LEXINGTON — A quick look at the numbers from the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Lexington High School shows the Lutheran West girls are leading the way with 11 points.
A deeper review of that number shows the meet is actually a family affair.
Longhorns junior Johanna Ragland and her sister Sarah, a freshman, scored all of Lutheran West’s points in just one event, the shot put.
Johanna won the regional championship and qualified for her first state tournament with a personal-record throw of 41 feet, 5¼ inches. Sarah took eighth place, and the one team point that goes along with it, with a throw of 34-1¼.
“I started off real nervous,” Johanna said. “I knew I had a chance to win here but that I would probably have to have a PR to do it.
“It feels really good to know I’m a regional champion.”
One thing Ragland didn’t have to worry about was overthinking.
“I try not to think when I go out there so I can’t even tell you what I was thinking when I saw my score,” she said. “Now that it’s over, it feels like a huge relief and I’m excited to be going to states.”
Vermilion senior Hannah Bartlome has been to Columbus on multiple occasions and with a second in the high jump (5-4), she made sure she’ll be going back.
“I got first in the region the past two years but I was super happy with second today,” Bartlome said. “I came into this meet telling myself I needed to clear 5-2 and once I did that I put my best approach together and cleared 5-4. I have a weight off my shoulders now. I was up until 1:30 a.m. worrying about the high jump.”
Bartlome, who will also being running in the finals of the 200-meter dash Saturday, thinks she can improve her height in Columbus.
“I think I can be good at 5-5 or 5-6, I just haven’t seen those heights in so long I don’t remember what they are,” she said.
Elyria Catholic sophomore Ted Achladis earned his first trip to state with a throw of 157-6 to finish second in the discus.
Achladis improved by nearly 30 feet on his throw of 129-8 he had at last year’s regional.
“I did a lot better than I expected today,” he said. “Last year I came here and fell flat on my face. Today I took a different approach and stayed calm. Today in practice I was fouling a lot of throws but I got my act together and kept all of my throws inbounds. This was the toughest competition I’ve seen all year.”
Achladis gave most of the credit to Elyria Catholic coach Paul Cunningham.
“I feel like my coach did a great job of preparing me for this event, and all of the hard work I’ve done has paid off,” he said. “He’s the reason I’m going to Columbus. I didn’t think I had a chance to go to state at the beginning of the year. My coach helped me change my throwing motion before the Trinity Invitational. After that, I knew I had a chance.”
The news wasn’t as good for one of his teammates. Senior Lucas Ball, who qualified to regionals in discus and pole vault, injured his right hamstring on his first vault attempt and was unable to complete a vault. Ball still managed to finish sixth in the discus despite being in obvious pain during the event.
“I popped my hamstring in the pole vault,” he said. “I came over here and did what I could do. I had a heck of a high school career so I can’t really complain. I’m proud of my teammate, Teddy, for making it to states and I wish him the best of luck in everything.”
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Team standings (through 4 events): 1. Caldonia River Valley 18; 2. Eastwood 16; 3. Edison 15; 4. Huron 12, 5. Elyria Catholic 11; T6. Clear Fork, Perkins, Genoa Area 10; 9. Highland 8; 10. Norwayne 6; 11. Galion 5; T12. Bexley. Margaretta. Columbus East, Rossford 4; T16. Columbus East , Mount Gilead, Utica 3; T19. Willard, Bay, Liberty Union 2; T22. Johnstown-Monroe, Eastmoor Academy, Pleasant 1.
Pole Vault: 1. Craig Martin (Caldonia River Valley) 15-0, 2. Ben Waterman (Caldonia River Valley) 14-9, 3. Brock Morris (Norwayne) 14-6, 4. Wyatt Tilton (Clear Fork) 14-3. Local Finishers: Lucas Ball (Elyria Catholic) no height
Long Jump: 1. Brandon Cushler (Edison) 21-10, 2. Cameron Burrows (Perkins) 21-61⁄2, 3. Devin Snowden (Eastwood) 21-33⁄4, 4. Alex Armistad (Galion ) 21-03⁄4.
Discus: 1. Logan Bryan (Genoa Area) 172-9, 2. Ted Achladis (Elyria Catholic) 157-6, 3. Zach Harkey (Huron) 156-11, 4. Eric Jackson (Clear Fork) 152-6.
3,200 meter relay: 1. Eastwood (Gabe Fredricks, Logan Baugher, Noah Smith, Tim Hoodlebrink) 7:52.65, 2. Highland 8:01.27, 3. Huron 8:04.76, 4. Edison 8:07.25 Local Finishers: 10. Firelands 8:17.99, 16. Vermilion 8:37.31.
Team Standings (Through 3 events): 1. Lutheran West 11; T2. Clyde, Lexington 10; 4. Liberty-Benton 9; T5. Vermilion, Port Clinton. Triway, Eastwood 8; T9. Edison, Bloom-Carroll 6; T11. Orrville, Heath 5; T13. Pleasant, Willard 4; T15. Oak Harbor, Bucyrus, Buckeye 3; T18. Caldonia River Valley, Keystone 2; T20. Elmwood, Bellevue 1.
High Jump: 1. Paula Wollenslegel (Clyde) 5-5, 2. Hannah Bartlome (Vermilion) 5-4, 3. Maggie Loeffler (Bloom-Carroll) 5-4, 4. Trinniti Hall 5-4. Local Finishers: 7. Jenna Quillen 5-0.
Shot Put: 1. Johanna Ragland (Lutheran West) 41-51⁄4, 2. Morissa Mallory (Port Clinton) 40-1, 3. Mariah Cruise (Triway) 39-03⁄4, 4. Alexis McJunkins (Heath) 38-11⁄4. Local Finishers: 8. Sarah Ragland (Lutheran West) 34-11⁄4.
3,200 meter relay: 1. Lexington (Mackenna Curtis-Collins, Lillian Freundlich, Abby Miller, Dominique Clairmonte) 9:40.50, 2. Eastwood 9:45.50, 3. Edison 9:47.21, 4. Liberty-Benton 9:48.37. Local Finishers: 14. Lutheran West 10:35.86.