Lemmerman, Heitkamp win WBL track titles

BATH TOWNSHIP — The St. Marys boys and girls track teams had two crowned Western Buckeye League champions and the girls team turned in a fourth-place finish that had St. Marys head coach Kathy Sites beaming.

The Riders’ Kelly Heitkamp set a new school record in the pole vault by clearing 10 feet, eight inches to win the WBL title.

St. Marys’s Luke Lemmerman captured the 110-meter hurdles championship with a 16-second flat time.

“They both wanted it so bad,” Sites said. “They deserved that.”

The St. Marys girls scored 56 points to place fourth. Celina’s girls won the WBL title with 116 points, O-G was second with 79 points and Shawnee was third with 73 points. Wapakoneta finished seventh.

“They were aggressive. They wanted it,” Sites said. “The team that showed up tonight came to compete. Incredible things happened. I’m really, really proud of them.”

Left: St. Marys' Kelly Heitkamp won the WBL title in the girls pole vault and set a new school record.

The St. Marys boys team took eighth with 22 points. O-G captured the boys WBL crown with 103 points, edging Van Wert’s 94 points. Celina was third with 77.5 points. Wapak took sixth with 49 points.

Left: St. Marys' Luke Lemmerman won the boys 110 meter hurdles title at the Western Buckeye League meet at Bath on Friday evening.


Girls Top Finishes

The Riders’ Amanda Dues and Kristen Dammeyer had big nights in the distance events.

Dues finished second in the 1600 meter run with a 5:23.99 time and was third in the 3200 meter run with a 12:16.58 time.

Dammeyer was second in the 3200 meter run with a 12:11.02 time and took fourth in the 1600 meter run with a 5:35.14 time.

“The girls in the two miles pulled us ahead,” Sites said. “They are responsible for where we placed tonight. It was awesome.”

The Riders’ girls 400 meter relay team of Bailey Gottschalk, Stephanie Evans, Courtney Christman and Makayla Buehler took fourth with a 52.89-second time.

Gottschalk finished fifth in the girls 100 meter dash with a 13.66-second time.

Heitkamp was sixth in the girls 300 meter hurdles with a 51.31-second time to go with her WBL title in the pole vault.

St. Marys Lexi Grothause finished sixth in the girls 800 meter run with a 2:32.26 time.

Celina’s Michaela Wenning won four WBL titles on Friday. She won in the 100 meter (16.07) and 300 meter hurdles (45.57), was part of the 1600 meter relay team of Kendra Fennig, Gina Strable, Bekah Carr and Wenning (4:02.82) and captured the high jump title with a 5-4 jump. Celina’s Carr won the long jump (17-2.75).

Boys Top Finishes

St. Marys' Brennan Brown  took third in the boys 300 meter hurdles, a strong finish in 40.88 seconds. “Brennan came back after a fall he had on Wednesday night and then placing third was just great,” Sites said.

The Roughriders’ 400 meter relay team of Lemmerman, Will Walter, Neil Perry and Cam Swanson finished fourth with a 46.1-second time.

Nick Durkee took fifth in the boys 3200 meter run with a 10:19.92 time.

The Riders’ Alex Mielke finished eighth in the boys 1600 meter run (4:49.32).

Wapakoneta boys winners were Brandon Christler in the 100 meter dash (11.57),

Celina boys winners were Braelen Bader in the 300 meter hurdles (39.93), Collen Byer in the 200 meter dash (22.96),

The St. Marys track team will be back in action next week at the Division II district meet.