respectively, while Lemler also took second in the 100, Howdeshell finished third in the shot put, and Emily Duff was second in the 300 hurdles behind Pfeiffer.
“My kids have done an excellent job,” said Triton girls coach Shelly Feldman. “With only 10 girls to come in fourth, that’s a good job. They have big hearts and they work hard. Most of them are running four events.”
LaVille finished just three points back with its lone NSC title coming from Taylor University signee Elaine Schmeltz in the 3200 run, however, Schmeltz finished second in the mile behind Jordan, Leigha Manual was second in the 800, the Lady Lancers were second in the 3200 relay, and Emily Langford placed third in both the 200 and the high jump.
Glenn’s strength was all in the sprints and mid distance as the Lady Falcons finished third in the 400 and 1600 relays, Cayla Ochs was fourth in the 800, Steph Radant was fifth in both the 100 and 200, and Katie Dreessen placed sixth in the open 400.
“We have no distance. The 3200 our best girl, her heart’s kind of giving her trouble so she sat out, and the other one is a freshman,” said Glenn head coach Kyle Amor. “Truly on the girls’ side, the sprints carried the load, and I thought they did alright. I told them coming in I just want them competing, I want them shooting for personal bests, and I’m not going to be disappointed if we don’t win this thing.”
Knox scored most of its points in the field and was led by Brooke Bennett’s second-place finish behind Pittman in the vault, while Hannah Folkers and Amber Fletcher were third and seventh in the long jump, respectively, and Sarah Young was eighth in the shot put.
“Our girls team is pretty small. I think we have about 13 girls total, so it’s about where we expected to be,” said Knox head coach Tom Trapana.
Culver’s lone competitor Zehner fell short of a conference championship in her last go, but the senior thrower managed runner-up performances in both the disc and the shot.
“One of the neat things is she did pick up two seconds, but her two seconds were to two different girls, so it kind of shows her versatility,” said Culver girls track coach Mike Buschman. “Both of those girls are high up there, and she loses the shot put to a girl who breaks the conference record, you can’t fault the kid for that.”
While Bremen won the girls meet with a balanced cast of runners, Thursday’s boys meet turned out to be a battle between sprinters and distance runners with distance winning out as New Prairie beat John Glenn 119 ½-108. Bremen finished fourth with a score of 86 just two points behind Jimtown, while Culver Community was fifth a half-point ahead of LaVille’s 64, Knox was sixth with 48 points, and Triton rounded out the standings with 46 points.
Tanner Harman won the high jump and finished third in both hurdles races, while Glenn sprinters Harman, Slade Fry, Collin Howard and Mike Childs set a new school record of 44.18 to win the 400 relay more than half a second ahead of Jimtown. First-year senior Fry and Childs went one-two in the 200, and Childs placed second in the 400. Childs false-started in the 100 to cost the Falcons valuable points there, and the Cougars earned wins in the 800, 1600 and 3200 with a one-two finish in the 1600 and one-three results in the 800 and 3200 to win the boys championship.
“It kind of came down to, we had one great guy in each distance event, and they had two,” said Amor. “In this numbers game, you need one more spot to place. Eleven and a half points, what they beat us by, in basketball that’s like a buzzer-beater, and one or two races go a different way it’s a different story at the end.
Bremen’s boys were led by Josh Brenneman, who won the 300 hurdles, placed second in the 110 hurdles and the long jump and anchored the Lions’ winning 1600 relay. Ty Holmes finished second in the high jump, and Jack Jordan placed second in the 800 run, being overtaken by New Prairie’s Ian Silver in the final stretch to lose by just .74 of a second.
“We were really shooting for the top three,” said Yoder. “We came in fourth, but I’m not going to complain. We came away with some really, really good performances. We had a couple conference champs on the guys side as well. Josh in the 300; our 4 by 4 was just unbelievable tonight and ran their best time of the season. Our guys have that same pride that the girls do, we just need to keep working.”
Culver Community saw plenty of points coming in the throwing events as Jeremiah Harvey won the shot put and had — what was for him at least — a disappointing finish in the discus to place second there behind Triton champ Jake Tutorow. Max Burgess backed Harvey up in the disc for third place, however, to complement his seventh-place finish in the shot. Larry Clingler and Bradley Beaver were four and five in the high jump, meanwhile, and sophomores Micah Budzinski and Matt Hurford earned respective finishes of four and five in the 110-meter hurdles.
“If things would’ve all gone right maybe we could have finished fourth, but we had enough good things go right we finish fourth and beat a team we lost to in a dual meet,” said Culver boys track coach Chad Hollenbaugh. “LaVille beat us earlier in the season so that was a positive, and overall we had a lot more positives here than we did last year at this meet.”
Knox was led by its distance corps as Connor Carlson and Adam Sobieck went six-eight, respectively in the 3200, Travis Amor and Carlson went six-seven in the 1600, and Amor and Austin Edwards placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 800-meter run.
“I’m a little more disappointed with the boys,” said Trapana. “I was expecting a little higher finish, but looking at their times, a lot of their best times of the year came tonight, so I guess you’ve got to credit that to the good athletes in our conference. I can’t be mad at them for giving their best performance of the year, but at the same time I know they’re disappointed in where they finished and would like to have finished better.”
• NSC Track Championships
At Walkerton
Team scores: New Prairie 119 ½, John Glenn 108, Jimtown 88, Bremen 86, Culver Community 64 ½, LaVille 64, Knox 48, Triton 46.
4 x 800 relay: 1, Knox (Travis Amor, Austin Edwards, Elliot Coad, Connor Carlson) 8:30.87. 2, John Glenn 8:34.14. 3, Bremen 8:51.12. 4, New Prairie 9:02.60. 5, Jimtown 9:09.78. 6, Triton 9:15.18. 7, LaVille 9:15.28. 8, Culver Community 10:08.70.
110 high hurdles: 1, Levi Welch (Jim) 14.95. 2, Josh Brenneman (Bre) 15.35. 3, Tanner Harman (JG) 15.79. 4, Micah Budzinski (CC) 15.95. 5, Matt Hurford (CC) 16.65. 6, Keith Fischer (NP) 16.72. 7, Tyler Ameigh (Tri) 17.12. 8, Steve Mattasits (NP) 17.59.
100: 1, Devan Emerson (Jim) 11.26. 2, Jacob Freeman (LV) 11.46. 3, Spenser Omans (LV) 11.49. 4, Collin Howard (JG) 11.73. 5, Shane Anderson (NP) 11.86. 6, Tyler Foote (Tri) 12.06. 7, Derrick Brewer (NP) 12.09. 8, Brian Hosinski (Jim) 12.43.
1600: 1, Ian Silver (NP) 4:34.81. 2, Nick Arndt (NP) 4:36.74. 3, Luke Runyan (JG) 4:49.71. 4, Nick Amor (LV) 4:41.52. 5, Stacy Noland (JG) 4:46.09. 6, Travis Amor (Knox) 4:48.05.
4 x 100 relay: 1, John Glenn (Tanner Harman, Slade Fry, Collin Howard, Mike Childs) 44.18. 2, Jimtown 44.79. 3, LaVille 45.25. 4, New Prairie 45.45. 5, Triton 46.25. 6, Knox 47.85.
400: 1, Travis Bladecki (NP) 53.79. 2, Mike Childs (JG) 53.82. 3, Levi Bennett (CC) 54.52. 4, Austin Davis (Tri) 54.75. 5, Ryan Zellmer (Bre) 54.98. 6, Maxwell Boyll (Jim) 55.09.
Josh Brenneman (Bre) 40.46. 2, Keith Fischer (NP) 42.23. 3, Tanner Harman (JG) 42.33. 4, Levi Welch (Jim) 42.97. 5, Micah Budzinski (CC) 44.22. 6, Steve Mattasits (NP) 44.50.
800: 1, Ian Silver (NP) 2:02.99. 2, Jack Jordan (Bre) 2:03.73. 3, Nick Arndt (NP) 2:04.63. 4, Luke Runyan (JG) 2:08.23. 5, Travis Amor (Knox) 2:08.27. 6, Alex Crump (JG) 2:08.80.
200: 1, Slade Fry (JG) 23.10. 2, Mike Childs (JG) 23.17. 3, Devan Emerson (Jim) 23.26. 4, Jacob Freeman (LV) 23.76. 5, Shane Anderson (NP) 23.90. 6, Spenser Omans (LV) 24.10.
3200: 1, Ian Silver (NP) 10:29.01. 2, Eric Shaffer (LV) 10:29.41. 3, Nick Arndt (NP) 10:35.45. 4, Stacy Noland (JG) 10:44.56. 5, Thomas Dean (Bre) 10:48.96. 6, Connor Carlson (Knox) 11:00.37.
4 x 400 relay: 1, Bremen (Jack Jordan, Robbie Hummel, Ryan Zellmer, Josh Brenneman) 3:35.52. 2, New Prairie 3:38.26. 3, Triton 3:40.40. 4, Knox 3:41.16. 5, Culver Community 3:42.93. 6, John Glenn 3:44.20. 7, LaVille 3:44.43.
High jump: 1, Tanner Harman (JG) 6-0. 2, Ty Holmes (Bre) 6-0. 3, Tyler Ameigh (Tri) 5-10. 4, Bradley Beaver (CC) 5-8. 5, Larry Clingler (CC) 5-8. 6, Nick Amor (LV) 5-8.
Long jump: 1, Devan Emerson (Jim) 19-4 ¾. 2, Josh Brenneman (Bre) 19-4 ½. 3, Levi Welch (Jim) 19-3 ¾. 4, Collin Howard (JG) 19-1. 5, Shane Anderson (NP) 18-9. 6, Spenser Omans (LV) 18-6 ¾.
Shot put: 1, Jeremiah Harvey (CC) 49-6 ½. 2, Kody Kleine (NP) 46-4 ½. 3, Andrew Weldy (Bre) 43-5. 4, Kyle Zartman (LV) 43-0. 5, Alan Bollenbacher (Bre) 41-10 ½. 6, Tanner Adams (Jim) 41-1.
Discus: 1, Jake Tuturow (Tri) 132-0. 2, Jeremiah Harvey (CC) 128-9. 3, Max Burgess (CC) 124-1. 4, Garret Leed (LV) 123-4. 5, Andrew Weldy (Bre) 120-4. 6, Blake Magyar (Jim) 117-2.
Pole vault: 1, Tanner Wickham (Jim) 11-6. 2, Dane Daumer (Knox) 11-6. 3, Casey Adams (Jim) 11-0. 4, Stacy Noland (JG) 10-0. 5, Michael Collins (Knox) 10-0. 6, Jamie Hughes (Bre) 9-6.
Team scores: Bremen 143, Jimtown 121-1/3, New Prairie 120-1/3, Triton 68, LaVille 65, John Glenn 55, Knox 22-1/3, Culver Community 16.
4 x 800 relay: 1, Bremen (Jorgi Klockow, Amy Fanning, Megan Burcham, Sara Slabaugh) 10:31.14. 2, LaVille 10:32.0. 3, New Prairie 10:57.0. 4, Jimtown 11:00.0. 5, John Glenn 11:08.8. 6, Triton 11:24.22.
100 hurdles: 1, Jenna Pfeiffer (Bre) 16.02. 2, Rachel Bucher (Jim) 16.52. 3, Kaley Gann (Bre) 17.32. 4, Maryellen Schmalzried (JG) 17.36. 5, Jayna Colanese (NP) 17.96. 6, Emily Duff (Tri) 18.22. 7, Shelby Low (LV) 18.49.
100: 1, Deasaray Greer (Jim) 13.11. 2, Breanna Lemler (Tri) 13.25. 3, Heidi VanWaardenburg (NP) 13.28. 4, Alayna Wagnerowski (Jim) 13.48. 5, Stephanie Radandt (JG) 13.72. 6, Shannon Miller (Bre) 13.75.
1600: 1, Hope Jordan (Bre) 5:15.23. 2, Elaine Schmeltz (LV) 5:28.58. 3, Rachael Thompson (NP) 5:30.68. 4, Alex McBride (NP) 5:33.88. 5, Sara Slabaugh (Bre) 5:39.32. 6, Allie Kann (Tri) 5:51.60.
4 x 100 relay: 1, Bremen (Jasmine Schafer, Vianca Montes De Oca, Paige Weldy, Shannon Miller) 52.61. 2, Jimtown 52.78. 3, John Glenn 52.91. 4, New Prairie 54.98. 5, Knox 55.04. 6, LaVille 55.48.
400: 1, Breanna Lemler (Tri) 1:02.40. 2, Sarah VanWaardenburg (NP) 1:02.60. 3, Amy Jones (Jim) 1:05.17. 4, Hope Jordan (Bre) 1:05.91. 5, Kelsey Driebelbies (NP) 1:05.94. 6, Katie Dreessen (JG) 1:06.37.
300 intermediate hurdles: 1, Jenna Pfeiffer (Bre) 48.36. 2, Emily Duff (Tri) 49.52. 3, Brittney Pittman (Bre) 50.62. 4, Rachel Bucher (Jim) 51.09. 5, Maryellen Schmalzried (JG) 51.83. 6, Jayna Colanese (NP) 52.96.
800: 1, Mary Gamble (NP) 2:21.06. 2, Leigha Manual (LV) 2:28.57. 3, Hope Jordan (Bre) 2:31.81. 4, Cayla Ochs (JG) 2:35.74. 5, Amy Fanning (Bre) 2:36.11. 6, Allie Kann (Tri) 2:38.08.
200: 1, Heidi VanWaardenburg (NP) 27.48. 2, Paige Weldy (Bre) 27.55. 3, Emily Langford (LV) 28.21. 4, Deasaray Greer (Jim) 28.41. 5, Stephanie Radandt (JG) 28.45. 6, Sarah VanWaardenburg (NP) 28.58.
3200: 1, Elaine Schmeltz (LV) 12:02.59. 2, Alex McBride (NP) 12:38.59. 3, Rachael Thompson (NP) 12:41.46. 4, Sara Slabaugh (Bre) 12:45.83. 5, Kelsey Stoll (Jim) 13:02.51. 6, Megan Burcham (Bre) 13:10.79.
4 x 400 relay: 1, Bremen (Jenna Pfeiffer, Shannon Miller, Paige Weldy, Kaley Gann) 4:21.87. 2, Jimtown 4:30.11. 3, John Glenn 4:32.38. 4, LaVille 4:34.12. 5, Triton 4:37.86. 6, Knox 4:55.71.
High jump: 1, Jenna Pfeiffer (Bre) 5-5. 2, Mary Gamble (NP) 5-2. 3, Emily Langford (LV) 5-2. 4, Joy Moore (Jim) 4-10. 5, Tie between Sydney Gochenour (Tri), Katie Dreessen (JG) and Allison Brothers (Jim) 4-8.
Long jump: 1, Katie Secor (Jim) 15-2 ½. 2, Kaley Gann (Bre) 14-10 ½. 3, Hannah Folkers (Knox) 14-6 ¾. 4, Heidi VanWaardenburg (NP) 14-5 ¾. 5, Brook Clodfelter (Jim) 14-2 ½. 6, Vianca Montes De Oca (Bre) 14-2.
Shot put: 1, Cinnamon Green (Jim) 43-0 (MEET RECORD). 2, Gwen Zehner (CC) 38-1. 3, Megan Howdeshell (Tri) 35-8. 4, Jessica Blaze (NP) 30-11 ½. 5, Requiyah Johnson (Jim) 30-11. 6, Melisa Lile (JG) 30-2.
Discus: 1, Megan Howdeshell (Tri) 113-5. 2, Gwen Zehner (CC) 110-0. 3, Cinnamon Green (Jim) 103-5. 4, Jessica Blaze (NP) 93-2. 5, Melisa Lile (JG) 86-3. 6, Kayla Debiak (NP) 85-6.
Pole vault: 1, Brittney Pittman (Bre) 10-6. 2, Tie between Brooke Bennett (Knox), Melissa Reickman (NP) and Charity Campbell (Jim), 7-6. 5, Mackenzie Hill (JG) 7-0.