Lancers fourth at NWC meet, Knights sixth
Monday, May 19, 2014 12:00 AM
By John Parent
Lincolnview runners Ben Bilimek (left) and Bayley Tow (center) are joined by Crestview’s Charles Thornburg in the running of the 1600m on Saturday. Tow won the event while setting a new school record. (dhi MEDIA/ Jim Metcalfe)
dhi MEDIA Sports Editor
SPENCERVILLE — Lincolnview’s boys track team placed fourth at the Northwest Conference track and field championships over the weekend at Spencerville. The Lancers scored 85 points to finish behind Columbus Grove, Bluffton, and Spencerville. Crestview placed sixth with 56 points in the meet.
On the girls side, the Lady Bulldogs made it a sweep for Columbus Grove, winning with 152 points. Crestview placed seventh with 40.5 points and Lincolnview was eighth among the nine teams.
Despite the sixth-place finish as a team, Crestview enjoyed some individual success. Mycah Grandstaff not only won the 3200 meter run, but he did so in a time of 9:38.38, which not only set a new school record for the Knights, but broke the Northwest Conference record by an amazing 14 seconds. The previous mark of 9:52.4 was established in 1989 by Columbus Grove’s Mondo Tijerina. Grandstaff also broke the stadium record, which he had set last year.
It was the second time this season that Grandstaff had broken the Crestview record in the 3200m.
Lincolnview junior Bayley Tow placed second in the 3200, but won the 1600m run with a time of 4:28.48, finishing 10 seconds ahead of Grove’s Colton Grothaus. Tow’s time on Saturday broke the Lincolnview record for that event, a record that Tow established last season.
Other first-place finishers for the Lancers included junior Hannah McCleery, who won the girls high jump, clearing a height of 5-foot-1. Hunter Blankemeyer also brought home a conference title for the Lancers in the 300m hurdles, posting a time of 40.9 seconds.
“I was really pleased with how the kids performed. They prepared well and were able to put together some great performances. Having conference champions and school records all at the same meet makes it special,” noted Lancer coach Matt Langdon. “We are looking forward to doing even better next week as we start the tournament. I liked how we competed and how we prepared for each event. It showed that the kids really care about doing their best.”
Crestview’s boys 4x200m relay team of Michael Hansard, Isaiah Kline, Malcom Oliver and Zack Jellison placed second at the meet. The Knights got third-place efforts from the 4x800 relay team of Mycah and Dylan Grandstaff, Charles Thornburg and Justin Gibson. The boys 4x100 relay team (Sage Schaffner, Malcolm Oliver, Zack Jellison, and Isaiah Kline) placed third as well, as did Grace Callow in the girls 400m dash (1:03.87) and the 200m dash (27.81). Jellison was third in the boys 200m (23.36). Crestview’s boys 4x400 relay (Michael Hansard, Alex Cunningham, Jellison, and Kline) placed third at 3:34.96 while Bekka Tracey throw of 100-09 in the discus was also third in the conference. Jamie Moore wraps the list with a third-place effort in the girls pole vault.
Other top placers for the Lancers included the boys 4x100m relay team of Logan Jewel, Damon Norton, Michael Gray and Blankemeyer, who tied a school record with a time of 45.43 seconds. That time was only good enough for second at the NWC meet, however.
Blankemeyer was the runner-up in the 110m hurdles and the boys 4x800m relay team of Ben Bilimek, Alex Rodriguez, Trevor Neate, and Tow also earned a runner-up finish. Anna Gorman placed third in both the girls 1600m run and the girls 3200m run.