Westerville Central outscored Big Walnut 99.5 to 37.5 in the second-opening track meet for both the Warhawks and Golden Eagles Tuesday, April 1, at Golden Eagle Stadium in Sunbury.
Joe Evener’s Golden Eagles, who were competing without several key members of the squad, won five individual events, cour coming in the dual meet’s field events. senior Hannah Griffith won the discus with a throw of 89 feet, 9 inches; junior Cassie Walszek captured the shot put with a distance of 29-8 1/2; junior Avery Kerns prevailed in the high jump with a distance of 5-3; and sophomore Anna Mackey claimed the long jump with a leap of 15-6
Junior Mikaela Smith won BW’s lone running event with a time of 14 minutes,: 54.6 seconds in the 3,200-meters.
“The score indicates that we had a rough start, and we did, but when I look at the talent we had sitting out of the meet due to sickness and other circumstances, the point difference is blown out of proportion” Evener said after the meet. “Don’t get me wrong, Westerville Central is a very talented team and they are going to be very hard to beat. In fact, we get to see them twice in the next two weekends. I am really curious to see how we bounce back and do against them at Newark and, especially, at the (“Red” Edwards) Golden Eagle Relays.”
Big Walnut added two seconds and three thirds against the Warhawks. Senior Olivia Daggett took seconds in both 400-meter and 200-meter dashes, posting a time of 1:05.8 in the 400 and a 0:30.0 in the 200. Senior Catie Craig-Bowden and freshman Anna Vrancken scored thirds, Craig-Bowden in the 800 (2:50.0) and Vrancken in the discus (84-0). Senior Kristen Carty tied for third in the 100-meter dash (0:13.9).
“As a coaching staff, we feel really good about where we are in the field events,” Evener said. “Our jumpers and throwers are picking up where they left off last year — many of our throwers surpassed their season-ending marks from last year, and this is only our first meet. Avery had a great performance in the high jump and Anna stepped up big time in the long jump. Right now, our two major focuses are getting the younger girls experience and getting everyone into the right events.”
Jumps coach Mike Ryder singled out the effort of Kerns
“I was so impressed with how Avery made her adjustments in the approach to nail her best jump of her career,” he said. “Not only did she jump five feet, three inches, but she went clean (no misses) through the whole event. For our first meet, I’ll take it!”
BIG WALNUT AT NEWARK INVITATIONAL — The Golden Eagles place 12th with 19 points at the 17-team Newark Invitational Saturday at Newark High School. Westerville Central, which outscored the Golden Eagles 99.5 to 37.5 in their season opener on April 1, won the meet with 92.83 points.
Four Golden Eagles placed in the competition, led by Avery Kerns who was second in the high jump at 5 feet. Sara Althauser finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (0:50.81 seconds); Althauser, teaming with Sam Godby, Catie Craig-Bowden and and Kern, led the 4x400 relay to a fifth-place finish (4 minutes, 27.55 seconds); and Anna Mackey placed eighth in the long jump (41 feet, 2 inches).
“If I’m being honest, last week’s meets are not the way I wanted to start the season (5-12, 0-1), nor is it the way I thought we would start the season,: BW head coach Joe Evener said. “The good news is that there is a lot of good news. We are getting a chance to run quite a few younger team members and they are improving rapidly. This will be important as the season progresses.
Evener said the other good news is that this is only week one of the season and there are a lot of meets remaining and he expects the team to get better.
“The goal of the early part of the season is to get things lined up to be competitive for the (“Red” Edwards”) Golden Eagle Relays,” evener said. “With the work we got done Saturday, I think we have a good chance to make a good run for our sixth straight title. It won’t be easy though. We need to be healthy and stay focused throughout the week.”
Dublin Scioto was second at Newark with 89 points followed by Canal Winchester which was third with 74 points. The host Wildcats placed fourth with 73 while Olentangy Orange was fifth with 70 points.