CLAYTON – Brutally strong winds made life miserable for athletes Saturday at the Jack Lintz Invitational Track & Field Meet.
Sunny sky gave way to clouds in early afternoon making the temperature drop and the wind continued to increase with sustained gusts topping 55 miles per hour. The pole vault cross bar was repeatedly blown off its perch with workers having to hold the bar in place with the poles normally used to put the bar on the upright supports.
“We were fortunate that the worst of the weather held off as long as it did,” said Northmont Coach Tony Broering. “The main part of the storm was hitting as we were putting everything away, so we were lucky on that. We’ve had a lot better weather for Jack’s meet, but the snow blew in just as we were finishing. It was uncomfortable, for sure. The weather was not ideal.”
At one point it was snowing and the wind was blowing so hard you couldn’t see.
Northmont had a less than full lineup for the meet with spring break under way. A lot of underclassmen were pressed into action. Northmont’s boys team placed 8th overall in the 18 team field with 28 points while the girls placed 5th in a 17 team field.
Christian Champen took second place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 14-feet even. A.J. Frens of Greenville won the event with a height of 15-feet.
Champen took 1st place in the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, 4-inches.
Drake Hickman, a freshman, placed seventh in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 17.24.
Sophomore Gage Beireis finished 10th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:48.45.
Senior Joe Sexton took 6th place in the 300 hurdles in 43.96 seconds.
Freshman Xavier Marable finished 8th in the 400 meter dash in 55.47 seconds.
Senior Shawn Richards finished 10th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.22.
Junior Ethan Shade placed 6th in the 5000 meter run in 16:49.58. Sophomore John Pierron was 12th at 17:35.34.
Senior Naomi Baker finished 8th in the 100 meter hurdles in 18.23 seconds. Sophomore Bethany Thompson was 12th in 18.92.
Junior Jayla Tarver placed 5th in the 100 meter dash in 13.56 seconds and junior Allison Moede was 10th in 13.88.
Sophomore Jordan Rife finished 12th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 6:15.09 and senior Bailey McCabe was 15th in 6:28.74.
Bethany Thompson placed 6th in the 300 meter hurdles in 53.32 seconds.
Elisha Cooper was in second place in the 400 meter dash but got injured after exiting the final turn and could not finish.
Melissa Barrett, a junior, placed 4th in the 800 meter run in 2:32.74 while senior Kimea Lawrence finished 11th in 2:46.65.
Jayla Tarver placed 4th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.61 seconds.
Senior Clara Leedy finished 10th (20:58.50) and sophomore Caitlin Hoyng 12th (22:23.10) in the 5000 meter run.
The 1600 meter relay team of Parker, Renner, Simmons and Amin placed second with a time of 4:30.01.
The 3200 meter relay team of Barrett, Lawrence, Kosak and Rife placed 3rd in 10:28.44.
The 400 meter relay team of Porter, Sluterbeck, Biggs, and Moede placed 4th in 55.08.
Allison Moede tied for 7th in the high jump at 4-feet, 6-inches.
Naomi Baker placed 5th in the long jump at 15-feet, 1.5-inches while Audrey Osudoh was 12th at 13-feet, and one-half inch.
Jasmine Hooks, a junior, placed 5th in the discus at 91-feet, 1-inch and placed 6th in the shot put 30-feet, 6.75-inches.
Senior Rachel Leiter and junior Saraea Spurgin tied for 6th in the pole vault at 6-feet.
“We have key athletes gone on vacation for spring break and some key sprinters injured, so we literally had to throw some of our relay teams together,” Broering added. “We are not up to speed yet.”
Jack Lintz Invitational
Boys Team Scoring
Watkins Memorial 132
Spr. Shawnee 12
Girls Team Scoring
Watkins Memorial 99
Spr. Shawnee 29