CCC track & field championship begins


WEST ALEXANDRIA – Although the first day of the Cross County Conference (CCC) Track & Field Championship is generally regarded as qualifying day, there were some champions named in the field events and 4x800m relay. Several Darke County athletes won their events or qualified for the finals on Friday.

In girls discus throw, it was Miami East’s Rachel Ondera taking the championship with a 132’ 9” throw and setting a new CCC meet record. Covington’s Lauren Christian finished second. Morgan Best and Trista Hollinger, of Arcanum, finished third and fourth. Tori Wickham, of Ansonia, and Maddie Bennett, Tri-Village, finished in the top eight at seventh and eighth.

Covington took the top two spots in girls high jump with Lillian Hamilton finishing first at 5’. Kayla Mitchel tied for second with Meredith Butsch, Tri-Village, at 4’ 10”. Tri-Village’s Maria Petry finished fourth. Arcanum’s Audrey Heiser tied for fifth with Liza Bair of Miami East.

Travis Hunt, of National Trail, was crowned champion in boys long jump with a 21’ 4.5” leap. Rounding out the top eight were Ethan Cook, Newton; Justin Brown, Miami East; Kadin Presser, Covington; Jacob Ray, National Trail; William Bowman, Twin Valley South (TVS); Brennan Troutwine, Arcanum; and Josh Ecklebarger, Newton.

Newton’s sophomore standout Dawson Hildebrand finished first in shot put with a throw of 56’ 4.5”. The next closest throw was from Dillon Howard, TVS, at 42’ 10”. Finishing in third through eighth were Ryan Teale, Miami East; Sam Pritchard, Covington; Brendan Dalton, Miami East; Ben Combs, TVS; Jacob McQuinn, Bradford; and Paul Rammel, Arcanum.

Matthew Shook and Brock Shellhaas, of Ansonia, finished first and second in boys pole vault. Shook won with a vault of 14’ 6”. Blaine Brokschmidt, of Miami East, tied with Shellhaas for second at 14’. Top finishers also included Kyle Saul and Matthew Cornett, TVS; Griffin Cates, Arcanum; Trace Lavy, Newton; and Hunter Pahl, Tri-County North (TCN).

In the Girls 4x800m Relay, Miami East was the top team finishing the 3200 meter race in 10:52.65. Bethel finished second with TVS, Newton, Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, Ansonia and TCN rounding out the top eight.

In the Boys 4x800m Relay, TVS earned the top spot with a time of 8:31.70. Second through eighth were Miami East, Arcanum, Covington, Bethel, Newton and National Trail.

The following qualified in their races for a shot at the championship on Friday:

Girls 100m Hurdles – Aidan Obrian (17.80), Arcanum; Morgan Kimmel, Covington; Maria Staton, Miami East; Brooke Calhoun, TCN; Abigail Utsinger, TVS; Abby Gade, Bradford; Olivia Michalke, Newton; and Tori Quinter, Covington

Boys 110m Hurdles – Aaron Lawerence (16.08), Miami East; Brock Shellhaas, Ansonia; Cameron Stine, Newton; Mason Dreischarf, TCN; William Bowman, TVS; Cade Schmelzer, Covington; Tristen Obrien, Arcanum; Logan White, TVS

Girls 100m Dash – Cierra Rosinski (12.17), Ansonia; Gabrielle Hawkins, Miami East; Morgan Lowe, Covington; Hannah Wilson, Ansonia; Josie DesAutels, Miami East; Madison Johnson, TVS; Mercedes Smith, Bradford; Makiah Newport, TVS

Boys 100m Dash – Austin Bruner (11.22), Tri-Village; Justin Brown, Miami East; Josh Ecklebarger, Newton; Ethan Cook, Newton; Ethan Saunders, Bradford; Michael Crews, TVS; Logan Lowe, Covington; Cade Cottingim, TVS

Girls 4x200m Relay – Covington (1:52.81), TVS, Bethel, Miami East, Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, TCN, and Newton

Boys 4x200m Relay – Covington (1:34.15), TVS, Newton, Miami East, Franklin Monroe, TCN, Bethel, and Arcanum

Girls 4x100m Relay – Ansonia (51.94), Miami East, TVS, Covington, TCN, Arcanum, Newton, and Bradford

Boys 4x100m Relay – Newton (45.07), Ansonia, Covington, Miami East, TVS, TCN, Franklin Monroe, and Bethel

Girls 400m Dash – Gabrielle Hawkins (1:01.29) Miami East; Paige Boehringer, Covington; Mercedes Smith, Bradford; Emily Adkins, Miami East; Kierra Reichert, Ansonia; Rachel Larsen, Bethel; Morgan Harrod, TVS; Mackenzie Bacher, TCN

Boys 400m Dash – Andrew Cates (52.16), Covington; Logan Warner, Ansonia; Austin Bruner, Tri-Village; Chris Keener, TVS; Gray Harshbarger, Covington; Wyatt Leet, Bethel; Greg Austerman, Miami East; Aaron Clark, TVS

Girls 300m Hurdles – Mariah Troutwine (50.58), Ansonia; Morgan Kimmel, Covington; Aidan Obrian, Arcanum; Meredith Butsch, Tri-Village; Abby Gade, Bradford; Grace Lawson, Miami East; Abigail Utsinger, TVS; Maria Staton, Miami East

Boys 300m Hurdles – Cade Schmelzer (41.73), Covington; Mason Dreischarf, TCN; Cameron Stine, Newton; William Bowman, TVS; Bryce Adamson, Miami East; Deacon Shields, Covington; Tristen Obrien, Arcanum; Ethan Fischer, Ansonia

Girls 200m Dash – Gabrielle Hawkins (27.13), Miami East; Morgan Lowe, Covington; Cierra Rosinski, Ansonia; Sidney Mowell, TVS; Mercedes Smith, Bradford; Josie DesAutels, Miami East; Natalie Morman, Bethel; Morgan Harrod, TVS

Boys 200m Dash – Austin Bruner (23.20), Tri-Village; Andrew Cates, Covington; Alex Shaffer, Covington; Josh Ecklebarger, Newton; Logan Warner, Ansonia; Ethan Saunders, Bradford; Logan Alexander, Ansonia; Cade Cottingim, TVS

Girls 4x400m Relay – Covington (4:23.02), Miami East, Ansonia, Bethel, Arcanum, Newton, TVS and Franklin Monroe

Boys 4x400m Relay – TVS (3:40.36), Covington, Miami East, Ansonia, Tri-Village, Newton, TCN and Arcanum

Ansonia’s Matthew Shook was one of the first local athletes to earn a Cross County Conference track & field championship in 2019.’s Matthew Shook was one of the first local athletes to earn a Cross County Conference track & field championship in 2019. Ryan Berry | Darke County Media

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