W-G, Botkins have strong showing at state meet

Staff Writer

Athletes from Waynesfield-Goshen and Botkins had a very strong day Friday at the Division III state track and field meet.
In field events, Brock Waitman of Waynesfield-Goshen claimed second place in the discus. His best throw measured 163 feet even.
Also making the podium was Grace Homan of Botkins with a fourth place finish in the shot put. Her throw was 40 feet 7 1 /4 inches.
Earlier in the day, Waitman finished 12th in the shot put (48 feet, 8 ½ inches) and Homan took 10th in the discus (120 feet, 3 inches).
Also, Gabriel James of Waynesfield-Goshen was seventh in the long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 3 ¼ inches.
Area track and field athletes capped off their seasons with several podium finishes on Saturday at the Division III state track and field meet.
For Waynesfield-Goshen, senior Tyler Eller qualified for the finals in three sprints. He took third place in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 49.51 seconds. In the 200, he was fifth, with a time of 22.06. He also earned a spot on the podium in the 100, running in 10.99 for sixth place.
In the boys 300 meter hurdles, Brandon James of the Tigers took ninth with a run of 40.18 seconds.
Adriana Jutte of Botkins competed in the girls 300 hurdles final, and finished eighth with a time of 46.51.
In the team competition, the Waynesfield-Goshen boys finished with 23 points, good for 7th overall. A total of 66 schools earned at least one point. East Canton was the team champion with 64, followed by Smithville with 40.
On the girls side, Minster earned 57 points to claim the team title, ahead of runner-up Covington with 32. Competitors from 62 schools scored points.