Minster track collects seven MAC individual titles on first day
COLDWATER — The Minster boys and girls track teams earned a combined seven individual Midwest Athletic Conference titles on the first day of the conference’s championship meet at Coldwater on Tuesday.
The Minster boys jetted out to 67.5 points on the first day. St. Henry is second with 30 points. Versailles is third with 28 points.
The Minster and Marion Local girls teams had big first days in the field events. The Wildcats scored 72 points to take the lead. Marion Local scored 62 points on the first day. Versailles is third with 30 points. New Bremen is fourth with 28 points.
The running finals and remaining field events will be on Friday at Coldwater, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Minster senior Wes Hegemann won MAC titles in both boys throwing events on Tuesday. Hegemann’s throw of 148 feet, three inches in the discus and his mark of 51 feet, five inches in the shot put made him a double winner.
Minster senior Paul Dues won the boys high jump title by clearing six feet, four inches. New Knoxville senior Isaac Kuntz finished third, clearing five feet, 10 inches.
The Minster 3200 meter relay team of junior Andrew Fausey, junior Jonathan Fausey, senior Andy Albers and senior Dominic Slonkosky won the MAC title with an 8:10.8 pace. New Bremen’s team of Nate Herriott, Brad Rammel, Tristin Hoffmaster and Drew McClurg finished fourth (8:32.8).
Minster freshman Savanah Luthman won the MAC title in the girls shot put with a distance of 35 feet, nine inches.
Maria Heckman captured the league title in the pole vault. Heckman cleared 11 feet, six inches — six inches better than any other competitor.
The Minster 3200 girls relay team of junior Gabrielle Barga, freshman Ali Borgerding, sophomore Kaci Bornhorst and Julia Slonkosky won with a 9:45.96 time.
Marion Local swept the other titles. Gina Kramer of Marion Local in the high jump (5-4), Allie Thobe of Marion Local in the long jump (17-1) and Madison Chrisman of Marion Local in the discus (109-0).