Darke County recently had 17 athletes recognized by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) as Academic All-Ohio.
Every year the OATCCC recognizes track and cross country athletes who qualify for the state meet and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher as Academic All Ohio.
There were a total of 834 athletes across the state to be recognized. The breakdown was 481 girls and 353 boys.
In Division I, there were 141 girls recognized including Greenville senior Sierra Cress, who competed in the discus throw and had a GPA of 3.539, and sophomore Riley Hunt, who finished sixth in the state in the pole vault and had a GPA of 3.690.
In Division II, there were 162 girls to make the list including Versailles seniors Kenia McEldowney, Ellen Peters and Cassie Peters, juniors Ava Moran and Liz Watren and sophomores Lucy Prakel and Lindsey Winner. McEldowney competed in the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter relay and had a GPA of 3.772. Ellen Peters competed in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay events and had a GPA of 4.000. Cassie Peters was on the 800 relay team and had a GPA of 3.574. Moran was on the 400 and 800 relay teams and had a GPA of 3.893. Watren was on the 800 and 1,600relay teams and had a GPA of 4.000. Prakel was on the 400 relay team and finished third in the state in the pole vault. She had a GPA of 4.000. Winner was on the 1,600 relay team and had a GPA of 4.000. As for how the relay teams finished at the state meet, the 400 relay team placed eighth overall, the 800 relay team was sixth and the 1,600 relay team placed third in the state.
In Division III, there were 176 girls to be recognized including Franklin-Monroe sophomore Selene Weaver, who placed sixth in the pole vault and had a GPA of 3.850.
On the boys side, Division II recognized 112 boys including three seniors from Versailles. They were A.J. Ahrens,who placed sixth in the shot put and had a GPA of 3.632; Kyle Jones, who competed in the long jump and had a GPA of 3.849; and Luke Shellhaas, who competed in the pole vault and had a GPA of 3.871.
In Division III, there were 141 boys recognized including Ansonia sophomore Brock Shellhaas, who placed fifth in the pole vault and had a GPA of 4.000. For Arcanum, senior Chase Klipstine and juniors Tanner Delk and Jusstin Vanatta all competed in the 3,200 relay. Delk also ran in the 3,200 run and Klipstine raced in the 800 run. Klipstine had a GPA of 3.900, Vanatta’s GPA was 3.800 and Delk’s GPA was 3.700.