Having qualified to finals in all three of her running events, one would think Colleen Reynolds’ emotions would be filled with nothing but joy.
However, as happy as the Gibsonburg sophomore was, she was just as disappointed that she couldn’t continue to run with her twin sister Kendall. Colleen Reynolds was third in Friday’s prelims of the girls Division III 400 dash, fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. The top two runners in each hit, plus the five next best times advanced to Saturday’s finals in the meet held at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Kendall Reynolds was 10th in the 100 and 13th in the 400.
“Don’t get me wrong, it feels good, I’m just sad Kendall couldn’t make it,” Colleen said. “I’ll just have to go out there tomorrow and give it my best.”
In the 400, Colleen ran a time of 58.04 seconds, a little over five-tenths of a second of the top qualifying time of Loudonville’s Sierra Wright (57.51).
“I was really nervous out there, only because I feel like I can do pretty well,” Colleen said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
Reynolds’ name doesn’t quite carry the same kind of pressure of that of the one Woodmore’s Megan Pendleton has.
As fair or unfair as it may be, Pendleton will forever be compared to her three older sisters — Carly, Emily and Erin — who all achieved the highest level of success — sometimes multiple times — in their careers.
Yes, Megan is a Pendleton, but in her family’s eyes she’s Megan. And the fact that she became the fourth in her family to medal on Friday is good enough in their books to consider her a winner. Pendleton took eighth with a top toss of 127 feet, 7 inches.
“She felt that way a little bit last year when she didn’t podium,” said Wildcats throws coach and Megan’s father Mike Pendleton of Megan dealing with the pressure of her family name and trying not to be the one singled out. “But to be honest, this year hasn’t been that way. It’s all about her. We got a place in the barn for signs on what they place at the state meet and she’s going to get one. And that’s kind of a cool thing and I’m very happy about that.
“We’ve never compared the girls. They just do what they do and that’s it. I’m very proud of them all.”
Emily, the oldest of the four Pendleton girls, became the first person in Ohio history to win four state titles in a field event, from 2004-07. Erin, who is currently competing at the NCAA throwing championships for the University of Michigan, won in 2008 and 2009, while Carly, a thrower at Ohio State, won in 2011.
Friday’s meet brought an end to an era that saw a Pendleton compete in the state discus competition each of the last decade.
“Ten years of having a Pendleton down here, or as coach, having any athlete down here throwing discus, means we’ve done a lot of things right over the years,” Mike Pendleton said. “You get what you get as far as size goes and Megan is one of the smaller kids in the family. So it’s been all about trying to hit positions that bigger people don’t have to hit. It’s been a real challenge, but it came to a good head.”
Megan, who will throw at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., echoed her father’s satisfaction in being able to place.
“Last year I was really nervous, this year I was a little nervous, but everything went well,” Megan said. “I’m happy. It feels good that I made the podium for myself. I don’t go out there and think because I’m a Pendleton I have to do is or that. I just at myself as my own individual competitor out there.”
For as happy as Megan Pendleton was, it was the exact opposite for her teammate on the boys side, senior Andrew Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury, who got on the podium the previous two years in both the 100 and 200 dashes, couldn’t get his right knee to loosen up — an injury he’d been dealing with since the middle of the season.
Shrewsbury took 10th in the prelims of the 200 and 16th in the 100 prelims, as his individual high school running career came to a disappointing conclusion.
“It’s an honor to be here again, but it sucks that I won’t get to run in the finals,” he said. “I knew right when I woke up it wasn’t going to be a good day out there. It’s a day to day injury. With it being cold, windy and cloudy, it didn’t do me any favors. I need it to be really warm out. The best my knee felt was when it was 88 degrees in Tiffin for regionals.”
Though he didn’t make it to Saturday on his own accord, Shrewsbury will compete in the finals of the 4×200 relay after his relay, which also consisted of Michael Travis, Malachi Brown and Zach Sandwisch placed ninth in prelims to earn the final transfer spot.
“We’re real thrilled,” Shrewsbury said. “This is what we came here for. It only gets better from here. We’ve put so much time and effort into this. I think we’re really going to show up at tomorrow’s finals.”
Shrewsbury will gladly take a few minutes of hurt to help his teammates.
“I put more effort into that race than my two races,” he said. “This team is like a family. If I was going to hurt, I was going to hurt for them.”
Margaretta’s Austin Moore placed sixth in the boys high jump with a top jump of 6-4. Moore, who will compete at Eastern Michigan Univeristy next year, also placed 11th in the long jump.
“Obviously, this is not what I expected,” said Moore of getting on the podium in the high jump. “I had high expectations coming down here. I wanted my best jump, but it just didn’t happen.”
Beau Beechler of Margaretta was 14th in the 110 hurdles prelims. The Polar Bears’ Trent Balduff was 11th in the boys pole vault.
Cariss Reese of Lakota missed finals by a single spot in the 300 hurdles prelims, taking 10th. The Raiders Makayla Kiser was 13th in the girls pole vault.
Old Fort’s Adam Alexander failed to clear the opening night of the boys pole vault.
Clyde’s Damien Coburn was seeded seventh entering Friday’s Division II boys long jump. After the finals, however, the Fliers junior found himself standing in the fourth spot on the state podium with a top leap of 21-09.50.
“I just had a good day,” Coburn said. “It was similar to the day I had at regionals. My best effort was better than other’s today.”
Coburn’s teammate Ben Wollenslegel was 13th.
Paula Wollenslegel of Clyde was 12th in the girls high jump. Collin Rieman ws 12th in the boys 400.
Oak Harbor’s 4×200 relay of Allie Jett, Karis DeWalt, Sidney Allen and Athena Eli were 11th in prelims. Eli, Jett, Allie Dombrowsky and Andrea Cecil were 11th in the 4×400 relay.
The Bellevue 4×800 relay of Kylie Vogel, Mariah McPeak, Michaela Fox and Ericka Hosang was 15th. Sarah Bedell was 12th for the Lady Red in the 300 hurdles.
Ross’ 4×100 relay of Ariana Spencer, Elayna Ackerman, Cassie Woleslagel and Mariah Mathews was 16th.