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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Addie Wanner of South Adams wins the high jump with this leap of 5 feet 6 inches Friday at the ACAC Track and Field Championship in Bluffton.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Andres Martinez of South Adams leads his team to victory in the 3,200-meter relay Friday at the ACAC Track and Field Championship in Bluffton.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:00 am

ACAC Track

Last to first for Heritage boys

South Adams girls win 8 events to claim team title

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

BLUFFTON – Last year's performances helped motivate and lift this year's team winners at the ACAC Track and Field Championships with the Heritage boys and South Adams girls winning titles.

The Heritage boys team finished in seventh place of the seven conference teams last season and came into this year with a new attitude.

“We talked at the beginning of the year and we knew who left and who we had coming back,” Patriots coach Matt Parr said, “and we definitely made it a point to make it a goal that we weren't going to be in last anymore.

“At that point in time, we didn't really know first place was an opportunity for us, but as the season progressed, we knew we had more and more of a shot. Things had to click tonight and fortunately they did.”

Heritage beat defending champion Bluffton 127.5-107. Woodlan was third with 101.5.

The only individual win for the Patriots was Jeshua Foster in the shot put (50 feet) and discus (150-5) but personal bests led to valuable points including runner-up finishes from Devin Schmenk in the 1,600-meter run (4 minutes, 45.47 seconds) and 800 (2:06.57) and a 2-3 finish from Andy Kohrman and Jack Beauchot in the 3,200.

“It's a huge win,” Foster said. “I've been waiting four years for us to even come close, coming in last in the standings. A lot of guys (ran personal bests) and everybody's coming in clutch and we worked, really, really hard. It's a huge deal for the program.”

South Adams' Bailey McIntire anchored the winning 3,200 relay (8:32.55), won the 1,600 (4:45.47), 800 (2:02.77) and 3,200 (9:19.28).

Ah'Lan Howard of Woodlan won the 100 (11.66), teammate Amarion Hicks won the 200 (23.12), the Warriors won the 400 relay (44.21), Eric Fuller the 400 (52.06), Justin Durkes the long jump (20-8½).

Southern Wells' Brandon White won the 300 hurdles (43.16), Adams Central's Brent Yoder the 110 hurdles (15.74), Bluffton won the 1,600 relay (3:36.99) and Jay County's Andrew Trewyn the high jump (6 feet).

For the South Adams girls, so many athletes were doubling, tripling or quadrupling in order to maximize the points but it paid off as the Starfires finished with eight event wins.

“Each point matters, ultimately,” Olivia Von Gunten said. “You never know how close the meet's going to be and you never know what you're going to need when it comes down to it.”

South Adams beat defending champion Jay County 151-115.5. Woodlan was third with 89.

“Last year, we came in and we started losing points early on and we just couldn't recover from it,” coach Clint Anderson said, “and the kids, emotionally, didn't recover from it. Leading up to this, that's all we talked about was trying to keep your edge. Keep your edge, keep scoring. We won eight events with the girls tonight. That's phenomenal.”

The Starfires won the 3,200 relay (10:14.34) and 1,600 relay (4:18.89); Addie Wanner won the 300 hurdles (48.18), high jump (5-6) and long jump (17-6); Kallee Patch won the 1,600 (5:29.39) and 3,200 (12:18.70); Von Gunten won the 800 (2;28.97)

Woodlan's Te'Shyia McCarter won the 100 (12.85) and 200 (27.22), teammate Alara Vanlandingham won the 100 hurdles (15.24, a meet record), and the Warriors won the 400 relay (51.58).

Southern Wells' Sarah Kline won the 400 (1:01.94) and Bluffton's Lexi Schwieterman won the discus (113-8) and shot put (32-7).

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