Bellevue’s Laiken Tester and Sarah Bedell burst onto the track scene last spring as freshmen who both qualified to the state meet.
Neither has had a sophomore slump. Tester had a top jump of 17 feet, 3 inches to defend her district title in the girls long jump, while Bedell won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.34 seconds as the Lady Red were the district runners-up to Wauseon by a scrore of 89.25-89 at Friday’s Division II district meet held at Oak Harbor High School. The host Rockets were third with 80.75 points.
“Those two girls put a lot of pressure on themselves to compete at a high level,” said Bellevue girls coach Lee Booze, of the two sophomores. “There’s no easy way to get back to state and they know that. But a lot of times young girls don’t stress as much, they just get in there and do it.”
Tester was eighth at state in the long jump as a freshman. Her winning leap Friday was a new personal record and four inches off the school’s record.
“I’m happy, but nervous for regionals,” Tester said. “Jumping 17-3 is good for me, but I really wanted 17-7. I’ll get it sometime before the year is over hopefully.”
Tester joined Jacqueline Turner, Kirsten Whaley and Hilary Brown on Bellevue’s 4×100 relay that moved on to Lexington. The top four in each event advanced to next week’s regional meet.
“That’s our fastest time this year,” said Tester, of the 4×100.
Bedell was also a regional qualifier in multiple events, taking third in the 300 hurdles and running the final leg of the 4×400 relay that moved on, taking third. Kylie Vogel, who took second in the 800, was the first leg. Tara Rinner and Ericka Hosang rounded out the group. Hosang barely missed making it in the 800 with a fifth-place effort, the same for Madison Scagnetti in the 3,200. The 4×200 relay was sixth.
“It was a real team effort for these girls to earn runners-up today,” Booze said. “It’s a real testament to “hard work they work for each other.”
Bellevue’s Michaela Fox rounded out the pack of Lady Red athletes continuing on, taking third in the 1,600. Oak Harbor’s Trinity Gephart was fourth to advance, adding a fourth in the 3,200.
The Rockets got a district titles from both their 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Freshman Athena Eli ran both and added a second-place run in the 400.
“The goal was to take a bus to regionals,” Eli said. “I’m proud of my teammates. I could not have done it without them.”
Eli’s 4×400 relay set a new personal record time of 4:10.41. That also included the likes of Karis DeWalt, Cydney St. Clair and Allie Dombrowsky. Eli, Dombrowsky, Allie Jett and Sidney Allen were on the first-place 4×200 relay while Allen, Jett, Dombrowsky and Rebekah Rayburn qualified in the 4×100 relay taking third.
Allen also advanced in the 200 dash, running 26.87 to finish runner-up. DeWalt was fifth in the 200 dash, failing to move on. Dombrowsky was sixth in the 300 hurdles, Allie Dresser seventh in the 800.
Perkins won the boys meet with 111.5 points, topping Eastwood’s 109.
Matt Rowland was second in the 110 hurdles while he, Jalen Santoro, Kyle Norman and Dylan Fultz finished third to advance in the 4×200 relay as the Bellevue boys were fifth.
Brandon Tobin missed regionals in the 400 by one spot, placing fifth. Seth Agee crossed the line in sixth in the 110 hurdles for the Redmen in another near miss. Andrew Beier was sixth in the 3,200 and James Hickey was sixth in the 800.
Oak Harbor’s Tyler Sievert finished third in the 800 run and Cole Weirich took fourth in the boys 100 dash to advance for the Rockets who were 15th. Chris Tabbert was fifth in the 110 hurdles to just miss advancing.