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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

District Track: Allgire flying high for O-G Titans
By TED RADICK

staff writer

FOSTORIA -- Ottawa-Glandorf's Torie Allgire easily cleared 9 feet, 10 inches to win the girls Division II, District 1 pole vault competition Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in Fostoria.

That doesn't mean the Titans senior was done vaulting.

Allgire was after a new school record, and put the bar at 11-1. She came close, but couldn't quite get it.

"So close," she said. "I still don't feel like I've peaked yet. I am still moving up poles, switching halfway through even though it's near the end of the season. I'm so close to the school record, I can taste it."

Allgire had to settle for a district championship and the 10 team points that came with it. Those points allowed O-G to take the lead in the team race after the first day of competition.

The double-district girls meet resumes at 4 p.m. Friday with the remainder of the field events and the running event finals.

Ottawa-Glandorf racked up 39 team points in District I, one point ahead of Liberty-Benton. Those two are well ahead of the field after day one; Clyde is third with 17 points. Elmwood sits tied for seventh with five points and Fostoria is tied for 10th with four.

In District II, Upper Sandusky is 10th with two points. Ontario leads with 21 points, followed by Celina (18) and Coldwater (17).

The top four finishers in each event in both districts advance to next week's regional meet at Lexington.

"I'll give it a good shot next week and get it there when I really need it," Allgire said of breaking the current O-G record of 11-0. "My end of the season goal is 11-6, but I really just want my name on that wall at school. I've been aiming for it since my freshman year, and it's coming."

Allgire had just one of several key performances for O-G. The Titans took third in the 3,200-meter relay final in 10:02.30, picked up a victory from Michelle Maag (15-53/4) and a third from Whitney Warnecke (15-13/4) in the long jump, and had Anna Bellman advance to regionals in the discus (third, 118-11).

The Titans also advanced individuals or relays to Friday's running finals in every event except the 300 intermediate hurdles.

It's a young O-G team, too, stocked with talented freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Allgire is a senior who has been through the district wars before, and she's impressed with how her younger teammates are handling the pressure of the postseason.

"All of young girls, this is there first experience in this and they're not freaking out at all," she said. "They're taking it all in and giving it their best efforts.

"Last year as a junior, I had butterflies at the regional. They are really handling it well."

Liberty-Benton also had a strong showing Tuesday. The Eagles had seniors Alex DeVincentis (137-7) and Liz Streacker (132-2) go 1-2 in the discus, and Kara Shaffer advanced to regionals in the long jump with a fourth-place finish (14-53/4).

Also regional-bound for L-B are the 3,200 relay (fourth, 10:09.26) and pole vaulter Samantha Johnson (second, 9-6).

DeVincentis set a personal record with her winning throw.

"It definitely felt good getting a PR," she said. "All I did was go out and try to throw my best, and not worry about what anyone else around me was throwing."

Liberty-Benton also will have plenty of runners competing in Friday's finals. Freshman Michaela Butler enters with the top preliminary times in the 100 (12.43) and 200 (26.17).

Elmwood got a sixth in the 3,200 relay (10:47.26) and a seventh from pole vaulter Courtney Emmitt (9-0). Madison Sears put up the top preliminary time in the 400 (1:00.25).

Fostoria's Olivia Valenti was fifth in the long jump (14-4).

In District 2, Upper Sandusky's Mallory Weininger was seventh in the high jump (4-8).



Girls District I

Team Standings

1, Ottawa-Glandorf 39. 2, Liberty-Benton 38. 3, Clyde 17. 4, Napoleon 14. 5, Defiance 13. 6, Toledo Scott 8. 7 (tie), Pauding, Elmwood & Shelby 5. 10 (tie) Willard & Fostoria 4. 12, Tiffin Columbian 3. 13, Margaretta 1.

Regional Qualifiers & Area Finishes

3,200 relay -- 1, Napoleon 9:57.53. 2, Defiance 10:01.77. 3, Ottawa-Glandorf (Verhoff, Koch, Schmitz, E. Ellerbrock) 10:02.30. 4, Liberty-Benton (Greiner, Baumlein, Briggs, Thomas) 10:09.26. 6, Elmwood (Wagner, Gross, Rinearson, Krassow) 10:47.26.

LJ -- 1, Maag (O-G) 15-53/4. 2, Besteder (TS) 15-5. 3, Warnecke (O-G) 15-13/4. 4, Kara Shaffer (L-B) 14-53/4. 5, Valenti (Fos) 14-4.

Discus -- 1, DeVincentis (L-B) 137-7. 2, Streacker (L-B) 132-2. 3, Bellman (O-G) 118-11. 4, Burkhart (Def) 114-11. 8, Kosch (O-G) 99-9.

PV -- 1, Allgire (O-G) 9-10. 2 (tie) Loparo (Cly) 9-6 & Johnson (L-B) 9-6. 4, Salinas (Paul) 9-6. 6, Miller (L-B) 9-6. 7, Emmitt (Elm) 9-0.

Area Finalists

100 IH -- 4, Schimmoeller (O-G) 16.16. 7, Garrett (Fos) 17.29. 100 -- 1, Butler (L-B) 12.43. 2, Stechschulte (O-G) 12.65. 4, Maag (O-G) 12.91. 800 relay -- 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (D. Ellerbrock, Maag, E. Ellerbrock, Stechschulte) 1:49.16. 6, Elmwood (Sears, Garner, Emmitt, Kern) 1:55.61. 7, Fostoria (Valenti, Knudsen, Tucker, Settles) 1:55.79. 400 relay -- 1, Liberty-Benton (Hyre, Selhorst, Shaffer, Butler) 51.43. 2, Ottawa-Glandorf (Schimmoeller, Maag, Warnecke, Stechschulte) 51.62. 6, Fostoria (Knudsen, Settles, Lamb, Tucker) 54.20. 400 -- 1, Sears 1:00.25. 3, D. Ellerbrock (O-G) 1:02.08. 8, Bellman (O-G) 1:04.49. 300 LH -- 6, Peplinski (L-B) 50.96. 200 -- 1, Butler (L-B) 26.17. 3, Stechschulte (O-G) 26.55. 5, Sears (Elm) 27.36. 1,600 relay -- 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (D. Ellerbrock, Bellman, Schmitz, E. Ellerbrock) 4:15.19. 4, Liberty-Benton (Briggs, Hyre, Butler, Peplinksi) 4:17.60.

Girls District II

Team Standings

1, Ontario 21. 2, Celina 18. 3, Coldwater 17. 4, Wapakoneta 13. 5, St. Mary's Memorial 11. 6, Bucyrus 10. 7 (tie), Van Wert & Clear Fort 9. 9, Galion 5. 10, Upper Sandusky 2. 11 (tie), Kenton & Elida 1.

Regional Qualifiers & Area Finishers

3,200 relay -- 1, Coldwater 9:57.75. 2, St. Marys Memorial 10:25.86. 3, Ontario 10:29.28. 4, Galion 10:33.05. HJ -- Hayzlett (Wap) 5-4. 2, Wenning (Cel) 5-3. 3, Rammel (Cold) 5-0. 4, Thompson (CF) 4-10. 7, Weininger (US) 4-8. SHOT -- 1, Barnhill (Ont) 39-11/2. 2, Nolen (Buc) 38-8. 3, Dowdy (VW) 36-83/4. 4, Klimczynski (Ont) 35-91/2.

Area finalists

400 relay -- 8, Upper Sandusky (Kinley, Powers, Niederkohr, Massara) 54.40. 200 -- 8, Powers (US) 28.16.

Radick, 419-427-8405,

tedradick@thecourier.com


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