With air temperatures reaching 105 degrees outside The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium July 7 and spiking much hotter on the track, the WCTC or representatives from the Wooster Hershey local meet had a number of top performances.
“It was exceptionally hot,” said WCTC assistant coach Ali Questel. “There were a lot of kids who dropped out because of the heat, but all of our track club members competed and a number either ran close to their best times or even had personal bests. We have been training in the heat, so I think we were better prepared than a lot of other kids.
“The meet organizers did a nice job moving the meet along and they even had a misting station set up where kids could cool off and also had a lot of water and ice at the finish line and in the bullpen. It was hot, but they took precautions.”
In the boys softball throw, Hesus Himes, of North Lawrence, was an easy winner with a throw of 211-0 to take the 13-14 crown. Chase Jubak, of Monroeville, was seventh in the 11-12 age group and Brady Ayers, of Orrville, was seventh for the 9-10 boys (80-2). On the girls side, Janel Jubak placed seventh (77-3) and the WCTC’s Corynn Snider was eighth (50-0).
Himes’ performance was not only good enough to win the Ohio competition, but he qualified for the Hershey National Track and Field meet, which will be held in August in Hershey, Pa.
In the girls’ standing long jump, WCTC members Emily Alexander placed third (6-9) in the 11-12 age group and Bryana Harry was second with a jump of 7-0 in the 13-14s. In the 9-10 category, Tamara Turner, of Orrville, was sixth with a leap of 5-9.75. Himes had a second win as he won the 13-14 long jump on his final attempt with an effort of 8-6 and Matthew Lorentz of the WCTC was second in the 11-12s with a jump of 6-11.
Another win came in the boys’ 13-14 800 meters from the WCTC’s Joe Coudriet, who ran an electronic 2:31.78, which was a personal best as he surged over the final 200 meters to win the race going away. He was seeded fourth in the 1600 and placed second with another PR, finishing in 5:31.32.
The 800 was a strong race for the WCTC as Mimi Wiles placed second in the 13-14 girls 800 with her PR, a 2:44.94, while Lane Wilson slashed over 20 seconds to place fourth with a 2:37.99 after being seeded seventh in the 11-12 boys. Holly Miller placed third in the 11-12 race with her career best time of 2:55.32.
Wooster’s Giaminh Neuyen placed third in the 11-12 boys 100 with a time of 14.60, while Himes was runner-up in the 13-14 age group with a 12.75 clocking. Janel Jubak was eighth in the 9-10 girls’ 100, posting a time of 17.02 for her ribbon, Kenedy Bernadine of the WCTC was third in the 11-12 100 with a time of 15.05 and Harry was also third in the 13-14 group with her effort of 14.34.
In the 9-10 girls 200, Jubak was back on the stand with a sixth-place, 36.20 showing and Bernadine was fifth with a 33.10. Heidi Ebin made it to the podium in the 13-14 girls’ 200 as she was sixth with a 31.78. For the boys, Neuyen crossed the line in sixth with a 32.26 and the WCTC’s Zach Cannon was sixth in the 13-14 200 with his 30.36.
Miller also placed seventh in the 11-12 girls 400 (1:18.45) while Lorentz was runner-up in the boys’ 400 with a 1:06.97.
The girls’ 13-14 400 relay of Snider, Harry, Wiles and Ebin was second in the 400 relay (1:03.05); the girls 11-12 relay of Alexander, Bernadine, Taylor Barnes and Cannon placed third with a 1:05.64 and the boys’ 11-12 foursome of Neuyen, Lorentz, Wilson and Lukas McCreary was second (1:00.70).
Cole Smith, of Smithville, who qualified out of the Kent district, was eighth in the 13-14 100 (14.11), third in the long jump (7-10) and fifth in the 200 (28.81).
Published: July 17, 2012