Big Walnut girls dominate at 15-team Bellaire Relays
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
Joe Evener’s Big Walnut girls track and field squad, coming off a victory in the “Red” Edwards Golden Eagle Relays, captured its second major meet in a week, outdistancing the 15-team field by 32 1/2 points to win the Bellaire Relays last Saturday at Bellaire High School.
The Golden Eagles, claiming 12 top-four finishes, scored 106.50 points in their first-ever appearance at the Bellaire event. Ohio Capital Conference rival Watkins Memorial was scond with 74 points followed by Wheeling Park (66), Meadowdale (59) and Martins Ferry (50).
“What a terrific weekend,” Evener exclaimed after the meet. “We haven’t traveled on an overnight trip since 2009, and this was a new meet for us as a team; needless to say, I am pleased with the results. I was floored by the way they worked extremely hard throughout the entire meet – which was amplified by the fact that it was a girls-only meet, not allowing for the type of rest and recovery normally afforded in an invitational – and we kept chipping away with top three places and double scoring in a handful of events.”
The Golden Eagles put six seconds in the books in the running events. Brea Medlock was runnerup in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 0.9 seconds while Bethany Bogantz claimed second in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 29.5 seconds. The Golden Eagles were second in four of the seven relay events.
Evener praised the overall efforts of Shelby Bradford and Medlock in the meet.
“Shelby and Brea were our workhorses,” Evener said. “With prelims, semifinals and finals Shelby ran five races (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and shuttle hurdles) and helped the team score a second and a fourth. The way she stepped up was an excellent example of her leadership and strength.
“Likewise, Brea ran six races in her four events (200 dash, 400 dash, 4x200 relay, and 4x400 relay) and placed fourth, second, second and third respectfully in her events,” Evener continued. “The thing that constantly amazes me about Brea is that she appears to go stronger the more races she runs. Her last quarter mile split was a 60-flat – her sixth race of the day – she just blows me away with her ability.”
Liz Carty, Jamie Annis, Olivia Small and Leah Thomas were second in the 4x100 in 0:51.4 seconds; Olivia Small, Annis, Thomas and Brea Medlock were runnerups in the 4x200 in 1:48.7; Bogantz, Emily Asher, Makenna Hemming and Asia Medlock were second in the 4x800 in 10:29.3; and Shelby Bradford, Alayna Small, Amber Shaheen and Annis were second in the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:11.2.
Olivia Small and Laylaa Crawford claimed Big Walnut’s lone firsts, Small taking the long jump at 16 feet, 10 inches and Crawford the discus at 105 feet, 7 inches. Small was second in the high jump at 10 feet.
“Laylaa had her best throw of the year, a throw that really created the energy we needed in the early going. It was thrilling to see her face light up,” Evener said. “Olivia not only captured the long jump title to go with a second place finish in the high jump, but those two performances garnered her the High Point Field Events Award for the meet and a nice little trophy from the meet officials to go with it.”
Big Walnut thirds were scored by Jordan Lyle in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), Brea Medlock in the 200 (0:27.4/0:27.1/0:27.1), and by the 1,600 relay squad of Asia Medlock, Carty, Bogantz and Brea Medlock (4:15.2).
Evener applauded his Golden Eagles for the way they conducted themselves during the meet.
“One of the things I am most proud about is the way the ladies conducted themselves during the weekend and the meet,” he said. “I looked around at the other teams in the stands and not one team cheered on their teammates, or applauded at the announcement of a scoring performance by a teammate like our girls did. We have a wonderful group of girls, and a trip like this will only make their bond stronger.”
BIG WALNUT 79, NEW ALBANY 58 — Big Walnut continues to pile of victories on the girls track and field circuit, defeating rival New Albany in dual meet action waged last Tuesday (April 10) at Golden Eagle Stadium.
Junior Laylaa Crawford and senior Brea Medlock were double winners for the Golden Eagles who captured 11 of the 17 events in the dual meet decision.
In the field events, Crawford won the shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 7 1/2 inches and the discus with a distance of 94–1 1/2. Joining Crawford with wins in the field events were sophomore Olivia Small with a leap of 18–2 in the long jump and junior Jordan Lyle with a height of 8–6 in the pole vault.
On the track, Medlock claimed victories in both the 400 meters in 1 minute, 1.6 seconds and the 200 in 0:27.0 seconds. Joining Medlock with wins were senior Shelby Bradford in the 100 hurdles in 0:16.8 seconds, junior Leah Thomas in the 100 in 0:13.0 seconds and Brittany Bogantz in the 800 in 2 minutes, 34.4 seconds.
Big Walnut also prevailed in two relay events, winning the 400 in 0:52.5 seconds, and the 1,600 in 4:19.6.
ASHVILLE KIWANIS INVITATIONAL — Big Walnut scored 35 points and placed eighth at the Ashville Kiwanis Invitational held Friday at Teays Valley High School.
Individual Golden Eagles leaders included Stephanie Keller who placed fourth in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 39,37 seconds and sixth in the 1,600 in 5:52.04; Kayla Walaszek who took fifth in shot put with a throw of 29 feet, 5 inches; and Samantha Godby who finished sixth in the 200 in 0:28.64 seconds.
In the relays, the Golden Eagles’ 1,600 quartet of Olivia Daggett, Godby, Keller and Catie Craig-Bowden placed fourth in 4:26.96; the 400 team of Hannah Boseker, Mikayla Frazier, Coral Dannett and Maddi Summers finished sixth in 0:59.89; and the 3,200 squad of Godby, Mikaela Smith, Craig-Bowden and Keller placed sixth in 11:07.27.
Chillicothe won the team title with 129 points followed by Westerville South second with 118 1/2 and Grandview Heights third with 99 points.