Little Giants sweep home invite

Little Giants sweep home invite

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Little Giants sweep home invite

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Two stumbles was about all that separated Fremont Ross’ Jeffrey Barnett from the chance to challenge his personal best and a Fremont Invitational record in the 300 hurdles on Saturday.

Coming in, Barnett’s season-best time was 39.5 seconds, a second off the meet record of 38.56 set by Clyde’s Jared Martin in 2005.

“I would have easily been in the 38 second-range if I hadn’t stumbled over those,” said Barnett, who won in a time of 40.69 seconds. “But with me running and getting tired, I just didn’t jump. Luckily, I kept my balance and was able to finish.”

Barnett won two individual events and two team events as the Little Giants earned a sweep of the team championships, topping Norwalk in the boys meet and Notre Dame Academy in the girls meet.

Barnett jumped 20 feet, 7 ½ inches to win the boys long jump and added firsts in the boys 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay (Tyler Grine, Garet Reinhart, Elijah Johnson and Barnett) and the 4×200 relay (Jalen Oman, Barnett, Jaylen Spencer and Grine).

“We should be able to go to regionals in our 4×200,” Barnett said. “We just got to keep working on our time and getting it lower and lower.”

Jared Ballenger highlighted the field events for the Little Giants. He broke the school record in the shot put (57-10) and set a new meet record in the discus (179-09).

Ross’ Jessica Schell won the girls discus (112-09).

Elijah Johson won the 110 hurdles (14.94) for the Little Giants who also got a first from Louis Guardiola in the 1,600 (4:26.94)

“I wasn’t real sure about our boys going into the year but they’re developing nicely,” Litte Giants boys coach John Elder said. “We’re getting a lot more depth than we thought we were going to have.

“I think the only event we didn’t really score high in today for both of our teams was the two 400 races.”

The Ross foursome of Cassie Woleslagel, Elayna Ackerman, Vanashia Elkins and Mariah Mathews ran a time of 51.15 to win the girls 4×100 relay. Individually, Ackerman was first in the 100 hurdles (16.18) and Elkins, a freshman, won the 200 (26.72).

“Jordan Robinson (third place in the 300 hurdles) has been a nice little pick up for us,” Ross girls coach Travis Bates said. “Then Vanashia and Imani Elkins are cousins who had a really good day today. Jessica Schell stepped up in the discus. Our pole vaulters were first and second, and I don’t think we scored in the 3,200 at this meet last year and we did today.”

Amber Otermat (10-00) and Abbi Hasselbach (9-00) were first and second respectively for the Little Giants in the girls pole vault.

The 4×800 relay squad of Cassidi Lovell, Alexandrea Holmes, Faye Sloma and Valerie Bixler was also first (10:07.28).

Though he didn’t win an event, Ross’ Mike Muffler impressed his coach by placing in both the boys discus (fifth) and the 800 (fourth).

“That’s pretty amazing,” Elder said. “Was he the best athlete of the meet, no. But that’s just an outstanding performance.”

Madisyn Kleinschmit had a pair of top four finishes for the eighth place St. Joseph Central Catholic girls, taking third in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Tricia Reinhart was fourth in both the shot put and discus for the Crimson Streaks, while Ava Stepanic was fourth in the long jump and Chloe Liebold took third in the 1,600.

Hunter Perry won the boys high jump with a top leap of 6-01 for the seventh place Old Fort boys.

Old Fort’s lone other win came from junior Adam Alexander in the pole vault. He topped the Ross duo of Jalen Oman and Tyler Schell, winning with a new personal best vault of 14 feet, 2 inches, which also set a new meet record.

“I was having some technical difficulties with my turn and my trail leg again,” Alexander said. “I’ve been working on those a lot and both came through today, which made me very happy. The wind and everything conditions-wise was perfect today.”

Alexander got a little emotional support and family support from his older brother Nathan Alexander, a pole vaulter at the University of Cincinnati, who had just returned home from college.

“He was a huge help today,” Alexander said. “He kept advising me on what to do and he is probably as good as anyone to be advised by.”

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