Clyde senior Ben Wollenslegel should have a pilot’s license with all the time he’s logged in the air.
Wollenslegel won the high jump and long jump, and both hurdle events Saturday as Clyde’s boys won the Lakota Invitational.
Senior Andrew Shrewsbury won the 100 and 200, and ran on two first-place relays as Woodmore finished fourth. Shrewsbury was fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 at state last season.
The high jump is Wollenslegel’s first class.
“I just like jumping high and it feels like you’re flying through the air.”
Wollenslegel was most pleased with the 300 hurdles Saturday because he was tired after his first three events. “I’m at a good spot. I started this year where I ended last year.”
Wollenslegel’s best time in the 110 hurdles was 15.5 last season and he’s already hit 15.8 this year. He said he’s started more quickly in the high jump and has already cleared 6-4 after a high of 6-7 last season.
Wollenslegel also feels more confident about the 300 hurdles and long jump.
He’s qualified to state in the high jump twice, regionals in the high jump three times and regionals in the long jump once. When he gets tired he sometimes uses the past for motivation and he intends to return to Columbus.
“He’s picking up where he left off,” Fliers coach Mike Martin said. “The weather was not conducive to really good distances but he got through that. He’ll do whatever you ask him to do. He works hard and has a lot of potential.”
Wollenslegel won the high jump and long jump at districts last season and ran his best time of the season in the 110 hurdles late in the year.
“He’s got the drive to get back there and get on the podium in the high jump,” Martin said of state.
Collin Rieman won the 400 while Austin Baker, Zachary Rieman, Joshua Faneuff and Anthony Beier won the 4X110 shuttle hurdle relay for Clyde.
“Both the boys and girls had a lot of people score in a lot of events,” Martin said. “At big meets, that’s key.”
Zach Seaman, Tim Poiry, Andy Burnett and Tyler Sievert won the 4X800 relay while Sievert won the 800 as Oak Harbor’s boys were second. Burnett, Seaman, Brandon Schimming and Sievert won the 4X400 relay while Poiry, Jake Wistinghausen, Seaman and Sievert won the 4X1,600 relay.
Cole Weirich won the triple jump for the Rockets.
Michael Travis, Zach Sandwisch, Malachi Brown and Shrewsbury won the 4X200 and 4X100 relays.
St. Joseph Central Catholic’s boys were sixth.
“Mitchell Gonya had a solid day,” Crimson Streaks coach Paul Grahl said. “He was third or fourth in the 100 and 200. None of the times were going to be spectacular but he ran well.
“Nate Rosengarten ran a solid mile. It’s his first year out for track as a sophomore. As young as he is it was good to get out and compete well.”
Lakota’s boys were 10th while Old Fort’s were 11th.