Newark senior Toby Hardwick would have liked to have gotten the win Saturday in the 1,600 at the Ohio Capital Conference-Ohio Division meet at Thomas Worthington.
Hardwick finished second. But in the process, he broke a school record with a time of 4:20.23. The old mark of 4:21 was set in 1982.
“I really tried to pass the leader with about 200 yards left, but couldn’t quite do it,” Hardwick said. “I will take second. Really, my whole mind-set was to break the school record, and I finally got my name on the board, so it’s nice to get that out of the way.”
Wildcat coach Randy Noftz said Hardwick continues to improve, and the ultimate goal is to qualify for the state meet. He said Hardwick is on track to do that.
“He was trying his hardest to win, but he was going against a couple of tough guys,” Noftz said. “But when you break a school record and run as hard as you can, you can’t ask for anything more.
“It would have been nice for him to win, but there are bigger goals ahead. If he keeps running times like that, he will set himself up for the state meet. He just keeps getting better and that’s what you like to see.”
Hardwick also finished third in the 3,200 (10:04.90). Teammates Kameron Carpenter (10:09.18) and Isaac Wheeler (10:22.06) were fifth and sixth in the 3,200.
“I wasn’t planning on running the two-mile, but we needed points,” Hardwick said. “To be honest, I was surprised I was able to finish third because I was really tired. I wasn’t expecting that.”
Anthony Johnson won the 800 going away with a time of 1:52.59.
Johnson also decided not to run the 400 after having the top time in Thursday’s preliminaries.
“My coach and I talked about it, and we decided to scratch today so I could feel fresh for the 800,” Johnson said. “I really ran nervous (in the 800). I just tried to start fast and finish fast.
“I just want to come out and see which race I should do moving forward. I’m happy with how things turned out, and now I just have to be as consistent.”
Noftz said: “He ran a great time, and now he has to decide which race he wants to run. It’s a big decision, but he’s a senior and it’s up to him.”
Newark’s 400 relay of Anthony Oiler, Austin Williams, Isaiah McGrapth and Terry Moser finished fourth (46.08), and the 1,600 relay of Oiler, Moser, Johnson and Andrew Lehoe took seventh (3:33.88)
On the girls’ side, Meghan Roche finished fourth (5:39.00) in the 1,600 and was sixth in the 800 (2:28.83). Stacia Kyler (2:32.00) and Mylanda Bunch (2:37.26) finished seventh and eighth in the 800.
Freshman Tana Barrett, who finished second in the high jump (5-feet-2) Thursday, was seventh in the 300 hurdles (49.75).
“I’ve kind of been off and on in the high jump all year, but I was able to put it all together on Thursday,” Barrett said. “It was a personal-record for me, and I’ve been working really hard in practice.
“I got third in the Licking County meet and that gave me a lot of confidence. I just need to be more consistent.”
Michaela Trawick finished eighth in the 3,200 (13:12.73), and three of the Wildcat relays finished in the top eight.
The 1,600 relay of Barrett, Bunch, Roche and Stacia Kyler finished sixth (4:22.46). The 800 relay (1:58.04) of Aneesa Smith, Gracie Peltier, Alec Walls and Keristin Kyler was seventh, and the 400 relay (55.91) of Peltier, Walls, Smith and Hannah Ayers was eighth.