BY YANEEK SMITH
CLYDE — A number of area teams had good showings at the Sandusky Bay Conference Tournament on Friday at Bob Bishop Stadium in Clyde.
In the Bay Division, the Oak Harbor boys team finished second with 167 points, and Huron won with 185. Edison was third with 106 points, followed by Margaretta (82), Port Clinton (52) and Willard (46).
In the River Division, the Danbury girls team nearly won the league title, finishing second with 110.5 points, just behind Gibsonburg, which had 112 points. Old Fort was second with 97 points, followed by Tiffin Calvert (92.5), Hopewell-Loudon (92), St. Joseph Central Catholic (75), Lakota (33), St. Mary CC (31) and New Riegel (16).
The Laker boys took third, finishing with 101 points. H-L won with 145 points, and Gibsonburg was second with 110. New Riegel finished fourth with 82 points, followed by Calvert (74), Lakota (73), Old Fort (44), SJCC (19) and SMCC (11).
In the Bay Division, the Rocket girls saw their 11-year reign as league champions end as Margaretta won, finishign with 157 points. Edison finished second with 142 points, followed by Huron (119), Oak Harbor (116), Port Clinton (73) and Willard (31).
Hayden Burho led the Rockets with two-first place finishes in individual events — the 200 meter dash and the 100 — coming in at 22.67 seconds and 11.12, respectively. He was also part of two relay teams that were victorious, the 4×100 relay that included Buhro, Jaqui Hayward, Hayden Hower and Isiah Miller and took first in 42.88 and set a new league record, breaking a 19-year mark; and the 4×200 relay that featured Buhro, Hower, Judson Overmyer, and Tyler Thompson, which finished first in 1:30.01 and was 0.01 from breaking the league record.
“I think last year, (Buhro) was runner-up in the 100 and 200 to Isiah Miller. I don’t think Hayden was going to be denied, he’s had a goal in mind, and he knows what he wants. His practices are very important to him. He takes his coaching well from Coach Cole (Weirich), Coach (John) McKittrick and myself,” said Oak Harbor coach Andy Augsburger.
“He’s competing at a very high level this year. We went to the Tiffin Columbian meet and he had to race against Central Catholic, Columbian and some other Division I schools. I think it shows a little bit more about his training and how he gets himself ready for the season. Last year, we focused on relays in the (postseason). This year, he has aspirations to fulfill goals in the individual events. That entire sprint group has been phenomenal so far.
Isiah Miller was first in the 300 hurdles (39.60) and placed second in the 110 hurdles in 15.92, Owen Miller was first in the 400 in 51.03, Will Rahm won the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 6.0 inches and Evan Hall finished second in the shot put with a throw of 50-03.00.
The 4×400 relay team of Overmyer, Carson Ridener, Owen Miller and Isiah Miller took second in 3:27.67 while the 4×800 relay (Ridener, Andrew Swartzlander, Antoine Gonzalez and T.J. Hallett) placed second in 8:35.34.
“We knew we were facing a pretty tough Huron squad, they look like they hadn’t lost an invite yet. We knew we were going to have to put together one of our best meets, and we came really close to that,” said Augsburger. “We were a point ahead going into the 200-meter dash. There were a few things, if they had gone a different way, we could’ve come out with a championship.
“The thing that I’m most proud of is the boys coming out and competing. We had 20 personal records with two kids in every single event. You want to get your kids to compete at an elite level. We had seven event SBC champions for the boys, that was big in itself, and we were very proud to get a record, the 4×100 set the record, and the 4×200 nearly set the record, too.
“I think it’s going to be a very interesting showdown between the teams we have at districts. Central Catholic, Perkins, Eastwood are all extremely strong. Our main goal is to keep everybody healthy and with the relays, we have cohesiveness and want to make sure everyone knows their job. We’re trying to get as many meets to regionals in Lexington. Our group is highly motivated, they don’t want their season to be done on Saturday, the outlook is extremely good.”
Port Clinton’s Samari Smith had the lone individual top-three finish for the Redsksins, finishing third in the discus with a throw of 129-07.
The Danbury girls team had a first-place finish and five second-place finishes.
Shanamarie Richard won the 100 hurdles in 16.28, and Kayla Rodriguez finished second, respectively, in two events — the shot put (34-00.25) and the discus (105-06). Katelynne Bergman was second in the 400 (1:01.25) and Maria Maringer was third in 1:03.05.
The 4×200 relay (Josie Skinner, Maci Brown, Kelly Uhinck and Kendall Shanteau) finished second in 1:54.24, the 4×400 relay of Bergman, Uhinck, Maria Maringer and Gabrielle Maringer) took second in 4:16.99 while the 4×100 quartet of Skinner, Shanteau, Kamil Stephens and Mia McDonald was third in 53.42.
The Danbury boys team was led by Bradley Murray, who won the 800 (2:01.97), took third in the 400 (52.84) and was part of the 4×400 relay team that included Guy Maltese, Grayson Clark and Maverick Murray and finished first in 3:41.46. Danny Harris was third in the 100 (12.01) and third in the long jump (18-10.00), Cade McCarthy finished third in the 110 hurdles (17.95) and Daniel Webster came in third in the shot put with a throw of 43-11.50. The 4×200 relay team of Clark, Maltese, Wyatt Caskey and Jacob Mischler finished third in 1:39.42.
The Rocket girls were led by Amelia Mizelle and Rylee McKitrick. Mizelle set a new league record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.01, just ahead of Margaretta’s Kenna Simmel, who was second in 15.02. McKitrick was first in the 200 (26.59) and second in the 100 (12.92), Ava Grieger was second in the high jump (4-10.00), Leila Balduf was third in the shot put (31-00.25), Ally Garner was third in the long jump (14-09.00) and Andrea Winke was third in the pole vault (8-06.00).