Knights of Columbus track meet
Scotus Central Catholic girls track and field scored the top finish of four city teams competing at the annual Knights of Columbus Invite on Tuesday at Pawnee Park.
The Shamrock girls were third out of seven teams with 97 points. The Lakeview boys were next in the order, putting together a total of 50 points and taking fourth out of eight.
The Scotus boys were fifth with 49 points while the Lakeview girls took fifth with a final total of 39.
David City Aquinas won the girls race with 163 points, distancing itself by a wide margin from Pierce by 34 points. The Seward boys were even more dominant, taking the top spot in the boys standings 171-120 over second place Pierce.
Eight different Shamrock girls won a medal with a top-six finish at the Knight of Columbus Invite. Those results were led by Grace Mustard winning the 300-meter hurdles and taking second in the 100 hurdles.
Kelsey Faust delivered won two medals in distance events with a runner-up showing in the 3200 and a third-place finish in the 1600. Anna Ehlers was third in both the long jump and the triple jump. Clarissa Kosch was the runner-up in the long jump then the fourth-place finisher in the triple jump.
“I was really happy with our performances. We really did have some nice improvements throughout the team,” coach Janet Tooley. “On paper, the team scores worked out kind of how we expected.”
Olivia Fehringer won a silver medal in the 800 and was sixth in the 400. Janae Rusher won two medals in the throws with a fifth in discus and sixth in shot put.
Liza Zaruba and Brea Lassek were both in the top six in distance events. Zaruba was fourth in both the mile and 2-mile while Lassek was sixth in both races.
“One of our goals is to outscore the points we figured out on paper, and the girls far exceeded that,” Tooley said. “That means that despite some of the poor training conditions, we have made a step.”
Cameron Drozd led the Lakeview boys on Tuesday with three medals. The Vikings won 13 medals totals behind performances from seven athletes and all three relay events.
Drozd was third in both the triple jump and the 800 and was fifth in the 1600. Kienan Prorok was also a multiple medal winner scoring twice for Lakeview with a fourth-place distance in the long jump and a fifth-place mark in the 200.
Kaylob Kobza had the Vikings best finish of the event with a runner-up run of 54.36 seconds in the 400.
“I thought we performed pretty well overall. We saw kids improving from the first meet until this last one here. There are still some inconsistencies there in a few spots, but that’s to be expected when it’s only your second meet and practices have been really limited,” coach Don Bentz said.
Drozd, Prorok and Zeth Gerkensmeyer in the pole vault have been regular point producers in the first two meets and the exhibition meet with Schuyler three weeks ago.
Bentz expects more of the same going forward and is high on some other areas as well.
“For the most part, guys are set in their roles. There are a few spots in some relays that we’re still trying to find the right parts, but so far, they’re filling in pretty well right now,” he said.
“Our four-by-eight relay has a chance to be pretty good. We’re rotating about five or six guys right now trying to find our top four. We knocked 10 seconds off our time from Wayne to (Tuesday) and we knocked off about a half second from our four-by-one. Those two relays, I think, could pick up some points for us.”
Grant Shanle and Scotus distance relays were again the top Scotus Central Catholic boys track and field point scorers of the day at the Knights of Columbus Invite on Tuesday.
Shanle won the shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 3 inches and was second in the discus on a best mark of 143-2. His throw in the shot put was the best of his career by nearly four feet.
Shanle was also the top qualifier for finals in the 110 hurdles but clipped a hurdle during the finals and chose to exit the track rather than risk injury since his momentum had been stopped.
Distance points were scored by Elliott Thomazin, Ben Juarez and Michael Gasper in the 3200 with that trio taking third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I kind of expected fourth or fifth place just looking at what everybody had. We’ve seen Pierce and Aquinas, we knew they were going to be good, and looking at Seward on paper, we knew they would be good. We knew it would be close between us and Lakeview, and they got us by a point this time,” coach Joe Schoenfelder said.
“All in all, we kind of did what we expected. People’s times improved. The big surprise was Jake Heesacker getting sixth in the pole vault. That’s one we didn’t anticipate getting a medal in.”
Top Lakeview results were put together by the trio of sisters Britney and Macy Stock in sprints and Makenna Frenzen in distance runs.
The Stocks both scored in the 100 and 200 while Frenzen was fifth in both the mile and two mile.
Macy was the runner-up in the 100 and fourth in the 200 while Britney took silver in the 200 and third in the 100.
The Lakeview girls other medals came from a sixth-place finish by the 3200 relay group of Allison Jaixen, Emily Stevenson, Paxton Lusche and Sydnie Briggs and the 1600 relay of Grace Hatcher, Cassie Rathbone, Maddie Vogt and Katee Korte.
“We scored in the events I thought we would score in. Britney and Macy, we expect those two to score. They’re pretty good sprinters, and being that their sisters, they work really well together,” coach Chris Thoms said.
“Makenna Frezen has been looking really good in the mile and two mile. She really struggled last year coming off an injury from an auto accident but has been good so far this year. We’re really pleased with her consistency. She’s bettered her time every time out this year.”
Lakeview also came close in the shot put and discus - two areas Thoms expects to find success before the end of the season.
“We’ve got some girls in the throws that are going to score for us. I think Jessica Sand has the opportunity to score for us in the distance. She’s right there. I think Kaycee Groteluschen in the shot put will be able to score for us when she gets going,” he said.
“The other one that has come along for us is our sophomore Victoria Greenwall. She works her tail off. We’re going to score some points in those two events, I just don’t know when.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.