In A Strange Finish, Shelby Boys Nab Lex Invite; Girls Take Second

LEXINGTON - Shelby’s track and field coaches declared Thursday’s jaunt to the southwest section of the county as a bit strange.

It was only fitting that the end of Lexington Invitational had a strange finish which boosted the Whippet boys to the team title. Needing a miracle to claim the crown, those prayers were answered.

Trailing the host Minutemen entering the 4 x 400-meter relay by a nine points, SHS needed help in the form of DQ’s. The red and gray were up against Mansfield Senior and Lexington in the final race.

Strangely enough, both were disqualified. The Shelby foursome of Danny Friebel, Blake Lucius, Michael Mayer and Robert Moore won with a time of 3:40.19.

Those final 10 points pushed the Whippets ahead with 177. Lexington was next with 176 and Mount Vernon was a distant third with 104.

“It was very strange,” summed up boys coach Chris Zuercher.

The SHS girls were the runner-up with 163 points. Lexington was first with 190 and Mansfield Senior was third with 105.

This was a make-up meet for Shelby, which saw its own invitational postponed earlier in the month because of snow. The Lexington Invitational was originally scheduled the same day and rescheduled.

“This was such a strange meet,” said Zuercher. “A lot of schools only entered a few events because of other invites they are going to this weekend.”

Lady Whippet coach Bob DeLauder made note of the ‘strangeness’ as well.

“This was one of the strangest feeling meets I’ve been too. It had regional level performances then JV/dual meet all mixed together - sometimes even in the same event. It was kind of fun to see this combination at this regional site,” said DeLauder.

“It gave us a chance to run some different athletes and combinations amongst a wide-range of competition,” added DeLauder.

The list of first-place finishers for SHS included:

Girls

- Bailey Walter in the shot put (32-61/4).

- Megan Crain in the discus (102-6).

- Maddie Heimlich in the 400-meter dash (1:03.89).

- Makenna Heimlich in the 800-meter run (2:24.60).

- The 4 x 400-meter relay of Maddie Heimlich, Faith Bailey, Tory Thomas and Makenna Heimlich with 4:15.65

Boys

- Brayden Burkhalter in the pole vault (12-6).

- Ethan Waldruff in the shot put (46-11/2).

- The 4 x 800-meter relay of Friebel, Sam Logan, Robert Moore and Tyler Green with 8:23.40.

- Lucius in the 400-meter dash (53.98).

- Devin Tuttle in the 200-meter dash (23.32).

“Bailey Walter had a really nice combo in the shot, discus and long jump. Makenna and Maddie Heimlich were up to their usual standards. The 4 x 4 capped the meet off with an excellent time. We really came back pretty well from a short turnaround after a key dual meet Tuesday (with Bellevue),” said DeLauder.

“Our field events were so strong again. It was great for Ethan to win the shot put with a big PR. I am also proud of Blake Lucius in the 400 because he has made big strides the last week. Again our distance was strong,” said Zuercher.

The next meet for Shelby is Tuesday at Ontario.

LEXINGTON INVITATIONAL

At Lexington High School

Girls Results

Team scoring - 1. Lexington 190; 2. Shelby 163; 3. Mansfield Senior 105; 4. Mount Vernon 90; 5. Columbus Horizon Science Academy 32; 6. Madison 24; 7. Mansfield St. Peter’s 23.

Pole vault - 1. Gottschling, Lexington, 10-0; 2. Blunt, Shelby, 9-0; 6. Thomas, Shelby, 7-0.

Long jump - 1. Grose, Mansfield, 16-21/2; 4. Walter, Shelby, 14-31/2; 5. Mac. Lynch, Shelby, 14-11/4.

High jump - 1. Fuller, Lexington, 4-8; 2. Bailey, Shelby, 4-8; 5. Korbas, Shelby, 4-3.

Shot put - 1. Walter, Shelby, 32-61/4; 5. Crain, Shelby, 25-101/2.

Discus - 1. Crain, Shelby, 102-6; 2. Walter, Shelby, 95-4.

4 x 800-meter relay - 1. Lexington (Curtis-Collins, Wendling, Miller, Wolfe) 10:02.96; 2. Shelby (H. Evans, K. Evans, Ganzhorn, Smedley) 11:21.09.

100-meter low hurdles - 1. Grose, Mansfield, 15:31; 5. Lybarger, Shelby, 18.80.

100-meter dash - 1. Grose, Mansfield, 12.84; 5. Mar. Lynch, Shelby, 14.04; 6. Parsons, Shelby, 14.07.

4 x 200-meter relay - 1. Mansfield Senior (Grose, Grose, Hawk, Franklin) 1:52.37; 5. Shelby (Mar. Lynch, Lybarger, Parson, Gregory) 1:57.24.

1,600-meter run - 1. Curtis-Collins, Lexington, 5:24.64; 3. Mac. Lynch, Shelby, 5:42.62; 5. Hlad, Shelby, 6:05.84.

4 x 100-meter relay- 1. Mansfield Senior (Grose, Grose, Hawk, Franklin) 49.88.

400-meter dash - 1. Mad. Heimlich, Shelby, 1:03.89; 4. Gregory, Shelby, 65.78.

300-meter low hurdles - 1. Hamilton, Lexington, 51.90; 3. Bailey, Shelby, 53.98.

800-meter run - 1. Mak. Heimlich, Shelby, 2:24.60; 4. Lybarger, Shelby, 2:39.26.

200-meter dash - 1. Grose, Mansfield, 26.71; 5. Parsons, Shelby, 29.17; 6. Mar. Lynch, Shelby, 29.48.

4 x 100-meter shuttle hurdles relay - 1. Mount Vernon (Kennerly, Conant, Day, Fanning) 1:11.12.

3,200-meter run - 1. Miller, Lexington, 11:31.25; 2. Gonzales, Shelby, 12:36.19; 4. Hoffman, Shelby, 13:34.52.

4 x 400-meter relay - 1. Shelby (Mad. Heimlich, Bailey, Thomas, Mak. Heimlich) 4:15.65.


Boys Results

Team scoring - 1. Shelby 177; 2. Lexington 176; 3. Mount Vernon 104; 4. Mansfield Senior 78; 5. Mansfield St. Peter’s 23; 5. Madison 23; 7. Columbus Horizon Science Academy 18.

Pole vault - 1. Burkhalter, Shelby, 12-6; 5. Damron, Shelby, 9-6.

Long jump - 1. Gerrell, Lexington, 19-73/4; 2. Tuttle, Shelby, 19-63/4; 3. Egner, Shelby, 19-5.

High jump - 1. Ellis, Mansfield, 6-6; 3. Stine, Shelby, 6-0.

Shot put - 1. Waldruff, Shelby, 46-11/2; 4. Vera, Shelby, 37-63/4.

Discus - 1. Anable, Lexington, 146-1; 2. Waldruff, Shelby, 139-0; 3. Dawson, Shelby, 116-7.

4 x 800-meter relay - 1. Shelby (Friebel, Logan, R. Moore, Green) 8:23.48.

110-meter high hurdles - 1. Bethea, Mount Vernon, 15.60; 6. Stine, Shelby, 17.74; 7. DeLauder, Shelby, 18.49.

100-meter dash - 1. Christman, Lexington, 11.48; 4. Tuttle, Shelby, 11.66; 8. Egner, Shelby, 12.19.

4 x 200-meter relay - 1. Lexington (Lybarger, Tasseff, Gerhardt, Biddle) 1:36.32; 2. Shelby (Mayer, Lucius, DeLauder, Egner) 1:40.12.

1,600-meter run - 1. Johnston, Lexington, 4:34.26; 4. Swanger, Shelby, 5:13.79; 6. A. Moore, Shelby, 5:20.07.

4 x 100-meter relay - 1. Lexington (Christman, Gerrell, Biddle, Goettel) 44.89; 2. Shelby (Caraballo, Tuttle, DeLauder, Egner) 46.10.

400-meter dash - 1. Lucius, Shelby, 53.98; 7. Finnegan, Shelby, 59.10.

300-meter intermediate hurdles - 1. Parker, Mansfield, 40.47; 5. DeLauder, Shelby, 47.39; 6. Stine, Shelby, 49.69

800-meter run - 1. Johnston, Lexington, 2:03.50; 2. Friebel, Shelby, 2:04.64; 3. R. Moore, Shelby, 2:10.69.

200-meter dash - 1. Tuttle, Shelby, 23.32; 7. Caraballo, Shelby, 24.59.

4 x 110-meter shuttle hurdles relay - 1. Mount Vernon (Bethea, Allen, Wilson, Parker) 1:10.42.

3,200-meter run - 1. Mueller, Lexington, 10:17.64; 2. T. Green, Shelby, 10:20.64; 3. Logan, Shelby, 10:26.46.

4 x 400-meter relay - 1. Shelby (Friebel, Lucius, Mayer, R. Moore) 3:40.19.


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