Ontario’s girls track team had more than one reason to celebrate Friday during the North Central Conference track and field championships at Bucyrus.
The Warriors clinched their fifth straight NCC title, edging out Galion by 1.5 points, 134.5-133, for the win. When the final results were announced, Ontario erupted with cheer after discovering it had won, sprinting across the football field to claim the trophy. The celebration continued when the Warriors reached the other end of the track and sang “Happy Birthday” to coach Mike Lyons.
“I told them for my birthday I wanted two trophies, but I knew it was going to be really tough on the boys side with Galion and Colonel Crawford,” Lyons said.
This marks Ontario’s seventh NCC banner in 10 years, and Lyons said he couldn’t think of a better way for his team to finish its last year in the league than another title.
Galion won the boys meet with 153 points, followed by Colonel Crawford with 136.5 points and Ontario with 110 points.
“One of our goals every year is to win the league, and that is never going to change and Colonel Crawford is tough,” Galion coach Todd Roston said. “They are a very good team, and we knew we were going to battle back and forth with them and we had some places where we needed to step up, and we had some kids that did, so that helped out a lot.”
Colonel Crawford athletes set two meet recordd. Senior Keith Martin broke the 110 meter hurdles record, which was set by Dan Wurm of Buckeye Central in 1989, with a time of 14.46 seconds.
In the girls meet, the Eagles 4×100 meter relay team broke its own meet record with a time of 50.81 seconds, putting them ahead of where they were this time last spring with a seasonal personal best. The quarter consists of seniors Bailey Schott and Taylor Kelso, and juniors Taylor Clayton and Chelsey Webster. The group finished fourth place in the state meet last year, and are hoping to make a repeat trip this June.
“It’s really nice because we are really hoping to move up on the podium at state,” Schott said. “It’s nice to know we are getting faster and faster throughout the year.”
Colonel Crawford’s girls team finished third with 80 points, followed closely by Wynford with 75 points and Bucyrus with 68 points. Crestline finished with 51 points, Upper Sandusky had 45 points, Lucas finished with 37.5 points, Riverdale had 28 points and Buckeye Central had nine points.
The Rams took fourth in the boys meet with 88 points, followed by the Royals with 49 points, the Falcons with 46.5 points, the Redmen with 39 points, the Bucks with 25 points, the Bulldogs with 11 points and Lucas with three points.