OHS track overcomes wind, cold weather

Will Johnson

With only one meet under their belt at Blair Oaks, Matt Candrl’s Owensville High School track and field teams competed last Tuesday in their home quad meet at Dutchmen Field in cold, windy conditions.

Candrl’s OHS track squads topped their respective team standings in the varsity boy’s, varsity girl’s and junior varsity boy’s division. New Haven’s junior varsity girls prevented an Owensville clean sweep.

Winning nine events, the varsity Dutchmen were led by senior Sean Irwin winning the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the high jump.

Fellow senior Dane Thompson won the 400-meter dash along with helping the 4x400-meter relay team of himself, Michael Lahmeyer, Tony Terry Jr., and Aden Steineker easily win the final race from a cold Dutchmen Field.

Jacob Giedinghagen, Thompson, Terry Jr., and Lahmeyer also teamed up to win the boys 4x800-meter relay.

Terry Jr., added a win in the triple jump to his leg of both relay races while Jacob Luther topped the field in the varsity boy’s pole vault.

Bryan Candrl placed second in the 100-meter dash and to pole vault to go along with a third-place mark in the long jump and a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Giedinghagen placed second in the 3200-meter run while Austin Terry placed fifth and sixth in the 800 and 1600-meter runs respectively.

Aaron Budnik paced the Dutchmen throwers with a second-place finish in the shot put. Garret Bunt also took fourth in the shot.

Placing in the top eight of the discus for the varsity Dutchmen were Garrett Jahnsen (6th), Reece Wehmeyer (7th) and Bunt (8th).

Holding off Sullivan by over 30 points, Candrl’s varsity Dutchgirls won eight events including a pair of relays.

Kendra Hults, Zoie Bertagnolli, and Alesha Shockley competed in both the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. Erin Wehmeyer rounded out the 4x400m relay while Paige Heckelmann completed the Dutchgirl quartet in the 4x800.

Along with a winning leg in the 4x800, Heckelmann won the 400-meter dash by nearly two seconds. She also captured the 3200m run by over 26 seconds.

Hults (1st), Shockley (3rd) and Sophia Ashner (4th) claimed three of the top four spots in the girl’s mile.

Katie Candrl and Erin Wehmeyer both placed first and second in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle races.

Placing second to Sullivan in both the 4x100 and 4x200m relays were the Dutchgirl teams of Mackenzie Armstrong, Hayley Bogle, Paige Tayloe and Isabelle Bruckerhoff along with Alli Dintelman, Tayloe, Armstrong and Bruckerhoff in the 4x200.

Mackenzie Rademacher threw her way to the top winning the girl’s discus while Bailey Rasmussen placed third in the shot put.

Battling windy conditions in the pole vault, Candrl added a second-place finish to her victories in both hurdle races.

Dintelman added a third-place finish in the high jump to her leg of the 4x200m relay.

Dutchgirl freshmen Kate Angell and Emily McKinney both cleared 4-0 in the high jump to place fifth and sixth respectively in the event.

Bogle added a fifth-place finish in the long jump to her legs of both the 4x100m and 4x200m relays.

Last night (Tuesday) in the Don Olszowka Invitational at Union High School, Candrl’s varsity Dutchmen topped nine other teams with 117 points to bring another championship plaque back to an already crowded OHS trophy case.

In the girl’s team standings, Owensville placed fourth with 86.75 points. Union placed second with 98 points with St. James the low FRC team in eighth with 62 points. 

This could indicate a tight race come Monday, April 30 at the FRC Track meet in New Haven.